Category Archives: Memory Struggles

Around Latin America

-While many in the Americas celebrated the announcement of the first American pope last year, not all citizens (including Catholic clergy) in Francis I’s home country are pleased with Bergoglio or the Catholic hierarchy in Argentina. -It appears the long national … Continue reading

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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 , , , , ,

Argentina, Israel, and Misguided Hyperbole

Israel may have legitimate reasons to dislike the agreement between Iran and Argentina to establish a Truth Commission to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. However, this is ridiculous: Israel has strongly criticised Argentina for its … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, International Relations, Judaism in Latin America, Latin American Foreign Relations, Religion in Latin America, Truth Commissions

Argentina and Iran Agree to Investigate 1994 Terrorist Attack

Last November, Iran and Argentina initiated talks that included discussions on investigating the 1994 bombing of Buenos Aires’ Associación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) that left 85 dead and over 300 wounded. Those talks were apparently serious, as yesterday, the two countries … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Buenos Aires, Human Rights Issues, Truth Commissions | 1 Comment

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)

Florida’s Role in Argentina’s Largest Human Rights Trial

Last week, Argentina began trying 68 people from the infamous Escuela de Mecánica de la Armada (Navy School of Mechanics, ESMA) who are charged with torture, murder, and “disappearances” (including via the so-called “death flights”)  during the military dictatorship of 1976-1983. It … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Memory Struggles, Military Dictatorships, The "Disappeared", Torture, United States

Argentina’s Largest Human Rights Trial Commences

The ongoing prosecution of human rights violations from Argentina’s military dictatorship of 1976-1983 has been a subject of some interest here before. Thus, it’s worth noting that the biggest human rights trial has begun, as 68 people stand the possibility … Continue reading

Posted in Amnesty, Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Human Rights Violations, Memory Struggles, The "Disappeared", The Malvinas War, Torture