Category Archives: Development in Latin America

Beyond Brazil – Protests and Demonstrations Throughout Latin America

While ongoing protests in Brazil have (understandably) occupied a growing amount of space in recent days, Brazilians are not the only ones making their voices heard. In Chile, as the fight for educational reform approaches its third year, over 100,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Chile, Corruption, Costa Rica, Development in Latin America, Education in the Americas, Educational Reforms, Governance in Latin America, Latin American Politics, Paraguay, Protests in Latin America

More Thoughts on Protests in Brazil

Following the protests in São Paulo (and supporting demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro) last Thursday, the weekend saw protests spread throughout the country. On Saturday, as the Confederations Cup kicked off in Brasilia, protesters demonstrated against the costs of preparing … Continue reading

Posted in Brasília, Brazil, Class and Classism in the Americas, Democracy in the Americas, Development in Latin America, Economics in the Americas, Governance in Latin America, Inequalities in the Americas, Latin American Economies, Latin American Politics, Protests in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo | 13 Comments

Pyramids, Pavement, and “Progress”

This is sickening and horrible: A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday. The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, … Continue reading

Posted in "Modernity", Belize, Development in Latin America, Indigenous Peoples

On Oil and the Battle between State and Federal Governments in Brazil

The battle between state and federal power in Brazil has heated up recently. Last year, Congress passed a law that transformed the distribution of oil revenues in Brazil. Under the old system, the royalties from oil revenues mostly went to … Continue reading

Posted in Bahia, Brazil, Development in Latin America, Inequalities in the Americas, Latin American Economies, Oil in the Americas, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo

Around Latin America

-In a potential step towards addressing human rights, Mexico has announced it will move to prosecute military officials accused of human rights violations in civil courts, rather than in secretive military tribunals. Traditionally, military officials who are involved in the drug … Continue reading

Posted in Amnesty, Around Latin America, Bolivia, Brazil, Citizenship, Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Development in Latin America, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC), Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Indigenous Peoples, Judaism in Latin America, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin American Economies, Mercosur/Mercosul, Mexico, Police in the Americas, Police Violence, Prisoners' Rights, Race in the Americas, São Paulo, Venezuela, Violence in the Americas

Indigenous Peoples, Companies, “Modernity,” and Racial Discourse in Brazil

Recently, the image below made the rounds on Brazilian Facebook pages. The four billboards have stirred a lot of controversy; their messages are a direct attempt to inflame anti-indigenous sentiment in Brazil. They do so by trying to frame indigenous … Continue reading

Posted in "Modernity", Brazil, Development in Latin America, Indigenous Peoples, Labor in Latin America, Land Struggles & Issues, Multinational Corporations in the Americas, Race in Brazil

Well, That’s a Selective Reading of History Right There

Back in June, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia announced they would no longer be accepting fiscal or institutional aid from the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, a program begun in 1961 under John F. Kennedy as a means … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy in the Americas, Development in Latin America, Human Rights Violations, Latin America, Latin American Foreign Relations, Latin American History, Latin American-U.S. Relations, Military Dictatorships