Category Archives: Indigenous Peoples

Today in Dubious (But Deserved) Awards

Given the history of racism in Brazil, and ongoing structural and social racism, I imagine the competition was stiff. Still, Maranhão politician Fernando Furtado seems to have justly earned the title of “Racist of the Year”: A Brazilian lawmaker who … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, Racism

Attempts to Address Past Injustices for Indigenous Peoples

A couple of stories worth noting regarding indigenous peoples in Latin America last week. The more visible one came from Pope Francis’s trip to Latin America. At his stop in Bolivia, he gave an address that, in addition to calling … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Catholicism in the Americas, Indigenous Peoples, Latin America, Pope Francis

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

Around Latin America

-Peru has launched its biggest exhumation ever, as it tries to find victims from the violence between the Shining Path and the Peruvian state between 1980 and 2000. -Peru is not the only country exhuming victims of violence. In an … Continue reading

Posted in Around Latin America, Border Issues, Brazil, Corruption, Costa Rica, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, El Salvador, Elections in Latin America, Governance in Latin America, Honduras, Human Rights Violations, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Economies, Latin American Politics, Mexico, Nicaragua, Oil in the Americas, Peru, Peru's Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), Protests in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, The "Disappeared", United States

Around Latin America

–Dozens of Haitians are dead after the boat they were traveling on capsized as they sought to seek refuge and a new start in the wake of recent tensions and violence in the Dominican Republic. -For those who missed it, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 World Cup, Around Latin America, Border Issues, Brazil, Corruption, Cuba, Gender and Sexuality, Haiti, Human Rights Issues, Indigenous Peoples, International Relations, Labor in Latin America, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin America, LGBT Rights & Issues, Paraguay, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements, Sports in Latin America

Around Latin America

-Yesterday, Chile marked the fortieth anniversary of the coup that overthrew democratically-elected president Salvador Allende and ushered in the 17-year military dictatorship that killed over 3000 people and tortured tens of thousands. Even while the date was commemorated, the search … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Around Latin America, Augusto Pinochet, Brazil, Chile, Coups in Latin America, Cuba, Guatemala, Guatemala's Civil War, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, Human Rights Violations, Indigenous Peoples, Labor in Latin America, Multinational Corporations in the Americas, Protests in Latin America, Racism, Strikes, The "Disappeared", Torture, United States

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