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Random Thought

Just like the US had the Indian Wars, Argentina had at that same time something that became known as the “Conquest of the Desert”, which involved the seizure of the Patagonia and the pacification (through overwhelming military force, of course) … Continue reading

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Christmas

It is Christmas in Latin America, as it is in most everywhere else. As I said once on Facebook, European colonialism is responsible for a lot of contemptible things, but it was also the vehicle for other things the region … Continue reading

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On The Holiday of October 12

   The meme above was received this morning. Its translation reads thusly: “In 1492, natives discovered that they were Indians. They discovered that they lived in America. They discovered that they were naked. They discovered that sin existed. They discovered … Continue reading

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Comedian-in-Chief?

Guatemalan presidential candidate Jimmy Morales. Photo credit: EFE Parts of this blog post were translated from a recent submission to Spanish online newspaper Mundiario The corruption scandal that shook Guatemala to its core and resulted in the downfall of its … Continue reading

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Jim Crow’s Dominican Cousin (Part II)

Dominicans of Haitian descent wait in line to legalize their status at the Dominican Interior Ministry, June 16, 2015. Photo credit: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images. Source: The Root. Back in October of last year, I blogged about how the Dominican Constitutional … Continue reading

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Thoughts about Latin America and the “T” Word

“Peruvian People: Do Not Vote! Long Live Popular Warfare!” Poster from the Peruvian Communist Party-Shining Path calling for an electoral boycott. Source: Wikipedia I am not a listener or a visitor of “Democracy Now!,” but I know about the views … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Pepe”

Photo source: http://www.esacademic.com/dic.nsf/eswiki/646968 I will confess that I have been very surprised with Uruguay’s outgoing president, José “Pepe” Mujica. In contrast to the typical head of state and/or government, Mujica has been an obvious outlier, commuting to office in his … Continue reading

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