Stories about Americas
Mapping a different kind of bicycle tour
Bicycle tours tend to prioritize exquisite landscapes, but since our ride is also a journalistic exercise, we needed to adopt a different philosophy of route-making.
Jamaica ‘celebrates’ the 75th anniversary of Windrush, but should it?
"My mother and father-in-law, with great expectations, went to an inhospitable UK to help fill its need for cheap labour to rebuild the country after the war ... it's personal."
World Bee Day: A Jamaican organic farmer says these furry creatures play a critical role in pollinating her crops
Major threats to Caribbean bee populations include chemical use in agriculture, farming practices like clear cutting, drastic weed removal, and increasing urbanisation.
Unfreedom Monitor Report: El Salvador
Advox research into digital authoritarianism in El Salvador is now in a report. Read an excerpt and download the full pdf.
Whether the rape threat issued at a political meeting was directed at a journalist or not, ‘it’s time to address’ deep-seated issues in Jamaica
The incident has left many Jamaicans concerned that the island's “rape culture” is not being properly addressed.
Caribbean journalists: ‘Shortfalls in climate reporting can be improved’
Caribbean journalists are finding it essential to report on climate justice issues, and ensure those who play a greater role in causing climate change are held accountable.
Prolific Jamaican writer Kwame McPherson wins the 2023 Commonwealth Short Story regional prize for the Caribbean
Judges hailed McPherson's submission, "Ocoee," as “a memorial to the enduring nature of the human spirit."
The Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica beach cleanup points to the need for greater public education
In the Caribbean, though beach clean-ups and plastic collections help to reduce the amount of plastic and raise the level of environmental consciousness, they never seem to be enough.
Unfreedom Monitor Report: Ecuador
Advox research into digital authoritarianism in Ecuador is now in a report. Read an excerpt and download the full pdf.
On cycling, chicken shit, and alternate futures
Cycling through Pajaro, California after the devastating flooding of April 2023, J. Nathan Matias wonders what his life might have been if his body had withstood the dangers of farm labor.
World Migratory Bird Day celebrates extraordinary avian journeys, twice a year
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) takes place twice a year in the Americas, in honour of the biannual movements of the migrating birds and the amazing distances they travel.
‘Harvesting water’: Indigenous Bolivian women lead organic farming project against climate change
More than 120 Guaraní women from Timboy Tiguasú in the Bolivian Chaco lead agroecological production without pesticides and with harvesting, storage, and distribution of water.
Armenia and Azerbaijan take one step forward, three steps back in mending relations
Since active fighting ceased between Armenia and Azerbaijan in November 2020, following the 44-day war, there have been numerous attempts to normalize ties and relations between the two neighbors.
Undertones: A look inside Venezuela's extraordinary corruption scandal
Maduro put some of his own people in prison over the graft of billions of dollars. Theories abound as to why.
This new, trending Cuban song calls for artists to speak out against the island's regime
Cubans don’t just suffer in silence, they also sing and dance to lyrics calling upon one another to pursue their much sought-after freedom.
Why Paraguay's elections matter
Why the '-guay' elections (that are not about Uruguay) are a big deal in Latin America and beyond.
King Charles’ coronation stirs little interest in the Caribbean, save for how he plans to respond to calls for reparations
"King Charles must translate the rhetoric of sorrow into the truly meaningful language of immediate reparations."
Suriname’s Indigenous communities are on the front line of the climate fight
Now in a race against time to protect their traditions, many of Suriname’s Indigenous communities have reported being affected by an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters.
#VoicesOfChange: Mexican activist Julia Didriksson wants to heal the wounds of macho violence online
In the first installment of #VoicesOfChange we interview Julia Didriksson, a Mexican digital activist who creates educational feminist content and organizes women's circles.
The press and human rights in Trinidad & Tobago
"I believe press freedom is intrinsically aligned to a wide swathe of freedoms and human rights ..."
Why does Trinidad & Tobago tax books?
"[T]he finance minister described the tax regime as fiscal policy, not social policy, but that’s merely a mirage. All taxation reflects an assessment of social needs and priorities..."