Category Archives: Argentina’s Military Dictatorship (1976-1983)

On Thatcher, Argentina, and the Catholic Church during Dictatorships

Yesterday, Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns & Money and I discussed Thatcher’s death from a Latin American perspective,  the Catholic Church during authoritarian governments, and transitions to democracy in Latin America.

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Former Dictator Calls for Military Uprising in Argentina

Jorge Videla, the first military leader of Argentina’s military dictatorship who governed for five of the regime’s seven years, has apparently called for the Argentine military to arm itself for an overthrow of the government. To repeat: the man who … Continue reading

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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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On the Selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francisco

As most are aware by now, Catholic cardinals selected Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope, the first time a Pope is from Latin America. (In addition to being the first Latin American pope, he’s also the first Jesuit pope.) There … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

While Hugo Chávez’s death has perhaps understandably been the main focus of news from the region this week, it’s far from the only event of note. Here are some of the other stories coming out of Latin America this week. … Continue reading

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Around Latin America [Human Rights Edition]

There has been a recent wave of stories regarding human rights in Latin America in both the past and present worth covering. Mexico -With the ongoing issue of the disappeared in Mexico in the 21st century, and, after a tortuous … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-With Hugo Chávez in Cuba convalescing from further cancer treatment even while his inauguration looms, there is growing tension over whether Chávez will assume power constitutionally or not. Proponents say he does not have to be in the country to … Continue reading

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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

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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

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-In a move that could have implications for equal marriage rights throughout the country, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that a state law in Oaxaca that banned gay marriage is unconstitutional. –Gunmen assassinated Paraguayan peasant leader Vidal Vega, who fought for … Continue reading

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