Uruguay has officially elected their first transgender senator. Michelle Suarez is young, passionate and a vocal advocate for increasing the rights of all transgender people. She has never shied away from pushing policies that are some of the most progressive in the region, as she seeks to bring equality to the LGBT community.
“Que no estamos en el paraíso,
eso es algo que se puede apreciar,
cuando veo unos botijas pidiendo,
cuando veo un bichicome pasar.
Hay quien dice ‘esto es el culo del mundo,’
hay quien dice ‘como el Uruguay no hay,’
yo he cambiado tantas veces de idea,
que al final ya no sé qué pensar.”
Civil war between President Assad and rebels in Syria has displaced millions, leaving the international community contemplating intervention.
Uruguay has begun to revolutionize the way that the small South American country uses its energy resources, and is demonstrating to the rest of the world their increasing focus on using “green” energy. Since 2008, wind farms have sprung up all over the country, and these wind farms have helped the country to become nearly energy self-sufficient, no longer relying on the oil reserves of neighboring and overseas nations.
De las tres elecciones presidenciales que se celebrarán este mes en el Cono Sur, en Brasil la clase media jugará un rol particularmente decisivo, estima el analista Miguel Ángel Bastenier, en una columna publicada recientemente por el diario El País de España.
On October 26th, Uruguay held its presidential, vice presidential, and parliamentary elections. The previous president, José “Pepe” Mujica, was not able to run since it is not permissible for a president to serve two consecutive terms. Running in his place was the Broad Front candidate, Tabare Vazquez, who comes from the same political party as Mujica. The Broad Front, or the Frente Amplio as its known in Uruguay, is a center leftist group with many former communists and guerrilla leaders.
En un artículo que publicamos en la revista Latin American Research Review analizamos los principales cambios realizados a los formatos de negociación colectiva ensayados en Uruguay a partir de 2005, cuando asumió la presidencia Tabaré Vázquez, el candidato del Frente Amplio. Vázquez lideraría el primer gobierno de izquierda en el país.1
Hundreds of women sit behind bars in El Salvador punished for defying the ban on abortion. Many, such as María Teresa Rivera are pleading they are wrongly jailed for having suffered miscarriages or stillbirths. Three years ago Rivera miscarried and awoke handcuffed to her hospital bed surrounded by seven policemen who proceeded to charge her with murder.1 After an eight-month trial, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated murder.
Similar to various other Latin American countries, Brazil suffered through a right-wing military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985.1 The aim of this dictatorship was to eliminate any and all threats of communist uprising within the country. This is similar to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, but, unlike such countries, Brazil has only now acknowledged the torture and other atrocities committed during the 21-year dictatorship.
In a runoff Tabaré Vazquez won the presidential election of Uruguay beating rival candidate Luis Lacalle Pou. Mr. Vazquez, former president serving from 2005-2010, will succeed José Mujica as head of the South American state.