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Trinidad & Tobago team reports ‘minimal to no risk’ of an oil spill from stranded Venezuelan tanker

A group of experts from Trinidad and Tobago comprised “the first agency besides engineers of Venezuela” to set foot on the vessel, which carries approximately 1.3 million barrels of crude...

Ali Banisadr and the art of ‘Visual Thinking’

Ali Banisadr's MATRIX 185 exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the Iranian-American artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the US.

In Haiti, homophobic movements use anti-colonial rhetoric against LGBTQI+ communities

Attempts to increase visibility of the LGBTQI+ community in Haiti are being stifled

During the pandemic, El Salvador hopes to revive tourism with a folkloric art rebrand

"To recover the identity and pride of being Salvadorans, today we launch the destination brand El Salvador inspired by the work of Fernando Llort."

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part III

Reparatory justice can play an important role in dealing with challenges like disease, climate change and COVID-19, all of which pose existential threats to the region.

Marine ecosystems and livelihoods at risk if Venezuelan oil tanker sinks

The FSO Nabarima, a tanker filled with approximately 1.3 million barrels of crude oil, is in imminent danger of sinking and causing an ecological disaster in the Gulf of Paria.

Devastating fires rage in Argentina as economic interests become key suspect

"The country burns because of agribusiness and real estate speculation. Where there was fire, today there are soybeans and machines ready for construction."

‘A Fearless Song': Guatemalan women protest violence against women through music

"We sing without fear, we ask for justice; we shout for every disappeared woman"

Caribbean alphabet series provides lots of laughs on TikTok

Laughter has become a critical coping mechanism in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in an era of social media "influencers," can anyone lay claim to originality?

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part II

"We transformed these broken colonies into functional democracies without any support […] and now we have this debt crisis because we were abandoned by those who plundered our wealth."

Facebook to include Holocaust denial in its definition of banned hate speech

Human rights organizations and academic institutions praised Facebook's decision to address Holocaust denial and related conspiracy theories through enhanced self-regulation.

A new book honors female resistance during Brazil's 21-year dictatorship

A new book brings together 15 profiles of women who had leading roles in the resistance against the 1964 military dictatorship in Brazil.

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part I

"When a wrong has been committed, it must be repaired. If you recognise that colonization has been a source of massive crimes against humanity, then reparations are legitimate."

Historic homicide reduction in El Salvador continues to spur debate in the country

Journalists are under attack for questioning whether the government held secret negotiations with gangs.

The climate crisis message in Jamaican environmentalist's new novel is rooted ‘in love for home’

"The disconnect in the region is between rhetoric and action. We’ve already lost a lot, but we still have much worth protecting, and should be determined not to lose more."

Supergirl and Vieršnica: Symbols of revolution and gender equality in Belarus

From the early days, women have stood at the forefront of the protests in Belarus, whether on the streets or as leaders of the opposition movement.

Trinidad & Tobago loses a fount of cultural knowledge with the passing of comedian Dennis ‘Sprangalang’ Hall

"He was our identity, he was a creole griot. A historical raconteur who spoke the nation language in a way that was universal. A comedian who made us think."

Artists from around the world bid farewell to the creator of Mafalda

Iconic comic strip character Mafalda became "a universal symbol of rebellion and faith in a better world."

WhatsApp is the new tool for Venezuelan feminists during the pandemic

Global Voices interviewed the leads of four projects that aim to help women facing violence during the pandemic.  

Holocaust denial should be considered hate speech, survivors demand of Facebook

Hate speech is a criminal offense in most European countries that experienced the horrors of World War II, but the US does not have such laws at the national level.

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