Category Archives: Student Movements

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"

Chilean Presidential Primary Results are In

Chileans voted in the presidential primaries for the November 2013 elections, and the results are in. For the Nueva Mayoría (New Majority, a coalition of left and center-left parties): Michelle Bachelet Jeria (PS – Socialist Party)  73.05% (WINNER) Andrés Velasco … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Vera Sílvia Magalhães

While recent posts in this series focused on the presidents of Brazil’s military dictatorship, no country’s history, society, or politics is defined merely by its (male) political leaders. During the dictatorship, millions of Brazilians resisted the military’s authority (even while … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Gender and Sexuality, Get to Know a Brazilian, Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, Human Rights Violations, Police Violence, Rio de Janeiro, Student Movements, The "Left" in Latin America, Torture, Women's Movements & Issues

Get to Know a Brazilian – Artur Costa e Silva

Continuing with presidents from Brazil’s military dictatorship, this week focuses on Artur Costa e Silva, who served from 1967-1969 as the second president of the military regime. Born in 1899 to parents from Madeira, Costa e Silva was the first … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Get to Know a Brazilian, Human Rights Violations, Student Movements, The "Disappeared", Torture

Get to Know a Brazilian – Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco

This week marks the first of what will be a five-part series that chronologically looks at the lives of the five generals who served as president during Brazil’s military dictatorship of 1964-1985. Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, born in the … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Brazil's Military Dictatorship, Get to Know a Brazilian, Student Movements

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

Posted in Argentina, Argentina's Military Dictatorship (1976-1983), Around Latin America, Border Issues, Chile, Colombia, Corruption, Ecuador, Educational Reforms, El Salvador, Elections in Latin America, Haiti, Honduras, Human Rights Issues, Human Rights Violations, Immigration, Labor in Latin America, Latin American Music, Latin American Politics, Legal Issues in Latin America, Mexico, Police in the Americas, Prisoners' Rights, Strikes, Student Movements, Torture, Venezuela

Around Latin America

-Colombia’s FARC has announced a cease-fire as peace talks to end a nearly-50 year civil war take place between one of the largest guerrilla forces and the Colombian government. -In an ironic twist of history, Spain has asked Latin American … Continue reading

Posted in Alberto Fujimori, Argentina, Around Latin America, Brazil, Chile, Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Corruption, Cuba, Democracy in the Americas, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC), Gender and Sexuality, Honduras, Jamaica, Latin America, Latin American Economic Relations, Latin American Foreign Relations, Latin American Politics, LGBT Rights & Issues, Mexico, Peru, Police in the Americas, Protests in Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, Student Movements, The Amazon, Violence in the Americas