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· June, 2015

Stories about Latin America from June, 2015

30 June 2015

Ecuador's Sarayaku People Are Preserving Their Identity Through Video

Rising Voices

Sarayaku youth in Ecuador are using new technologies to preserve their cultural identity and ancestral legends.

28 June 2015

Same-Sex Couples in Mexico Win Another Victory Against Discrimination

"In this sense, the First Chamber reaffirmed that there exists no rational justification to deny access to marriage to homosexual couples..."

A ‘Peace Community’ Tries Nonviolent Resistance in Colombia

As Colombian peace talks over an end to decades-old civil violence between government and rebels proceed, some communities have claimed neutral status for themselves in the name of peace.

The Internet, a Staging Post for Protests in Ecuador, Is Under Threat

Participants in recent protests in Ecuador accuse government of illegally signal jamming communication between protestors. Peer-to-peer apps may be the solution.

Go Behind the Scenes With Chumel Torres, Mexico’s Answer to John Oliver

His viewership on YouTube continues to grow by attracting mostly young Mexicans, hungry for a breakdown of the news with some comedy.

27 June 2015

What Social Media Can Tell You About Venezuelan Politics

Supporters of Venezuela's beleaguered opposition and the pro-government camp are clashing on social media and dragging millions of Venezuelans into the conflict.

As a US State Deals With Its Confederate Flag, One Town in Brazil Flies It With Pride

After the American Civil War ended in 1865, members of the Confederacy fled to Brazil. Their ancestors still live in the region and continue to fly the Confederate flag.

26 June 2015

More Europeans Migrate to Latin America Than Vice Versa, Study Finds

In 2012, more than 181,000 Europeans left their countries for Latin America in comparison with the 119,000 Latin Americans who migrated in the opposite direction.

25 June 2015

Copa América Shows How Little Love Chileans Have for President Bachelet

"It would've been much more honorable to present herself to the country and take the jokes stoically, but she decided to hide."

24 June 2015

Bolivia Greenlights Controversial Highway, Oil and Gas Extraction in National Parks

Bolivian President Evo Morales escalates the stakes in the debate over extractivism as an anti-poverty strategy.

23 June 2015

A Magazine for Bolivia's Iconic ‘Cholita’ Indigenous Women

"...perhaps it's about time to change things up so that women are the ones that have the power."

Matildas’ Awesome Advance to Women's World Cup Quarter Finals: Australia 1 Brazil 0

Australia's Matildas gave a stunning performance against Brazil (1-0) to reach the quarter finals of football's Women's World Cup in Canada.

22 June 2015

Peruvian Police Arrest Elderly Drivers for a Good Reason

It's Been 80 Years Since the Most Important War in South America's 20th Century

Between 1932 and 1935, Bolivia and Paraguay waged the Chaco War, a conflict considered to be the most important war during the 20th century in South America.

21 June 2015

Colombia Negotiates a Difficult Peace and Works to Remember the Victims of Violent Years Past

While the FARC and state representatives negotiate a peace deal, the Colombian government and rural communities take steps to remember the victims of violence, preserve collective memory, and promote reconciliation.

A 68-Year-Old Book Is Fueling a Major Debate About Race in Costa Rica

Almost a century after its publication, the classic children's book "Cocorí" is fueling a major debate about racism in Costa Rica today.

19 June 2015

Hungry and on the Go in Mexico City? Reach for ‘Basket Tacos’

From Mexico to the world: "tacos de canasta" or "basket tacos". Although they may not be gourmet, they're certainly delicious. Let's take a look at their preparation and distribution.

The #NiUnaMenos Movement Takes to Argentina's Streets and Social Media to Protest Violence Against Women

The #NiUnaMenos campaign protesting against femicides in Argentina has gathered groups of different political beliefs and social standing.

Peruvian Ministry of Education Makes 24 Indigenous Alphabets Official

Panama’s Kuna Community Has a Special Place for Its Albinos, the ‘Children of the Moon’

In some countries, albinos are harassed and even murdered, as symbols of bad luck and sorcery. The Gunas, however, treat their albino children with special respect, though they haven't always.

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