Category Archives: Deaths

Very Quick Thoughts on Castro

Fidel Castro has died at 90 years of age. Obviously, a lot will be said in the coming days. Some will make him out to be one of the greatest monsters of history (with inevitable claims that he was “Cuba’s … Continue reading

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RIP – Patricio Aylwin

Patricio Aylwin, the man who became the first democratically elected president of Chile after the end of the Pinochet regime in 1990, has died at the age of 97. As most people are, Aylwin was a complex figure. He had … Continue reading

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Manuel Contreras, Head of Chile’s DINA, Dead at 86

Manuel Contreras, who headed the Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (National Intelligence Directorate, or DINA) from 1973-1977, some of the most repressive years of Augusto Pinochet’s regime, has died at the age of 86. As head of DINA, Contreras was directly responsible for … Continue reading

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RIP – José Ibrahim

José Ibrahim, a labor leader who was arrested for challenging Brazil’s military dictatorship in 1968 and who was the only labor leader to be released in 1969 in exchange for the US ambassador, has passed away at the age of … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher Dead

Margaret Thatcher has died at 87. Obviously, British & diplomatic historians have more of her career to consider, but it’s not without it’s Latin American element. As others will also note, in 1982, the Argentine military dictatorship tried to finally … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-While many in the Americas celebrated the announcement of the first American pope last year, not all citizens (including Catholic clergy) in Francis I’s home country are pleased with Bergoglio or the Catholic hierarchy in Argentina. -It appears the long national … Continue reading

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RIP – Hugo Chávez

Hugo Chávez has died. Rumors had swirled around about his impending end for years, but it appears his cancer and its side-effects finally caught up with him. Suffice to say, uncertainties for Venezuela abound going forward. Nicolás Maduro will continue … Continue reading

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RIP – Oscar Niemeyer

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, a key figure in 20th-century architecture, has died at 104. Rest in peace.

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RIP – Maria Rosa Leite Guimarães

On Thursday, Maria Rosa Leite Guimarães, human rights activist and mother of Honestino Guimarães, a student leader and one of the many of the Brazilian dictatorship’s “disappeared” victims, passed away at the age of 84. A professor (like her husband) and … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-In a rare bit of good news, it appears the deforestation rate in the Amazon had once again dropped (though 2,049 square kilometers of deforestation is still a significant loss). -In Chile, a crackdown on Mapuche activists left at least … Continue reading

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