Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Fall 2013

Berkeley student Mayra Fedderson and CLAS chair Harley Shaiken accompany Guatemalan judges Yassmin Barrios, Patricia Bustamante, and Pablo Xitimul across the Berkeley campus. (Photo by Jim Block.)

COMMENT: Fall 2013

By Harley Shaiken |  Introducing the Fall 2013 edition of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

The modern skyscrapers of the Santiago skyline. (Photo by Diego J. Valdivia.)

CHILE: The End of Privatopia?

By Javier Couso |  Critiquing Chile’s neoliberal economic model with Professor Javier Couso, author of The Other Model (El Otro Modelo: Del orden neoliberal al régimen de lo público).

The Chilean student movement still generates energy, with a large crowd of protestors moving down a street inMay 2013. (Photo by Nicolás Robles Fritz.)

EL OTRO MODELO: Chile's Inequality — and Ours

By Paul Pierson| Comparing Chile’s economic paradigm, as laid out by Javier Couso, to that of the United States.

The Chilean student movement still generates energy, with a large crowd of protestors moving down a street inMay 2013. (Photo by Nicolás Robles Fritz.)

EL OTRO MODELO: Market Means to Social Democratic Ends

By J. Bradford DeLong | Urging Chile not to throw out useful market mechanisms with the post-Pinochet bathwater.

Justices Yassmin Barrios, Pablo Xitumul, and Patricia Bustamante at the Berkeley Law School. (Photo by Jim Block.)

GUATEMALA: Honoring Justice

By Steve Fisher | Talking to a Berkeley audience, the three Guatemalan judges who convicted former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt of genocide and crimes against humanity relate their experience of the trial.

An  American flag with the faces of immigrants used to form part of the design on display at Ellis Island. (Photo by Ludovic Bertron.)

MIGRATION: The Economic Benefits of Immigration

By Giovanni Peri | Outlining the economic benefits of immigration for the United States.

“The Capture of Havana, 1762:  The Morro Castle and the Boom Defense Before the Attack.” Painting by Dominic Serres the Elder. (Image from Wikimedia Commons.)

CUBA: Slavery and the Siege of Havana

By Raphael Murillo | Revealing the hidden history behind the Siege of Havana with Professor Elena Schneider.

Armed soldiers walk down a street with colorful houses and balconies in Salento, Colombia. (Photo by Gonzalo G. Useta.)

COLOMBIA: Supporting the Troops?

By Erica Hellerstein | Providing experimental data, Professor Aila Matanock shows that Colombians overstate their support for the military in traditional surveys.

A solitary woman works in between rows of trees in an orchard. (Photo by Andrés Cediel.)

MIGRATION: Rape in the Fields

By Bernice Yeung and Andrés Cediel | Giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of their documentary “Rape in the Fields.”

A Mexican federal policeman in tactical gear stands silhouetted before his nation’s flag. (Photo by Jesús Villaseca Pérez.)

MEXICO: Beheading the Hydra

By Chris Carter | Tackling the question, with Professor Beatriz Magaloni: Why has the strategy of taking out drug lords increased violence in Mexico?

A young migrant reaches across the gape for a ladder on the next freight car aboard a moving train. (Photo by Mittchel C. Alcántara.)

MIGRATION: A Central American Odyssey

By Sarah Yolanda McClure |  Traveling with Sonia Nazario atop the train known as “la bestia” to document the travails of young Central American migrants attempting to rejoin their parents in the United States.

An archway above a road reads in Chinese, “Welcome to Bayan Obo, hometown of rare earths.” (Photo by Julie Klinger.)

ENVIRONMENT: Rare Earths: Lessons for Latin America

By Julie Klinger | ExperiencIng China's toxic legacy of rare earths mining provides a warning for those in Latin America planning to expand their own rare earths industries.

A miner heads below ground into the tunnels of the mine at the beginning of a day’s work. (Photo by Andrea Marston.)

BOLIVIA: Underground Cooperatives

By Andrea Marston | Mining provides jobs and cooperatives make the Bolivian mining sector more flexible, but they also leave miners with few safety protections. Are the trade-offs worth it?

A July 2013 march for the right to safe and legal abortion in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Sofía Yanjarí Aburto.)

CHILE: In Pursuit of Choice

By Erica Hellerstein | Investigating what Chile’s anti-abortion laws, amongst the most stringent in the world, mean for Chilean people facing an unwanted pregnancy.

A portrait of Augusto Pinochet in uniform in 1973. (Photo by STF/AFP/Getty Images.) And Milton Friedman lecturing. (Photo courtesy of the University of Chicago.)

THEATER: Milton and Augusto

By Erica Hellerstein | Dramatizing the mid-1970s meeting between the economist Milton Friedman and the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in a new play by Robert Reich.

A wet black puppy in a white towel. (Photo by Brittney Bush Bollay.)

LITERATURE: Sheltering Desire

By Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (translated by Deborah Meacham) | Feeding the creative impulse with Argentine author Gabriela Cabezón Cámara.