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Stories about Latin America

22 July 2016

Colombian Truckers Have Stopped Moving, But Their Nationwide Strike Rolls On

The truck-driver and cargo-transporter unions in Colombia have been on strike since the first week of June 2016, delivering a significant blow to the national economy.

Meet the Two Latin American Women Vying for the United Nations’ Top Job

"Excited that @CFigueres is running for #nextSG. Paris Agreement was an incredible achievement."

21 July 2016

A Protection Ritual to ‘Close the Body’ Links Different Religious Traditions in Brazil

The "closing of the body" is supposed to ward off evil. Followers of the Afro-Brazilian religions of Candomblé and Umbanda as well as some Catholics practice the ritual.

20 July 2016

‘Avocado Talk’ No Longer So Appetizing for Mexicans

Mexico's economic crisis is forcing the country to think about how much people spend on food, and the rising cost of avocados has become a particularly sore point.

18 July 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Freedom, Not Control

This week we take you to Puerto Rico, Indian-administered Kashmir, Nepal, China and Myanmar.

Meet the Nicaraguan Feminist Group Fighting Gender-Based Violence in Central America

The civic group La Corriente develops “actions that generate changes [for] equality, […] combining research, education, media, and the creativity of a team of people devoted to the feminist cause."

17 July 2016

Puerto Rico’s Flag Is Black and in ‘Mourning’ Over US-Imposed Oversight Board

"Puerto Rico is fighting, lets strengthen the love between us and the space we inhabit by promoting respect, solidarity, tolerance, union, communication, and community cooperation."

16 July 2016

Recently Discovered Rock Paintings May Change Machu Picchu's History as We Know It

Machu Picchu returns to the headlines with the discovery of rock paintings about 100 yards away from the very well-known tourist destination.

15 July 2016

Yet Another Environmental Activist Is Murdered in Honduras. When Will It End?

"We demand that the Honduras government put an end to the murders of environmental activists. Stop killing us for defending our rights."

13 July 2016

‘Playing for Change’ Promotes Peace and Inclusion Around the World Through Music

"Throughout our journey we have learned that music is the greatest tool for healing broken countries, cultures and hearts."

12 July 2016

‘Our Strength as Women Lies in the Differences Among Us': The Central American Feminist Symposium

"[M]y struggle is filled with energy from all of these marvelous and invigorating women, my commitment has new strength..."

11 July 2016

Learn Amazonian Languages With Apps Made in Iquitos

Rising Voices

The Peruvian Amazon is revealed as an area of great potential for the community of software 'developers' in the region.

How the Death of Arturo the Polar Bear Blew up Argentina's Animal Captivity Debate

“What can one learn when looking at a polar bear caged in 40 degrees? That we have the power to subdue animals for our own fancy, disguising it as educational.”

6 July 2016

Puerto Ricans Won't Accept US-Imposed Austerity Without a Fight

With the federal fiscal control board imposed by the recent signing of PROMESA into law, Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets and social media to protest.

The Radio Soap Opera That Revived a Genre and Put the Ecuadorian Lesbian Community on the Map

“Mariana Is So Lesbian” accomplishes several objectives: reviving a genre, advocating for lesbians' rights, and exploring the experiences of those who lived in Ecuador when homosexuality was still a crime.

After Florida Court Verdict, Latin America Remembers Executed Musician Victor Jara

Emblematic Chilean songwriter Víctor Jara, killed after the 1973 military coup in Chile, returns to the headlines after a US federal court's verdict. Global Voices remembers his visit to Peru.

5 July 2016

A New Mexican Organization Is Trying to Put an End to Corruption

"Mexico is not condemned to be a country defined by corruption and impunity."

2 July 2016

​Will Outrage Over Recent Murders Help Honduran Environmental Activists Achieve Their Goal?

Recent murders are affecting indigenous people’s efforts to protect the environment​.

ExxonMobil's Significant Oil Find Off Guyana Leads to Questions About the Country's Future

"I hope the Guyana Government knows that this can affect Guyana in a positive or negative way depending on how it is handled."

1 July 2016

Technology, Engineering and Incredible Discoveries Mark the Panama Canal Expansion

"The Panama Canal I visited is now a tiny little canal compared to what's being inaugurated today."

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