Civil & Political Rights

Juan Pedro Lares: The freed prisoner that never was

Juan Pedro Lares: The freed prisoner that never was

Juan Pedro Lares, a 24-year old Colombian-Venezuelan young man, who was abducted by a hundred civilian-dressed members of the Venezuelan Intelligence, the National Guard, the police, and armed civilian groups from his family’s home in July of last year was finally set free. But a feeling of injustice still lingers.

The Olympics or the Inability to Protect Rights

The Olympics or the Inability to Protect Rights

August 4th – Paraty, vacations that calmly unfolded. For me, this paradise, birthplace of one of the most active literature festivals of Brazil, was an opportunity to open my eyes to a rather suggestive book: Autoimperialismo: três ensaios sobre o Brasil (Crítica, 2016) by the biographer of the famous carioca Clarice Lispector, the American Benjamin Moser.

The Humor of the Ecuadorean Revolution

The Humor of the Ecuadorean Revolution

If having to explain a joke defeats its purpose, having to correct it is a disgrace. More so for a professional comedian like Bonil, the popular Ecuadorian cartoonist. Even more if the price is tens of thousands of dollars. When those in power and their laws don’t have a sense of humor, jokes can be expensive.