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Stories about Latin America

17 May 2016

27 Graffiti Murals From São Paulo's Suburbs That You Should Check Out

While graffiti from São Paulo's central neighborhoods are featured in international travel guides, those from the suburbs remain relatively unknown, even for the residents of Latin America's largest city.

14 May 2016

Why Twitter Users in Quito Can't Stop Talking About Orange Juice

"Buy orange juice from the young guy on the corner and then medicine at the neighbourhood pharmacy, reactivate the economy, everyone's happy."

12 May 2016

Latin America and the Middle East Take One Step Closer to Each Other on the Dance Floor

"Just like we always dreamed, music will bring people together and give us a chance at world peace."

Environmental Activists Warn Mining Is Putting Colombia's National Tree in Danger

"Perhaps the only way to see the wax palm in the future will be on stamps and banknotes #NoToMegaMiningInSalento"

After Months of Investigation, More Doubts Than Certainties Remain in Mexico's Ayotzinapa Case

Where are the 43 Ayotzinapa students? That is the question which remains unanswered 19 months after the group of young teaching students were detained by local police officers in Mexico.

9 May 2016

The Text Message That Stopped an Oil Exploration Project in Colombia

A text message drew one senator's attention to proposed oil exploration in ecological reserve La Macarena, which marked the start of movement against the project.

Confused About the Mapuche Conflict in Chile? This Animated Video Can Help

"The mosaic of the Mapuche people is diverse. But all who have an awareness of being Mapuche are united by the desire for justice, recognition, respect, equality and value."

7 May 2016

The ‘Migration Project’ Helps Guatemalan Families Find Missing Loved Ones

In Zacualpa, some residents take out a loan and head north in search of a better life. But they don't all make it and some go missing.

6 May 2016

#LeyTelecom: Mexican Supreme Court Ratifies Geolocation and Retention of Metadata

Global Voices Advocacy

Mexico's Supreme Court has ratified the indiscriminate retention of metadata, allowing authorities to use real-time geolocation of mobile devices. But the battle in defense of privacy is far from over.

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Defenders

This week, we take you to Cambodia, Syria, Tajikistan, The Gambia and Colombia

Violence Against Women in Mexico Has Become Dangerously Normalised, One Lawyer Says

"Social media has played a key role in exposing the high rates of violence that Mexican women endure, as well as the silence and machismo that often surrounds it."

‘Graffitours’ Capture a Colombian Community's Painful Past and Search for a Better Future

"We tell this story with great sadness, but we have to keep the memory alive. The memory must never be lost..."

The Fascinating History of Colombia's Currency, in 140 Characters or Less

On Twitter, @MonedasColombia shares facts about Colombia's currency. For example, did you know that 100 years ago, the National Bank released a 25 peso bill with a dog on it?

Environmental Crisis Makes Protesters of Chilean Fisherman on Chiloé Island

The marine phenomenon known as a red tide has killed a wide range of sea species in Chiloé, costing many fishermen their livelihood. They blame the salmon industry.

5 May 2016

Puerto Ricans Protest Against a Proposed US Financial Oversight Board

Some banners at the march read "Our future is in debt" and "Financial control board, colonial slavery."

4 May 2016

Two Years Without Gabriel García Márquez: A Tribute

The Bridge

On meeting Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, and highlights from a discussion about the novelist at the 2016 International Congress of the Spanish Language.

28 April 2016

#MedeHollín: The Campaign Against Pollution That Changed the Name of a Colombian City

"No need for words. #Medehollin I'm so sorry, These people don't love you as much as they say."

27 April 2016

Buenos Aires’ Not So Little Italy

Italian Argentines show their cultural legacy in different ways. In Buenos Aires' annual "Piccola Italia" festival, "Al Dente!" celebrates the country's Day of Italianness.

Indigenous Echoes, Broadcasting the Voices of Mexican Diversity on the Web

Rising Voices

A Mexican initiative brings the indigenous radio to the Internet and to the world.

Mexico’s Controversial ‘Telecom Law’ Is Now in the Supreme Court’s Court

Global Voices Advocacy

"In a country with a serious democratic deficit and in which public officials are responsible for attacks on journalists and dissidents, these measures could be used to pursue uncomfortable opinions."

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