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Women, Machismo, and Politics in Latin America

October 5, 2016

In her first presidential speech in 2005, Michelle Bachelet remarked, “Who would have said…15 years ago that a woman would be elected president?”1 Yet many countries, such as the United States, have not been able to celebrate the election of a woman as head-of-state. Worldwide, representation of women in politics remains low: as of January 2015, only 22 percent of all national legislators were women.

Beyond the Olympics: A Brief Look at the South American Games

October 5, 2016

Much attention has been given to the fact that both the World Cup and Olympics are being held in Brazil and for good reason, they showcase the hosting country on the international stage.  The sporting events allow the host country, and even the surrounding region to a lesser extent, the ability to put its best foot forward and signal its growth, stability, and good governance.  While these two mega-events receive international attention, they are not the only international sporting events that take place in South America.

Régimen de Extorsión en Ciudad de Guatemala: las Viudas del Transporte Público

October 5, 2016

Ser conductor o ayudante de autobús es una de las profesiones con mayor riesgo de muerte en esta metrópolis. Ellos son ejecutados por mareros para presionar el cobro de la extorsión: sumando el 2013 y 2014 han sido asesinados 180 choferes y 87 ayudantes del transporte público a nivel nacional (PDH, 2015: 5). Sus mujeres, hijos y familiares se ven golpeados por el trauma y por las enormes dificultades que han de librar para su sobrevivencia.

Comerciantes Aymaras como una élite emergente en Bolivia

October 5, 2016

El proceso de cambio en Bolivia ha impulsado una política de desarrollo alternativo y resistente al capitalismo que funciona en el mercado mundial. Sin embargo, la implementación de este modelo económico, a casi diez años de su inicio, está generando un crecimiento significativo de una nueva élite burguesa que proviene de las clases comerciantes populares de este país.

Deathscapes in Metropolitan Colombia

October 10, 2016

When societies urbanize and the demographic composition of the population changes, local administrations have to prepare proactively for future dead-disposal capacity and sustainable deathscapes. This situation occurs in the US and Europe, where the aging population requires more end-of-life and death services while urban space is scarce. In 2010 the New York Timesstated that “[c]emeteries are scrambling to create more space, and as lot prices have soared, the number of cremations has also risen” (Santora, 2010).

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