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Stories about Latin America

14 February 2016

The Daughters of Violence Fight Back Against Street Harassment in Mexico with Art

Three Mexican girls are fighting back against street sexual harassment that victimises women, with wit and punk rock.

13 February 2016

A Colombian Official Takes Short-Lived Legal Action Against a Journalist Over His Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

"...limitation of freedom of expression must be necessary and proportionate, that is, it must be the only and most effective means, something which is not true in this case."

North Carolina High Schoolers Could Be Deported to “Certain Death”, Despite Teacher and School Board Opposition

The six Central American students facing deportation from the US crossed the border as minors and could be in mortal danger if sent back to their country of origin.

11 February 2016

An LGBT Blog Is Suspended Over Mention of Cuba’s 1960s-Era Labor Camps

Global Voices Advocacy

"I honestly hoped it was a technical glitch...I don't know how this 'defames the Revolution,' as the judgment issued to us says."

Making Wasted Uneaten Food a Thing of the Past in Argentina

The Full Plate Project started when two friends realized there is a lot of unconsumed food that's thrown away when events have finished. So they decided to do something.

10 February 2016

River Communities in Mexico Still Don't Trust Their Drinking Water Following a Mining Spill

The populations affected by the worst environmental disaster in the history of Mexico obtained an important victory after a judge ordered new studies due to the risk of contaminated water.

9 February 2016

Classrooms Without Teachers Spread in Southern Venezuela

Although they love their profession, hundreds of teachers in Gran Sabana, Venezuela, have left their classrooms to find more affordable pay in other industries.

8 February 2016

Starved of National Media Coverage, Student Occupation Movement in Central Brazil Encounters Strong Police Response

There's been a slew of reports about threats and police violence in schools in the Brazilian state of Goiás, where high schoolers have occupied buildings since late last year.

A Costa Rican Political Party's ‘Incendiary’ Ad Didn't Seem to Help Them at the Polls

"That advertisement could seem to us idiotic... but these little Costa Rican army and far-right political groups are symptoms."

7 February 2016

Indigenous Otomí-Ñätho Communities in Mexico Exercise Their Autonomy to Defend Their Lands

"Why do we care for the forest? Because it is the lungs of both the Valley of Toluca and the Valley of Mexico."

5 February 2016

Global Deforestation Is Decreasing. Or Is It?

A new look at the complex picture of changes in land use suggests that, when it comes to forests, we’re far from being out of the woods.

Meet Brazil's (Literally) Most Sung Hero: The Japanese Federale

“Oh my God, I'm done for. The Japanese Federale is knocking at my door.”

Kuelap, the Ancient Fortress That Aims to Become the Second Biggest Tourist Destination in Peru

"The old occupants of Kuelap abandoned their city before the Spaniards arrived, for reasons that remain unknown."

Did Argentina’s New President Just Arrest His First Political Prisoner?

Officially, Sala was arrested on two charges: “inciting criminal behavior” and spreading “disorder” by lobbying cooperatives to oppose the governor's reforms by resisting the state's new requirements.

3 February 2016

Netizen Report: From Egypt to Kenya to Venezuela, Online Political Speech Feels Riskier Than Ever

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media activists face legal threats in Africa and Latin America, Malaysia blocks Medium over corruption coverage, and Saudi pulls back death sentence for Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh.

2 February 2016

How to Train for Digital Literacy in Venezuela—When Internet Isn’t Always Available

Rising Voices

What is it like to provide digital literacy workshops in countries with low Internet penetration? From Venezuela, Marianne Díaz shares her experience for the Global Voices Exchange project.

The Zika Virus Threat Looms Large in the Caribbean

The World Health Organisation has just declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Some Caribbean territories have been preparing for it, while others have been slow to mobilise.

1 February 2016

The Dangerous and Complex Reality of Women Who Join Central American Gangs

"...I thought it was the best way that people could defend themselves, by being on the strong side rather than the weak one."

What Kicked Off in Uruguay that Lasts for 40 Days?

It lasts for 40 days and is considered the longest carnival in the world. The Uruguayan Carnival brings together traditions born Europe and Africa, and offers a whole lot more.

Russia and Chile Join the Global Campaign to Save a Saudi Poet From Execution

RuNet Echo

Poets and activists in Moscow and St Petersburg expressed their solidarity with Ashraf Fayadh, who's been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia. Similar events were held in Chile and Mexico.

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