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· August, 2016

Stories about Latin America from August, 2016

Can Colombia's Best Ever Olympics Help to Heal Social Fractures?

"One more triumph was given to us by these worthy Colombians, representatives of the very mistreated afrodescendants in this racist and segregated Colombia."

The Refugee Olympic Team Showed They Have Plenty to Offer, in Spite of Tragic Stories

"It is this determination that they show against all odds. I love the athletes in this team as if they were my own children."

Oh, the Phrases You'll Hear on the Streets of Buenos Aires!

La Gente Anda Diciendo collects phrases overheard in Argentina's capital and turns them into Facebook posts, books and notepads.

Brazil’s Highest Mountain Is Reopening for Ecotourism Guided by the Yanomami People

Closed off to tourists since 2003, the trail to Brazil's highest mountain is set to reopen in 2018, managed by the indigenous peoples themselves.

What Monica Puig's Olympic Gold Medal Means for Puerto Ricans

"I think I united a nation."

Want to Celebrate Blog Day? Get Yourself to Paraguay!

On August 31, the world celebrates Blog Day. A group in Paraguay is making something special of the holiday.

Activists and Government Divided Inside and Outside of Honduras About the “Berta Cáceres” Law

Lawmakers want to "suspend US aid to Honduran police and military until human rights violations by security forces cease and those responsible for of such crimes are brought to justice.”

A Brazilian Judge Says a Photographer Has Himself to Blame for Getting Shot in the Eye by Police

"The decision of judge Olavo Zampol Júnior is another shameful and monstrous episode of judicial violence against the victims of military police."

Tremors Hit Southern Peru, Leaving Thousands Without a Home

A strong earthquake shook the Peruvian province of Arequipa in mid-August, killing at least four people and leaving hundreds without a home.

Peruvian Pokémon Go Players Eager to Cover More Ground Are Hiring Motorcycle Taxi Drivers

"The rarest Pokémons are found in avenues outside downtown though, so we drive without distractions while the user catches them."

A New Digital Tool Helped Rio de Janeiro Activists Document Abuses in the Olympics

CrowdVoice.by enables activists and grassroots organizations to collaboratively curate media related to their causes.

Nicaragua Has a Cervical Cancer Problem. A Coffee Farm Is Trying to Help.

Nicaragua has the highest cervical cancer death rate in the Americas —and women must face down societal pressure even to get treated.

With Brazil's ‘More Love Between Us’ Project, Women Lean On Each Other

One forward-thinking Bahia-born journalist hatches an online gift economy project with an important difference — it's exclusively for women.

Ha'e Kuera Ñande Kuera: Reggae and Hip-Hop Expanding the Guarani Culture by Dialoguing With the World

Meet the musical group created by Mbyan youths from Misiones, in Argentina, who compose their realities in the Guarani language and use citizen media to talk about identities.

Gourmet Chefs Use Olympic Seconds to Cook Up Free Meals for Rio's Poorest

With all the attention being lavished on Rio, the city's poor have been largely sidelined. But one organization is hoping to give them a bit of a leg up.

How Traditional and Western Medicine Are Working Together to Help Indigenous Patients in Venezuela

"Here there are those who take the harm from the depths of his being, here there are those who suck away the evil spirits."

Will a Buenos Aires Subway Station Take the Name of a LGBTI Figurehead?

With #CarlosJáureguiStation" the Argentinian capital remembers the most important figure in the struggle of LGBTI rights 20 years after his death.

Who Is to Blame for Mexico's Lack of Medals in Rio 2016?

"We only see (and criticize) the athletes. But the problem with their poor performance in #Rio2016 goes a lot deeper."

The Two Argentineans Showing the ‘Other’ Side of Education Are Now in Colombia and Ecuador

Our second post on the fascinating journey of these popular educators who are looking to learn, interconnect and publicize 'the other education' that social movements in Latin America are promoting.

Filmmaker Digs Up the History and Controversy Beneath ‘100 Years of Beauty’ in the Dominican Republic

Inspired by the Cut.com series, Lala Films tells the history of Dominican beauty over the past century. And it doesn't leave out the controversy.

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