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When States Kill Latin America, the U. S. , and Technologies of Terror

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ISBN-10: 0292706790

ISBN-13: 9780292706798

Edition: 2005

Authors: Cecilia Menj�var, N�stor Rodr�guez, Cecilia Menjívar, Néstor Rodríguez

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Since the early twentieth century, technological transfers from the United States to Latin American countries have involved technologies of violence for social control. As the chapters in this book illustrate, these technological transfers have taken various forms, including the training of Latin American military personnel in surveillance and torture and the provision of political and logistic support for campaigns of state terror. The human cost for Latin America has been enormous--thousands of Latin Americans have been murdered, disappeared, or tortured, and whole communities have been terrorized into silence. Organized by region, the essays in this book address the topic of state-sponsored terrorism in a variety of ways. Most take the perspective that state-directed political violence is a modern development of a regional political structure in which U.S. political interests weigh heavily. Others acknowledge that Latin American states enthusiastically received U.S. support for their campaigns of terror. A few see local culture and history as key factors in the implementation of state campaigns of political violence. Together, all the essays exemplify how technologies of terror have been transferred among various Latin American countries, with particular attention to the role that the United States, as a "strong" state, has played in such transfers.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 7/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

State terror in the U.S. - Latin American interstate regime
Operation Condor as a hemispheric "counterterror" organization
"The blood of the people" : the Guardia Nacional's fifty-year war against the people of Nicaragua, 1927-1979
The culture and politics of state terror and repression in El Salvador
Caught in the crossfire : militarization, paramilitarization, and state violence in Oaxaca, Mexico
Bloody deeds/Hechos Sangrientos : reading Guatemala's record of political violence in cadaver reports
U.S. militarization of Honduras in the 1980s and the creation of CIA-backed death squads
"No hay rosas sin espinas" : statecraft in Costa Rica
The Colombian nightmare : human rights abuses and the contradictory effects of U.S. foreign policy
The path of state terror in Peru
Turning on their masters : state terrorism and unlearning democracy in Uruguay
Producing and exporting state terror : the case of Argentina