Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Spring 2013

Harley Shaiken speaking after the screening of "Shenandoah," April 2013. (Photo by Jim Block.)

COMMENT: Spring 2013

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

Beatriz Manz being sworn in a Guatemalan courtroom before her testimony. (Photo by Mary Jo McConahay.)

GUATEMALA: Bending the Arc of History

By Beatriz Manz |  Chronicling the author's history with Guatemala and the experience of testifying against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt in the recent genocide trial.

Beatriz Manz, with Juan Osorio, a K’iche’ Maya from Santa María Tzejá, on the jungle trail to that village in Ixcán, Guatemala, circa 1986.  (Photo by Derrill Bazzy.)

GUATEMALA: Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future

By Beatriz Manz| Presenting some of the photos from 1980s Mexico and Guatemala that the author was unable to submit as evidence in the Ríos Montt trial due to procedural issues.

Former dictator Efraín Rios Montt is led away in handcuffs by Guatemalan police following his conviction. (Photo by José Anotnio Castro.)

GUATEMALA: The Firm Hand Loses Its Grip

By Anthony FontesWatching the Ríos Montt genocide trial unfold in a country deeply ambivalent about both its past and its present, Anthony Fontes provides a glimpse of the complexities of modern Guatemala.

Hugo Chávez's funeral procession, with the hearse escorted by horse guards under a deluge of confetti. (Photo by Luigino Bracci.)

VENEZUELA: ¿Un Maduro Más Duro? Venezuela After Chávez

By Javier Corrales | Analyzing the factors that may influence how new Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro chooses to act in his changed role.

Free blue baby coffins, in a range of sizes, available from the municipal coffin maker, 1982. (Photo by Nancy Scheper-Hughes.)

BRAZIL: No More Angel Babies on the Alto

By Nancy Scheper-Hughes | Remembering her early days in 1960s Timbauba, Brazil, the author describes the rapid decline in infant and child mortality that has taken place in the last 20 years.

President Barack Obama on stage being interviewed by Univision’s national anchors, Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas, during the 2012 campaign. (Photo by Jeffrey M. Boan/Univision.)

JOURNALISM: A New Vision for Univision

By Steve Fisher | Describing the work of Isaac Lee, the new president of news at Univision, and his efforts to expand both the network’s news coverage and its audience.

A young white man stands with his arms crossed on Main Street, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. (Photo by and © David Turnley.)

FILM: A Melting Pot Boils Over

By Erica Hellerstein | Reviewing “Shenandoah,” a documentary that takes viewers into the heart of a small town reeling from the beating death of an undocumented immigrant by high-school football players.

A teenager in a football uniform walks down the street in Shenandoah. (Photo by and © David Turnley.)


Photography by David Turnley | Documenting the town of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, which was rocked by the murder of a migrant by local teenagers.

The busy port of Santos, Brazil, with ships being loaded by overhead cranes from a large storage facility for shipping containers.. (Photo courtesy of the Program for Accelerated Growth PAC.)

CHINA AND LATIN AMERICA: Problems or Possibilities?

By Julie Klinger | Acknowledging that China and Latin America have grown closer in recent years, but their relationship is complicated by mismatched strategic goals.

People like this elderly couple standing in front of their home are the beneficiaries of some of Brazil’s social programs. (Photo by Otávio Nogueira.)

SOCIAL POLICY: Weaving a Stronger Safety Net

By Wendy Hunter | Springing up around Latin America, conditional cash transfer programs and non-contributory pension schemes have expanded significantly in the last decade. Professor Wendy Hunter lays out some of the ways these programs may be changing society.

A local community health promoter educates a crowd in Guatemala. (Photo courtesy of Paul Wise.)

HEALTHCARE: Health and Justice in High-Conflict Areas

Author withheld | Arguing that an integrated health strategy is needed, Dr. Paul Wise works to save the lives of children growing up in war-torn regions.

Piqueteros burn tires to block a road during a 2001 protest in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Andre Deak.)

DEMOCRACY: The Economic Roots of Unstable Regimes

By Belén Fernández Milmanda | Democratizing and its success — or lack thereof — in Latin America has its roots in the type of party that was at the helm during the implementation of 1990s-era neoliberal policies, argues Professor Kenneth Roberts.

A woman holds a sign saying “‘This’ is democracy?” during a protest in Argentina. (Photo by Martín Iglesias.)

DEMOCRACY: Building a Better Citizen

By Oscar Oszlak (with Ingrid Baumann) | Investigating the attitudes toward democracy held by different groups in Argentina.

Contaminated water pours from a pipe into a brown, foaming pool in Nicaragua. (Photo by Ben Garland.)

WATER: Clean, Reliable, and/or Affordable

By Asavari Devadiga | Delving into the ambiguous outcomes of two 1990s-era reforms in the provision of water and sanitation services: decentralization and institutional insulation from politics, with Professor Alison Post.

 A young girl watches a water filtration unit in action. (Photo courtesy of blueEnergy.)

WATER: Powering Rural Development

By Jess Joan Goddard | Describing the non-profit blueEnergy's efforts to bring electricity and clean water to remote communities on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast with co-founder Mathias Craig.

Utility workers work in a ditch to repair a water main damaged by the installation of a storm sewer. (Photo by John Erickson.)

WATER: Flow, Interrupted

By John Erickson | Facing up to the many challenges for Latin American cities as they try to provide a clean and consistent supply of water.

Giant wheel loaders transport rare earths amidst the cranes at the Port of Lianyungang, China. (Photo by Wang Chun Lyg/Associated Press.)

RESEARCH: Tilling the Rare Earths

By Julie Klinger | Arguing that recycling rare earths is a better policy than mining for them in remote and ecologically sensitive areas.

A house on Chiloé sits out in the water and fog. (Photo by Carles Cerulla.)

LITERATURE: Maya's Notebook

By James G. Lamb | Discussing the novel Maya's Notebook with its author Isabel Allende.

Earlier faces of immigration: a portrait of a family of Polish migrant berry pickers in Maryland in 1909. (Photo by Lewis Hine from Wikimedia Commons, colored by Robek.)

IMMIGRATION: Reheating a Cold Enchilada

By Lawrence Downes | Looking at the current state of immigration policy and politics with The New York Times' Lawrence Downes.