In the evening of May 27, Instituto Apompaz celebrated its tenth birthday with a special seminar on Education, Youth and Social Participation in the Avançar Community Centre in Bairro da Paz, Salvador, Bahia. Apompaz is a voluntary organisation that was created by a group of young people living in the neighbourhood itself to give a … Continue reading UFBA rector participates in Apompaz’s tenth birthday party
There has been a second attack on Semeí Verdía, the leader of the communal police force of the indigenous community of Ostula on the Michoacán coast and of all the remaining autonomous self-defence forces of the coastal region. Fortunately it was again unsuccessful, although one of his companions was injured. The details are available in … Continue reading News from the coast of Michoacán
On Friday 22 May, 42 civilians and a federal police officer died in what, according to the official version, was an armed confrontation between members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and federal forces in a ranch on the borders between the Michoacán municipalities of Ecuandureo and Tanhuato, close to the main highway that … Continue reading Another questionable incident in the pacification of Western Mexico
The Bahia Public Attorney's Office has just (May 18 2015) published its findings on the deaths of twelve young residents of the Cabula neighbourhood of Salvador at the hands of military police of the Special Patrols Unit (Rondesp) mentioned in an earlier post. Investigators have concluded that this was an extra-judicial execution, and worse than … Continue reading Update on police killings in Salvador
My book The New War on the Poor went to press before the Federal Special Commissioner for Security and Development in Michoacán, Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, was transferred to other duties as Director of the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports, a move justified officially by the need to avoid controversy during the forthcoming state elections. A … Continue reading The pacification of Michoacán?
Since my book The New War on the Poor went to press in November 2014, a pattern of escalating confrontation in Rio de Janeiro between police and drug traffickers has continued to produce casualties on both sides, along with a great deal of tragic "collateral damage" that has produced a rising tide of protest by favela residents. … Continue reading Problems with policing in Brazil
At the moment I am working on an edited book based on a selection of papers from the 2013 World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, which was organised by a UK committee chaired by me and hosted by Manchester University. This book, World Anthropologies in Practice: Situated Perspectives, Global Knowledge, … Continue reading IUAES-ASA book
My book The New War on the Poor: The Production of Insecurity in Latin America is available in hardback, paperback, and Kindle and ePub ebook formats. It is available directly from its publisher, Zed Books, in the UK and Europe, the University of Chicago Press in the case of the Americas, North and South, or from … Continue reading The New War on the Poor/La nueva guerra contra los pobres