Archive for the ‘Americas’ Category

Keynote Speech: Andy Shallal

Opening his keynote speech, Andy Shallal recounted his initial impressions upon his family’s arrival in the United States from Iraq in 1966. At this time, Shallal noted, it was still illegal for a black person and white person to cohabitate in the state of Virginia. Arriving in the heyday of the civil rights movement, the […]

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Posted by on March 14th, 2013 No Comments

Memories from the Margins: Art and Political Violence in Peru

BY KAREN BERNEDO Remembering is a process in constant motion, transformation, and negotiation. In that sense, memory is a way to mediate with the world, a filter through which we understand ourselves as being part of a community and a historical process. Although “memory” evokes a past that we cannot change, societies constantly re-define this […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

Introduction: Arts After Atrocity

BY JO-MARIE BURT In the aftermath of atrocity, societies develop diverse mechanisms to cope with the legacy of violence. The experienced trauma involves not only the physical violence visited upon individual bodies, but also the destruction of families, communities, and broader societal networks. Truth commissions seek to develop new narratives to understand past violence, while […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

Parallax Views on Human Rights: Lourdes Portillo’s Experiment Al Más Allá

BY RICARDO F. VIVANCOS PÉREZ According to the press kit, Lourdes Portillo’s Al Más Allá (2008) is an “… experimental documentary that uses narrative elements to explore the realities of shifting global wealth and drug trafficking along the Mayan coastline of Mexico.”1 The experiment consists of a metastory about the process of making a documentary […]

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Posted by on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

Brazilian International Development Cooperation: Budgets, Procedures and Issues with Engagement

BY SEAN W. BURGES One of the hot potatoes being passed around the policy branches of most major international development agencies is the question of what to do about the rising group of development actors who are not part of the exclusive club that meets in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance […]

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Posted by on October 12th, 2011 No Comments

¿Primavera Hispana 2011?: Youth, Indignation, and Human Rights in the Hispanic World

BY RICARDO F. VIVANCOS PÉREZ In spring 2011, massive protests in Mexico and Spain placed youth center stage in the Hispanic world.1 In Mexico, non-violent demonstrations against drug-related violence, corruption, and impunity—organized by the Movimiento Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (MPJD)2—included a silent protest in Mexico City on May 8, and the Caravana del Consuelo or […]

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Posted by on August 2nd, 2011 No Comments

Still Waiting

BY JO-MARIE BURT 1 On a warm spring afternoon in Lima this past November, several people stood vigil outside the National Criminal Court in the hours before the verdict in the Parcco-Pomatambo case was to be handed down.1 At the center of the vigil was an old-fashioned scale, adorned in pink roses, with candles lit […]

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Posted by on March 28th, 2011 No Comments

Measuring Access to Radio Health Communications in Rural Guatemala

BY KATHRYN JACOBSON, JILL NELSON & KAREN OWEN Limited access to health information and services is one of the many challenges common to rural residents around the world, especially those who live in low income countries.  One way to reach out to isolated populations is through radio communications that can provide timely and locally-appropriate information […]

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Posted by on March 28th, 2011 No Comments

You Are What You Drink? Tequila, Maguey, and Mexican Identity

BY JOAN BRISTOL Mexico has multiple and contradictory identities in the imaginations of both Mexicans and foreigners. Ads and popular media romanticize Mexico as the land of mariachis, beaches, and picturesque ruins of ancient civilizations. Increasing instability, however, due to the drug trade and loss of governmental control in many areas has replaced romance with […]

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Posted by on March 28th, 2011 No Comments

Hijacking the South-South Dialogue in Latin America: How Hugo Chávez and his allies are weakening hemispheric cooperation and menacing regional stability

BY JAIME DAREMBLUM The Organization of American States (OAS), an international institution with headquarters in Washington D.C. consisting of 35 independent states of the Americas, was once the premier democratic forum in the Western Hemisphere. Now it is headed for irrelevance. In recent years, the OAS has been infected with the virus of radicalization, thanks […]

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Posted by on October 10th, 2010 No Comments