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Stories about Americas

World AIDS Day 2020: How has the Caribbean dealt with HIV during COVID-19?

Threatened livelihoods, disruption in supply chains, and changes in health care delivery are all challenges which people living with HIV/AIDS in the region have had to grapple with under COVID-19.

Chronic kidney disease affects 1 out of 10 Salvadorans, including children

Yet, more and more people throughout the world, and in this case, El Salvador, get CKD due to exposure to agrochemicals and dehydration.

Are some citizens being targeted more than others when it comes to Trinidad & Tobago's COVID-19 legislation?

Many fear that inconsistencies regarding who is brought before the law for breach of COVID-19 protocols is adding to public confusion, which could result in further flouting of the legislation.

In Jamaica, backlash over limestone quarry in ecological area sparks youth online activism

Jamaican youth are rallying against a government decision to allow limestone quarrying in an ecologically sensitive area, and proving they know how to use online tools to their advantage.

The greatness of Caribbean writer Jean Rhys

Best known for “Wide Sargasso Sea,” her daring riposte to “Jane Eyre”, Rhys is an integral part of the literary canon. A panel of writers dissects what makes her great.

During the Cold War, Latin American intellectuals found solace in communist Prague

After World War II, Latin America had authoritarian, US-backed anti-communist governments. Facing repression at home, writers found refuge in communist Prague, in a story little-known in today's Czech Republic.

Proposed tax on books in Brazil may disadvantage readers in poorer neighbourhoods

The Brazilian government is considering a 12 percent tax on literary works. Cultural initiatives warn that the proposal risks widening existing inequalities in access to reading.

Barbados removes statue of British naval officer Horatio Nelson for his role in the slave trade

"The point is not the destruction of ‘the past’, as if there was one monolithic uncontested past, but the renegotiation of which past the present holds up to its face."

Spain’s official linguistic institution steps back from gender-neutral pronoun

"The RAE is a bit like the Pope: we don't care what they say, but that they say it is half the battle."

The victims of forced sterilizations in Peru continue to demand justice

The violation of the bodies and lives of women sterilized against their will and the delays in delivering justice mark Peru as a perpetrator of human rights violations.

Latin American Facebook users weigh in on US election results with memes

While not a comprehensive polling of people's sentiments, these memes offer a glimpse into local political narratives, humor, and commentary.

Five new digital media platforms for uncensored news from Colombia

In Colombia, a new generation of journalists are fighting self-censorship and investigating corruption.

Four ways Brazilians turned to social media to question racism and corruption

With millions of tweets, Brazilians have a mixed impact on politics but show fervor for transparency, equality and anti-racism.

Brazilian food delivery drivers strike against employers, citing poor working conditions

Brazilian delivery drivers have been protesting about their working conditions. The COVID-19 crisis, fall in income, and the lack of support from apps are among the main problems facing them.

Solidarity among Hondurans in wake of Hurricane Eta

As of November 7, 200 people have been reported dead due to floods, mudslides, and crumbling houses -- and the numbers are climbing every day.

‘What a Bam Bam!’ Jamaicans celebrate Biden/Harris victory

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ congratulatory tweet emphasised Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ Jamaican heritage and called her historic achievement a “monumental accomplishment for women all over the world.”

Northeast Tobago named a UNESCO ‘Man and the Biosphere Reserve’

Thanks to the unique biodiversity of Tobago's Main Ridge, the island's North East area has been officially designated a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Reserve.

Mexican lawmakers approve same-sex marriage in the state of Puebla

Puebla is the latest Mexican state to approve same-sex marriage.

How YouTube helped a Hong Kong protester become a Trump supporter

Chan says that in order to defeat the Chinese Communist Party and save Hong Kong, Hongkongers must support Donald Trump's re-election.

Environmental risk posed by Venezuelan oil tanker highlights importance of transparency and public participation

"The power that activist groups and citizens have in the palm of their hands, through social media and other digital platforms, is immense and far-reaching."

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