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Stories about Americas

24 May 2016

A Peruvian Amazon Community Is Putting Up a Fight Against the Expansion of Oil Palm

The legal case of Santa Clara Uchunya against the Pucallpa Plantations is emblematic because its outcome will have far-reaching consequences for the future of the region and its indigenous peoples.

23 May 2016

What Is Latin American Social Media Laughing at? One Critic Offers a Clue

"Having a good sense of humor is self-criticism, and these 'telepresidents,' which is what I call politicians who are obsessed with the screen, don’t accept any type of criticism."

The Arkana Alliance: An Organization that Builds Bridges with the Shipibo Communities of Ucayali in Peru

Rising Voices

Meet the Arkana Alliance, an organization that is working in the Peruvian Amazon to empower the Shipibo people and help them preserve their environment.

22 May 2016

He'd Never Seen Jukeboxes Before Immigrating to the US. Now He's a Master at Repairing Them.

Magdi Hanna grew up in Egypt, but when he moved to the United States, he found a calling fixing the decades-old musical machines.

21 May 2016

Andacollo, The Chilean City Surrounded by Mine Tailings

Chile, a mining country, has a large number of mine tailing deposits that are potential contamination risks.

20 May 2016

Saint-Exupéry's ‘Little Prince’ Can Speak Aymara Now

For the first time, Aymara speakers will be able to enjoy in their native tongue Saint-Exupéry's book "The Little Prince", the story of a pilot and a mysterious boy.

Brazilian Musicians Mount an Orchestra Against Brazil's Interim Government

Late German composer Carl Off's "Carmina Burana" was turned into a chant of "Fora Temer" (Temer Out), against Michel Temer's interim government.

Trinidad and Tobago Reconsiders Marriage Act After Push to Recognise Child Marriage as Abuse

Trinidad and Tobago is a society of contradictions: the legal age of sexual consent was recently raised from 16 to 18, even as another law on marriage differs significantly.

19 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Disappeared

This week, we take you to Ecuador, Uganda, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Pakistan.

Mexico Launches National Transparency Platform

Global Voices Advocacy

Mexico has a new tool to combat the opacity of public servants and of those who govern. But its effectiveness in practice remains to be seen.

18 May 2016

Argentina's ‘March of the Cap’, a Movement That Won't Stay Silent on Deadly Police Brutality

"We are the guys and girls from the 'hoods, dances, and football fields, from the jails all over the country. We are the workers who fight every day for dignity".

The Caribbean Memory Project Is Crowdsourcing Family Histories to Preserve the Region's Cultural Heritage

"We come from a very complex place, and that the histories we possess are even more complex. We -- Caribbean people -- are very fragile keepers of our history."

17 May 2016

Protests and Looting Rock Venezuela as Public Chaos Spreads

With shortages rising and a political crisis brewing, many have voiced worries that Venezuela seems to be flirting with potential disaster.

27 Graffiti Murals From São Paulo's Suburbs That You Should Check Out

While graffiti from São Paulo's central neighborhoods are featured in international travel guides, those from the suburbs remain relatively unknown, even for the residents of Latin America's largest city.

Prepare for Pushback If You Call Jamaica Violent (Even Though It Can Be)

"These pockets of violence [...] are not as insignificant as we think. We have not begun to uncover the various forms of violence [...] in our society. Violence is pervasive."

14 May 2016

Why Twitter Users in Quito Can't Stop Talking About Orange Juice

"Buy orange juice from the young guy on the corner and then medicine at the neighbourhood pharmacy, reactivate the economy, everyone's happy."

12 May 2016

Latin America and the Middle East Take One Step Closer to Each Other on the Dance Floor

"Just like we always dreamed, music will bring people together and give us a chance at world peace."

Environmental Activists Warn Mining Is Putting Colombia's National Tree in Danger

"Perhaps the only way to see the wax palm in the future will be on stamps and banknotes #NoToMegaMiningInSalento"

After Months of Investigation, More Doubts Than Certainties Remain in Mexico's Ayotzinapa Case

Where are the 43 Ayotzinapa students? That is the question which remains unanswered 19 months after the group of young teaching students were detained by local police officers in Mexico.

Farewell to Tony Cozier, the Commentator Who Helped West Indies Cricket Find Its Voice

His voice would always make you smile -- and it wasn't just because of its smooth, dulcet tone -- it was what he said and how fairly he said it.

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