Category Archives: The “Left” in Latin America

On Chilean Presidential Politics and Ongoing Ties to the Pinochet Era

As Brandi mentioned yesterday, the dust has settled in the Chilean presidential primaries. On the one hand, the Concertación elected Socialist Party candidate and former president (2006-2010) Michelle Bachelet to run for re-election for the coalition. On the other hand, the … Continue reading

Posted in Augusto Pinochet, Chile, Democracy in the Americas, Educational Reforms, Elections in Latin America, Governance in Latin America, Latin American Politics, Legal Issues in Latin America, The "Left" in Latin America, The "Right" in Latin America

Get to Know a Brazilian – Gregório Bezerra

This is part of an ongoing series. Previous entries can be found here. Continuing the sub-series on the fifteen political prisoners released when young leftists kidnapped US ambassador Charles Elbrick in 1969, this week we look at the oldest prisoner … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Get to Know a Brazilian, Getúlio Vargas and the Brazilian Estado Novo (1930-1945), Human Rights Issues, The "Left" in Latin America

Get to Know a Brazilian – Maria Augusta Carneiro Ribeiro

While Vera Sílvia Magalhães gained distinction for her role in planning one of the boldest acts against Brazil’s military dictatorship, Maria Augusta Carneiro Ribeiro was not only attached to that event in her own way; she was an important figure in … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Gender and Sexuality, Get to Know a Brazilian, Latin American History, The "Left" in Latin America

Get to Know a Brazilian – Vera Sílvia Magalhães

While recent posts in this series focused on the presidents of Brazil’s military dictatorship, no country’s history, society, or politics is defined merely by its (male) political leaders. During the dictatorship, millions of Brazilians resisted the military’s authority (even while … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Gender and Sexuality, Get to Know a Brazilian, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, Human Rights Violations, Police Violence, Rio de Janeiro, Student Movements, The "Left" in Latin America, Torture, Women's Movements & Issues

Lula on the Future of the Left(s) in Latin America

I’ve been remiss in not getting to this sooner, but, after the death of Hugo Chávez, former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva published an editorial in the New York Times addressing not just the legacy of Chávez, but the future of politics … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Inequalities in the Americas, Latin America, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Foreign Relations, Latin American Politics, The "Left" in Latin America, Venezuela

On the History of the Left in Latin America

In some ways, starting a “history of the left” in Latin America with the election of Salvador Allende in 1970 (and his overthrow in 1973) makes some small amount of sense. With his election in 1970, Allende became the first … Continue reading

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

Chávez’s Ghost and Further Thoughts on Venezuela’s Future

With Hugo Chávez’s passing, some further remarks on issues facing Venezuela in the immediate future. First, there will almost inevitably be some political bloviating that his death marks the “end of the left” in Latin America (primarily because such articles … Continue reading

Posted in Elections in Latin America, Latin American Politics, The "Left" in Latin America, Venezuela