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Stories about Latin America

21 September 2017

Mexico Earthquake: ‘I Thought I Was Going to Die When Pieces of the Ceiling Began to Fall’

People who lived through the September 2017 earthquakes in Oaxaca and Mexico City tell us their experience.

19 September 2017

Evidence of Government Surveillance in Mexico Continues to Mount

Global Voices Advocacy

Intrusive technologies used to intimidate and silence dissent continue to be used in Mexico.

17 September 2017

A Conversation with Paraguayan Artist Enrique Collar and His Search for Identity

"Art is uncomfortable, you can never feel comfortable," says Paraguayan artist Enrique Collar who is now living in The Netherlands.

Mexico's Appeal for an Impartial Federal Prosecutor General

Mexico's ruling party wants one of its members to become the Federal Prosecutor General. Many believe this represents a conflict of interest.

14 September 2017

The 17th-Century Peruvian Saint With a 21st-Century Social Media Presence

"We have more than 100,000 likes and 100,000 followers on Facebook! Let's keep sharing!"

13 September 2017

Automatic Speech Recognition Project Seeks to Revitalize the Quechua Languages

Rising Voices

Can you imagine computers, smartphones and robots that speak Quechua? A Peruvian engineer’s work aims to do just that.

10 September 2017

#TheOccupation of Wikipolitics: A Collective Commitment to Democratic Reinvention in Mexico

"We're convinced that this new way of doing politics, fair, in solidarity, respectful, generous and joyful, has to get to every corner of this country".

An Anonymous Psych Patient Is Now Acclaimed as a Master Artist of the Immigrant Experience

For years, Mexican artist Martín Ramírez was only known as a psychiatric patient who made drawings. That narrative is changing.

7 September 2017

Yes, Racism Among the US Latino Community Against African-Americans Does Exist

"Conversations have been going on for more than 50 years...This topic involves political, spiritual and cultural aspects."

5 September 2017

Mayan Muslims of Mexico Are Redefining Indigenous Identity

"Indigenous people are not merely empty shells for foreign ideologies to be planted on, but masters and directors of their own story."

4 September 2017

Tepache and Pulque: Two Traditional Mexican Beverages Looking for Their Place in the Present

Get to know these ancient drinks that most tourists, and locals, overlook in the Mexican capital.

1 September 2017

Mexico Offers Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims Amidst Storms of Immigration Controversy

Carlos Sada, Mexico's undersecretary for North American relations, said late Monday, “Our offer is open and permanent. We're just waiting for instructions [...] This is about being good neighbors."

31 August 2017

Amid a Teacher Strike, a Powerful Image Shakes Up Peruvian Social Media

"The single gesture of caressing this petite lady on the face makes him –magically– a tender giant".

30 August 2017

Guatemala's Top Court Rules President Can't Expel Anti-Corruption Commissioner

Guatemalans headed back to the streets to celebrate the court's decision and demand that the president step down.

29 August 2017

Guatemala’s Battle Against Corruption Reaches a Critical Tipping Point

On a rocky road toward more transparency, Guatemalans are back on the streets to protest corruption and demanding their president to step down... again.

26 August 2017

The Honeymoon Period is Over Between Uber and Users in Mexico City

Every accusation of traditional taxi drivers now applies to Uber drivers, leaving a wake of unsatisfied and angry users who find themselves defenseless

25 August 2017

Venezuelan Government Wants to Regulate Hatred on Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

Today, with an all-powerful ANC composed solely of representatives from the governing party, it seems unlikely that anything will be able to stop the law from being approved.

Two Brothers, a Dream and a Tragic Trailer Death in Texas, U.S.

Mariano, 27, father of three children, died of asphyxiation. Humberto, 24, father of two children, was hospitalized and witnessed the tragedy. This is their story.

22 August 2017

Is Rio de Janeiro at War? Its Residents Debate

A newspaper decided to create 'war pages' to cover Rio's rising violence numbers and cases. The decision raised questions if it does any good for Rio itself.

18 August 2017

In Paraguay, Your Health Data and Credit Records Can Be Used Against You

Global Voices Advocacy

The uncontrolled use of personal data means your financial past and health information can be used against you when applying for jobs, enrolling in schools and much more...

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