Archbishop Romero was shot and killed at the altar in El Salvador in 1980. By declaring him a martyr Pope Francis sends a crystal clear signal that he really wants a church where the poor are at the centre, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen in an article in Bergens Tidende on 15 February 2015.
Once again film censorship is taking place at the time for historical events in Cuba, but when “Retour à Ithaque” (in Norwegian: “Himmelen over Havanna”) by French director Laurent Cantet was denied screening at the film festival in Havana in December, the scandal disappeared in the cheering for the historic rapprochement between the US and Cuba, writes Håkon Tveit, University of Bergen, in an article in Nordlys on 13 January 2015.
Mexico has become the world's most dangerous country for Catholic priests. The priests who are most actively engaged in work for human rights and social justice, are now risking their lives, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article in Dagsavisen on 21 January 2015.
Brazil's truth commission submitted its final report on December 10 and concluded that the military regime's human rights violations must be considered as crimes against humanity. Nevertheless it is expected that the torturers will go free. The generals and their political backers still have much power in Brazil, writes Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo in an article in Dagsavisen on 2 January 2015.
The Cuba agreement alters the policy dynamics of the entire American continent. The upcoming dialogue may prove to be US’s gate-opener to Latin America, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article on NRK Ytring on 22 December 2014.
The emerging economic growth is fragile in Colombia. Is it over now? asks Kalle Moene, University of Oslo, in an article 21 November in Dagens Næringsliv.
The 43 missing and probably killed teacher students from Ayotzinapa are unfortunately not an exceptional event. It fits into a horrific pattern, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen in an article on 18 November in Bergens Tidende.
The Research Council of Norway has developed roadmaps for research collaboration with the eight priority partner countries outside the EU / EEA, among them Brazil.
See article on NFRs web site (in Norwegian).
Agreements have recently been signed between The Research Council of Norway (NFR) and their Brazilian counterpart, The National Council for Scientific and Technologial Development (CNPq); and between NFR and Innovation Norway and the Brazilian counterpart of Innovation Norway, the Studies and Projects Financing Agency (FINEP). The agreements open for joint calls for proposals in all areas.
See article on NFR's web site (in Norwegian).
Dilma Rousseff’s narrow victory in the 2014 president elections – 51.64 percent against Aécio Neves’ 48.36 percent – offers more questions than answers.
The Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU) has announced that the winners of the award for the best master thesis 2013/2014 are:
Lisa Govasli Nilsen from the University of Oslo, Department of Political Science, with the thesis “Patterns of wartime sexual violence. Perspectives from Colombia”
Anna Gudbjört Sveinsdottir, from the University of Oslo, Centre for Development and the Environment, with the thesis “Land Tenure and Tourism Development in Nicaragua. A case study from Playa Gigante.”
From Che Guevara to Pope Francis: the Third World lives on in Latin America. Article by Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo in Manifest tidsskrift 8 October 2014.
The candidates in Brazil’s elections are strikingly similar in their proposals, writes Einar Braathen, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research in an article (pdf) in Klassekampen 4 October 2014.
It is not a shortage of progressive ideals that is to blame for the left's currrent lack of inspiration by Latin America, writes Even Sandvik Underlid, University of Bergen, in this article in Manifest tidsskrift 30 September 2014.
Latin America protests against the war in Gaza, and Israel would do well to take the criticism seriously, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in this article in Dagbladet 11 August 2014.
In this article in Morgenbladet on 4 July, Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, points out that negotiations in Bogotá are at least equally important as talks in Havana to end Latin America's longest civil war.
If problems arise during the World Cup, it may become President Dilma Roussef's political downfall, claims Kristian Hoelscher from University of Oslo and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in this article in Aftenposten 14 June.
25 years after the end of the Cold War, the Cuban leaders have taken on a historical vocation: to reinvent socialism, writes Even Sandvik Underlid, University of Bergen, in an article in Bergens Tidende 1 June.
Tourism development along the coast of Nicaragua comes at the expense of the land rights obtained by the poorest part of the population after the revolution, write Anna G. Sveinsdóttir and Mariel Aguilar-Støen, University of Oslo, in this article on Radikal Portal 29 March.
What has been achieved after 15 years on a red tide, and what does the future hold for the Latin American Left? asks Even Sandvik Underlid, University of Bergen, in this article in Manifest tidsskrift on 11 April.
Researchers from the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs will be among the presenters at a seminar in Mexico City on 8 April on armed violence, organized crime and politics in Latin America.
In this article in Klassekampen on 28 March, Einar Baathen, NIBR, points out how Brazil, fifty years after the coup, is still clearly marked by the military dictatorship.
One year after the appointment of Pope Francis, has the Catholic Church become a church for the poor, and has the world's poor found their advocate? asks Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article in Dagen 13 March.