- The Complex Web of Environmental Devastation in the Amazon November 28, 2016
- Very Quick Thoughts on Castro November 26, 2016
- What Presidents Do Post-Coup September 6, 2016
- Today in “Terrible Historical Analogies” (or, Brazil in 2016 is not Iraq in 2005) September 5, 2016
- A Final, Farcical Footnote to Impeachment in Brazil September 3, 2016
- Some Quick Thoughts on the Latest Polls in Brazil July 18, 2016
- The Lived Effects of the Rio Olympics July 17, 2016
- Early Thoughts on What a Temer Administration Looks Like May 17, 2016
- Thoughts on the Immediate Fallout of Dilma’s Removal May 16, 2016
- Dilma Removed from Office for (at least) 180 Days May 12, 2016
- Impeachment of Dilma Takes Inconceivable Turn May 9, 2016
- RIP – Patricio Aylwin April 19, 2016
- Thoughts on Brazil’s Impeachment Vote Yesterday April 18, 2016
- Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies Votes to Impeach Dilma Rousseff April 17, 2016
- Anti-Corruption Sentiment and Popular Culture in Brazil April 1, 2016
- Defending Democracy in Brazil March 31, 2016
- Talking about Brazil’s Political Situation (with Bonus US-Cuba Relations Discusion) March 29, 2016
- Today in Even Worse, More Inaccurate Historical Analogies (or, “Pinochet Wasn’t a Populist”) March 28, 2016
- Today in Terrible and Inaccurate Historical Analogies (or, “Trump is not a Caudillo”) March 27, 2016
- Early Reflections on Brazil’s Odebrecht Documents March 24, 2016
- On Brazil’s Political Crisis March 20, 2016
- The Zika Virus and Militarizing Medicine January 26, 2016
- It’s Always Health and Education… January 25, 2016
- On Lynchings and the Weakness of the State January 24, 2016
- Catching Up on Impeachment, Corruption, and Brazilian Politics December 21, 2015
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Category Archives: Minutiae
I’ve heard a fair number of excuses as to why papers were turned in late, but none of them ever revolved around somebody faking their own kidnapping just to try to get an extension.
Of all the things to steal, this object is…unorthodox: An armed man in Brazil has heisted an 18-carat gold-plated vibrator selling for $4,000 at a luxury sex shop. Police say he walked into the Erotica Luxo store in Brasilia, tied … Continue reading
-Peru’s Minister of Defense and Minister of the Interior have resigned in the wake of clashes with Shining Path rebels that left several soldiers dead. -Some supporters of Hugo Chávez are furious over a Venezuelan crossword puzzle that they say contains threats … Continue reading
As much as I love history, I have to think that if I had $11,500 to spare, I’d probably spend it on something other than the 1982 official surrender telegram from the Malvinas/Falklands War.
This has to be one of the odder stories from Latin America recently: Police in Chile say they’ve stopped cold a scheme to steal ice from a disappearing glacier. The plan was to deliver five tons of ice carved out … Continue reading
-In a remarkable transformation, Cuba has expanded its free-market reforms beginning on January 1 of the coming year. Changes include laying off state workers, reducing restrictions on private enterprise, and allowing certain types of workers to become self-employed and to … Continue reading
To be fair, it’s really a South America quiz, rather than a Latin American quiz. Still, it can be tricky at times. So…how well do you know Latin [South] America?
We apologize for the lack of posts this week – it’s just that time of the semester. Regular blogging activities will resume this weekend!
Former Brazilian president and founder of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT, Workers Party) Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva begins cancer treatment today after doctors discovered a malignant tumor in his larynx. It appears they caught it in its early stages, … Continue reading
While looking for images of Brazilian presidents recently, I stumbled upon this completely random picture of João Figueiredo, the last of the Brazilian presidents during Brazil’s military dictatorship of 1964-1985, riding horses with Ronald Reagan. The image must come from the … Continue reading