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· August, 2017

Stories about Latin America from August, 2017

31 August 2017

Amid a Teacher Strike, a Powerful Image Shakes Up Peruvian Social Media

"The single gesture of caressing this petite lady on the face makes him –magically– a tender giant".

30 August 2017

Guatemala's Top Court Rules President Can't Expel Anti-Corruption Commissioner

Guatemalans headed back to the streets to celebrate the court's decision and demand that the president step down.

29 August 2017

Guatemala’s Battle Against Corruption Reaches a Critical Tipping Point

On a rocky road toward more transparency, Guatemalans are back on the streets to protest corruption and demanding their president to step down... again.

Murdered Mexican Journalist Cándido Ríos: ‘Our Weapons Do Not Shoot Bullets. Our Weapons Shoot Truth’

Global Voices Advocacy

"His tireless efforts to denounce injustice brought him popularity among readers, but also enemies like the former mayor of Ríos' hometown Hueyapan, who threatened him with death several times."

26 August 2017

The Honeymoon Period is Over Between Uber and Users in Mexico City

Every accusation of traditional taxi drivers now applies to Uber drivers, leaving a wake of unsatisfied and angry users who find themselves defenseless

25 August 2017

Venezuelan Government Wants to Regulate Hatred on Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

Today, with an all-powerful ANC composed solely of representatives from the governing party, it seems unlikely that anything will be able to stop the law from being approved.

Two Brothers, a Dream and a Tragic Trailer Death in Texas, U.S.

Mariano, 27, father of three children, died of asphyxiation. Humberto, 24, father of two children, was hospitalized and witnessed the tragedy. This is their story.

22 August 2017

Is Rio de Janeiro at War? Its Residents Debate

A newspaper decided to create 'war pages' to cover Rio's rising violence numbers and cases. The decision raised questions if it does any good for Rio itself.

18 August 2017

In Paraguay, Your Health Data and Credit Records Can Be Used Against You

Global Voices Advocacy

The uncontrolled use of personal data means your financial past and health information can be used against you when applying for jobs, enrolling in schools and much more...

16 August 2017

Why Is the Biggest Sugar Mill in Western Cuba Economically and Environmentally Inefficient?

For years, the biggest sugar mill in Western Cuba has had the worst harvest.

15 August 2017

Family Farmers in Paraguay Facing Debt Crisis Demand Government Accountability

Thousands of farmers have been marching for over a month, demanding a government response to the crisis threatening to destroy family farming as a viable economic model.

13 August 2017

Tata Genaro Ramírez: The Farmer Who Revived the Nawat Language in El Salvador

Rising Voices

Genaro inspired a new generation of Náhuat teachers, he launched the enthusiasm for the documentation of the language, broke taboos, and made the language known in El Salvador.

9 August 2017

Young Peruvians Trade Weapons for Shears and Razors

Ingenious solutions to big problems. Barbering becomes an alternative to crime for Peru's youngsters.

6 August 2017

Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Power Threaten the Careers of Many Medical Students in Paraguay

Sexual harassment is a domination strategy that many medical students have had to contend with in one of the most important universities in Paraguay.

A Retired Teacher and Granddaughter of Slaves Gives Her Personal Account of Racism in Modern Brazil

Diva Guimarães asked for the microphone during a literature festival and recounted her experience with how Brazil treats the black population. Video of her talk went viral.

5 August 2017

‘Arepa, the Taco Is With You’ — The Hashtag of Solidarity From Mexico to Venezuela

With a big wave of tweets, hundreds of Mexicans sent messages of solidarity and good wishes to the Venezuelans struggling in the country's current crisis.

In Venezuela, Theater is also Part of the Resistance

"Theater is the way you can take everything that is happening, filter it, see it from another point of view. It connects you with something emotionally, asks you questions."

4 August 2017

What Once Was the Main Slave Port in the Americas Is Now a World Heritage Site

The recognition forces Brazil to acknowledge a period of its history that it still struggles to fully confront.

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