Category Archives: Torture

What Force-Feeding Looks Like

Though reports on the story have been relatively slight in comparison to far more trivial matters that gobble up more TV time, for at least the past four months, detainees at Guantanamo have been on a hunger strike, protesting the … Continue reading

Posted in Cuba, Human Rights Issues, Prisoners' Rights, Strikes, Torture, United States

When Public Anger & Political Frustration Ignore History

As readers of this blog know, I’ve written extensively about the Brazilian military dictatorship from a variety of angles, including how the military came to power amidst civilian calls for the military to remove constitutional president João Goulart. The idea of … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Coups in Latin America, Democracy in the Americas, Governance in Latin America, Human Rights Issues, Latin American Militaries, Police Violence, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements, Torture | 4 Comments

The Legacies of Torture in Central America

As scholarship and human rights reports have repeatedly demonstrate, the effects of torture on the human mind and body have long-term ramifications, and many of those victims continue suffer from both the psychological and the physical effects of torture decades … Continue reading

Posted in El Salvador, El Salvador's Civil War (1980-1992), Guatemala, Guatemala's Civil War, Human Rights Issues, Impunity, Torture, United States | 1 Comment

On the Vatican’s Relations with the Pinochet Regime

Wikileaks recently released another wave of documents, many of them coming from the Kissinger years. While much of these items are available to scholars in archives, their broader dissemination is still useful. Among the released documents are cables revealing the … Continue reading

Posted in Augusto Pinochet, Catholicism in the Americas, Chile, Human Rights Violations, International Relations, Latin American Foreign Relations, The "Disappeared", Torture | 2 Comments

Get to Know a Brazilian – Vera Sílvia Magalhães

While recent posts in this series focused on the presidents of Brazil’s military dictatorship, no country’s history, society, or politics is defined merely by its (male) political leaders. During the dictatorship, millions of Brazilians resisted the military’s authority (even while … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Gender and Sexuality, Get to Know a Brazilian, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, Human Rights Violations, Police Violence, Rio de Janeiro, Student Movements, The "Left" in Latin America, Torture, Women's Movements & Issues

On the Selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francisco

As most are aware by now, Catholic cardinals selected Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope, the first time a Pope is from Latin America. (In addition to being the first Latin American pope, he’s also the first Jesuit pope.) There … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Brazil, Buenos Aires, Catholicism in the Americas, Human Rights Violations, Religion in Latin America, The "Disappeared", Torture | 13 Comments

Around Latin America

While Hugo Chávez’s death has perhaps understandably been the main focus of news from the region this week, it’s far from the only event of note. Here are some of the other stories coming out of Latin America this week. … Continue reading

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