Stories about Latin America from October, 2014
Your Voice Counts, Don't Be Silent
Mujeres Construyendo (Women building) tries to raise awareness with a message mainly for women. Inequality between men and women is a fact, as confirmed by the Center of Economic Studies of Mexico, where we can see that, in terms of salaries, a woman earns 22% less, but this is just...
A Game of Marbles to Prevent Homeless Deaths
In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is coming and this sets into motion, as every year, the game #ChirasPelasCalacasFlacas, that involves playing with marbles, an initiative by the organization El Caracol (the snail) that works to reduce the risks that lead to deaths of the homeless. The homeless population...
#LeyChavez: Peru's Chavez Law Could Endanger Email Privacy in the Workplace
The bill popularly known as #LeyChavez would regulate the use of information technology in the workplace. But how invasive is the bill?
Mexican University Students Go On Strike Over Ayotzinapa Tragedy
"They were taken alive, we want them back alive!" The student community in Mexico shows their solidarity for the missing students of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, which remains unresolved.
Gabriela García Calderón, Making Global Voices Part of Her Daily Life for 7 Years
To celebrate 10 years of Global Voices, we are interviewing our contributors. In this installment, early GV Spanish member Gabriela Garcia Calderón tells us about her long-lasting commitment.
A Sharply Divided Brazil Reelects Dilma Rousseff. Let the Healing Begin?
The election was one of the most hotly contested in Brazil's democratic history. Following defeat, some supporters of Aécio Neves started a petition to impeach Rousseff.
The October Sky Above Colombia Is Full of Migrating Birds
The birds, which are migrating south for the winter, are blowing up social media in Colombia as users document the yearly migration.
Uruguayans Will Elect Their President in a Runoff
According to a preliminary exit poll after the election in Uruguay, leftist Broad Front candidate Tabaré Vásquez received between 44 and 46 percent of the votes, while Luis Lacalle Pou from the National Party has between 31 and 34 percent. Uruguay's local media shared very similar data from three pollsters, Factum, Equipos and Cifra. Twitter...
Ideological Divides Run Deep in Brazil Ahead of Presidential Runoff
"Everyone who's lost family and friends because of the elections, let's spend Christmas together"
Mexico in the Labyrinth of Its Solitude
Since the beginning of his term in late 2012, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has been committed to creating and broadcasting an image of a country moving forward. The government has enacted structural reforms with support from the opposition. The government's strategy to deal with the country's security crisis, however,...
Brazilian Bloggers Claim Presidential Candidate is Trying to Censor His Critics on YouTube
Users with similar names and similarly scant Internet histories have made intellectual rights claims against two YouTube videos that cast a negative light on presidential candidate Aécio Neves.
Argentinian Motorcylists Fight Against Discriminatory Regulations
New security measures imposed on Argentinian motorcyclists have generated an unexpectedly strong protest movement.
Leaked Diplomatic Cables Show EU Strong-Armed Ecuador on Free Trade Agreement
The leaking of diplomatic cables between representatives of Ecuador and the EU reveals pressure from European negotiators and division among Ecuadorians regarding the FTA.
Venezuela: Twitter Users Detained After Socialist Party Deputy is Slain
Numerous Twitter users have been detained by Venezuelan police in recent weeks, all on accusations linking them to the assassination of Socialist Party Deputy Robert Serra.
How the Tlatelolco Massacre Shaped Modern-Day Mexican Hero Raúl Álvarez Garín
Hundreds of Mexican students were gunned down by their government in 1968. Raúl Álvarez Garín, who was a leader of the national student strike committee, survived.
This is What Happens When Ricky Martin’s Hits Get an Indie Spin
No matter what you think about Ricky Martin, he's one of Puerto Rico's most cherished international exports who has put the spotlight on the island.
Trailblazing ‘Soda Pop Anthology’ Showcases Comics by Puerto Rican Women
The anthology, published by Soda Pop Comics, an indie studio of female comics writers, wants to bring greater visibility and acceptance for women creators.
Mexicans Demand President Peña Nieto Resign With Trending Twitter Hashtag
A spate of state violence, including the case of the missing Ayotzinapa students, has prompted Mexicans to demand the resignation of President Enrique Peña Nieto on Twitter under #DemandoTuRenunciaEPN.
Citizen Journalist Kidnapped and Killed in Mexico for Reporting on Organized Crime
María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio volunteered as a contributor with Valor por Tamaulipas (Courage for Tamaulipas), a citizen media platform that allows users to file anonymous reports on violence.
São Paulo Is Running Out of Water, But Authorities Say There's No Need for Rationing
The government's assurances that water isn't being rationed goes against the experiences of São Paulo residents, who say their taps are being regularly shut off.
Mexico's ‘Corona Capital’ Music Festival Played On Despite Heavy Rains
The weather seemed more in line with what fans could expect at Glastonbury Festival in England across the pond.