Category Archives: Food

McDonald’s, Labor, and Brazil

McDonald’s has been in the news this year in the US as workers have mobilized to demand a livable wage, just one area (alongside health issues) where the company faces criticism. But McDonald’s is not just the target of critiques in … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Food, Human Rights Issues, Labor in Latin America, Multinational Corporations in the Americas | 1 Comment

Anti-Indigenous Violence in Paraguay and Brazil

Anybody even remotely familiar with Latin America history is aware that indigenous peoples were subject to horrific processes of dispossession, repression, racism, and extermination throughout both the colonial and the national periods. Sadly, destroying native lands and communities in the … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Food, Indigenous Peoples, Paraguay

Chiquita Trying to Shirk Responsibility for Aiding Terrorist Organizations

Banana companies have long had a horrible history in Latin America, based upon political corruption, economic exploitation, and even the overthrow of democratically-elected regimes. Yet the horrible practices of multinational fruit companies in the region is not a relic of … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Food, Human Rights Issues, Multinational Corporations in the Americas, Paramilitary Groups, Torture, Violence in the Americas | 2 Comments

“Hey – This Drink Tastes Like….Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!”

Apparently, chia seeds have found a second life as a product in health drinks: Ubiquitous in television ads that made their debut 30 years ago, Chia Pets were called “the pottery that grows.” Mixing chia seeds and water on the … Continue reading

Posted in Bolivia, Food, Mexico, Minutiae, United States

Around Latin America

-Last week may have seen the suspension of Paraguay and inclusion of Venezuela into Mercosul, but at least one Brazilian businessman from São Paulo believes that the political role of the trade bloc means it is on its way out. -Paraguay … Continue reading

Posted in Around Latin America, Brazil, Catholicism in the Americas, Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Corruption, El Salvador, Elections in Latin America, Evangelicals in Latin America, Food, Guyana, Honduras, Latin American Politics, Mexico, National Parks, Religion in Latin America, Venezuela

Around Latin America

-With just over a month to go before the Mexican Presidential Election, center-left candidate Manuel López Obrador has narrowed the gap, and is now trailing PRI-candidate and frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto by only four percentage points in one poll. -Venezuelan … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Around Latin America, Augusto Pinochet, Brazil, Chile, Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Corruption, Cuba, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Ecuador, Environmental Issues in the Americas, Food, Futebol (Soccer), Honduras, Mexico, National Parks, Paraguay, Peru, Police in the Americas, Police Violence, Protests in Latin America, Sports in Latin America, Venezuela, Women's Movements & Issues, Women's Rights

The New Cola Wars?

Pepsi finds itself with a new, more dangerous rival than Coca-Cola:  Banners signed by a cult-like Mexican drug gang say that cartel members launched firebombing attacks on a PepsiCo. subsidiary because they believe the snack company let law-enforcement agents use … Continue reading

Posted in Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Food, Mexico

On the United Fruit Company in Central America (and Terrible Book Reviews)

Non-fiction writer Rich Cohen has a new book coming out on Samuel Zemurray, the man who made the United Fruit Company, the previous incarnation of what we today call Chiquita. Under Zemurray’s watch, United Fruit, or “UFCO,” wound up supporting … Continue reading

Posted in Central America, Environmental Issues in the Americas, Food, Guatemala, Guatemala's Civil War, Honduras, Inequalities in the Americas, Labor in Latin America, Latin American-U.S. Relations, The Cold War in Latin America, United States

Around Latin America

-Amnesty International has issued a report criticizing Colombia for failing to investigate human rights violations and allowing an atmosphere of impunity to persist, including failure to investigate and prosecute right-wing paramilitary groups and individuals who historically have been tied to … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Around Latin America, Brazil, Canada, Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Disability Rights & Issues, Food, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC), Futebol (Soccer), Honduras, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Labor in Latin America, Latin America, Latin American Economies, Mexico, Paramilitary Groups, Protests in Latin America, Sports in Latin America, Strikes, Student Movements, The "Disappeared", The Amazon, United States, Uruguay, Violence in the Americas | 2 Comments

Around Latin America

-Carlos Fuentes, the world-renowned Mexican author and intellectual, passed away yesterday at the age of 83. If you haven’t read  The Death of Artemio Cruz, Terra Nostra, or Where the Air is Clear, do yourself a favor and go do it now. -Brazilian President … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Around Latin America, Brazil, Children's Rights, Colombia, Corruption, Food, Guatemala, International Relations, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Literature, Mexico, Multinational Corporations in the Americas, Poverty, United States, Uruguay | 1 Comment