Stories about Latin America from March, 2017
For Many Venezuelans, ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’ Spells the End of Their Country's Democracy
"The #156 sentence of the Supreme Court of Justice sentence is not a coup, it’s a formal declaration of a coup that’s been in progress for four years."
A Canadian Company Is Set to Construct Brazil's Largest Open-Pit Gold Mine—in the Heart of the Amazon
The Volta Grande Gold Project will extract 600 tons of gold over the course of 12 years. But activists and indigenous groups oppose the plan.
What Role Did Brazilian Mainstream Media Play in the Murder of a Teenage Girl? This Filmmaker Wants to Know.
"Eloá’s story is the story of many Brazilians. Brazil is the fifth country in the world in terms of the number of women killed..."
How Memory and Digital Media Can Pave the Way to Peace in Colombia
"I think the website and the content we publish on the Internet make memory. We have made memory with our videos and stories."
Reporter's Murder in Mexico Revives Outrage over Violence against Journalists
"They killed Miroslava for talking, for making information that society demands to be public, and for annoying the powerful, in all its forms."
Woman in Mexico Copes With Sister's Femicide by Fighting the Patriarchy
Nadia Muciño was murdered by her husband and her brother-in-law in February 2004. This, however, is not her story. This is the story of her youngest sister, Viviana.
If You Really Want To Know What's Happening With Tech in Cuba, Read Beyond the Headlines
Internet access is fleeting, connection quality is poor, and the costs of getting online are astronomical. But you wouldn't know it from the headlines.
Rio de Janeiro Is Caught Between a Yellow Fever Scare and Press Censorship
"What's left of the dictatorship? Everything except the dictatorship."
With Romance and Nostalgia, This Comic Is Taking on Corruption in Mexico
"Readers will find stories written in colloquial language that will inform them about the problem of corruption and of how the National Anticorruption System works."
Brazil’s Deadly Prison System and the Internet Comedians Cheering It On
A crisis in Brazil's prisons has raised alarms about systemic violence, and also highlighted a vocal segment of Brazilian society apparently cheering on the bloodshed.
Peruvians Find Strength in Surviving a Merciless March
Since early March, several cities in Peru have struggled with a seemingly endless wave of heavy rains, floods, landslides, road closures, and lately school closures.
Alleged Attacks on Online Media Follow the Tragic Death by Fire of Young Women in Guatemala
A local media outlet that published testimonies of some of the victims of the shelter fire suffered a DDoS attack.
Brazilian Facebook User Prosecuted for Posting a Joke About a Politician
The administrator was prosecuted not for defamation, but rather for violating Brazil's anonymity laws.
Photography Project Urges Mexicans Never to Forget Crimes that Have Gone Unpunished
"State crimes in our country remain unpunished since the same system that committed them covers them up. Without justice they remain as open sores."
Going to University in Paraguay Can Be a Life-or-Death Decision (Part Two)
"I envy the opportunities they have on the the other side of the river. For us, this is another world."
Guatemala Mourns Dozens of Girls at a Children’s Shelter Left to Die in a Fire
“The girls rebelled and set fire to their mattresses so they would be allowed out of their rooms.” But they weren't.
You a Bad Politician in Mexico? You Could Get a Tomato in the Face
A citizen activist and former public servant in Mexico is leading an unorthodox campaign to rub politicians' faces in the public's dissatisfaction.
The Heartbreaking Digital Search for Migrants Who Go Missing Crossing the US-Mexico Border
Many migrants crossing the US-Mexico border go missing, leaving their families desperately searching for clues online of what happened.
Latin Americans Hit the Streets to Strike on International Women's Day
Latin America is expecting a rush of civic demonstrations on Wednesday, following promises by an array of civic groups to join a labor strike on International Women's Day
Going to University in Paraguay Can Be a Life-or-Death Decision
In the latest installment of the series 'Cows That Fly, Schools That Crumble', two students are forced to make a dangerous river crossing to get to class.
‘Whistle at Women No More,’ Say Construction Workers in Peru
In Peru, there is a ray of hope for women who want to avoid street harassment.