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On Brazil’s Involvement in Operation Condor

Brazil’s Truth Commission continues to conduct hearings and accept testimony from a variety of witnesses as it investigates human rights violations during the military regime of 1964-1985. Much of this testimony has been helpful in further fleshing out details that … Continue reading

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-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

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“Hey – This Drink Tastes Like….Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!”

Apparently, chia seeds have found a second life as a product in health drinks: Ubiquitous in television ads that made their debut 30 years ago, Chia Pets were called “the pottery that grows.” Mixing chia seeds and water on the … Continue reading

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-Former president and convicted human rights violator Alberto Fujimori is planning on asking for a pardon from his prison sentence due to health issues in a move that would undo years of efforts for justice for the victims of his … 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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-Student protests continue and are escalating in Chile, where dozens were injured in clashes with police. Additionally, 139 students who had occupied buildings were violently arrested Thursday. The arrests have not brought an end to the protests, however, as students occupied another … Continue reading

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Bolivian Indigenous Women’s Struggles in Politics

IPS had a story up recently on a group of Bolivian indigenous women who are attempting to break through both gendered and ethnic barriers in national politics, with mixed success. The article does a great job shedding light on the … Continue reading

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-An editorial in the New York Times makes the compelling (and correct) case for compensating Guatemalans whom the US infected with STDs without their consent in the 1940s. -As another reminder of the shifting context of hemispheric geopolitics, Argentina signed a defense … Continue reading

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What’s in a Gross Simplification of an Entire Region?

I finally got around to reading Francisco Toro’s “What’s in a Coup?” over at the Latitude blog at the NY Times. It starts off very promisingly, with Toro cutting to the chase of why defining whether the impeachment of Lugo … Continue reading

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-The latest polls suggest that on Sunday, barring some extreme occurrence, Enrique Peña Nieto will indeed become the next president of Mexico, marking the return of the PRI to power 12 years after Vicente Fox broke the party’s 70+ year … Continue reading

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