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· January, 2020

Stories about Latin America from January, 2020

Doing journalism in a deadly narco state

"The country is in pain. Telling these stories means it’s also necessary to tell what causes them, but that’s just where more problems begin."

Peruvians debate road safety and labor regulations after fatal truck explosion

A few days before the extraordinary parliamentary elections in Peru, a disaster generates outrage and solidarity among citizens.

Justice elusive for nine victims of funk party police raid in São Paulo favela

Nine residents of São Paulo favelas died during a military police operation in Paraisópolis in early December 2019.

The real reasons people are fleeing Honduras

Hondurans live in a narco-state whose leadership is supported by the United States and which suffers from widespread corruption, gender violence, gang control, land-grabs, and the effects of climate change.

Can El Salvador's hosting of a surfing Olympic qualifier alter the country's violent image?

While some Salvadorans are celebrating the opportunity to host a major championship, others claim that there are bigger priorities than the country's image abroad.

Is there more to the Caribbean's single-use plastics ban than meets the eye?

The move to go plastic-free is timely. According to the United Nations, 70 to 85 percent of marine litter in the Caribbean originates from land, and the lion's share is...

Smoke from Australia's fires reached South America

The smoke of Australia's megafires traveled 12,000 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean.

Guatemalan indigenous journalist charged with terrorism released from prison

In Guatemala, an indigenous journalist was arrested under legally dubious circumstances.

Is the Caribbean apocalypse-proof?

Two researchers — who admit "their methodology probably isn't perfect" — suggest island nations are the best places to be in an apocalypse. But will the Global South be welcoming?

‘Where it hurts': A Brazilian online campaign raises awareness about abuse by health professionals

A popular hashtag on the Brazilian internet gathers stories of sexual orientation discrimination, body shaming, and sexual and physical assault in the consultation room.

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