Author: Paloma Diaz

Writing Changes Your Life

by Gabriela Polit “The most important weapon a person has,” the program coordinator said, “are words.” With this mantra, Ethel Krauze has developed a methodology to help women from the Mexican states of Morelos and Guerrero tell their stories and

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¿Por qué el plebiscito?

Gabriela Polit Hace unos años, en su visita por esta universidad, Francisco Thoumi dio como una de las explicaciones a la rápida expansión del narcotráfico en su país, el hecho de que Colombia no había logrado construir una idea hegemónica

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Has Latin American Populism Come to the U.S. with Donald Trump?

People have worried for a while that the United States is coming to resemble some of the worst aspects of Latin America in economic and social terms: increasing income inequality, the growth of an economic elite that is more or

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LLILAS Benson and the Repatriation of Indigenous Cultural Patrimony of Mexico.

The Relaciones Geográficas Map of Cholula (1581) Kelly McDonough One of the main attractions of the Rare Books Collection at the Benson is a group of late sixteenth-century rare manuscripts and maps known as the Relaciones Geográficas (or RGs for short).

The Archive, the Neighborhood and Some Questions About García Márquez’s Legacy

Gabriela Polit The visit to the Bogotá Book Fair last April was full of surprises. Organizers celebrated this year’s fair, as it was the most successful in history. The records of visitors and sales were the highest ever. The explanation

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Insights into Teen Suicide in Argentina

Lauren E. Gulbas   On July 16, 2012, two teenagers—Luján Peñalva and Yanina Nüesch—were found hanging from a tree in Salta, Argentina. Investigations that followed declared their deaths to be the result of a suicidal pact. A media frenzy ensued

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Cuba in Question (Yet Again)  

César A. Salgado Why is Cuba so special?  (I’m quoting here—with a twist–the title of a New York Times opinion piece about the U.S. “wet foot, dry foot” policy for Cuban immigrants published yesterday.[1])  Since the Spanish American War of

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The Remittance Landscape

Sarah Lynn Lopez This book began in a small café kitchen in Berkeley, California, where I worked as a cook with three migrants from a village near Leon, the capital city of Guanajuato, Mexico. Over time, I learned about their

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Mexico’s Agony: Ayotzinapa and Beyond

By Ricardo Ainslie Image: Manifesto 43. Mexico is still reeling from protests in the continuing aftermath of the September 26 disappearance and apparent murder of 43 students at a teacher’s college in Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero. The search

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¿Por qué Ayotzinapa?

Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba El caso de la desaparición de 43 estudiantes de la escuela normal de Ayotzinapa, Guerrero,  México, a manos de policías municipales de Iguala, no es sino una mínima muestra de la gran cadena de violaciones a los

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