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· April, 2017

Stories about Latin America from April, 2017

28 April 2017

The Last Time This Many People Went on Strike in Brazil It Was 1996

Protesters are taking a stand against a series of austerity reforms hastily pushed by Brazilian President Temer, who enjoys a substantial legislative majority and support from businesses, despite sinking popularity.

Rafael Braga Vieira: Symbol of Institutionalized Racism and Criminalized Poverty in Brazilian Justice

Braga was homeless and collecting recyclables to survive when he arrested the first time. But that was just the beginning of a darker saga.

27 April 2017

It’s a Small World After All: Into the Deep Podcast

Spend time with someone from a different country or who speaks a different language, and you'll soon realize you have more in common than you first thought.

23 April 2017

Mexico’s ‘Mama Africa’ Welcomes Migrants on a Long Journey

An unmarked hotel along the Mexico-Guatemala border has become a frequent stop for weary migrants from parts of Africa and Haiti heading north.

22 April 2017

A Colombian Philosopher Explores the Alternatives to Overusing Mother Nature

"It might sound like a cliché: 'We must unite to face worldly problems', but that unity is necessary. Divided peoples don't win."

21 April 2017

A São Paulo City Councilor Surprised Schools With an Inspection for ‘Leftist Indoctrination’

Fernando Holiday was inspired by the Escola Sem Partido (School Without Party) campaign, which divides opinion in Brazil.

20 April 2017

Netizen Report: Mexican Journalists Were Threatened Online, Then Killed

Global Voices Advocacy

Kashmiris see more cuts to basic communications services, a Japanese artist gets fined for her 3D vagina art, and Thailand tells Facebookers to "unfollow" state critics.

Puerto Ricans Hold a ‘Vigil for Light and Truth’ to Demand an Audit of Public Debt

"The people of Puerto Rico refuse to pay a debt that is not ours. We will not choose between education or healthcare. Our elders will not have their pensions reduced."

19 April 2017

For Venezuela's Government, Protesting Is “Terrorism”

"The money is never enough, there are no medicines, and the streets are full of criminals, and you won't let me protests on top of it all?"

“Bodies Die, Countries Don't”: What the Venezuela Crisis Takes Away From Us

The Bridge

"Two years ago..there wasn't yet talk of people searching for food in the trash. Now, they not only look for it, but fight over it."

17 April 2017

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

15 April 2017

A Healthy Food Movement Is Gaining Momentum in Paraguay

In this first article we present a summary of the series "To eat better", which follows Paraguayans fighting for the right to adequate food and responsible use of land.

13 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes After Venezuela’s ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’

Global Voices Advocacy

Venezuelan journalists face rising threats amid protests, Russia blocks Zello, and Southeast Asian lawmakers use ‘fake news’ fears to justify censorship.

The Convenient Uses of Mexico's “Foreign Enemy” Doctrine

The Bridge

"The doctrine, before being imparted to its recipients, came with a dose of shock therapy, plus several months amplifying the panic-ridden discourse in the United States prior to the elections."

12 April 2017

These Are the Contributions to Science Made by 10 Latin American Women

The stories and contributions of ten female Latin American scientists in this work show the importance of women in the field of investigation and the world of work

Venezuelan Migrants Face Prejudice and Bureaucracy in Northern Brazil

Economic crisis and food shortages in Venezuela have sparked a wave of migrants into Brazil, which is now struggling to respond and meet humanitarian needs.

7 April 2017

As Protests Escalate, Web TV and News Sites Are Censored in Venezuela

Global Voices Advocacy

Multiple web TV channels that had been broadcasting protests in Caracas have been inaccessible since the morning of April 7.

News Website Cameraman Arrested While Broadcasting Protests in Venezuela

Global Voices Advocacy

"Almost 30,000 people were watching the VPITV broadcast on YouTube when the Bolivarian National Police took the cameraman."

In Venezuela, Activists Document Protests and Share Protection Tactics

Global Voices Advocacy

"Human rights violations don't have a time limit...Record for the future, when there will be democracy."

‘Security Without War’ Campaign Opposes Militarization in Mexico Because ‘Bullets Are Killing Us, Not Drugs’

"The army and the police are not interchangeable. The military forces are trained to use force against an armed enemy and defeat it."

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