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This edition of the Review features articles on the trial of Ríos Montt in Guatemala: "Bending the Arc of History" and "Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future" by Beatriz Manz.

"In 1633 the Inquisition annuls Galileo's findings, but Earth still revolves around the sun; in 2013 Guatemala's Constitutional Court annuls tribunal's genocide verdict, but Ríos Montt still guilty."

— Beatriz Manz

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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken introduces this issue of the Review.

Professor Beatriz Manz chronicles her history with Guatemala and the experience of testifying against former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt in the recent genocide trial.

Professor Beatriz Manz describes some of the photos from 1980s Mexico and Guatemala that she was unable to submit as evidence in the Ríos Montt trial due to procedural issues.

The Ríos Montt genocide trial continues to unfold in a country deeply ambivalent about both its past and its present. Anthony Fontes provides a glimpse of the complexities of modern Guatemala.

Professor Javier Corrales analyzes the factors that may influence how Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro chooses to act in his new role

Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes remembers her early days in 1960s Timbauba, Brazil, and describes the rapid decline in infant and child mortality that has taken place in the last 20 years.

Isaac Lee, the president of news at Univision, describes his efforts to expand both the network’s news coverage and its audience.

Erica Hellerstein reviews “Shenandoah,” a documentary that takes viewers into the heart of a small town reeling from the beating death of an undocumented immigrant by high-school football players.

China and Latin America have grown closer in recent years, but their relationship is complicated by mismatched strategic goals.

Conditional cash transfer programs and non-contributory pension schemes have sprung up across Latin America in the last decade. Professor Wendy Hunter lays out some of the ways these programs may be changing society.

Dr. Paul Wise argues that an integrated health strategy is needed to save the lives of children growing up in war-torn regions.

Professor Kenneth Roberts argues that the success — or lack thereof — of Latin American democracies has its roots in the type of party that was at the helm during the implementation of 1990s-era neoliberal policies.

Oscar Oszlak investigates the attitudes toward democracy held by different groups in Argentina.

Professor Alison Post’s research delves into the ambiguous outcomes of two 1990s-era reforms in the provision of water and sanitation services: decentralization and institutional insulation from politics

Mathias Craig, the co-founder of blueEnergy, describes the nonprofit’s efforts to bring electricity and clean water to remote communities on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast.

2012 Tinker Recipient John Erickson describes the challenges many cities face in providing a clean and consistent supply of water.

Julie Klinger argues that recycling rare earths is a better policy than mining for them in remote and ecologically sensitive areas.

Isabel Allende discusses her latest novel Maya’s Notebook.

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