Category Archives: Social Movements

Defending Democracy in Brazil

As I’ve noted before, the Brazilian media has portrayed the anti-Dilma/anti-PT/pro-impeachment protests as a case of the Brazilian people taking to the streets, with the implication that “Brazil” (and thus, the citizens of the nation) and the current administration are … Continue reading

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Anti-Impeachment Rallies in Brazil

In response to last Sunday’s protests demanding Dilma’s removal from office, tens of thousands of Brazilians gathered in state capitals throughout the country in support if not of the government, then of institutional and social democracy. Some marchers called for … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Democracy in the Americas, Impeachment, Latin American Politics, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements

On Guatemala, Corruption, and the Strength of Democracy in Latin America

While much of the focus here has fallen on the recent corruption scandal in Brazil, there is another case in Latin America where the public and legal actors are beginning to hold political elites responsible for corrupt practices. In Guatemala, … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Corruption, Guatemala, Honduras, Impunity, Latin American Politics, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements

Thoughts on Brazil’s Anti-Terrorism Law

Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies is currently debating a new anti-terrorism law that is worth keeping an eye on. Those supporting the law have defended it by saying it merely brings Brazil “in line with the international community.” Additionally, they point to … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Latin American Politics, Legal Issues in Latin America, Social Movements, Terror in the Americas

Police Disappearing Protesting Students in Mexico in 2014

I’ve written before of police violence against students in Mexico on a much grander scale. And now, in 2014, it tragically appears we have a twenty-first century version, no less horrific even if on a smaller scale: Authorities were investigating whether … Continue reading

Posted in Human Rights Issues, Mexico, Police Violence, Student Movements, The "Disappeared"

Around Latin America

–Dozens of Haitians are dead after the boat they were traveling on capsized as they sought to seek refuge and a new start in the wake of recent tensions and violence in the Dominican Republic. -For those who missed it, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 World Cup, Around Latin America, Border Issues, Brazil, Corruption, Cuba, Gender and Sexuality, Haiti, Human Rights Issues, Indigenous Peoples, International Relations, Labor in Latin America, Land Struggles & Issues, Latin America, LGBT Rights & Issues, Paraguay, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements, Sports in Latin America

Around Latin America

-In spite of a recent attack that left 13 Colombian soldiers dead, peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC continue, in an attempt to end civil war and conflict that has lasted nearly 50 years and left tens … Continue reading

Posted in Augusto Pinochet, Brazil, Chile, Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Corruption, Ecuador, Education in the Americas, Educational Reforms, El Salvador, Environmental Issues in the Americas, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC), Futebol (Soccer), Human Rights Issues, Labor in Latin America, Legal Issues in Latin America, Mexico, National Parks, Oil in the Americas, Peru, Prisoners' Rights, Protests in Latin America, Social Movements, Sports in Latin America, Technology in the Americas, The Amazon, Women's Movements & Issues, Women's Rights