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Stories about Americas

23 November 2015

Haitians Take to the Streets to Protest Elections Results

Haitians are claiming that the results of the country's recent elections are a sham, staging massive street protests that are quickly turning violent.

One Woman's Poem for Syrian Refugees—Including Her Cousin, Who Died Crossing the Mediterranean

“If I can create an empathetic bridge for them, through the poem, that that will create a really powerful success story.”

21 November 2015

Death Could Not Stop His Drive to Help Syria's Refugees

After dental student Deah Barakat was shot to death, his friends and family in the US made his dream of a dental clinic for Syrian refugees happen.

20 November 2015

Women at Work: The Collective Now Transforming Hip-Hop in Mexico

A multidisciplinary collective has successfully combated Mexico's stereotypes and faced gender discrimination in the art scene and in Mexican society more broadly.

19 November 2015

Rastafari Rootzfest Celebrates Jamaica's Emancipation of Marijuana

The Rastafari Rootzfest -- Jamaica's first ever "educational ganja festival" -- is paving the way for the island to make its mark on the emerging global marijuana industry.

Revitalizing the Yekuana Language With an Academic Perspective

Rising Voices

A Yekuana indigenous student prepares his senior thesis about the relation between orality, information, and communication technologies.

Who's Afraid of Simone de Beauvoir? How a National Exam Had Millions of Brazilians Talking About Gender

Feminists celebrated the national university entrance exam as it asked people to write about the persistence of violence against women. It was a sad day for the trolls.

18 November 2015

Mexico’s Cybercrime Bill is Dead. But What Will Lawmakers Think of Next?

Global Voices Advocacy

A Mexican senator proposed legislation that many experts warned would have harmed privacy and free speech online in Mexico. A week later, after the public's backlash, he withdrew it.

17 November 2015

Peruvian Journalist Is Awarded Prize in Climate Change Contest

The Peruvian journalist Pilar Celi Frías is one of the winners of the Voices2Paris contest, being selected from among 130 articles about climate change submitted from 40 countries.

16 November 2015

Ecuadorean Man Faces 18 Months in Jail for Clapping at a Protest

Although the evidence shows that he only applauded on that day, an Ecuadorian citizen was condemned to 18 months imprisonment for co-conspiracy in the attacks against Ecuador's state TV channel.

The Two-Country Journey One Student Takes Every Day to Get to School

At one US high school, 70 percent of its students cross the border with Mexico each day to attend classes. It's a commute that is far from routine.

How Popular Perceptions of Climate Change Have Changed Since the Copenhagen Talks

Ahead of the climate change talks in Paris, a look at how the situation surrounding climate change has evolved since the last important negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009.

14 November 2015

As UN Climate Talks Approach, a Look at What's Changed Since Copenhagen

Is the world better suited for a climate change agreement than it was in 2009, when the last important negotiations took place?

11 November 2015

Netizen Report: UN Authorities Pluck Protesters from Global Internet Conference in Brazil

Global Voices Advocacy

The UN fails to walk the walk on free expression, Tanzanians face prosecution over WhatsApp messages, and the UK rolls out a new surveillance bill that is 'worse than scary'.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Crime-Solving Facebook Users Are Back, and So Is the Controversy of Policing Domestic Violence

Back in action are the crime-solving citizens of the so-called 'Facebook Division' of the police. This time, they're after a man who beat his partner with a steel pipe.

9 November 2015

In Venezuela, 140 Characters Can Land You in Jail

Global Voices Advocacy

It took one or two tweets to seven people, with no criminal record and active political participation, ended up in jail in Venezuela. Here are their stories.

Narcodata, an In-Depth Data Journalism Project That Contextualizes the Drug War in Mexico

Using easy-to-comprehend, interactive visualizations, Narcodata tells the story of how the cartels were born, who their leaders are, the conflicts among them, their geographic expansion and their known crimes.

When Were You Sexually Harassed for the First Time? Brazilian Women React to Online Violence

Global Voices Advocacy

Social networks are increasingly filled with hate speech. This alarming phenomenon, however, is being countered by creative, irreverent, and organized women's groups online.

Indigenous Communities Live Complex Lives in a Disputed Corner of South America

Around 159,542 sq. km (61,600 sq. mi) of territory is disputed by Guayana and Venezuela. Indigenous groups pay a high price for living in this no man's land.

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