Category Archives: Land Struggles & Issues

On This Date in Latin America – February 14, 1879: The War of the Pacific

One hundred and thirty-four years ago today, the War of the Pacific (1879-1883) began, pitting Chile against Peru and Bolivia in a war that would see Peru lose its southern-most provinces, Bolivia lose its access to the Pacific Ocean (thus … Continue reading

Posted in Bolivia, Border Issues, Chile, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin American History, Latin American Militaries, Peru, War in Latin America

Around Latin America [Updated]

-Early reports are saying 245 232 people died in a nightclub fire last night in Santa Maria, a city in Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul. Somewhere between 300 and 400 people were reportedly at the event, a party … Continue reading

Posted in Amnesty, Argentina, Around Latin America, Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, El Salvador's Civil War (1980-1992), Elections in Latin America, Environmental Issues in the Americas, Guatemala, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin American Media, Latin American Militaries, Mexico, Peasant Movements, Peru, Prisoners' Rights, Rio de Janeiro, The Amazon, The Malvinas War, Urban Landscapes, Uruguay, Venezuela, Women's Movements & Issues

On Police Violence, Political Unrest, and Unequal Justice in Paraguay

While deposed President Fernando Lugo prepares to run for a seat in the Senate this year, the issue of the events that led to the institutional coup that removed him from office are still in many ways unresolved. The political … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Conflict in the Americas, Coups in Latin America, Democracy in the Americas, Elections in Latin America, Human Rights Issues, Land Struggles & Issues, Paraguay, Peasant Movements, Police Violence, Social Movements

The Next Wave of Gentrification in Rio de Janeiro – Favelas

This is gross: Five years ago, Rio de Janeiro’s “favela” hillside slums had such a bad rap that they were virtual no-go zones, where drug lords laid down the law and outsiders set foot at their peril. But since 2011, … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Class and Classism in the Americas, Favelas, Inequalities in the Americas, Land Struggles & Issues, Rio de Janeiro | 1 Comment

Growing Tensions between Mapuche and Government in Chile

In Chile, indigenous protests have led to escalating tensions between the Mapuche peoples and the government and non-indigenous society. Mapuche peoples have been protesting, demanding the return of their traditional lands and protesting against programs that affect their culture and … Continue reading

Posted in Augusto Pinochet, Chile, Indigenous Peoples, Land Struggles & Issues, Protests in Latin America, Violence in the Americas

Around Latin America

-While Hugo Chávez’s health is increasingly in question as he underwent surgery for cancer yet again, his political vision appears to remain alive. In gubernatorial elections yesterday in Venezuela, his political coalition won 20 of the 23 elections for state … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 World Cup, Around Latin America, Brazil, Colombia, Democracy in the Americas, Elections in Latin America, Environmental Issues in the Americas, Futebol (Soccer), Honduras, Indigenous Peoples, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin American Militaries, Latin American Politics, LGBT Rights & Issues, Paraguay, Peasant Movements, Peru, Race in the Americas, Racism, Uruguay, Venezuela

Around Latin America

-In a move that could have implications for equal marriage rights throughout the country, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that a state law in Oaxaca that banned gay marriage is unconstitutional. –Gunmen assassinated Paraguayan peasant leader Vidal Vega, who fought for … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Around Latin America, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Disability Rights & Issues, Futebol (Soccer), Guatemala, Human Rights Issues, Indigenous Peoples, International Relations, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin American Politics, LGBT Rights & Issues, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peasant Movements, Police Violence, Protests in Latin America, Torture

On Indigenous Peoples and the Left

Erik points us to this article on the left and indigenous groups in Latin America. The basic argument: that development efforts of the New Left in the 21st century often find themselves in direct opposition to indigenous rights. I think … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin America

Around Latin America

-In a potential step towards addressing human rights, Mexico has announced it will move to prosecute military officials accused of human rights violations in civil courts, rather than in secretive military tribunals. Traditionally, military officials who are involved in the drug … Continue reading

Posted in Amnesty, Around Latin America, Bolivia, Brazil, Citizenship, Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Development in Latin America, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC), Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Indigenous Peoples, Judaism in Latin America, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin American Economies, Mercosur/Mercosul, Mexico, Police in the Americas, Police Violence, Prisoners' Rights, Race in the Americas, São Paulo, Venezuela, Violence in the Americas

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