Category Archives: Student Movements

RIP – Maria Rosa Leite Guimarães

On Thursday, Maria Rosa Leite Guimarães, human rights activist and mother of Honestino Guimarães, a student leader and one of the many of the Brazilian dictatorship’s “disappeared” victims, passed away at the age of 84. A professor (like her husband) and … Continue reading

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-In Chile, protests erupted as the country commemorated the 39th anniversary of the military coup that overthrew democratically-elected president Salvador Allende. The protests turned violent, however, leaving one officer dead and at least 255 people under arrest. -After conflicting reports of … Continue reading

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Two September 11ths

Being in Chile for September 11th, especially this year, is moving. On a personal note, I am conducting research for my dissertation, which investigates how political prisoners and their families rebuilt their lives in the aftermath of the political violence … Continue reading

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-In yet another step towards equality, a gay man in Brazil who, with his partner, is adopting a child, has been granted “maternity” leave for four months (rather than the 5-day time off for “paternity” leave) to help raise the … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-Student protests continue and are escalating in Chile, where dozens were injured in clashes with police. Additionally, 139 students who had occupied buildings were violently arrested Thursday. The arrests have not brought an end to the protests, however, as students occupied another … Continue reading

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On This Date in Latin America – August 11, 1937: Brazil’s National Student Union (UNE) Is Formed

Seventy-five years ago today, Brazil’s União Nacional dos Estudantes (National Students’ Union, UNE) officially began in the city of Rio de Janeiro, then Brazil’s capital. Brazilian students had been active in politics since before the country had become independent; in the late … Continue reading

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Student Protests in the Dominican Republic

Students at the Dominican Republic’s largest public university, the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (Autonomous University of Santo Domingo; USAD), accused police of shooting three students during a protest. Dominican students had taken to the streets protesting an hike in … Continue reading

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Student Protests and Educational Reform in Guatemala

While university students in Chile have been protesting for education reform over the past year, not all student protests are similar, and Guatemala is a case in point. Yesterday, dozens of people, including students and even the Ministers of Education and of … Continue reading

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-The latest polls suggest that on Sunday, barring some extreme occurrence, Enrique Peña Nieto will indeed become the next president of Mexico, marking the return of the PRI to power 12 years after Vicente Fox broke the party’s 70+ year … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Pots and Pans

It is no secret that there has been a lot of economic turmoil in the hemisphere (and the world) in the last few years, and as a result, we’ve seen a growing number of protests and social movements emerging that … Continue reading

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