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Stories about Americas

22 September 2017

Criticism of Trinidad & Tobago's State Enterprise System Follows Fraud Allegation Against Oil Supplier

"The State enterprise system is the vehicle by which the unholy facilitations are carried out [...] It has been destructive of honesty, accountability and transparency."

21 September 2017

Are Hazardous Vapors Seeping Into Basements Across the United States?

The movement of underground contaminants into buildings is attracting increased scrutiny from health experts, advocates and agencies.

Mexico Earthquake: ‘I Thought I Was Going to Die When Pieces of the Ceiling Began to Fall’

People who lived through the September 2017 earthquakes in Oaxaca and Mexico City tell us their experience.

20 September 2017

‘We Dare Not Look Out': Dominica Is Brutalised by Hurricane Maria

'Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. [The] physical damage at this time [...] is devastating…indeed, mind boggling.'

19 September 2017

Evidence of Government Surveillance in Mexico Continues to Mount

Global Voices Advocacy

Intrusive technologies used to intimidate and silence dissent continue to be used in Mexico.

17 September 2017

A Conversation with Paraguayan Artist Enrique Collar and His Search for Identity

"Art is uncomfortable, you can never feel comfortable," says Paraguayan artist Enrique Collar who is now living in The Netherlands.

Mexico's Appeal for an Impartial Federal Prosecutor General

Mexico's ruling party wants one of its members to become the Federal Prosecutor General. Many believe this represents a conflict of interest.

14 September 2017

The 17th-Century Peruvian Saint With a 21st-Century Social Media Presence

"We have more than 100,000 likes and 100,000 followers on Facebook! Let's keep sharing!"

13 September 2017

Automatic Speech Recognition Project Seeks to Revitalize the Quechua Languages

Rising Voices

Can you imagine computers, smartphones and robots that speak Quechua? A Peruvian engineer’s work aims to do just that.

11 September 2017

The Stories Behind DACA, the Now-Ended Program for Young Undocumented Immigrants in the US

Rising Voices

"The term American should not be defined by a document or the lack of one, but more so the willingness to contribute to the country and help others out..."

An Immigrant, Activist and Attorney's Hard Truths on DACA

The Bridge

DACA's beneficiaries must feel a deep sense of betrayal. But it is equally important that we demand more than the continuation of policies that provided only fragile and temporary benefits.

10 September 2017

#TheOccupation of Wikipolitics: A Collective Commitment to Democratic Reinvention in Mexico

"We're convinced that this new way of doing politics, fair, in solidarity, respectful, generous and joyful, has to get to every corner of this country".

An Anonymous Psych Patient Is Now Acclaimed as a Master Artist of the Immigrant Experience

For years, Mexican artist Martín Ramírez was only known as a psychiatric patient who made drawings. That narrative is changing.

9 September 2017

Irma: A Meditation on Hurricanes and the Bahamas

The Bridge

"I do not believe that Bahamians should fear hurricanes the way we do...I believe we should look hard at ourselves and work out why we handle major storms so well."

8 September 2017

The Caribbean Comes Together After Hurricane Irma

"We need to see and hear and interact with each other much much more. That's the message Irma has brought to me".

7 September 2017

Chinese Are Questioning the Government's Response to Pyongyang's Nuclear Tests

"Maintaining [social] stability is more important than human life?"

Yes, Racism Among the US Latino Community Against African-Americans Does Exist

"Conversations have been going on for more than 50 years...This topic involves political, spiritual and cultural aspects."

6 September 2017

On WhatsApp, Fake News Is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

Global Voices Advocacy

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

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