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Stories about Americas

17 June 2019

On displacement

The Bridge

"Displacement has no particular citizenship. It comes on a slow, malarial boat, or dropped from the sky on small islands buffeted by storms in the Caribbean, our common sea."

13 June 2019

Paraguay's road to democracy is slowed down by its political ghosts

"Although Paraguay transitioned to a democracy in the years after the dictatorship ended, subsequent elections saw circles close to Stroessner stay in power"

11 June 2019

A decree by President Bolsonaro could threaten civil society group investigating deaths under Brazil’s military dictatorship

An order ending Brazil's civil society committees has raised alarms in the Perus Working Group, which investigates human remains found at a 1970s cemetery in the suburbs of São Paulo.

10 June 2019

Argentina resumes the fight for legal abortion with new draft bill

In 2018, Argentina's Senate rejected a bill that would legalize abortion in the South American country. Will it be different this time?

4 June 2019

Jamaica's Reggae Girlz football team ‘strike hard’ to make history

Bob Marley's eldest daughter Cedella saw the team's potential and gave them her support, persuading coach Hue Menzies to volunteer his services. Now, they're at the 2019 FIFA Women's World...

Trinidad and Tobago registers Venezuelan asylum-seekers to legalise their status

The two-week-long initiative, which began on May 31, 2019, will afford undocumented Venezuelans amnesty so that they can be put on record and be legally recognised in Trinidad and Tobago.

29 May 2019

‘End of an era’ as Jamaica's former prime minister, Edward Seaga, dies

As complicated and divisive as he was beloved, there is no doubt that the late Edward Seaga left an indelible mark on Jamaican politics.

25 May 2019

This ‘cholita’ drag challenges gender and folklore stereotypes from the Argentine periphery

"It is not the same to be a white gay [man] from the city than a brown gay [man], with body that is not normative, with an indigenous face..."

24 May 2019

Journalists, YouTubers, and politicians join forces in Colombia against the killings of social leaders

Social media influencers are trying to draw attention to the struggle of leaders in rural areas to those in connected urban spaces.

20 May 2019

The beauty of Afro-Peruvian women through Ayleen Díaz's illustrations

"By drawing different body types and different hair textures, I want people to learn how everything is beautiful."

18 May 2019

Why are Colombian indigenous peoples protesting against President Ivan Duque?

Indigenous people in Colombia have organized national protests against President Duque's new development plan, joining forces with other civil society groups like afro-Colombians, small-scale farmers, labor unions and students.

17 May 2019

Jamaica’s ‘Voices for Climate Change’ spreads its message with music

One forward-thinking NGO is promoting smart environmental practices by harnessing artistic talent to do outreach and raise awareness about climate change.

Netizen Report: Amid WhatsApp attacks, advocates launch legal challenge against Israeli malware maker

Advox

Spyware makers exploit a security flaw in WhatsApp, Singapore bans false information and Somalia plans to shut down social media during school exams.

Brazilians took to the streets to protest Bolsonaro's education cuts

From São Paulo to the Amazon, thousands of Brazilians went out on May 15 to defend public education.

14 May 2019

Bolsonaro's new gun decree could put reporters in danger, says journalism association

"With the stroke of a pen, Bolsonaro transformed reporters into targets of criminals."

13 May 2019

Trinidad & Tobago promotes equality, but politicians often can't resist talking race

Trinidad and Tobago's Equal Opportunity Act has provisions against offensive behaviour, but when it comes to politics the race card gets played time and time again.

8 May 2019

Brazilian indigenous people buy shares in railway company to denounce its failed environmental obligations

Their shareholders' goal isn't to profit, but to have their voices heard by the company's investors.

7 May 2019

The Brumadinho dam tragedy in Brazil has caused alarm in São Paulo, a state with over 7,000 dams

A district in the city of São Paulo adjacent to two dams urges authorities to draw a contingency plan.

3 May 2019

Why is Twitter blocking state accounts in Venezuela?

Advox

The unique public value of accounts like these -- even if they are spewing hateful or partisan vitriol -- is worth considering.

A mixed welcome for Trinidad and Tobago's plan to regularise Venezuelan asylum seekers

From exploitation of refugees to an increase in violent crime, Trinidad and Tobago has its hands full as streams of Venezuelans seeking asylum continue to arrive.

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