Reblog/reaction: No, you can’t have your own president Mujica – Medium

Reblogging a brilliant piece by Medium contributor “rabble” who covers politics and history, often for Uruguay. With our take on it, and a whole bunch of on-the-ground observation by us, added here in our Uruguay Expat Life post.

No, you can’t have your own president Mujica. — Medium.

So why can’t there be more leaders like Mujica. Well it’s complicated. He’s a reflection of the politics and country which elected him…

To explain why Mujica got elected, how he was able to govern and reshape Uruguay we need a tiny bit of a history lesson.

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This is such a great counter-piece to all the excesses of Hipster-Uruguay articles that both Uruguayans and most expats/immigrants here are getting sick and tired of seeing. (Something we’ve skewered right here before.) We do admire Mujica, though some of our neighbors in both the Uruguayan and the Anglophone expat communities dislike, or even despise him. We understand why they do and do not demonize them for it – they have points that make sense. Continue reading Reblog/reaction: No, you can’t have your own president Mujica – Medium

A silent anniversary in Uruguay?

One month ago was the 40th anniversary of the coup in Uruguay, which ended representative democracy and liberty for 12 years. During that time of the dictadura, the dictatorship, many Uruguayans left the country, often for the USA, as the best choice for them and their families for freedom. We know several who came back afterwards. Others stayed and resisted, and still others simply went about everyday life as best as they could.

Al-Jazeera ran this column last month, about the desire of many Uruguayos to make 27-June a national day of commemoration.

A silent anniversary in Uruguay? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

We don’t sugarcoat the truth here at Uruguay Expat Life. Yes, this is a country that only a generation ago, had widespread surveillance and spying, secret courts, prisons without hope of appeal or release, torture of those who were deemed to be enemies of the state.

Perhaps one of the reasons Lisa and I are comfortable with life and liberty in Uruguay now, is that only that one generation ago, Uruguay resisted and recovered its freedom. Continue reading A silent anniversary in Uruguay?

Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together – Video

Here is 5 minutes of the work in progress film, Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together, which I talked about in my previous post tonight. After the film, some thoughts and re-watch suggestions to learn more about both the issue at hand, and everyday sights and sounds of Uruguay. Including our very weird Spanish.

Pamela Harris & Carolina De Robertis | Iris Films present a “work in progress” five minute preview of “Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together”

As you watch it, please think about the culture and history that was suppressed. Lisa and I are gratified that Candombe is becoming a vehicle for recovering the rich Afro-Uruguayo culture, and in making Uruguayans and those like us new to our adopted land understand and confront past-times and current day racism and discrimination.

Then, perhaps, watch it again, and listen closely too, Continue reading Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together – Video

Uruguay For Me on G+ discussion: Carolina De Robertis/Pam Harris “Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together” interview

Uruguay For Me – Google – Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together.

Candombe drummers at night in street.
The “Llamada” of Candombe – ©2013 Pam Harris / Iris Film, Fair Use copy from interview. Photo is of our own Llamada right here in Uruguay Expat Life’s home town of Atlántida.

Carolina De Robertis, a top Uruguayan-American author/filmmaker of white European-Uruguayo descent, and her wife, filmmaker Pamela Harris, an African-American, recently did an interview with Being Latino and the Los Afro-Latinos Facebook group. They recount their experiences, including their surprise at discovering the African heritage of now mostly-white Uruguay, and that of encountering racism here.

Nonetheless, they both feel that Uruguay is for them. The best place for they as a same-sex lesbian, interracial, expat couple and parents of a toddler, to live, work, and thrive as a family. Enlightening reading on several aspects: racism, art, Uruguayan history, Uruguay’s openness to GLBT people, and the parallels/differences between US and Uruguayan history of slavery and its aftermath.

Our main link for this interview goes directly to one of our two Google+ sites, Uruguay For Me. G+ is open to everyone to read, and anybody with any Gmail, YouTube, Google Reader (RIP), Picasa, or any other Google service already has a Google+ ID, even if you didn’t know it. So feel free to comment either there, or right here on the blog in our newly enhanced comment system, Disqus.

Uruguay For Me is the brand and website name we’ll be launching later this year Continue reading Uruguay For Me on G+ discussion: Carolina De Robertis/Pam Harris “Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together” interview