Explaining Brazil #83: Latin America’s veins are wide open

From Chile to Catalunya, Lebanon to Hong Kong … it seems like we’re seeing protests erupt everywhere. But one region seems to have been hit harder than others by this massive wave of disgruntlement: Latin America.

We have seen violent confrontations in Chile and Ecuador, polarized elections in Bolivia and Argentina. In Peru, the president and Congress are at war—which we covered in a previous episode. In Brazil and Mexico, stagnant economies are posing a risk for the near future. Rampant violence has plagued Central America. Oh, and of course, Venezuela remains mired in chaos.

It seems that Latin America’s veins are as wide open as they’ve ever been.

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On this episode:

  • Andre Pagliarini is a visiting assistant professor at Brown University. His research interests include the Cold War in Latin America, the politics of economic development, radical ideologies, and social movements.

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Explaining Brazil is made by:

  • Gustavo Ribeiro, editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de S.Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale.
  • Euan Marshall, editing. is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.

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