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· March, 2014

Stories about Latin America from March, 2014

16 March 2014

Accused of Murder and Desperate for Justice, Peasants on Hunger Strike in Paraguay

Issues of land distribution and judiciary corruption come to the forefront as peasants accused of the Curuguaty massacre on hunger strike await a fair trial to prove their innocence.

14 March 2014

Facebook ‘Courage for’ Page versus the Knights Templar’s Cartel

Saiph Savage and Andrés Monroy-Hernández have been collecting data on a Facebook page that documents the activities of self-defense militia groups in their fight against a drug cartel in Mexico.

12 March 2014

For Abortion Rights in Bolivia, A Modest Gain

Bolivia's highest court rejected a constitutional challenge to a restrictive abortion law, while ruling that legal abortions no longer require a judge's consent.

Mexicans are Pushing for the ‘Redemocratization’ of Democracy

Activists Mobilize for Passage of Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights

11 March 2014

Mexican Government Censors Website That Documents Human Rights Abuses

The closing of a website that denounces human rights abuses has revealed an alleged censorship collaboration between the Mexican and US governments.

10 March 2014

El Salvador Second Round Election Too Close to Call

Peru Considers Eliminating Environmental Impact Studies for Oil Exploration

The announcement by the Minister of Energy and Mines that oil exploration activities would no longer require environmental impact studies has surprised Peruvian environmentalists. Experts are mostly against it.

8 March 2014

Cassava: The Indigenous Root Vegetable That Feeds Brazil and Angola

Farofa, pirão, beiju, funge. Meet four popular dishes made from the cassava root in Brazil and Angola.

7 March 2014

Documentary Highlights Resilience of Puerto Ricans Living in New York

A new documentary, "Toñita’s," exposes the crossroads at which the Caribbean community, and the Puerto Rican community in particular, finds itself, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York...

16 Women Rocking Chile

What do Government Supporters Have to Say About Protests in Venezuela?

Two major trends are found online, often under the same tags. We explore the views seen on the Internet during the protests, from the side of the advocates of chavismo.

Venezuelan Protesters Behead Hugo Chávez Statue

Latin American Women Say ‘No’ to Catcalls

Artists and web users share photos and illustrations to criticize catcalling and demand respect for women.

6 March 2014

Venezuela Cuts Ties with Panama

The Venezuelan government cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Panama. Social networks have exploded with comments full of surprise at this decision.

Political Representation: A Key Struggle for Afro-descendants in Colombia

Protesters in Brazil: ‘There Will Not Be a World Cup!’

"Our purpose is to stop the World Cup! To show nationally and internationally that the popular power does not want the Cup!" Agência Pública reports on this movement.

5 March 2014

Unofficial Soundtrack to Venezuela's Protests: La Vida Boheme

The music of the Venezuelan rock band La Vida Boheme has surged in popularity, becoming the unofficial soundtrack to the protests.