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· June, 2015

Stories about Latin America from June, 2015

The Tweet That United Government and Opposition Supporters in Venezuela

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón learned that you shouldn't insult Venezuelan football.

Radio Ambulante Roundtable on Copa América 2015: FIFA Corruption, Team Analyses and Predictions

Daniel Alarcón, executive producer of Radio Ambulante, talks to other journalists about the latest FIFA scandal and its effect on Copa América, the most important football tournament in South America.

A New Mesoamerican Film and Radio Festival Is Spreading the Word About Indigenous Struggles

The First Mesoamerican Community Film and Radio Festival began on June 10 in Oaxaca and will continue on to various countries in the region from later in June.

Abortion in Chile, a Clandestine Choice

There are few topics in Chile as controversial as abortion, which is prohibited in the country under one of the most restrictive laws in the world.

As Violence Rises, Some Venezuelans Pray to Dead Criminals for Help and Protection

In Venezuela, certain cults venerate deceased criminals. Followers visit their graves and build altars in their homes to ask the magical spirits for divine favors.

Journalism Professor Elaine Diaz Is Testing the Limits of Media Freedom in Fast-Changing Cuba

Cuba's constitution outlaws independent media. But University of Havana professor and GV author Elaine Diaz is taking a risk to try to roll back those restrictions.

Mexico’s Independent Media Crackdown Threatens Indigenous Radio in Oaxaca

Community radio stations devoted to indigenous groups in Mexico once more confront governmental limitations on their work, facing off against elites with a distinct set of political ambitions.

Argentinian Football Fans Travel 1,500 Kilometers in a Refurbished Bus to Cheer on Their Team

Five very loyal fans of the Argentinian national football team traveled over 1,500 kilometers by land to cheer on their favorite team in the Copa América, to be hosted in...

In a Music Video, Refugees Say Thanks to Brazil for Welcoming Them

There are 7,700 people from 81 countries with refugee status in the country, according to the Brazilian National Committee for Refugees.

What’s More Dangerous: ‘Probably Carcinogenic’ Herbicide or Argentina’s Government Inefficiency?

Monsanto, the agro-giant everyone loves to hate, has been at the center of recent protests in Argentina. But where are all the protests holding the country's government accountable?

Using a Needle and Thread, Women Sew the Darker Side of Dam Construction in Brazil

The Movement of People Affected by Dams in Brazil has adopted a needlework technique used during Chile's dictatorship to deal with the abuses women experience around dam construction.

250 Days Without the Ayotzinapa Students

June 3 marked 250 days since one of the most tragic episodes in Mexico's modern history: the disappearance and murder in Iguala of 43 students from Ayotzinapa.

The Uruguayan Prison with a ‘Human Touch’

In Uruguay, you'll find a prison called Punta de Rieles ("Rail End") that practices an unusual "human approach" to incarcerating and reforming convicts.

Monitoring Mexico's Midterm Elections with #BreakTheFear

During last Sunday's elections in Mexico, the free-speech organization ARTICLE 19 ran a campaign called #RompeElMiedo (#BreakTheFear) to monitor the safety of journalists and human rights activists

Mexican Indigenous Community Accuses Famous Designer of Plagiarism

French designer Isabel Marant has made a name for herself in the world of fashion, owing to her eclectic style, which blends materials and ethnic influences together in her designs....

Ahead of Mexico's Vote, a Young Indigenous Woman Asks for an End to Silence Over Deaths and Disappearances

Her criticism of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchú's call to vote echoed through social media, adding weight to the argument to annul Mexico's June 7 elections.

Mexico Votes Against a Background of Disenchantment and Violence

"The underlying feeling is one of profound deception."

If I Were FIFA President…

After the recently reelected FIFA president, the Swiss Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, surprisingly resigned on June 3 amidst a corruption scandal that hit the supreme football organization, Twitter users started to speculate not...

‘Looking for Their Death': Tragedy Highlights Informal Mining Conundrum in Colombia

“If I work mining, I eat. If I don’t work, I don’t eat.”

Water Is Life for Ecuador's Sarayaku People

Digital video direct from the Sarayaku territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon is helping to showcase the ongoing commitment to protect their lands from oil, gas, and mineral extraction.

About our Latin America coverage

Melissa Vida is the Latin America Spanish-language editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Fernanda Canofre is the Brazil editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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