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LASA 2015

I will be traveling to the Latin American Studies Association for the remainder of the week, where I will be presenting on the 2013 Brazilian protests in a historical context. However, given conference duties, blogging may be a bit light. I … Continue reading

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An Attempted Return

After a long hiatus, and some long thinking about whether blogging was even a worthwhile activity anymore, I’ve decided to give it another go this summer. I know I’ve been inactive for awhile, for any number of reasons (most having … Continue reading

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The Ties between the Ayotzinapa Killings and Argentina’s Military Dictatorship

Over a month ago, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, went “missing” after mobilizing and protesting for improvements in Mexico’s educational policy and social system. Within days, authorities had uncovered mass graves; yet the … Continue reading

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The Economist Is Wrong Again (Or, Why Memory Is History)

First, The Economist published a book review a few weeks ago that criticized Edward Baptist’s book on slavery by saying that it was not “objective” because, according to the reviewer, “Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains,” a … Continue reading

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Tomochic Uprising, 1892

Originally posted at The Mexican Revolution: Myth (Memory), Gender, and Culture I wrote this little blurb on the Tomochic uprising for my Modern Latin American History class, and I thought I’d also post it here. My thoughts are based on Paul … Continue reading

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Violence and Gangs in El Salvador

An article by Óscar Martínez at the New York Times raises questions about the nature of state-society relations in Central America and the tactics politicians and bureaucrats use to find a way out of the cycles of violence that grip … Continue reading

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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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Chilean Parent’s Letter to a Teacher Shows why a Change in Mentality, not just the System, is Needed

A letter from a parent to a schoolteacher from October 15, 2012, has been making waves in the news and on the internet in Chile. It sounds identical to the ignorant remarks thrown at educators in the U.S. as they … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher Dead

Margaret Thatcher has died at 87. Obviously, British & diplomatic historians have more of her career to consider, but it’s not without it’s Latin American element. As others will also note, in 1982, the Argentine military dictatorship tried to finally … Continue reading

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Are Chileans Happy about Michelle Bachelet’s Return?

Friday evening, Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and head of UN Women, announced that she would be returning to her home country for “personal reasons” after Holy Week. As Chile’s Presidential elections loom, most speculate she will soon announce … Continue reading

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