Category Archives: Health Issues in the Americas

Around Latin America

-An editorial in the New York Times makes the compelling (and correct) case for compensating Guatemalans whom the US infected with STDs without their consent in the 1940s. -As another reminder of the shifting context of hemispheric geopolitics, Argentina signed a defense … Continue reading

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AIDS and Gender Inequalities in Argentina

A new study on AIDS in Argentina reveals the ways in which gender inequalities persist: The immense majority of women diagnosed with HIV in Argentina in the last two years were infected through unprotected sex with their stable partners, a … Continue reading

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Iron Dust and Socio-Economic Inequality in Brazil

Although at the macroeconomic level Brazil has done a remarkable job at improving its economic stability and standing in the world, it’s important to remember that not everybody benefits from the “success” of development and growth. Take the case of … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Peru’s Minister of Defense and Minister of the Interior have resigned in the wake of clashes with Shining Path rebels that left several soldiers dead. -Some supporters of Hugo Chávez are furious over a Venezuelan crossword puzzle that they say contains threats … Continue reading

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Peña Nieto, the Mexican Green Party, and rent-seeking in Mexico’s 2012 elections

“Vales de medicinas para todos”, or “drug vouchers for all” has been a staple of The Mexican Green Party’s (PVEM) platform for several years, and now that Peña Nieto and the PRI are running in alliance with the PVEM for … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-In a process that continues to go through fits and starts, Brazil’s Congress has begun investigating human rights abuses that the military committed during its 1964-1985 dictatorship. Though President Dilma Rousseff authorized the creation of a Truth Commission late last … Continue reading

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On This Date in Latin America – May 1, 1865: The Treaty of the Triple Alliance

One hundred and forty-seven years ago today, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay signed an alliance treaty, joining forces against Paraguay in what would become one of the most devastating wars in modern history. By the end of the Paraguayan War (or … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Several incidents of social unrest throughout Latin America this week highlighted the ongoing struggles of the rural and urban poor. In Rio de Janeiro, residents of the Rato Molhado (“Wet Rat”) favela blocked a highway and burned a bus after … Continue reading

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Add Malaria to the List of Diseases Brought from the “Old” World to the “New” World?

A new study at the University of California suggests that malaria actually arrived in South America when ships bringing slaves from Africa brought the disease to the continent. While some had previously suggested that Europeans and/or Africans coming from Africa … Continue reading

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