Category Archives: The “Right” 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

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

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

Paraguay’s “Argo”

Apparently, Argo wasn’t the only stranger-than-fiction story of its kind. In Paraguay, former members of Argentina’s Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo (People’s Revolutionary Army; ERP) hatched a similar plan to assassinate Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle. Anastasio was the third in a line … Continue reading

Posted in Alfredo Stroessner, Nicaragua, Paraguay, The "Left" in Latin America, The "Right" in Latin America, The Somozas in Nicaragua, Violence in the Americas

On Brazil’s Involvement in Operation Condor

Brazil’s Truth Commission continues to conduct hearings and accept testimony from a variety of witnesses as it investigates human rights violations during the military regime of 1964-1985. Much of this testimony has been helpful in further fleshing out details that … Continue reading

Posted in Alfredo Stroessner, Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Augusto Pinochet, Bolivia, Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Chile, Human Rights Violations, Latin American Militaries, Memory Struggles, Military Dictatorships, Paraguay, Peru, The "Disappeared", The "Right" in Latin America, Torture, Truth Commissions, Uruguay, Uruguay's Military Dictatorship (1973-1985)

Contextualizing “Electoral Authoritarianism” in Latin America

I’m a bit late to this (I’ve been spending the past two weeks moving from one home to another), but the Washington Post recently ran a lengthy post on what it described as “Latin America’s new authoritarians,” with a focus falling heavily … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy in the Americas, Latin America, Latin American History, Latin American Politics, The "Left" in Latin America, The "Right" in Latin America | 1 Comment

Today in Non-Breaking News…

Fernando Henrique Cardoso is still a hack: Former Brazilian president Fernando Enrique Cardoso said that his country is rapidly loosing [sic] influence in South America to Venezuela, following on remarks about the suspension of Paraguay from Mercosur. “Brazil is loosing … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Latin American Politics, Mercosur/Mercosul, The "Left" in Latin America, The "Right" in Latin America