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Stories about Latin America

3 October 2016

Venezuelan Government Jails Video Producers on Charges of ‘Instigating Rebellion’

Global Voices Advocacy

A video intended to make the Venezuelan military reflect on the impact of their increasing power in Venezuela has landed its producers in jail.

2 October 2016

The Women Who Resisted Uruguay’s Dictatorship Get a Film Honoring Their Heroism

Manane Rodriguez's “Migas de Pan” tells the story of a group of women tortured and sexually abused by Uruguay's dictatorship, set thirty years after the regime's fall.

GV Face: After More than Five Decades of War, Colombians Mull the Meaning of Peace

GV Face

"Because Colombians have the capital, made this peace possible, and are already so close, it would be crazy not to [go through with it]."

1 October 2016

Colombians Clash Online, Hoping to End the Country's Armed Conflict

After more than five decades of armed conflict between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a peace settlement is finally at hand, if voters want it.

At the Bogotá Music Market, Young Musicians Talk About the Prospects for Peace

"This is a very tense time. Not even war-wise, but it became a tense social time. People going towards the 'yes,' people going towards the 'no.'"

29 September 2016

Mexico's Attorney General Secretly Purchased Costly Spyware (Again)

Global Voices Advocacy

The Mexican government, for many years, allocated millions of dollars to acquiring highly intrusive digital spy technology without being transparent on how they were using it.

28 September 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: We, the People

This week, we speak to our contributors Elizabeth Rivera, Giovanna Salazar and Juan Tadeo about popular discontent with politics in Mexico.

Puerto Rican Unity, a Bright Spot in the Darkness of an Archipelago-Wide Blackout

The blackout meant hardship for Puerto Ricans, but it also brought out the best qualities of many.

Fidencio Sanchez’s Inspiring Story Highlights the Best of Social Media—and the Plight of Latino Immigrants

"At a time when Donald Trump is calling Mexican immigrants drug dealers and rapists, the image of this hard-working Mexican immigrant has become a defiant symbol that challenges hateful stereotypes."

26 September 2016

Animations, TV Shows, and Personal Testimonies Help Colombians Understand the (Possible) End of Conflict

"Every time nations go through a peace process, humanity as a whole takes a step forward."

What Will Happen to Colombia's Youth in the Aftermath of War?

"I'm a direct victim of war and armed conflict. Yet if I have to give my hand to the murderers, I'm ready to do so because I believe in forgiveness."

Two Years and Still No Justice, but Mexico Has Not Forgotten Ayotzinapa's Students

"Mexican institutions' standard: 111 detained in the #Ayotzinapa case and no one knows for sure what actually happened. How stupid, right?"

25 September 2016

Chiles in Walnut Sauce: Mexican History in Each Bite

Hot peppers in walnut sauce is the signature dish in Central Eastern Mexico and one of the most popular meals in the national cuisine.

22 September 2016

Why Aren't We Talking About Mexican Prisons?

Mexican prisons are an example of inequality in the country. We look at prison facilities and the impact the implementation of the New Penal Justice System will have on them.

21 September 2016

The Role of Hashtags in a Country Searching for Peace

"The fact that the war in Colombia also takes place on social media is an undeniable truth," writes Renata Cabrales.

Theatre Helps Heal Wounds After Ecuador's Devastating Earthquake

Ecuadorians have found a way to heal from the damage caused by the strongest earthquake in the country's history: art, laughter, and solidarity.

Queer Tango: A Twist on Tradition in Favor of Diversity and Inclusion

As a response to discrimination on the dance floor, the Queer Tango opens spaces for diversity and exploration of the tango without gender discrimination.

20 September 2016

Emojis Created for and by Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

Rising Voices

Indigenous language digital activists are making culturally diverse emojis available for use in electronic communication as a way to promote their native culture and language.

There’s a Teacher Roaming Rural Colombia Atop Two Donkeys, Bringing a Mobile Library to Children

"One day, teacher Luis decides to load his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, with books and takes them to remote areas for children who can't access them otherwise."

16 September 2016

The Bitter Aftertaste Left by Donald Trump's Visit to Mexico

US presidential candidate Donald Trump made a short visit to Mexico’s capital last month for a private meeting with President Enrique Peña claiming a high cost for the president.

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