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14 February 2016

Mexicans Unanimously Welcomed Pope Francis This Weekend. Or Did They?

Millions of Mexicans were anxious to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis this weekend, during the pontiff's long-awaited visit. Not everyone is rolling out the red carpet, however.

How More and More Schools in Brazil Are Teaching Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

Hundreds of public schools in Brazil have gardens where kids grow their own vegetables. And the schools say it's changing the way kids think about the food they eat.

The Daughters of Violence Fight Back Against Street Harassment in Mexico with Art

Three Mexican girls are fighting back against street sexual harassment that victimises women, with wit and punk rock.

13 February 2016

Haiti's Electoral Crisis and Unsteady Future

Haiti's legislative elections took place last August. Months later, the country has been left with no president, an interim government and a mandate for new elections by April 24, 2016.

A Colombian Official Takes Short-Lived Legal Action Against a Journalist Over His Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

"...limitation of freedom of expression must be necessary and proportionate, that is, it must be the only and most effective means, something which is not true in this case."

North Carolina High Schoolers Could Be Deported to “Certain Death”, Despite Teacher and School Board Opposition

The six Central American students facing deportation from the US crossed the border as minors and could be in mortal danger if sent back to their country of origin.

‘Citizens Everywhere Must Recognize That Their Countries’ Natural Resources Belong to Them’

A Caribbean representative has been elected to the International Board of the EITI for the first time. Global Voices talks with Victor Hart about patrimony, innovation and fighting corruption.

12 February 2016

It's Halftime in Russia

RuNet Echo

With oil prices tumbling and Russia’s economy on hard times, a carmaker is falling back on one of the industry’s most dependable marketing tactics: appealing to consumers’ sense of patriotism.

11 February 2016

An LGBT Blog Is Suspended Over Mention of Cuba’s 1960s-Era Labor Camps

Global Voices Advocacy

"I honestly hoped it was a technical glitch...I don't know how this 'defames the Revolution,' as the judgment issued to us says."

Making Wasted Uneaten Food a Thing of the Past in Argentina

The Full Plate Project started when two friends realized there is a lot of unconsumed food that's thrown away when events have finished. So they decided to do something.

Incidents of Violence Spoil Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

Violence by band security and the discovery of a dead masquerader have put a dark cloud over Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2016.

Netizen Report: The EU Wrestles With Facebook Over Privacy

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

10 February 2016

The YouTube Women: Delivering Hard-Hitting Digital Video Activism

"In Brazil at least, where we have a very communicative culture, it is [...] far easier to persuade someone to watch a video than to read an article."

River Communities in Mexico Still Don't Trust Their Drinking Water Following a Mining Spill

The populations affected by the worst environmental disaster in the history of Mexico obtained an important victory after a judge ordered new studies due to the risk of contaminated water.

9 February 2016

Classrooms Without Teachers Spread in Southern Venezuela

Although they love their profession, hundreds of teachers in Gran Sabana, Venezuela, have left their classrooms to find more affordable pay in other industries.

8 February 2016

Starved of National Media Coverage, Student Occupation Movement in Central Brazil Encounters Strong Police Response

There's been a slew of reports about threats and police violence in schools in the Brazilian state of Goiás, where high schoolers have occupied buildings since late last year.

A Costa Rican Political Party's ‘Incendiary’ Ad Didn't Seem to Help Them at the Polls

"That advertisement could seem to us idiotic... but these little Costa Rican army and far-right political groups are symptoms."

7 February 2016

Broken Is the Road of Political Promises in Trinidad & Tobago

An opening ceremony for a children's hospital that was never actually opened to the public. Public funds used despite a government-to-government arrangement. A collapsed access road. What next?

Indigenous Otomí-Ñätho Communities in Mexico Exercise Their Autonomy to Defend Their Lands

"Why do we care for the forest? Because it is the lungs of both the Valley of Toluca and the Valley of Mexico."

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