Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies
Spring-Summer 2011


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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken introduces this issue of the Review.

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Panamanian women greet Michelle Bachelet, April 2011
Women's rights leaders greet Michelle Bachelet in Panama, April 2011..
(Photo by Fernando Bocanegra/UN Women..)

UNiting Women Around the Globe

Michelle Bachelet describes her challenging new role as Executive Director of UN Women during her visit to Berkeley.

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The U.S. Mexico Futures Forum
Spring 2011

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Tijuana border fence into the Pacific
The border between Tijuana and San Diego.
(Photo by Nathan Gibbs.)

Global Crisis, Bilateral Response

Now in its 10th year, the U.S–Mexico Futures Forum provides an ongoing venue for high-level discussions among important players from both countries. The focus this year is on climate change, security and the rise of China.

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Kamala Harris at the US-Mexico border
California Attorney General Kamala Harris examines a car with U.S. agents at the Mexican border.
(Photo courtesy of the
California Department of Justice..)

Attacking the Roots of Insecurity

Former mayor of Medellín, Sergio Fajardo, and Shannon O’Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations explore policy responses to Mexico’s security crisis at the U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum.

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Mexico Pavilion at the Shanghai exhibition, 2010
The Mexico Pavilion at Shanghai's World Expo, 2010.
(Photo by © Virginia & Josh —

Can Eagles Fly With Dragons:
China, Mexico and the U.S.

Mexico and the United states confront similar challenges in the face of China’s rise. Clyde Prestowitz and Enrique Dussel Peters outline the issues and the strategies available to both countries at the U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum.

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Mexico City's smog layer
Mexico City's skyline under a layer of smog.
(Photo by Ilai A. Magun.)

Reversing the Tide of Apathy
How can climate change be framed so that individuals and states take action to combat the looming problem? Panelists Luis Alfonso de Alba, Steve Weisman and Robert Collier contribute to the debate at the U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum.

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Fernando Botero, The Kiss of Judas

The Passion of Fernando Botero

World-renowned artist Fernando Botero discusses his most recent work with Professor Beatriz Manz.

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Fernando Botero
"The Kiss of Judas"
(El beso de Judas)
2011, oil on canvas, 55" x 63"
From his series
"Via Crucis: The Passion of the Christ."
© Fernando Botero, courtesy of The Marlborough Gallery, New York.

Belo Monte at dusk
The watershed of Belo Monte, site of a controversial dam project in Brazil..
(Photo by Bruno Abreu.)

Save the Trees to Save the Forest

Robert Collier analyzes the state of play for climate change initiatives in the Americas.

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Baltasar Garzon at CLAS, April 2011
Baltasar Garzón prior to his Berkeley talk.
(Photo by Noah Berger.)

No Safe Haven: Universal Jurisdiction Trumps Impunity

Judge Baltasar Garzón provides an impassioned defense of the principal of universal jurisdiction.

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A page from Guatemala's dossier of the disappeared

Chasing Terror’s Paper Trail

Kate Doyle tracks the perpetrators of genocide and human rights abuses by sifting through declassified records.


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A page from the Guatemalan military's dossier of the disappeared.
The penciled code "300" indicates execution.

(Photo courtesy of Kate Doyle.)

Banner at anti-violence protest in Mexico City
A 2011 mass demonstration against
violence in Mexico City.
(Photo by Damaris Vilchis.)

Reclaiming Mexico’s Democracy

Mexican journalist, scholar and human rights advocate Sergio Aguayo examines the paradoxes that have caused the emergence of democracy in Mexico to be overshadowed by the grim brutality of the drug war.

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Janice Perlman in the favelas in the 1970s
Janice Perlman at the
Conjunto de Quitungo Housing Project, 1973.
(Photo courtesy of Janice Perlman.)

Becoming Gente in Rio’s Favela

After 30 years, researcher Janice Perlman returns to Rio’s favelas to see how things have changed for those who participated in her seminal 1968 study of urban poverty in Brazil.

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Image from Those Who Remain
Pascual, featured in "Those Who Remain," lives with his wife
in a remote region of Puebla and has three children in the United States.
(Photo courtesy of Fundación BBVA Bancomer.)

The Presence of Absence

Anthony Fontes reviews “Those Who Remain,” a documentary about the loved ones migrants leave behind in in Mexico.

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Censored banner on a Presumed Guilty poster
The attempt to censor "Presumed Guilty"
helped catapult the film to national prominence.
(Photo courtesy of Layda Negrete and Roberto Hernández.)

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity

Filmmaker Roberto Hernández describes the long and winding road he and his wife Layda Negrete had to travel to bring their award-winning documentary “Presumed Guilty” to a Mexican audience.


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Lula and Rousseff at PT rally

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his successor, Dilma Rousseff, both represent the Worker's Party (PT).
(Photo by Andre Penner/Associated Press.)

Answering the Call

Professor Ruy Braga analyzes the working conditions and labor union activity of Brazilian telemarketers.

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Alex Harris, Sol y Cuba
Sol and Cuba, Old Havana, looking north from Alberto Rojas's 1951 Plymouth, Havana, May 23, 1998.
Photo by Alex Harris.

Cuba Through the Windshield

The photography of Alex Harris juxtaposes Cuba and the United States through the windshields of the island’s archetypal 1950s American cars.

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