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.

Legal Rights but Social Prejudice for Brazil’s LGBT Community

In the past few years, Brazil has seen dramatic transformations in providing equal rights to the LGBT community. It began in 2011, when the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had the same legal rights as heterosexual married couples, and … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, LGBT Rights & Issues

The Limits of Bans on, and Limited Access to, Abortion

As many know, and as may be unsurprising, Latin America in general is one of the more restrictive regions in the world when it comes to abortion and legal reproductive rights for women. Several countries, including Nicaragua and El Salvador, have … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion, Children's Rights, Health Issues in the Americas | 2 Comments

Gun Violence in Brazil

A (tragic) parable: A report on violence in Brazil says around 42,000 people were shot dead in 2012 – the highest figures for gun crime in 35 years. The study, by the UN and the government on the most recent … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Latin America, Violence in the Americas, Weapons and Arms in Latin America

Get to Know a Brazilian

Next Sunday, I’ll return to the weekly “Get to Know a Brazilian” posts. For those interested, below is an archive of past posts about significant, if not always well-known, figures in Brazilian history, society, culture, and politics. Pedro Álvares Cabral [explorer, … Continue reading

Posted in Get to Know a Brazilian

An Attempted Return

After a long hiatus, and some long thinking about whether blogging was even a worthwhile activity anymore, I’ve decided to give it another go this summer. I know I’ve been inactive for awhile, for any number of reasons (most having … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, 2015 – The Samba Schools’ Parades

I’ve made it an annual tradition to write about Carnaval in Brazil, and in Rio de Janeiro specifically. Sadly, a number of other projects have kept me away from a more thorough writeup/analysis of Carnaval this year, but you can … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazilian Culture, Brazilian Music, Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro

On Volkswagen’s Ties to the Brazilian Dictatorship

I recently received an email about Volkswagen’s ties to the Brazilian military regime, documented in the final report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission  (Comissão Nacional da Verdade – CNV), available for full viewing/download here. Stories of Volkswagen’s ties to the military regime and its … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Latin American History, Military Dictatorships, Multinational Corporations in the Americas, São Paulo, Truth Commissions