Category Archives: Central America

What Presidents Do Post-Coup

Greg has an interesting post up on the path of Latin American presidents who’ve been removed from office in recent times – Manuel Zelaya in Honduras in 2009 through a coup; Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo through a highly dubious application of … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Honduras, Latin American Politics, Mexico, Paraguay | 1 Comment

The Zika Virus and Militarizing Medicine

As you may have read, Brazil is currently dealing with a baffling medical situation that is threatening to become an epidemic, as the Zika virus (spread by mosquitos that also can carry dengue and other diseases) is affecting the country. … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, El Salvador, Health Issues in the Americas, Latin America, Latin American Militaries

On Lynchings and the Weakness of the State

Well, this is horrible: The lynching began around 7:20 p.m., not long after the brothers had finished conducting their final interviews on tortilla consumption. Residents confronted them, mistaking the pair for kidnappers. The police confirmed that the men were, in … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Brazil, Corruption, Governance in Latin America, Guatemala, Impunity, Mexico, Violence in the Americas

Links Around Latin America

Several stories of note from around the region lately: Last week, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timochenko met in Cuba to finalize a peace plan that could finally end a struggle that’s lasted over 50 years. Boz … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Around Latin America, Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Corruption, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC), Guatemala, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Latin America, Latin American Art, The Malvinas War, Torture

On Guatemala, Corruption, and the Strength of Democracy in Latin America

While much of the focus here has fallen on the recent corruption scandal in Brazil, there is another case in Latin America where the public and legal actors are beginning to hold political elites responsible for corrupt practices. In Guatemala, … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Corruption, Guatemala, Honduras, Impunity, Latin American Politics, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements

On (Mis)Understanding US-El Salvador Relations

Last week, The Nation published an article, “How El Salvador’s Supreme Court Is Undermining Democracy – With Washington’s Help.” While there are numerous legitimate and good criticisms to make of the US’s relations with Latin America, historically and in recent years (something that … Continue reading

Posted in El Salvador, Governance in Latin America, Inter-American Relations, Latin American Foreign Relations, Latin American Politics

“Was Rios Montt responsible for Guatemala’s Genocide?”

A reminder that, in any sane understanding of governance, of the role of the state, of human rights, or even of the structure and function of military institutions, the answer to this question is always “Yes.” To make the argument that … Continue reading

Posted in Genocide, Guatemala, Guatemala's Civil War, Human Rights Violations, Legal Issues in Latin America