Category Archives: Technology in the Americas

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

On Images and the Danger of Drawing Stereotypical Conclusions

Recently, an image had been making its way around on social media. The image showed Chief Raoni, an indigenous leader in traditional dress, crying, purportedly weeping at the Brazilian government’s decision to proceed with the Belo Monte dam. However, that … Continue reading

Posted in "Modernity", Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, Latin American History, Race in Brazil, Race in the Americas, Technology in the Americas

Using Social Media to Call Out Abuses of Power

This is beyond outstanding: Andrea Benítez simply did what many rich, connected Mexicans have always done: she used her influence to step on the lower born. Witnesses said that when she was not given the table she wanted on Friday … Continue reading

Posted in Class and Classism in the Americas, Corruption, Mexico, Technology in the Americas

Drones in Mexico

A couple of weeks ago, I commented on the potential of drones in helping reduce deforestation in Brazil. Brazil is not the only place looking at drones as possibly serving useful, non-military capacities. Mexican company 3D Robotics provides another reminder … Continue reading

Posted in Mexico, Technology in the Americas

Drones and the Environment in Latin America

While the debate over the use of drones in the US confronts the issue of extrajudicial killings, in Latin America, the drone debate has a less-sinister and potentially more-useful tenor to it: [T]here are increasing signs that unmanned aerial vehicles … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Environmental Issues in the Americas, Technology in the Americas

Drones in Latin America

While drones a topic of discussion and debate among military analysts, civil libertarians, and scholars in the US, the unmanned aircraft are certainly not strictly the domain of the US alone. Many Latin American countries are developing their own “drone” … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Latin America, Latin American Militaries, Mexico, Peru, Technology in the Americas, Venezuela

Around Latin America

-Mexico’s Partido Acción Nacional has nominated Josefina Vazquez Mota to be its candidate against the PRI’s Enrique Peña Nieto, making Vazquez Mota the first woman presidential candidate for a major party in Mexican history. However, she is not the first … Continue reading

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