Around Latin America

-A report suggests that, in Mexico, at least 64 indigenous dialects are facing a “high risk” of extinction.

-In Brazil, police arrested eighteen people connected to the murder of Guaraní leader Nisio Gomes, who was murdered last November after his community retook land that ranchers had evicted them from. Police had originally discounted charges of murder, but after three witnesses recanted their testimony last week, they reopened the case.

-Chile has begun to investigate reports of child sex abuse at at least 61 schools in Santiago alone.

-In a disturbing report, it appears that women human rights activists and journalists in Mexico are increasingly targets of violence, including rape and torture. Making matters worse, Mexico’s media has failed to report on these incidents, providing a false sense of security and stability for women activists both domestically and in the international arena.

-In Guyana, an increase in electricity rates led to people taking to the streets in protest, and in clashes with police, at  least three civilians were killed.

-After 20 days, a riot in a Venezuelan prison has come to an end.

-In Mexico, protests continue as people take to the streets to demonstrate against the corrupt practices that in part led the PRI back to power for the first time since 2000.

-A new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS finds that Latin America and the Caribbean offer the highest level of coverage for AIDS and HIV patients, coverage that likely plays no small part in the decline of HIV/AIDS-related deaths in the region and the world.

-A few weeks ago, indigenous people in Colombia who had grown tired of the violence of the country’s ongoing civil war made clear they would no longer tolerate the presence of either the Colombian military or FARC rebels. In a powerful scene, the people physically removed the Colombian troops from the area, although the troops ultimately returned the following day. However, the Nasa people have not focused solely on the military; today, they sentenced three suspected FARC rebels to flogging for their role in violence in the region.

-In another example of Brazil’s efforts towards increasing its role in geopolitics, it signed a cooperation agreement with Angola that will not only boost trade and investment between two countries but also see the two Lusophone countries working together on defense and security.

-A controversy in Argentina’s prisons is emerging, as professors and members of a program designed to provide a university education to prisoners have refused to provide services to four men convicted of human rights violations during Argentina’s military regime. As Lillie points out, the case is full of its own ironies: university students and professors were often the top targets for the military regime’s use of torture, murder, and “disappearing,” so that men involved with very apparatus that targeted universities are now seeking to reap benefits from the university system.

-In discouraging news from Brazil, FLACSO (the Latin America School of Social Sciences) issued a study that said youth homicides in Brazil have gone up by 364% in the last 30 years.

-Finally, the Vatican has chosen to strip the “Pontifical Catholic” from the title of the (now-formerly) Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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