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Stories about Latin America

10 August 2016

Racism Almost Made Brazil’s First 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Quit Judo

"They said judo wasn't for me, that was a embarrassment for my family. Now I'm an Olympic champion in my own home".

9 August 2016

Technical Difficulties and Allegations of Corruption Leave Mexicans Concerned About New Transparency Agency

Global Voices Advocacy

A malfunctioning platform a poorly received anti-sexting campaign and serious allegations of corruption tarnish the reputation of the office of transparency and privacy in Mexico.

Decades After Killings and Displacement, Afro-Colombians’ Struggle Isn’t Over

“Yesterday they displaced us, murdered us, and kidnapped us. Yesterday and today we are together holding hands with the world, resisting death, and resisting impunity.”

Activists in Puerto Rico Are Fighting to Keep Beaches Public

Activists, academics, and environmental experts are coming together under the slogan, "The Beaches belong to the People", to protect public maritime spaces and the Puerto Rican ecosystem.

7 August 2016

How the Zika Narrative About Puerto Rico Explains US Colonialism

The Bridge

Puerto Ricans work, love, live and struggle daily to resist not only the Zika virus, but something much more devastating: more than a century of colonialism and its many consequences.

6 August 2016

In Mexico, Rio 2016 Will be Broadcast on Digital Media, Shutting Off Open TV

Mexico and Latin America will be able to follow Rio's 2016 Olympic Games on digital media -- a novelty for the region and a loss for Open TV.

If You Doubt Peru's National Confidence, Just Check Out Its Cherished Military Parade

The parade has taken place in many different settings. It now takes place in centric Brasil Avenue, with some spectators arriving before sunrise to ensure they get seats.

There's an Official Funk Song for the Olympics, but Funk Artists in Rio Say They Face Persecution  

"I think funk is repressed because it has so much potential to turn people into political actors...”

2 August 2016

The Successful Hunger Strike That Changed Colombia's University of Tolima

"The day I wake up without the will to change the world, will be the day the world has changed me."

1 August 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices: Pokémon Go Gets Political

This week, we take you to Iran, Japan, China, Mexico and Timor-Leste.

31 July 2016

Once, Students in the US Were Punished for Speaking Spanish. Here, They Are Honored.

This is Concurso Nacional de Deletreo en Español, the National Spanish Spelling Bee.

30 July 2016

Pampulha Ensemble, Precursor to Brasilia, Gets UNESCO World Heritage Status

The Pampulha Ensemble, as well as Brazil's capital Brasília, were designed by the country's late-great modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer.

Ignorance About Transgender Identities in the US and Mexico and the Challenges of Winning Asylum

A recent report highlights transgender human rights abuses in Mexico, and how the US immigration system has made accessing asylum particularly difficult.

27 July 2016

Jalisco Moves to End Political Immunity and Usher In a New Kind of Politics for Mexico

"For many years they've told us we have to get used to the political class' privileges, but today in Jalisco we heard the historic call of society: no more impunity."

26 July 2016

So Long, Phone Companies. Mexico’s Indigenous Groups Are Getting Their Own Telecoms.

Rising Voices

For the first time in history, the Mixe, Mixteco, and Zapoteco populations will get licenses to operate a telecommunications network for indigenous communities to access cellular and Internet services.

22 July 2016

Colombian Truckers Have Stopped Moving, But Their Nationwide Strike Rolls On

The truck-driver and cargo-transporter unions in Colombia have been on strike since the first week of June 2016, delivering a significant blow to the national economy.

Meet the Two Latin American Women Vying for the United Nations’ Top Job

"Excited that @CFigueres is running for #nextSG. Paris Agreement was an incredible achievement."

The Violent Union Protests Happening in Mexico Don’t Represent All Teachers

We interviewed two Mexican teachers about their jobs, their motivations and the conflict caused by the constant protests and violent activism of the National Coordinator of Education Workers union.

21 July 2016

A Protection Ritual to ‘Close the Body’ Links Different Religious Traditions in Brazil

The "closing of the body" is supposed to ward off evil. Followers of the Afro-Brazilian religions of Candomblé and Umbanda as well as some Catholics practice the ritual.

Two Argentineans Travel Throughout Latin America Looking for ‘The Other Education’

“Education in Motion” was created by two young Argentineans who travel throughout Latin America documenting the development of popular education and the proposals inspired by social movements in the region.

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