"An April 17, 1981, a CIA cable[pdf] described an army massacre at Cocob, near Nebaj in the Ixil Indian territory, because the population was believed to support leftist guerrillas.
A CIA source reported that “the social population appeared to fully support the guerrillas” and “the soldiers were forced to fire at anything that moved.” The CIA cable added that “the Guatemalan authorities admitted that ‘many civilians’ were killed in Cocob, many of whom undoubtedly were non-combatants.”
In May 1981, despite these ongoing atrocities, Reagan dispatched Walters to tell the Guatemalan leaders that the new U.S. administration wanted to lift the human rights embargoes on military equipment that former President Jimmy Carter and Congress had imposed."
The Guatemala Documentation Project
, part of the National Security Archive
, collects information about the decades long civil war in Guatemala
, including State Department documents that point to Washington's complicity in massacres
and human rights violations
posted by empath
on Mar 5, 2013 -
The website of the Society for Irish Latin American Studies
is full of information about Irish migration to Latin America. It's divided into four sections: The Homeland
, about the origins of the settlers
; The Journey
, about how the Irish settlers traveled to Latin America, including the infamous Dresden affair
; The Settlement
, about the lives of the Irish in Latin America;
Faces and Places
, which has biographies of a wide variety of people, Mateo Banks
, family murderer, Camila O'Gorman
, executed lover of a priest, William Lamport
, 17th Century revolutionary and Bernardo O'Higgins
, Chilean independence leader, who gets a whole subsection to himself. There is also a list of Irish placenames
and much else of interest to history nerds.
posted by Kattullus
on May 14, 2012 -
In 2008 a letter was excavated during an archaeological dig
of a Peruvian colonial town abandoned for unknown reasons around the turn of the 18th Century. On the back of that letter were recorded several numbers and their names in a dead tongue, lost in the upheaval following the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Even though this may be the only remnant of an entire language, there is quite a bit that linguists can glean from these fragments. For a brief overview of the findings of research by a joint American-Peruvian research group, read here
. And here is the full journal article
, which places these numbers in their historical and linguistic context.
posted by Kattullus
on Sep 25, 2011 -
In those years I imitated him, to the point of transcription, to the point of devoted and impassioned plagiarism. I felt: Macedonio is metaphysics, is literature. Whoever preceded him might shine in history, but they were all rough drafts of Macedonio, imperfect previous versions. To not imitate this canon would have represented incredible negligence.
From Jorge Luis Borges' eulogy for Macedonio Fernández. Borges' relationship with Macedonio was complicated, as recounted in The Man Who Invented Borges
, a fine essay by Marcelo Ballvé. Macedonio's most famous work, the posthumous-by-design work (he believed literature should be aged like good whiskey) The Museum of Eterna's Novel has finally been translated and published in English translation, here is an excerpt from the novel
(one of the ninety or so prologues). The introduction to the novel, written by its translator Margaret Schwartz, has been put online by the publisher (parts 1
). Schwartz also sat down for a short interview
. You can download an mp3 of a great hour-long panel discussion on Macedonio
and a master's thesis on Macedonio by Peter Loggie [pdf]
posted by Kattullus
on Jul 21, 2010 -
to the Defense Authorization Act currently under consideration in congress would force the notorious School of the Americas
(currently known as "WHINSEC") to "release to the public the names, ranks, countries of origin, courses taken and dates of attendance of all the students and instructors at the institute." [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman
on Jun 25, 2009 -
A fight for the Amazon that should inspire the world.
"Army helicopters opened fire on the protesters with live ammunition and stun-grenades. More than a dozen were killed. But the indigenous peoples did not run away. Even though they were risking their lives, they stood their ground. One of their leaders, Davi Yanomami, said simply: "The earth has no price. It cannot be bought, or sold or exchanged. It is very important that white people, black people and indigenous peoples fight together to save the life of the forest and the earth. If we don't fight together, what will our future be?"
And then something extraordinary happened. The indigenous peoples won."
Via A Tiny Revolution: Latin America, World's Moral Political Leader
posted by shetterly
on Jun 24, 2009 -
MUVA El PAIS
has been conceived as a dynamic, interactive museum bringing together the most renowned works of contemporary Uruguayan art, an important contributor to Latin American art. MUVA is devoted to quality, content, education, information and recreation through the knowledge of visual arts. In Spanish and English, Flash and/or HTML.
posted by netbros
on Aug 25, 2007 -
Before Katrina, Hispanics accounted for 3 percent of New Orleans’ population, with just 1,900 Mexicans showing up in the 2004 Census. No one knows for certain how many new ones have arrived, but estimates put the number between 10,000 and 50,000.
posted by ColdChef
on May 9, 2006 -
My mother is very worried. ExxonMobil moved in and helped Bolivia develop
, she says. Now they have food and medicine, thanks to the kindly hand of Big Business. But now
Bolivia's kicking them out
. After Exxon spent 3 billion dollars helping them! What will happen to the next poor country that needs Exxon's help
posted by redsparkler
on May 3, 2006 -
New generation lives to see another Che
"Che Guevara is widely remembered as a revolutionary figure, to some a heroic, Christ-like martyr, to others the embodiment of a failed ideology. To still others, he is just a commercialized emblem on a T-shirt.
But for Latin Americans just now coming of age, yet another image of Che is starting to emerge: the romantic and tragic young adventurer who had as much in common with Jack Kerouac or James Dean as with Fidel Castro.
The phenomenon began a decade ago with the publication of his long-suppressed memoir known in English as "The Motorcycle Diaries," which has become a cult favorite among Latin American college students and young intellectuals..."
posted by Postroad
on May 26, 2004 -
) is a project which has assembled 516 manifestations
of the Bogeyman in Latin America. The list includes the well-known Coco or Cucuy, a dark figure who makes an appearance in the art world as the subject
of one of Goya's Caprichos
. Any Hispanic child can tell you about La Llorona
, a grieving woman who walks in the night (familiar enough to be used in a controversial got milk? ad
). In South America they can tell you about the Sack-Man
, on of the original bogeymen, who walks in the darkness, looking for children to throw into his sack.
posted by vacapinta
on Oct 31, 2003 -
December 2, 1823
President James Monroe made his annual speech to congress and outlined his policy that the American continents were "henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers" Since then the US has, for better or worse, at times stood by
the Monroe Doctrine
, ignored it
when they had bigger issues back home and even argued that it doesn't apply
in the case of American imperialism. Is it time to retool our Latin America policy now that Europe doesn't seem so bent on imperialism there, or is the Doctrine needed as much as ever
posted by Pollomacho
on Dec 2, 2002 -
What a real depression
looks like. Total collapse of the middle class, malnutrition, starving bands of marauders eating road-kill, it's every survivalists dream come true. Until last year, Argentines were part of the richest, best-educated and most cultured nation in Latin America. Not anymore.
posted by stbalbach
on Aug 6, 2002 -
Brazil is in some trouble.
So the question must be asked, can globalization be an extension of imperialism? If so, in this case, is it? If not, how would one explain the current crisis felt in Brazil and all of Latin America?
posted by BlueTrain
on Jun 25, 2002 -