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February 2019

Hurricane Maria’s Aftermath: Redefining Puerto Rico’s Colonial Status?
by Pedro Cabán
“Hurricane Maria laid bare the painful reality that Puerto Rico is an inconsequential American territory inhabited by second-class US citizens.”

Return Migration and Social Mobility in Mexico
by Jacqueline Maria Hagan and Joshua T. Wassink
“[L]abor-market reintegration is a complex and uneven process for return migrants.” Sixth in a series on social mobility around the world.

The Regional Response to the Venezuelan Exodus
by Luisa Feline Freier and Nicolas Parent
“[T]he Venezuelan displacement crisis is a crucial test of the liberal immigration policies that have been adopted across Latin America.”

Ortega Faces a New Nicaraguan Opposition Movement
by Courtney Desiree Morris
“The heterogeneity and decentralized character of the protest movement is proving to be its greatest strength and weakness.”

From Truth Commission to Post-Truth Politics in Brazil
by Rebecca J. Atencio
“A central feature of Bolsonaro’s pro-dictatorship campaign stance was the promise it represented of a return to the old social order and traditional values.”

Perspective: Heat But Little Light: Peru’s Memory Debates
by Alberto Vergara
Peruvians are bitterly divided over how—or even whether—the terrible violence that engulfed the country in the 1980s and ’90s should be remembered.

Books: Colombia’s Other Dangerous Crop
by Ulrich Oslender
An idiosyncratic, literary-minded anthropologist returns to Colombia to observe the effects of the palm oil boom on a rural village under the shadow of paramilitary violence.

The Month in Review: December 2018
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in December, country by country, day by day.

Map of Latin America
by the editors of Current History

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