Category Archives: Latin American Politics

Closer to Impeachment in Brazil?

After meeting with the Minister of the Supreme Federal Tribunal to discuss the possibility of impeachment, the president of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies (the “lower” house of Brazil’s bicameral Congress), Eduardo Cunha, has announced that his party, the Partido Movimento Democrático … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Impeachment, Latin American Politics

Impeachment vs. Impeachable Offenses

Boz responds to my thoughts on impeachment yesterday, and raises a point worth clarifying: While it doesn’t live up to the democratic ideal, impeachment is almost always more of a political than a legal question. 1) Does the public want … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Impeachment, Latin American Politics, Legal Issues in Latin America

On the Possibility/Threat of Impeachment in Brazil

I thought I’d wade into the impeachment issue that has come up in Brazil in the past few months. The short version of the (very complicated) story is that a corruption scandal involving the state-run Petrobras, kickbacks, and embezzlement has … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Corruption, Governance in Latin America, Impeachment, Latin American Politics, Legal Issues in Latin America

And Again, We Have to Ask: Who’s “Left” in Latin America?

I’ve written on the problem of defining/understanding what constitutes “left” in Latin America before. It’s an ongoing debate, in no small part because of the insistence of US media across a variety of political viewpoints to lump leaders as diverse as … Continue reading

Posted in Latin American Politics, The "Left" in Latin America, The "Right" in Latin America

Get to Know a Brazilian – João Leonardo da Silva Rocha,

This is part of an ongoing series. Previous entries can be found here. This week, we look at João Leonardo da Silva Rocha, the sixth of fifteen political prisoners who were exchanged for US Ambassador Charles Elbrick in 1969, in the … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Human Rights Violations, Latin American Politics, The "Disappeared", The "Left" in Latin America

Today in Quixotic Endeavors

Angry at the administration of Dilma Rousseff, at a corruption (that crosses both the PSDB and PT years), and at the PT government more generally, some Brazilian activists have decided to march 600 miles in support of “free markets, lower … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, The "Right" in Latin America

Brazil’s Truth Commission – A Roundup

Yesterday, on International Human Rights Day, Brazil’s National Truth Commission (Comissão Nacional da Verdade) concluded and submitted its report after over two years of work across 14 work groups and thousands upon thousands of hours of interviews, fact-finding, document-collecting, and … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Human Rights Issues, Latin American History, Latin American Militaries, Latin American Politics, Memory Struggles, Military Dictatorships, Truth Commissions