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15 April 2019

‘The army didn't kill anyone,’ says Bolsonaro after soldiers fire 80 times at family car in Brazil, killing one

"The army is of the people, and you can't accuse the people of murder," said Brazil's president six days after the incident that has shocked the country.

“Our languages are not dying, they are being killed”

The Bridge

“Your language is worthless,” they were told repeatedly. “To be a Mexican citizen, you must speak the national language, Spanish. Stop speaking your language.”

12 April 2019

Argentina's Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo find 129th child who went missing during 1970s dictatorship

The newfound daughter had been in touch with the Abuelas since 2013, but only agreed to take a DNA test in 2019. She is yet to meet her biological father and...

Easter in Trinidad & Tobago looks (and tastes) like this

A glimpse into what Easter time is like in the most southerly islands of the Caribbean archipelago.

9 April 2019

Colombian activists deliver letter about killings of social leaders to the ICC

Over 163 community leaders and activists have been murdered over the past three years in Colombia.

8 April 2019

Unexplained Wealth Bill in Trinidad & Tobago ruffles some feathers

As a bill targeting "unexplained wealth" is debated in parliament, misinformation abounds and people start playing politics.

5 April 2019

Luis Carlos and Global Voices, 12 years and counting

The Bridge

"Luis Carlos represents certain characteristics and qualities: strength, resilience in the face of obstacles, solidarity and commitment to human rights and a rather brilliant and idiosyncratic sense of humour."

29 March 2019

A new #MeToo wave is flooding Mexican social media

"As students, colleagues and partners in academia, we join the condemnation movement started by @MeTooWriters, followed by @MeTooFilmMx, and sustained by brave and fed-up women."

Is the Haitian parliament's revocation of Prime Minister Céant's another feat of zero-sum game politics?

The no-confidence vote and resulting reshuffle are impacting the government's capacity to provide a timely and effective response to Haiti's socio-economic crisis.

26 March 2019

These Colombian journalists want you to know that Pablo Escobar was no hero

"This 'hero' forced us to stay indoors, to suspect from everyone, and to react with fire and violence."

Colombian social networks rally behind a local street poet fined for ‘trafficking poems’

Jesús Espicasa's story made waves on Colombian social networks, sparking a nationwide debate about the role of poetry in public life.

‘Representation is not feeling different when I read or see something,’ says scriptwriter of comic with black lead character

"It is my existence not being tied only to slavery, as schools seem to say and TV shows repeat. It is feeling part of the world on an equal footing."

24 March 2019

In Brazil, 30 million people live in ‘quasi-deserts’ of news

Researchers see a correlation between a lack of information and a lack of good quality public services.

23 March 2019

Website fighting against body-shaming proves Carnival is for #everyBODY

"Thanks to masqueraders like Candice Santana and our followers, we can shed a different light on what true representation of masqueraders looks like."

22 March 2019

Welcome to the Venezuelan internet. Luis Carlos and Naky will be your guides.

Advox

Through serious analysis and their signature wit, Luis Carlos Diaz and Naky Soto have helped a generation of us learn our digital rights.

19 March 2019

‘Who ordered the killing of Marielle Franco?,’ Brazil asks a year after the councilwoman's murder

"Who ordered the president's neighbor to kill Marielle?"

18 March 2019

Caribbean Airlines doesn't fly Boeing's 737 MAX, but travellers are still asking questions

The aircraft's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) has a sensor designed to detect when the plane stalls, and automatically pushes the nose down to get airflow back over the wing.

16 March 2019

‘Racism is the shackles holding back our Republic,’ says Brazilian anthropologist Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

The killing of an unarmed black teen inside of a supermarket was the last reminder of racism in Brazil. Global Voices talked to Moritz Schwarcz to understand this context

15 March 2019

#ViernesTradicional highlights and safeguards Mexico's rich cultural diversity found in clothing

Rising Voices

A social media campaign celebrates Mexico's rich cultural diversity found in traditional clothing and raises awareness to protect against threat of plagiarism.

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