Category Archives: Latin American Media

Today in Out-of-Touch Plutocrats

Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has long been a polarizing character. His working-class background and his political successes bring out an often-irrational hatred and vituperative declarations from the urban middle- and upper-classes, who see the former-union-leader-made-successful-president as … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Class and Classism in the Americas, Inequalities in the Americas, Labor in Latin America, Latin American Media

Around Latin America [Updated]

-Early reports are saying 245 232 people died in a nightclub fire last night in Santa Maria, a city in Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul. Somewhere between 300 and 400 people were reportedly at the event, a party … Continue reading

Posted in Amnesty, Argentina, Around Latin America, Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, El Salvador's Civil War (1980-1992), Elections in Latin America, Environmental Issues in the Americas, Guatemala, Human Rights Violations, Impunity, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin American Media, Latin American Militaries, Mexico, Peasant Movements, Peru, Prisoners' Rights, Rio de Janeiro, The Amazon, The Malvinas War, Urban Landscapes, Uruguay, Venezuela, Women's Movements & Issues

On This Date in Latin America – August 24, 1954: Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas’s Suicide

Fifty-eight years ago today, populist Brazilian president Getúlio Vargas, facing growing military opposition amidst political scandal, put a gun to his chest and pulled the trigger, ending his presidency but cementing his legacy on Brazilian politics, society, and culture for … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Latin American Media, Latin American Politics, On This Date in Latin America

The 1st Mexican presidential “debate” of 2012

The run-up to last night’s debate was overshadowed by two main issues: the controversy over which channels would air the debate, and that this is only one of two debates that will take place during the campaign. Televisa and TV … Continue reading

Posted in Elections in Latin America, Latin American Media, Mexico, North America

Around Latin America

–Greg points us to this chart showing that undocumented workers paid $11.2 billion in taxes in 2010, solidly debunking the baseless claims from  that undocumented workers pay no taxes, a common refrain among anti-immigrant forces in the US. -In yet another example of … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Around Latin America, Brazil, Carnaval, Chile, Corruption, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Guatemala, Immigration, Latin American Media, Malvinas/Falklands Islands, Mexico, Peru, Prisoners' Rights, The Malvinas War, United States

Around Latin America

-While the United States tries to address its deficit by cutting military spending, a new study suggests that defense spending in Latin American countries is on the rise, with the main expenses being arms sales from China. Meanwhile, Adam Isacson … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Around Latin America, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guatemala's Civil War, Honduras, Human Rights Violations, Immigration, Latin American Foreign Relations, Latin American Media, Latin American Militaries, Latin American-U.S. Relations, LGBT Rights & Issues, National Parks, Rio de Janeiro, The Cold War in Latin America, United States | 2 Comments

Around Latin America

-The prison camp at Guantanamo Bay turns 10 years old today, with no sign of closing or of the detainees receiving trial anytime soon. -Mexican ex-president Ernesto Zedillo is facing charges of crimes against humanity for the murder of 45 … Continue reading

Posted in Around Latin America, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Favelas, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC), Guatemala, Human Rights Violations, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Media, Mexico, Mexico's Institutional Dictatorship, Nicaragua, Prisoners' Rights, United States