Category Archives: Multinational Corporations in the Americas

McDonald’s, Labor, and Brazil

McDonald’s has been in the news this year in the US as workers have mobilized to demand a livable wage, just one area (alongside health issues) where the company faces criticism. But McDonald’s is not just the target of critiques in … Continue reading

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On Volkswagen’s Ties to the Brazilian Dictatorship

I recently received an email about Volkswagen’s ties to the Brazilian military regime, documented in the final report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission  (Comissão Nacional da Verdade – CNV), available for full viewing/download here. Stories of Volkswagen’s ties to the military regime and its … Continue reading

Posted in Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Latin American History, Military Dictatorships, Multinational Corporations in the Americas, São Paulo, Truth Commissions

Around Latin America

-Yesterday, Chile marked the fortieth anniversary of the coup that overthrew democratically-elected president Salvador Allende and ushered in the 17-year military dictatorship that killed over 3000 people and tortured tens of thousands. Even while the date was commemorated, the search … Continue reading

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Chiquita Trying to Shirk Responsibility for Aiding Terrorist Organizations

Banana companies have long had a horrible history in Latin America, based upon political corruption, economic exploitation, and even the overthrow of democratically-elected regimes. Yet the horrible practices of multinational fruit companies in the region is not a relic of … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Marking the first major protest of the year, over 100,000 Chilean students took to the streets to continue to push for educational reform, an issue that has garnered much support and been a consistent problem for conservative president Sebastian Pinera. … Continue reading

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Indigenous Peoples, Companies, “Modernity,” and Racial Discourse in Brazil

Recently, the image below made the rounds on Brazilian Facebook pages. The four billboards have stirred a lot of controversy; their messages are a direct attempt to inflame anti-indigenous sentiment in Brazil. They do so by trying to frame indigenous … Continue reading

Posted in "Modernity", Brazil, Development in Latin America, Indigenous Peoples, Labor in Latin America, Land Struggles & Issues, Multinational Corporations in the Americas, Race in Brazil

Privatizing Cities in Honduras

While Latin America has seen the rise of more progressive leaders at the national level in recent years, neoliberalism has certainly not faded away as residents of three Honduras cities are about to find out: Honduras has unveiled a radical … Continue reading

Posted in Development in Latin America, Honduras, Inequalities in the Americas, Multinational Corporations in the Americas, Neoliberalism

Around Latin America

-In Mexico’s presidential race, a new poll shows PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto’s support staying steady at 42%, with PAN candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota at 29% and Manuel Lopez Obrador at 27% heading into the July 1 election. Unlike elections … Continue reading

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On Human Rights Violations and Memory Struggles in Peru

The New York Times recently ran an excellent story discussing the challenges facing Peruvian society, culture, and politics as the country continues to try to confront the past of a civil war that tore the world’s 20th-largest country apart in the … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Carlos Fuentes, the world-renowned Mexican author and intellectual, passed away yesterday at the age of 83. If you haven’t read  The Death of Artemio Cruz, Terra Nostra, or Where the Air is Clear, do yourself a favor and go do it now. -Brazilian President … Continue reading

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