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Stories about Americas

Guatemala's ‘La Llorona’ fuses horror and politics to tell a haunting tale of the civil war

"La Llorona" is the first Central American film to ever be shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the Golden Globes, which will be held on February 28.

Downtown Kingston’s new murals brighten Jamaica’s COVID-19 gloom

Jamaica's creative sector, which had begun to show many 'green shoots' prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, has been particularly hard hit — but it is forging ahead in novel ways.

English soccer authorities suspend foreign star for a ‘racist’ remark, but it was nothing of the kind

‘Applied without regard for social, cultural and linguistic context, antiracism efforts risk becoming a caricature of themselves, driving a wedge between people of different cultures rather than bringing them together...

Serbia expels US neo-Nazi after investigative website Bellingcat outed his location

Queens, New York native Robert Rondo bragged about helping local neo-Nazis restore Serbian nationalist graffiti that had been defaced by anti-fascist activists.

President Jovenel Moïse always seems to land on his feet, but what about Haiti?

While political opponents and protesters pressure Jovenel Moïse to vacate office, who holds the key to solve Haiti's uninterrupted crisis?

Canadian, US cannabis corporations threaten Colombia's indigenous communities

'Monocrops, mining exploitation and other projects break the equilibrium of our health, culture, spirituality on Misak territory.'

Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago as examples of how smaller countries have been responding to COVID-19

The Lowy Institute, an Australia-based international think tank, has attempted to deconstruct various countries’ response to the pandemic.

El Salvador project illustrates the ‘invisible’ African roots of common Latin American words

To celebrate 'Salvadoran Afro-Descendant Month,' we illustrated some of the many words of African origin in the Spanish of El Salvador.

Public pressure helps halt the felling of hundred-year-old rubber trees in Guyana

'Development with consideration for heritage is still development.'

In Trinidad & Tobago, where women are under siege, sometimes even words feel futile

'I want an island where we wake up and board taxis with the certainty that we will not be abducted. I would like to live here and not be afraid.'

Musician Chantal Esdelle on how the pandemic is bringing Trinidad & Tobago Carnival back to itself

'We get to focus on how we want to make [Carnival] work for us again: activity and participation rather than production and consumption.'

‘Women’s role in science is vital': An interview with Ecuadorian scientist Patricia Castillo Briceño

"We cannot afford to lose half of the scientific talent due to lack of gender equity."

Pandemic soca: How COVID-19 is shaping the sound of Trinidad & Tobago's cancelled Carnival

There may be no physical Carnival celebrations this year, but Trinbagonian soca artists are still churning out songs, many of them around the theme of COVID-19.

Indigenous-led telecommunications organization wins historic legal battle in Mexico

The Indigenous-led telecommunications organization can continue to provide affordable cell phone access to local communities in Oaxaca.

Landmark ruling opens the way for environmental transparency in Trinidad and Tobago

Communities celebrate judgement that supports full access to the findings of Environmental Impact Assessments.

Which colonial statues are being torn down in Latina America?

For many, destroying statues is another way to demolish, symbolically, the ideas of oppression, slavery and colonialism.

UK strain of COVID-19 arrives in Trinidad & Tobago

The variant was detected via genome sequencing testing being done by the University of the West Indies.

First Nations artist explores ‘indigenous futurisms’ in his Woodland-style work

"I was given a key that had unlocked the door to exploring futuristic indigenous concepts within my own mind, and more imaginative concepts as a whole."

Caribbean denounces Trump’s decision to put Cuba back on terrorism list; hopes for a reversal with Biden

Some expect the Biden/Harris administration to re-establish a working relationship with the island; other Cuban commentators find that unlikely. Either way, CARICOM wants Cuba taken off the US' terrorism list.

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