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The Abyss of Normality: Social Crises, Environmental Injustices, and Resistance in Contemporary Brazil

By Leonildes Nazar Chaves Critical times guide us to feelings of rupture and reinvention. The horizon that we were unable to envision as the possibility of a more just and equitable future, today dwells inside of us with apathy and … Continue reading

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Guatemala’s Murderous Leap Backward Is Enabled by Trump

By Elizabeth Oglesby On August 10, a French development worker was shot to death execution-style in rural Guatemala, one of the highest-profile murders in the Central American country in recent years. The 60-year-old Benoit Pierre Amedee María, known as “Benito,” … Continue reading

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Colombia in its Labyrinth

By Daniel Payares-Montoya Colombia was on the verge of collapse at the beginning of this century. Violence by Marxist and Maoist guerrillas, paramilitary groups, drug cartels, and renegade state forces was present in every corner of its territory. The country … Continue reading

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Epidemics and Containment: Cuba and the HIV/AIDS epidemic

By Nancy Scheper-Hughes The principle upon which the fight against disease should be based is the creation of a robust body; but not the creation of a robust body by the artistic work of a doctor upon a weak organism; … Continue reading

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Covid-19, Farmworkers and Research

By Johanna K. Schenner The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated who the “essential workers” are that keep societies from collapsing. These include nurses, doctors, janitors, food processors, and farmworkers, among others. Another issue to which the pandemic has drawn increased attention … Continue reading

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Brazilian Youth Mobilize in the Streets and through the Digital, during Coronavirus and Beyond

By Alice Taylor Brazil is now a coronavirus epicenter; it recently became the country with the second highest number of cases in the world, after the United States. At the time of writing, the number of confirmed cases surpassed 411,000 … Continue reading

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Argentina en tiempos del Coronavirus

por Martín Caruso Bloeck Ya hace un mes que Alberto Fernández, Presidente de la República Argentina, anunciaba la entrada en vigor del llamado “aislamiento y distanciamiento social obligatorio”, el 20 de marzo. La medida implicó un cambio radical en la … Continue reading

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Understanding Amazonian biodiversity patterns through an economically important palm Oenocarpus bataua

By Giovanna Figueroa Notes from the Field: Student Research in Latin America CLAS awards financial support to graduate students to travel to Latin America for pre-dissertation research. The following is a reflection on one student’s summer fieldwork experience. (For more … Continue reading

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Investigating the link between Drinking Water Quality and Chronic Kidney Disease in Jalisco, Mexico

By Kaitlyn Jackson Notes from the Field: Student Research in Latin America CLAS awards financial support to graduate students to travel to Latin America for pre-dissertation research. The following is a reflection on one student’s summer fieldwork experience. (For more … Continue reading

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Why Bolsonaro backtracked on firing Mandetta

By Carolina Botelho The president’s backtracking was only possible because a considerable part of the Brazilian elite felt threatened. Read this article in Portuguese (Please note: After this article was written, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil fired his health minister, … Continue reading

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