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When “staying home” might not be an option for everyone: Reflections on the effects of Covid-19 in Brazil

By Laura Belik In Brazil, according to the 2010 Census, 11,425,644 people (6% of the population) live in what is classified as Aglomerados Subnormais (Subnormal clusters), including favelas, comunidades, squatted land, invaded land, and the like. In a country where … Continue reading

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“Una mezcla de miedo y esperanza”

Por Enzo Nervi Reflexiones sobre la conversación entre Gabriel Boric y estudiantes hispanohablantes de la Universidad de Berkeley, 10 de febrero de 2020. “Una mezcla de miedo y esperanza”. Con esta frase, el diputado chileno Gabriel Boric comenzó su conversatorio … Continue reading

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The Antihero

By Denise Dresser March 16, 2020 Kissing and hugging. Going from meeting to meeting and from one restaurant to another. That is how Andrés Manuel López Obrador continues to move around Mexico, more like a tour guide than a president. … Continue reading

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“We have seen the curve of history and it goes up” — An Evening of History and Humor with Isabel Allende

By Evan Fernández On February 25, the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies hosted author Isabel Allende and Berkeley’s own Adam Hochschild to discuss the publication of Allende’s newest novel, Largo pétalo de mar (A Long Petal of the … Continue reading

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Upheaval in Chile

By Gabriel Boric Written remarks prepared for a public talk at the University of California, Berkeley | Hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) | February 10, 2020 It’s incredible how language can limit your expression and even … Continue reading

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Humor is no Joke

By Gabriel Lesser Political humor is booming in Brazil. It’s practically inescapable if you’re on social—or unsocial—media. Sérgio Augusto recently wrote in the Folha de São Paulo newspaper that the election of an extreme right-wing president who reveres Brazil’s most … Continue reading

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Trump’s NAFTA Replacement Needs to Have its Tires Kicked

By Harley Shaiken A version of this article originally appeared as an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on July 5, 2019. President Trump would like to see the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement ratified without delay. It’s a bit like a used car … Continue reading

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Colombia: A Touch of Humanity Amidst Negative Evenness

By Margarita Martínez This article is partially abridged from The Peace Project by the VII Foundation Imagine being in Havana, Cuba, in perhaps the only room in the entire Caribbean city devoid of charm, with long beige curtains and particle-board … Continue reading

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Everyday Use of Plants in Pre-Hispanic Costa Rica

By Venicia Slotten This July, supported by a Tinker Foundation and CLAS-funded research grant, I helped excavate a house structure in Costa Rica that was preserved by the eruption of Arenal Volcano around 3,500 years ago. This archaeological site, La … Continue reading

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Venezuela: On the Supreme Court in Exile and the Violation of Human Rights

By Eleni Anagnostopoulou “This fight is not about ideology. It is about democratic, constitutional legitimacy.” These were the first words uttered to the crowd in a packed auditorium on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 for a talk on the Venezuelan crisis. … Continue reading

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