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Stories about Americas

9 October 2015

A New Collection of Children's Books Intends to Subvert Your Ideas of Princesses

The heroines of these stories neither live in castles nor wait for their charming prince to come and rescue them.

‘Doubles’ Increase Sends Trinidad & Tobago Foodies Into Tailspin

Sellers of doubles, the nation's most beloved breakfast food, caused outraged when they announced a one dollar increase, despite the fact that the raw materials cost has remained the same.

Help! I Can't Communicate With My Mandarin-Speaking Grandpa

The Bridge

US-born Yowei Shaw speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her Taiwanese grandfather speaks virtually no English. She's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.

8 October 2015

‘Running on Fumes'—Trinidad & Tobago Faces $8.5 Billion Deficit

Trinidad and Tobago's new government delivered its maiden budget speech in parliament this week. While many feared the news wouldn't be good, they didn't quite expect this...

5 October 2015

Portrait of Nobel Literary Prize Winner Pablo Neruda Sparks Debate About Rape Culture in Chile

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda included an account of a rape in his memoir. Now, an artist reimagines the author's memoir with a new title, "I Confess That I Have Raped."

4 October 2015

Uncovering Attempts to Hide Oil's Footprints in Peru (Part II)

Convoca, an investigative reporting outlet in Peru, has gained access to hydrocarbons environmental monitoring reports, which were not made public and were ignored by the last three administrations.

3 October 2015

Jamaicans to UK Prime Minister: Get Over Slavery? ‘You First.’

"David Cameron must listen with an open heart and mind to the call for reparations, and have the courage to do what is right."

2 October 2015

Meet ‘Droncita,’ Mexico's First Graffiti-Artist Drone

On the first anniversary of the Iguala mass kidnapping, Droncita's first act was to graffiti a portrait of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, demanding his resignation.

1 October 2015

Jamaicans Are Unimpressed With the UK's Pish-Posh Attitude on Slavery Reparations

Bob Marley's famous "Redemption Song" called for self-emancipation from mental slavery, but Jamaica is asking for financial reparation from the United Kingdom for its role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

Netizen Report: Will Brazil Give Up On Defending Digital Rights?

Global Voices Advocacy

Brazilian legislators seek to undercut the Marco Civil while Ecuador’s president wields tools of censorship to avoid hurt feelings.

29 September 2015

The Enormous Mural That Made a Mexican Neighborhood ‘Magical’

Germen Crew, an independent collective, painted a colorful mural stretching across 200 homes in Las Palmitas neighborhood. The "magical" project helped strengthen the community in the process.

Vladimir Putin's UN General Assembly Speech: Beyond Hashtags

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo showcases what about Putin's speech in New York seemed to resonate best with Russian-speaking Twitter users.

28 September 2015

Text-to-Speech Software Teaches How to Pronounce Words in Quechua on Social Media

Rising Voices

Hinantin is a project aiming to develop Quechua-related software that spreads the indigenous language online through various social networks.

27 September 2015

Latin American Authors ‘Help’ to Rescue Andean Indigenous Languages

Works by Latin American writers, including Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez, will now be available in Quechua, an Andean indigenous language, thanks to a government initiative in Cusco.

Ayotzinapa: Nine Possible Answers to Questions Remaining One Year After the Disappearance of 43 Students

One year after the disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in Iguala, there are still many unanswered questions about what actually happened.

Reflections on the One-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Students in Ayotzinapa

"For us, the night of September 26 hasn't ended," says one survivor of the Ayotzinapa tragedy. "They thought that over time they could defeat us. But that's not the case."

25 September 2015

Social Media Cries Copywrong After American Rapper Lifts Trinidadian Photographer's Work

"All people are saying is that this is someone's intellectual property. When it was pointed out to you, all you had to do was apologise..."

The Story of Raiza Ruiz, Declared Dead While Very Much Alive

Raiza Ruiz was declared dead after being in a plane crash in the Amazon. Upon being discovered alive after several days, she found herself in an unusual legal position.

24 September 2015

‘Halal’ Internet Advertisements Pop Up in Toronto, Canada

'Halal' Internet refers to Iran's national intranet project, but ads for censorship software associated with groups of parents protesting Ontario's sexual education curriculum are using the term.

Breaking Down Cultural and Racial Stereotypes About Latin Americans, One Joke at a Time

Flama uses humor to foster cultural understanding. Its collection of short videos seeks to address the complexity of Latin American identities and their sometimes-simplistic representation in North American society.

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