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Stories about Latin America

27 June 2017

Colombians Send Love Letters to Guerrilla Fighters to Welcome Them Back Into Society

"The reality of the country hurts, but it is comforting to realize that all human beings, including those who have [...] caused so much damage, have something to teach us."

26 June 2017

Mexico's Drug War Makes Everyone a Target

Global Voices Advocacy

The rise in use of digital surveillance tools has become part and parcel of Mexico's ongoing internal armed conflict.

21 June 2017

In This Charming Argentinian Hamlet, No Cars Are Allowed

"I'd do anything to move to La Cumbrecita."

19 June 2017

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: Scenes to Help You (Try to) Understand Venezuela

The Bridge

"Venezuela is falling to pieces. We’re falling apart and I wonder if any of us are even aware of it."

17 June 2017

A Cuban Writes to Donald Trump

The Bridge

"What kind of global power believes that allowing its people to travel to an island with 11 million inhabitants and a president named Castro could enrich only that government?"

15 June 2017

One Woman Is Behind the Most Up-to-Date Interactive Map of Femicides in Mexico

She goes by the pseudonym "Princesa." And her motivation is to name every single one of the women so that they are not forgotten.

13 June 2017

How a Case of Vigilante Tattoo Punishment Showcases Skepticism of Human Rights in Brazil

Two men tattooed "thief" and "scum" on a teen's forehead, thinking he had stolen a bicycle. The teen later told police he hadn't, but social media took the vigilantes' side.

9 June 2017

Trans Women Fleeing Central America Find Hope and Hardship Further North

"I was attacked in Mexico City and that’s why I decided to keep moving. I feel more welcome in Tijuana. Staying busy helps me forget about things."

Settlement Outside Havana Isn’t the Refuge Many Hoped For

A settlement half inhabited and half under-construction is the “solution” offered in Marianao, an illegal neighborhood on the outskirts of Havana.

8 June 2017

Local Elections in Mexico Foretell a Fierce Presidential Race

In elections marred with irregularities, the ruling party retained its main stronghold, while challenger López Obrador suffered a setback ahead of the 2018 election.

6 June 2017

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: The Landscape of Everyday Terror

The Bridge

"...I don’t remember when violence was not part of my life, when I didn’t live in fear of being attacked by those seeking to seize or to maintain power."

3 June 2017

‘Financing Venezuelan Narcos the Goldman Sachs Way’

"Once you understand who they purchased the bonds from, you might think you are watching a new Netflix crossover of Narcos and The Big Short," says entrepreneur Juan Bermudez.

2 June 2017

The Contested Legacy of a Panamanian Dictator

Some consider him a murderous tyrant, while others look back on his rule fondly. Either way, Manuel Antonio Noriega is finally dead.

1 June 2017

Netizen Report: In ‘State of Emergency’, Internet Shutdowns Leave Ethiopians and Venezuelans Struggling to Connect

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia' shut down the Internet, Egypt censored 21 news websites, Facebook 'mistakenly' blocked images honoring Tiananmen Square victims.

‘Bodies Die, Countries Don't': Are You Listening? Podcast

In this episode, we take you to Venezuela, Indian-administered Kashmir, Thailand, Nigeria, and Brazil.

31 May 2017

For Afro-Colombians, Police Racism Is a ‘Daily Reality’

"You put me between a rock and a hard place, and then you call me extremist?"

Mexico's Indigenous Peoples Select a Woman to Represent Their Resistance in Upcoming Presidential Election

"Let this country shake with the resistance, rebellion and dignity of all the peoples of Mexico."

25 May 2017

Kaqchikel and Other Guatemalan Languages Gain Momentum Online Thanks to Digital Activism

Rising Voices

The Digital Activism Meeting for Indigenous Languages took place in Guatemala and brought together important initiatives for the visibility and strengthening of Mayan languages through technology.

The Long and Winding Road of Chile's Gender Identity Law

After four years of parliamentary process, Chile's Gender Identity Law goes to the Senate. And there are some big problems with the legislation.

22 May 2017

An Afro-Colombian Model on “Social Bleaching”

"I wonder how many children "whiten" themselves socially without even realizing it. They are...ignorant of their ancestors and of the people who fought so history wouldn't repeat itself."

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