Category Archives: Latin American Cultures

Anti-Corruption Sentiment and Popular Culture in Brazil

The Guardian recently ran an interesting piece on a Brazilian graphic artist who has created a comic series that offers a unique socio-cultural insight into anti-corruption sentiment in Brazil: While Brazil’s real-life political drama is more commonly compared to House … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Corruption, Latin American Cultures, Latin American Politics

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

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, 2015 – The Samba Schools’ Parades

I’ve made it an annual tradition to write about Carnaval in Brazil, and in Rio de Janeiro specifically. Sadly, a number of other projects have kept me away from a more thorough writeup/analysis of Carnaval this year, but you can … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazilian Culture, Brazilian Music, Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, 2014 – Photos from the Second Night

Last night marked the second and final night of the major parade of samba schools for Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. While Portela and União da Ilha stood out for their performances on the second night, it was Salgueiro samba … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazilian Culture, Brazilian Music, Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, 2014 – Photos from the First Night

It’s that time of year again in Brazil – Carnaval. Last night marked the first night of the major parades in Rio de Janeiro, where, beyond the stereotyped vision of women, there were remarkable floats, songs, dance, and pageantry. As … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazilian Culture, Brazilian Music, Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro

Regulating Hip-Hop in Brazil?

In an unusual story, rappers and hip-hop artists in Brazil are rallying in response to a law that seeks to regulate their art. Politician (and former soccer star) Romário proposed a bill that would regulate hip-hop professionals, including MCs, DJs, … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazilian Culture, Brazilian Music, Favelas, Governance in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo

Popular Demonstrations Continue to Resonate through Brazilian Politics

In the wake of lower bus fares and discussions of a national plebiscite, the recent and ongoing protests in Brazil continue to ripple throughout Brazilian politics and the people’s voices continue to resonate. One of the major targets of public … Continue reading

Posted in Brasília, Brazil, Brazilian Culture, Brazilian Music, Citizenship, Democracy in the Americas, Elections in Latin America, Governance in Latin America, Latin American Politics, Protests in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, Social Movements | 1 Comment

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

History vs. Fiction? Gael vs. Chile? Memory Struggles over the Film “No”

As an historian, I’m never all that surprised when fictional films don’t live up to historical reality. So I wasn’t shocked when the film No, which tells a story about the media side of the No campaign in the 1988 … Continue reading

Posted in Augusto Pinochet, Chile, Coups in Latin America, Human Rights Issues, Latin American Cultures, Memory Struggles, Military Dictatorships, Social Movements, South America, The "Left" in Latin America, The Cold War in Latin America | Tagged , , , , ,

So Much for Soviet-Era Azerbaijani Glory in Mexico City

Apparently, those looking for Stalin-esque statues of Soviet-era figures are going to have to look somewhere other than city parks in Mexico City : A commission of intellectuals recommended Friday that Mexico City’s government remove a life-size bronze statue of Azerbaijan’s … Continue reading

Posted in Latin American Art, Mexico, Minutiae