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Stories about Americas

27 January 2020

Justice elusive for nine victims of funk party police raid in São Paulo favela

Nine residents of São Paulo favelas died during a military police operation in Paraisópolis in early December 2019.

24 January 2020

The real reasons people are fleeing Honduras

The Bridge

Hondurans live in a narco-state whose leadership is supported by the United States and which suffers from widespread corruption, gender violence, gang control, land-grabs, and the effects of climate change.

21 January 2020

Redemption Song: My journey to marijuana activism

The Bridge

"Ganja has been a source of inspiration, meditation and medication on my journey as a mixed-race, working-class Caribbean woman trying to make a way in this capitalist world."

Can El Salvador's hosting of a surfing Olympic qualifier alter the country's violent image?

While some Salvadorans are celebrating the opportunity to host a major championship, others claim that there are bigger priorities than the country's image abroad.

20 January 2020

Restoration of Trinidad and Tobago's heritage buildings stirs debate

The restoration of heritage buildings in Trinidad and Tobago has sparked a national conversation on whether this is the best use of public funds.

18 January 2020

Is there more to the Caribbean's single-use plastics ban than meets the eye?

The move to go plastic-free is timely. According to the United Nations, 70 to 85 percent of marine litter in the Caribbean originates from land, and the lion's share is...

15 January 2020

This community library is changing the chaos narrative in Haiti's Cité Soleil

The epitome of the ills that have plagued Haiti for decades, Cité Soleil wants to use its library project as a channel for the larger discourse around national reconstruction.

13 January 2020

The Trinidadian that inspired Sam Mendes’ WWI epic, ‘1917’

Trinidadian Alfred Mendes had a long and extraordinary life in which he was many things – war hero, writer, politician – all of which was worthy of the big screen.

Smoke from Australia's fires reached South America

The smoke of Australia's megafires traveled 12,000 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean.

10 January 2020

Guatemalan indigenous journalist charged with terrorism released from prison

In Guatemala, an indigenous journalist was arrested under legally dubious circumstances.

9 January 2020

Belize's new fisheries bill: A ‘model for how to manage marine resources’

Belize has been working toward this legislation for nearly a decade, partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund to ensure both its integrity and that it addresses resulting concerns.

Is the Caribbean apocalypse-proof?

Two researchers — who admit "their methodology probably isn't perfect" — suggest island nations are the best places to be in an apocalypse. But will the Global South be welcoming?

8 January 2020

Belize gets serious about ocean conservation with new Fisheries Resources Bill

Climate change, overfishing and pollution affect the preservation of ocean habitats in Belize, but new legislation hopes to protect marine life by managing overfishing.

7 January 2020

‘Where it hurts': A Brazilian online campaign raises awareness about abuse by health professionals

A popular hashtag on the Brazilian internet gathers stories of sexual orientation discrimination, body shaming, and sexual and physical assault in the consultation room.

1 January 2020

Global Voices quinceañera: When the Caribbean did the right thing

In 2019, the Caribbean envisioned a more holistic brand of public education, spoke out against corruption, and experienced a resurgence of respect towards its First Peoples. Part 5 of 5.

31 December 2019

Trinidad and Tobago continues to face HIV stigma and lack of sex education

Drugs that can prevent HIV are available, but Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Health won't make it available because he thinks it will promote promiscuity.

Global Voices quinceañera: How the climate crisis and other disasters affected the Caribbean in 2019

Like other Small Island Developing States, the Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions when it comes to the effects of the climate crisis. Part 4 of 5.

30 December 2019

Global Voices quinceañera: The Caribbean steps out of the box

Pride parades. Cannabis legislation. £20 million in reparations. These were some of the victories in the Caribbean for 2019. Part 3 of 5.

23 December 2019

Family members preserve the memory of a worker killed during Brazil's dictatorship

In 1979, Santo was handing out pamphlets outside a São Paulo factory during a protest when he was killed by being shot in the back by police.

21 December 2019

After costume controversy at Miss Universe, Jamaicans celebrate Miss World win

The furore surrounding a Miss Universe national costume that played up the horrors of slavery is assuaged by the #BlackGirlMagic of Toni-Ann Singh copping the 2019 Miss World title for...