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A Snapshot of Carnaval in Oruro, Bolivia

Overshadowed by the more well-known Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the town of Oruro, Bolivia hosts its own lively event each February. Over 100,000 people come each year for the festivities. Carnaval in Bolivia is an annual “communal celebration of life” which happens right before the Catholic season of Lent. This time also happens to line up with the seasonal celebration of the awakening of new life; when Bolivia’s altiplano turns from brown to green.

Rancho, Plomo y Candela. Crónica y Ficción en "Salsa y Control" de José Roberto Duque

Salsa y Control [2](1996) del periodista y escritor venezolano José Roberto Duque es  un texto híbrido, que procede de modo fragmentario, trabajando con letras del cancionero popular caribeño y relatos de escenas de la vida cotidiana de los barrios urbano-marginales

El Boom y el Fracaso de los Intelectuales: Cien Años de Soledad y Conversación en la Catedral

El debate en torno al papel de los intelectuales tiene un lugar central en el Boomde la Literatura Latinoamericana. Por un lado, porque es un momento en que los escritores saltan a la esfera pública e intervienen en ámbitos que exceden o literario. Por otro, porque ha sido uno de los temas que ha ocupado a la crítica en su afán de adscribir el fenómeno al mercado o a las circunstancias políticas de América Latina.

In The After: Reflections on El Salvador’s Long Postwar

After years of mainstream media silence El Salvador is back in the news. Heralded as a success story in the early 1990s, El Salvador was celebrated as a model of a “negotiated revolution” (Karl 1992) with the signing of United Nations brokered Peace Accords on January 16, 1992 between the right wing Salvadoran government and the insurgent Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN). More than twenty years later, a different story erupted. By the summer of 2014, U.S.

Alternative Approaches to Community-Based Development in the Global South

The term “development” is highly contested and means very different things to different people.  Despite the ambiguity surrounding the concept, scholars of development have identified patterns in the way people imagine, talk about, and pursue development goals.  Among the most common definitions of development in use today are those associated with a perspective known as “neoliberalism”, which asserts that human well-being can best be advanced by the promotion of strong private property right

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