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Stories about Americas

21 July 2017

Three Decades After Dictatorship, Theater Aids the Search for Identity and Truth in Argentina

"There are already two generations that do not know their identity, we do not want to witness a third."

20 July 2017

Up-and-Coming Trinidadian Soca Singer Devon Matthews’ Journey Comes to an End

The 36-year-old, whose "star was on the rise", collapsed after performing at a Carnival band launch and was rushed to hospital, where he could not be revived.

Caracas the Deceiving City (and Other Forms of Pain)

The Bridge

“Caracas is different, it has a sense of identity. There is fear for sure, but there is also the happiness of small things. [...] The small hidden treasures.”

19 July 2017

Is the Legalisation of Marijuana in Trinidad & Tobago an ‘Idea Whose Time Has Come'?

"The only ones benefiting from keeping marijuana illegal are the drug gangs and they will be forced out of business by legitimate dealers..."

Mexican-American Researchers Reclaim Heritage to Radically Change the Way We Eat

"Decolonizing our diets is a political stance, one that rejects white supremacy and Eurocentrism as the organizing narrative of “healthy” food and recognizes cultural knowledge held by our immigrant communities."

16 July 2017

Jamaican Dancehall Star's Instagram ‘Diss’ of Cultural Icon Sparks War of Words

"I feel like this discussion sparked by Ishawna's comment will morph into what aspects of culture/history we should/shouldn't celebrate."

15 July 2017

Inspired by Ukraine, Venezuelan Protesters Create Shields With Their Own Symbols

The resistance in Venezuela creates shields with images that do much more than protect from tear gas bombs and National Guard attacks.

Netizen Report: Colombian Court Demands Password to Journalist’s Facebook Account

Global Voices Advocacy

Mobile internet goes down again in Kashmir, Turkish human rights advocates are detained with no charges, and a Philippine Senator pushes anti-fake news bill.

14 July 2017

After Media Revelations, Jamaicans Ask Why Their Finance Minister Cannot Manage His Phone Bill

"@AudleyShaw not a good recommendation for your Ministerial position if you cannot manage the economics of a phone."

13 July 2017

The Powerful Groups Enabling Sexual Harassment of Paraguayan University Students

Students who report their professors for sexual harassment face a trinity of impunity in the state, the Catholic Church, and academia.

11 July 2017

CNN Show ‘Parts Unknown’ Holds Up a Mirror to Trinidad & Tobago’s Social Divisions

"Sometimes it takes an outsider to remind us that we have more in common than we think."

10 July 2017

Detained Venezuela Opposition Leader Transferred to House Arrest, but Hundreds of Political Prisoners Remain in Jail

Opposition leader Leopoldo López was sent home to finish his 14-year sentence under house arrest, but what will happen to the hundreds of political prisoners still behind bars?

8 July 2017

Trinidad & Tobago's Secondary School Entrance Exam: Elitist, Divisive, Irrelevant?

"An education system that rewards a few at the expense of the rest. . . is not about education at all; it's about divide and conquer."

What Happens When Mom and Dad Face Deportation From the US

While their parents fight deportation, these siblings in San Diego have turned to social media to raise money to help shoulder the costs of running the household.

6 July 2017

What's It Like to Live in a Brazilian Prison Cell? Cramped, Dirty, and Dangerous to Your Health

With the fourth largest prison population in the world, Brazil is facing a collapsed system that fails to prosecute appropriately and reintegrate people once they have been in jail.

5 July 2017

‘En Mi Idioma’ Allows Colombian Indigenous Communities to Contribute Online Language Lessons

Rising Voices

"...for many years we have been and continue to be an oral-based culture, but as a survival strategy we consider that it is important to build a written code."

The ‘Chain of Care’ Allowing Mothers to Attend College in Paraguay Has Nothing to Do with Government

In a country where childcare options are almost non-existent, the only support for women students with children comes from their families.

4 July 2017

Marvel’s Queer Latina Superhero Prompts Praise, Criticism and Everything in Between

"Labels don't make a character. CHARACTER makes a character!"

3 July 2017

With Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Blocked, Venezuelans Share Tech Advice

Global Voices Advocacy

"Never underestimate a blockade on #internetVE just because you know how to change your DNS. It is a violation to EVERYONE's rights."

The Brief Contentious Ministership of Trinidad & Tobago’s Marlene McDonald

"#ThingsLongerThanMarleneWuk the continued acceptance of sub-par governance from both parties"

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