Author Archives: Colin M. Snider

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.

On Brazil’s Lynching Problems

I wrote last month on the lynching of Cleidenilson Pereira da Silva, commenting that his was far from an isolated case. Vanessa Barbara has more: A few days after that attack, a man in metropolitan Belo Horizonte was dragged through … Continue reading

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So, Millions of Suspects in Money Laundering?

Of the many absurd protest placards from protests in Brazil this past Sunday, one of the most ridiculous was the one proclaiming that “We are millions of Cunhas – Enough crooked deals and corruption,” in reference to the head of … Continue reading

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Who Is Protesting in Brazil?

In the wake of protests against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil this past Sunday, Carta Capital has published its initial findings on who the protesters were in São Paulo (where the biggest gathering – around 135,000 in a city of 22 million – gathered). Among the … Continue reading

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On Politics, Women, and Inequality in Brazil

Taylor Barnes points to this troubling report that reveals that, in terms of percentage of the legislative body, Brazil has fewer women representatives in Congress than (9.9%) than the average of the Middle East (16%). With women making up only … Continue reading

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On (Mis)Understanding US-El Salvador Relations

Last week, The Nation published an article, “How El Salvador’s Supreme Court Is Undermining Democracy – With Washington’s Help.” While there are numerous legitimate and good criticisms to make of the US’s relations with Latin America, historically and in recent years (something that … Continue reading

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On Impeachment Protests in Brazil

Yesterday, Brazilians took to the streets to protest against the current government. The largest protests occurred in São Paulo, which has historically been one of the fiercer critics of the PT, voting 2 to 1 against her in the 2014 election (ironically, … Continue reading

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On Pope Francis, Peronism, and the History of Catholicism in Latin America

Last week, the New York Times ran an important editorial, “The Peronist Roots of Pope Francis’ Politics,” that raised some important issues about a recent piece in The Economist on Pope Francis. The editorial, by Uki Goñi, does an excellent job in  contextualizing why The … Continue reading

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