Stories about Latin America from February, 2015
Leaving With the Hope of One Day Returning: A Dominican Man in Spain
"At first I slept on the street, always in parks, but without fear because when you have nothing you're not afraid. Then things got better."
The Western Hemisphere's Deadliest Country for Journalists
Mexico received the second lowest ranking (after Cuba) in the Americas on the World Press Freedom Index for in 2014.
Two Latin Americans Nominated for Index Freedom of Expression Awards
The communication platform, Courage for Tamaulipas, and Ecuadorian sketch artist, Xavier “Bonil” Bonilla, were the only Latin Americans nominated at the Index Freedom of Expression Awards, which recognizes organizations and individuals in the fight against censorship. The awards were created by Index on Censorship, an international organization dedicated to defending...
Keeping Up the Fight on World Cancer Day
¡Hola! Mi nombre es Alejandra Baca, pero todos me dicen Ale, excepto los doctores, ellos me dicen “Karlita”. Vivo en Chihuahua, México. Me gusta estudiar, bailar, leer y salir con mis amigos. Estudio la Lic. en Administración y soy misionera. Hi! My name is Alejandra Baca, but everyone calls me...
Argentinian President Goes to China, Mocks Chinese Accents on Twitter
"Ignorant, stupid and racist, a jewel, come on. And she is the representative of a country, poor Argentinians."
A Tennis Star’s Twitter Conversation with an Argentinian President Parody Account
A famous tennis player thought she was talking to Argentina's president on Twitter last week, but she actually engaged a popular parody account.
The Honest, Controversial Profile of a Cuban Nurse Who Died Abroad
The article about Reynaldo Villafranca, who died of malaria, offered a human take on Cuban medical internationalism beyond the official narrative of heroism. Such honesty didn't sit well with everyone.
5 Communities Sticking It to Fossil Fuel Companies—and Winning
From Chile's Maule coast to the Australian city of Marrickville, residents have been fighting to protect their communities from fossil fuel projects.
After More Than a Century, Argentinian Museum Returns Indigenous Chief's Remains to His People
The remains of Chief Inacayal, who died in 1888, were on display in the museum for years. Now, they are finally back with the Tehuelche indigenous community.
Why Are So Many Environmental Activists Being Murdered?
In 2012, the globally reported murder rate approached three per week. Growing violence against environmental activists is leading to a search for solutions.
Netflix is Coming to Cuba — But Will They Have Any Customers?
Netflix seems unaware that even those Cubans who have Internet access do not have a strong enough connection to watch videos online.
Roll Call to Never Forget the Missing Ayotzinapa Students
Since the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, a group of citizens has decided to prevent the case from being forgotten by conducting a roll call of the students' names every day at 11pm Mexico time.
‘We Need to Be Careful Even of What We Think': Self-Censorship in Venezuela
"Since the start of the protests, I had been mapping online censorship and helping people use encrypted communication tools. When the police came, I got up, scared to the bone."
US-Cuba Policy Experts Discuss ‘Deep Differences’ on Human Rights
The debate on human rights in Cuba implies a thorough review of the model of democracy in this country.
Citizen Video Exposes Alleged Child Abuse in Peru
A Facebook user films an episode of alleged child abuse on a public street in Peru's capital, posts it online, and generates a wave of outrage.
Argentine Investigator’s Mysterious Death Revives Questions About 1994 Bombing
According to police, Nisman committed suicide just a few hours before he was supposed to present his case against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, whom Nisman accused conspiring with Iran.
A Marvelous Display of Yellow in Ecuador
The blooming of the Guayacan trees means spring has arrived in Ecuador, bringing thousands of people from all over the world to the region's most colorful natural display.