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Latin America #7

  • Operation Condor
  • Ecuador’s debt
  • A “Lost Decade?”
  • LatAm’s universities
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Urbanization and agriculture are land uses that most affect Brazil’s rivers

A literature review by researchers affiliated with universities in Brazil and the United States produces the first ever nationwide survey of land use impacts on water quality

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The Guardian

Operation Condor: the illegal state network that terrorised South America

During the cold war, eight US-backed military dictatorships jointly plotted the cross-border kidnap, torture, rape and murder of hundreds of their political opponents. Now some of the perpetrators are finally facing justice. By Giles Tremlett

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London School of Economics

Book Review: A Brief History of Fascist Lies by Federico Finchelstein

In A Brief History of Fascist Lies, Federico Finchelstein offers a new historical examination of how fascism does not just embrace lies, but integrates them into a distinctive, irrational structure of ‘truth’ that serves its political ends. This is a worthwhile read that provides a clear and lucid overview of how fascism perceives ‘truth’, reason and leadership, writes Ben Margulies, and will be particularly useful for undergraduate and postgraduate students of politics.

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Associated Press

Mexico diverted money from development to contain migration

MEXICO CITY — Under pressure from the United States to reduce migration, the Mexican government diverted money from a fund intended to spur regional development to instead renovate immigration detention centers and bus migrants away from the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Financial Times ($)

Ecuador basks in glow of debt-restructuring success

When the IMF announced last month that it would lend Ecuador $6.5bn to get its battered economy back on track, the largest piece of a complex debt-restructuring jigsaw fell into place. The loan also capped six month-long negotiations with international creditors on several fronts — which all yielded successful outcomes.

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New York Times

Pandemic drives millions from Latin America’s universities

Her mother, a housekeeper, never made it past second grade. Her father, a policeman, never finished high school.

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Foreign Policy

After COVID-19, Latin America Braces for ‘Lost Decade’

Already one of the most unequal regions in the world, it may face an unprecedented rise in inequality and poverty due to the economic carnage of the pandemic.

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Global Voices

We made the largest Mexican telecommunications operator stop blocking secure internet · Global Voices

In Mexico, for five years, the largest telecommunications operator blocked a way to access secure internet. Few people realized that this operator, Telmex, had become a barrier against the development of alternative technologies until a group of volunteer researchers investigated. In 2020, they succeeded in making Telmex release the block.

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Project Syndicate

Planning for Crisis Resilience | by Ricardo Hausmann – Project Syndicate

CAMBRIDGE – When you throw a tennis ball to the ground, it bounces back up. But if you throw a wine glass, it shatters. Many countries’ economies are in free fall. Will they bounce back or shatter? What can be done to assure a strong recovery?

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New York Times

Opinion | The Best Answer to Chaos in Bolivia Is Socialism

Mr. von Vacano, an expert in Latin America, is a professor of political science at Texas A&M University.

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