Category Archives: Labor in Latin America

Mexican Teachers Push Back Against Peña Nieto

Nearly two months ago, Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law an educational reform bill that reduced the power of teachers’ unions, and then promptly arrested union leader Elba Ester Gordillo on charges of corruption. At the time, I commented that … Continue reading

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-Brazil’s Federal Council of Medicine recently came out in favor of legalizing first-trimester abortions in Brazil, adding to the arguments and debate over the issue in a country where abortion is currently only legal in the case of rape, severe … Continue reading

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Mexico Teachers’ Union Leader Arrested

Apparently, it won’t take so long to see at least one of the consequences of Mexico’s massive educational reform. Just one day after Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law a reform that greatly weakened the teachers union on Monday, yesterday afternoon, the … Continue reading

Posted in Education in the Americas, Educational Reforms, Labor in Latin America, Mexico, Unions

Mexico’s Legislative Potential

Shannon O’Neil has a great piece up on the agenda that Mexico’s Congress is considering as it returns to session. As she points out, the first legislative session of the current Congress last fall led to some impressive changes, including a … Continue reading

Posted in Labor in Latin America, Latin American Politics, Mexico

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-In Mexico, families of some of the more than 20,000 people missing due to drug violence or other causes asked the federal government to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the issue. -As the FARC announced that its ceasefire will end on January … Continue reading

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-With Hugo Chávez in Cuba convalescing from further cancer treatment even while his inauguration looms, there is growing tension over whether Chávez will assume power constitutionally or not. Proponents say he does not have to be in the country to … Continue reading

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Indigenous Peoples, Companies, “Modernity,” and Racial Discourse in Brazil

Recently, the image below made the rounds on Brazilian Facebook pages. The four billboards have stirred a lot of controversy; their messages are a direct attempt to inflame anti-indigenous sentiment in Brazil. They do so by trying to frame indigenous … Continue reading

Posted in "Modernity", Brazil, Development in Latin America, Indigenous Peoples, Labor in Latin America, Land Struggles & Issues, Multinational Corporations in the Americas, Race in Brazil

The Question of Labor Reform in Mexico

Juan Manuel Henao has a fascinating piece up on labor reform in Mexico and the return of the PRI: Mexico’s 62nd Congress had just been inaugurated on September 1 when legislators heard from President Felipe Calderón, who sent a labor … Continue reading

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-In Chile, protests erupted as the country commemorated the 39th anniversary of the military coup that overthrew democratically-elected president Salvador Allende. The protests turned violent, however, leaving one officer dead and at least 255 people under arrest. -After conflicting reports of … Continue reading

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-In yet another step towards equality, a gay man in Brazil who, with his partner, is adopting a child, has been granted “maternity” leave for four months (rather than the 5-day time off for “paternity” leave) to help raise the … Continue reading

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