Regardless of what one might think about the similarities between Romero and Jesus, it is a fact that Pope Francis now points at Archbishop Romero of El Salvador – the defender of the poor – as an example and hope for the world's Catholics, states Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article (pdf, in Norwegian) in Dagen 22 May 2015.
In recent months, corruption scandals have hit one Latin American government after the other. For many it is disappointing that left governments have been equally involved as their counterparts from the right. This can be understood as a result of asymmetric democratization, argues Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 12 May 2015 (in Norwegian).
The article “Noruega non grata”(in Norwegian) in Bistandsaktuelt 26 April, on Norwegian official support to organizations opposing the construction of a cement factory in Guatemala, has caused a debate with contributions by researchers from the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo; see the debate in Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian).
Fifty years have passed since more than 2,000 Dominicans and 44 soldiers from the United States were killed as a result of the US invasion of the Dominican Republic, but the Dominicans have not used the experience to create an enemy image of the USA, writes Leiv Marsteintredet in an article in Dag og Tid 30 April 2015 (pdf).
The Brazilian counterpart for Francis Underwood in "House of Cards", Eduardo Cunha, the social conservative president of the national assembly, plays for high stakes to weaken President Dilma Rousseff, writes Yuri Kasahara, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, in an article in Klassekampen 21 April 2015.
This weekend the head of states of USA, Canada and the Latin American countries will meet for the summit of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Panama. It should have been the summit to mark the end of the exclusion of Cuba from the good company, but US sanctions against Venezuela have created new problems in the Inter-American cooperation, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 7 April 2015.
Based on a huge corruption scandal in the state-owned oil company Petrobras, a Pandora's box of revelations about corruption and money laundering has been opened in Brazil. This is not entirely negative, as we can also make out the contours of a nation that gradually will have a legislation that not only in principle but also in practice, applies equally to all, writes Trond Heitmann, Østfold University College, in an article in Bergens Tidende 4 March 2015.
An article by Iselin Åsedotter Strønen, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) has resulted in the critical comments by other academics, and two more articles by Strønen.
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.
Dilma Rousseff’s narrow victory in the 2014 president elections – 51.64 percent against Aécio Neves’ 48.36 percent – offers more questions than answers.
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.