Category Archives: São Paulo

Around Latin America [Human Rights Edition]

There has been a recent wave of stories regarding human rights in Latin America in both the past and present worth covering. Mexico -With the ongoing issue of the disappeared in Mexico in the 21st century, and, after a tortuous … Continue reading

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The Economic Power of Favelas

This is remarkable: Brazil currently has 12 million people living in favelas. They are responsible for generating R$38.6 billion per year in commercial activity, which is equivalent, for example, to the GDP of Bolivia. If they were a state, they … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazilian Culture, Favelas, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo

Preemptively Predicting the Challenges Facing a Drug-Treatment Program

Historians often are uncomfortable predicting future events; just because a familiarity with the past helps understand possible outcomes going forward does not mean we’re comfortable picking just one of those (usually many) possibilities. That said, I feel confident in suggesting … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, São Paulo

On This Date in Latin America – January 13, 1825: The Execution of Frei Caneca

One hundred and eighty-eight years ago today, Joaquim da Silva Rabelo, a leader of multiple revolts in the early Brazilian Empire better known as “Frei Caneca” (“Father Mug”), was executed by firing squad. Born in 1779 to Portuguese parents, Rabelo … Continue reading

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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

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Municipal Elections in Brazil and Chile

Yesterday, Brazil held its second run-off round of municipal elections in 50 cities, including 17 state capitals, after the first round earlier this month. In total, another 31.7 million people voted yesterday, after 138 million took to the polls in … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Chile, Democracy in the Americas, Elections in Latin America, Latin American Politics, São Paulo | 1 Comment

Brazil’s Municipal Elections

While much of the focus yesterday fell on Venezuela’s presidential elections, it was not the only country going to the polls. With municipal elections being held throughout the country yesterday, 138 million Brazilians (many more than Venezuela’s 19 million voters) … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Elections in Latin America, Latin American Politics, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo

Around Latin America

-In the wake of violent suppression of growing protests, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala shuffled his cabinet again, picking as prime minister former human rights lawyer Juan Jimenez to replace ex-military officer Oscar Valdes. The move is likely designed at least … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-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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Around Latin America

-The controversial documentary on Pinochet (briefly discussed here) apparently gained even more controversy, as hundreds of people protested the film before the police, in actions befitting a military dictatorship, showed up and turned water cannons against the protesters and used … Continue reading

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