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Stories about Latin America

24 February 2017

As Border Wall Looms Over Mexico, a Closer Look at Israel’s Internationally Condemned Wall

"Netanyahu's support for Trump and the wall shows in all its meanness how low the Israeli prime minister has reached. Shameful."

Granada, Colombia: An Emblem of War and Peace

"...we knew that the guerrillas or the paramilitaries were going to come in, so we all ran with mats, thermoses with sugar cane water, packages of saltine crackers..."

22 February 2017

Colombia's Guerilla Fighters Like You've Never Seen Them

An award-winning photo by Luís Acosta shows the human side of Colombia's guerrilla fighters.

21 February 2017

A Veteran of the Malvinas War Shares His Healing Journey to the Past

War veteran Miguel Savage says there are three ways to cope terrible suffering: “block everything out, play the victim, or embrace the pain and turn it into something positive.”

17 February 2017

Facebook Gives a Voice to Missing People in Mexico

Families in Mexico searching desperately for missing loved ones are turning to social media and other digital platforms as an effective way to get the word out.

16 February 2017

‘We Need to Normalize HIV Now, Not Tomorrow,’ Says One Chilean Artist

"I have HIV. I am a person."

15 February 2017

Battle of the Hashtags: Mapping the Online Conversation Surrounding Mexico's Gas Prices

Global Voices Advocacy

In the wake of protests following Mexico's hike in gas prices, social media has become a battlefield over the propagation of false stories.

14 February 2017

‘Graduations from Hell': A Documentary on the Mexican Prison System Crisis

"...a small fraction of all the corruption there is in our rotten prison system."

Should Brazil Boycott Traditional Carnival Songs With Sexist and Racist Overtones?

"Leaving this song out doesn't make the party less fun and we manage to have a gathering where everyone can really enjoy themselves."

11 February 2017

‘The War Against Drugs Creates a War for Drugs’

"I think what we have done to Latin America has been terrible to the utmost extreme, but it can come to an end. The alternative exists," says journalist Johann Hari.

8 February 2017

Argentina Confronts the Scourge of Women’s Nipples

A police crackdown on three topless women at a beach has sparked a national debate about the gender inequality of the country's recreational dresscode.

6 February 2017

Forest Fires in Chile Set Alight Debate, Conflict and Misinformation

"Who is to blame for the fire, according to Twitter: foreigners, the Mapuche people, ISIS, Pinochet, the State, businesses, the USA."

3 February 2017

Marvel Meets Orishas: A Brazilian Artist Is Turning African Gods Into Superheroes

"For someone born and raised in Bahia, the African influence on our culture goes beyond the religious. It affects our habits, our speech, our food. It's part of our identity."

2 February 2017

An Argentinian Fact-Checking Initiative Enters Its Seventh Year

Chequeado.com is part of a worldwide fact-checking movement, employing a strategy popularized in the United States more than a decade ago.

1 February 2017

British Journalist Thinks The World Owes Latin America an Apology for the So-Called ‘War on Drugs’

In this story, published in two parts, Estefanía Sepúlveda Portilla interviews British journalist Johann Hari. They discuss and deconstruct the "War on Drugs" and its origins.

Women Facing Violence in Ecuador Vow to Be ‘Silent No More’

In an interview with Global Voices, the co-creators of “Silent No More” explained how they were inspired by other movements in Latin America to rally women to speak up.

31 January 2017

A Legislative Proposal in Mexico Would Tie Political Parties’ Funding to Voter Turnout

"Cutting back where we should: public funding of parties so that it's linked to the vote and not the register."

28 January 2017

United Colors of Persecution: The Struggle of Patagonia's Indigenous People against Benetton

The Bridge

Against a backdrop of legal complexities and state repression, a Mapuche community in Patagonia is fighting against the Italian textile giant Benetton to regain ownership of their ancestral lands.

26 January 2017

Puerto Rico Celebrates Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera's Release

San Juan major Carmen Yulín announced that the city will be preparing a special event for his arrival in May.

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