Stories about Latin America from September, 2016
Timorese Olympic Athletes Didn't Win a Medal in Rio but Still Inspired Their Country
"We will tell the youth to focus on sports and contribute to the nation. It's similar to the path shown to us by our heroes in their fight for independence."
Mexico Bids a Heartfelt Farewell to Singer Songwriter Juan Gabriel, ‘The Divo of Juárez’
"He journeyed to the centre of darkness of the Mexican soul, and where the archetypes of sick and caricatural masculinity were constellated, he rolled away the stone..."
Chileans Defend Critical Thinking as Officials Consider Changing High School Philosophy Class
"Critical thinking is an ability, a competency that should be developed in physics, in mathematics, in psychology, or in any subject."
Detention of News Site Director Raises Concerns for Venezuela's Freedom of Speech
Lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar was arrested and accused of money laundering, but netizens and journalists believe his reporting on protests against president Nicolas Maduro was the real reason.
Cuban Journalist and LGBT Activist Sacked for Working With Non-State Media
"It doesn’t matter where you publish, even if it’s just on your blog. We will always be reading what you write."
Brazil's Military Police Is Unleashed on a Growing Protest Movement
After last week's nationwide demonstrations against Dilma Rousseff's impeachment and against her replacement, President Michel Temer, Brazil witnessed a new wave of street violence this Sunday, September 5.
Want to See Venezuela’s Diversity in Action? Check Out the Dance Floor
On World Folklore Day, Venezuelans in and out of the country celebrated their African roots, thanks to a viral video.
A Muralist Is Painting Weeds Around the World to Represent the Margins of Society
"I don’t paint dainty little grandmotherly botanical illustrations."
Protests Erupt in Brazil as Rousseff's Impeachment Is Confirmed
Protesters are mobilizing against what they see as a maneuver by a corruption-marred congress to remove a democratically elected president, and to push neoliberal reforms.
Mexico's President Can Add Plagiarism to His Long List of Scandals While in Office
"We live in a country where corruption and impunity are the norm. A report about plagiarism is NOT going to change this."
Can the End of War Mean the Beginning of Peace in Colombia?
After more than fifty years of war, a divided Colombia will face a referendum next month on a peace agreement that could be a historic milestone.
Tensions Rise as Venezuela’s Opposition Marches on the Capital
An opposition demonstration on September 1 has exposed major tensions between the Venezuelan government and its critics. Local independent and citizen media are watching the story closely.