Category Archives: Argentina

On Pope Francis, Peronism, and the History of Catholicism in Latin America

Last week, the New York Times ran an important editorial, “The Peronist Roots of Pope Francis’ Politics,” that raised some important issues about a recent piece in The Economist on Pope Francis. The editorial, by Uki Goñi, does an excellent job in  contextualizing why The … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Catholicism in the Americas, Latin America, Religion in Latin America

Gun Violence in Brazil

A (tragic) parable: A report on violence in Brazil says around 42,000 people were shot dead in 2012 – the highest figures for gun crime in 35 years. The study, by the UN and the government on the most recent … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Latin America, Violence in the Americas, Weapons and Arms in Latin America

The Ties between the Ayotzinapa Killings and Argentina’s Military Dictatorship

Over a month ago, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, went “missing” after mobilizing and protesting for improvements in Mexico’s educational policy and social system. Within days, authorities had uncovered mass graves; yet the … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Human Rights Issues, Memory Struggles, Mexico, The "Disappeared", Uncategorized

On This Date in Latin America – September 16, 1976: Argentina’s “Night of the Pencils”

Given the recent discussion of memory and military dictatorships, it seems worthwhile to recall one of the many horrific events of Argentina’s military dictatorship: La Noche de los Lápices, or “Night of the Pencils.” The Night of the Pencils had … Continue reading

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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

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On Protests, Maps, and the Limits of Quantitative Data

Erik Loomis points to this fascinating map allegedly marking “every protest on the planet since 1979.” The piece explaining the map itself, however, acknowledges the limits of taking such data too far: The map also shows some of the limits of Big … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Brazil, Latin America, Protests in Latin America

Around Latin America

-Two former executives from Ford in Argentina have been charged (among other things) with having ties to the abduction of 24 workers for Ford during the military regime of 1976-1983. -El Salvador’s presidential election is shaping up to be a … Continue reading

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