Category Archives: Health Issues in the Americas

The Zika Virus and Militarizing Medicine

As you may have read, Brazil is currently dealing with a baffling medical situation that is threatening to become an epidemic, as the Zika virus (spread by mosquitos that also can carry dengue and other diseases) is affecting the country. … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, El Salvador, Health Issues in the Americas, Latin America, Latin American Militaries

It’s Always Health and Education…

In an effort to stabilize and improve education in Brazil, in 2008 Lula signed a law that created a salary floor for teachers nationwide, one that was to be adjusted annually in an attempt to keep up with macroeconomic shifts … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Education in the Americas, Governance in Latin America, Health Issues in the Americas

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

Jenny McCarthy – Bad for Latin America

The anti-vaccination foolishness in the US has repercussions that go far beyond a dramatic increase in entirely-preventable diseases in the US. To wit: Brazil’s immunization program is one of the most impressive in the world. The government makes most of … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Still dealing with the loss to Chile of its only route to the Pacific 140 years ago, Bolivia is set to take its case to the International Court of Justice, a move that Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has said would open … Continue reading

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UN Refuses to Accept Responsibility for Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

This is discouraging: The United Nations has formally rejected compensation claims by victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed almost 8,000 people. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Haitian President Michel Martelly to inform him of the … Continue reading

Posted in Haiti, Health Issues in the Americas, Impunity

Around Latin America

-Student protests continue and are escalating in Chile, where dozens were injured in clashes with police. Additionally, 139 students who had occupied buildings were violently arrested Thursday. The arrests have not brought an end to the protests, however, as students occupied another … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-In the wake of violent suppression of growing protests, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala shuffled his cabinet again, picking as prime minister former human rights lawyer Juan Jimenez to replace ex-military officer Oscar Valdes. The move is likely designed at least … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-A report suggests that, in Mexico, at least 64 indigenous dialects are facing a “high risk” of extinction. -In Brazil, police arrested eighteen people connected to the murder of Guaraní leader Nisio Gomes, who was murdered last November after his … Continue reading

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Today’s Reminders of Environmental Devastation

In depressing environmental news, over 700 dead penguins have been washing up on the beaches of southern Brazil across the last month. Meanwhile, in still more reminders of the very real and devastating impact human actions are having on the environment, the … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Environmental Issues in the Americas, Health Issues in the Americas, The Amazon