This month, the Centro Cultural y Museo de la Memoria (MUME) in Montevideo inaugurated a space to support its new digital inclusion initiative, “Memoria en Red” (“Memory in the Network”).
MUME, located in the former mansion of nineteenth century dictator Máximo Santos on the tree-lined Avenida de las Instrucciones, has operated for the last five years to commemorate Uruguay’s recent history of civil unrest and state repression, which culminated during Uruguay’s 1973-1985 civil-military dictatorship.
The “Memoria en Red” initiative supports MUME’s overall objective of promoting human rights and building links with the surrounding community, not only by educating the public about Uruguay’s past, but by giving new generations the tools they need to become human rights advocates in the present.
This year’s Festival of Brazilian Cinema in Brasília will open on September 17 with Márcio Curi’s “The Last Stop,” a film that represents a deepening creative and commercial partnership between Brazil and Lebanon after decades of Lebanese immigration to Brazil.
The Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) at the Organization of American States, together with the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA), will jointly launch a photo contest to celebrate the OAS’ 50-year anniversary of elections observation in the Americas.
Both OAS electoral observers and members of the general public are invited to submit original, unpublished photos that capture the “essence of democracy” and to personally interpret what elections mean to them. The contest is open to both amateurs and professionals. However, electoral observers and members of the general public will be judged as separate categories.
Watch the fourth joint report by AQ and Efecto Naím, which analyzes the relationship between race and education in Brazil.
Brazil is a diverse country and an unequal one. That inequality begins in the school. Afro-Brazilian students attend consistently inferior schools in terms of infrastructure and security than their Caucasian-Brazilian counterparts. The same students underperform in national tests relative to their Caucasian-Brazilian fellow students.
This report looks inside Brazil’s education system and examines the intersection of racial and socio-economic factors such as the access to quality schools that have sustained this inequality. The report also explores what policymakers can do to improve the prospects for social mobility in Brazil.
Efecto Naím is a weekly television news program broadcast by NTN24 and hosted by international news commentator Moisés Naím, offers a unique insight into how our world is changing. The show airs Sunday evenings on channels in the U.S., Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.
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Gender Equality: Political Backrooms, Corporate Boardrooms and Classrooms – Americas Quarterly Summer Issue Launch
Friday, August 17 - Americas Society and Council of the Americas launched the Summer 2012 issue of Americas Quarterly, "Gender Equality: Political Backrooms, Corporate Boardrooms and Classrooms."
Panelists offered new perspectives on advances in gender equality across the region as well as the continuing challenges for women’s rights. As noted in the latest issue of AQ, despite impressive achievements in access to education and political representation, barriers for women remain across sectors.
Within Peru and outside, clashes between community leaders and mining companies have often been portrayed as the outcome of inevitable tension between satisfying global markets’ demand for natural resources and fulfilling the environmental and political rights of the communities where those commodities are found.
Yet framing it as such “misses one of the crucial elements that underlies the conflict,” writes AQ Editor-in-Chief and AS/COA Senior Director of Policy Christopher Sabatini. In a piece published Friday by CNN’s Global Public Square, Sabatini argues that local governments have an important role to play in managing and directing the revenues generated by mining activities to meet social demands.
Americas Quarterly course packets are now available for your classroom! With AQ, teachers and professors will find an indispensable classroom tool for studying policy issues in the Americas or overall international development.
Custom course packets are available on topics including the economic development, human rights, immigration, crime and security, the environment, social policy, and other areas that are critical for students’ understanding of political, social and economic trends in Latin America and the Caribbean. Authors include leading policymakers like former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim, and scholars like Paul Farmer, Osvaldo Rosales, and Matias Spektor. Articles range in length from 2,000 to 4,000 words and have been edited for accessibility for undergraduate and graduate students.
Watch the third joint report by AQ and Efecto Naím, which analyzes Brazil’s readiness to host two upcoming major sporting events: the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Historically, large events such as the World Cup and the Olympics have provided an opportunity for countries to showcase themselves to the world. Many believe this is Brazil’s turn to demonstrate its rise on the international scene.
According to the report, however, almost 40 percent of the projects—in infrastructure, housing, transportation, and security—currently being carried out by the Brazilian government to prepare for the millions of tourists that will visit the country for the events have not been completed.
Under Agenda 21 of the International Olympic Committee, host countries’ responsibilities not only refer to meeting appropriate standards for the games, but also entail improving the country’s socioeconomic conditions, conserving and managing resources for sustainable development, and strengthening the roles of youth and women. To date, Brazil is also lagging in these regards.
Poor infrastructure and people’s right to housing are among the main concerns for Raquel Rolnik, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, who has denounced forced evictions and the lack of consultation with communities that are affected by the infrastructure developments associated with the events.
Efecto Naím, a weekly television news program broadcast by NTN24 and hosted by international news commentator Moisés Naím, offers a unique insight into how our world is changing. The show airs Sunday evenings on channels in the U.S., Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.
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Mosquita y Mari will have its New York premiere at Cinema Village theaters starting this Friday, August 3. The film, which originally debuted at the Sundance International Film Festival in January 2012, is a coming-of-age story about the complex relationship between two Chicana teenagers growing up in an immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Read a profile of filmmaker Aurora Guerrero in the latest issue of Americas Quarterly magazine.