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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.
How NAFTA Has Changed Mexico
by Kathleen Staudt
“More people have risen above extreme poverty, but a majority remains stuck in the ranks of the working poor, with migration offering the only way out.”
Ecuador’s Unexpected Transition
by Catherine M. Conaghan
“Rather than take marching orders from the outgoing president, Moreno distanced his government from the authoritarianism and corruption of the Correa era.”
Adapting to Climate Hazards in the Peruvian Andes
by Mark Carey and Holly Moulton
“A focus on the various factors shaping climate adaptation over time—particularly the social, economic, and political dimensions—fosters a reframing and broadening of the climate change problem.” Fifth in a series on climate adaptation around the world.
Race and Rising Inequality in Cuba
by Katrin Hansing
“Afro-Cubans, who were once considered the backbone of the revolution, for the most part are being left out of the island’s new opportunities…”
Perspective: The Pyrrhic Victories of Venezuela’s President
by Alejandro Velasco
Despite a collapsing economy, Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian moves to neutralize his opponents seemed to be succeeding—until year-end protests showed the working class was finally fed up.
Books: Visions and Reality of a Common Culture
by José C. Moya
The idea of Latin America has shifted over time, from bulwark against Yankee imperialism to unique ethnic and cultural mix. But it has always framed the region as an antimodern foil to the West.
The Challenges of Formalizing Labor in Latin America
by Matthew E. Carnes
“The most important question concerning labor in Latin American today is how … to achieve a meaningful incorporation of all citizens of working age and ability in the workforce.” Fifth in a series on labor relations around the world.