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Stories about Venezuela

3 February 2016

Netizen Report: From Egypt to Kenya to Venezuela, Online Political Speech Feels Riskier Than Ever

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media activists face legal threats in Africa and Latin America, Malaysia blocks Medium over corruption coverage, and Saudi pulls back death sentence for Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh.

21 January 2016

Venezuela's Indigenous Pemón Community Waits for the Day Germany Returns Their Grandmother Kueka

Grandmother Kueka is the genesis, the first mother in the Pemon culture, but the huge jasper stone was never returned after it was taken for an art exhibit.

An AIDS Epidemic Is Decimating the Indigenous Warao Community in Venezuela

The figures are clear evidence that what is happening in Venezuela’s Orinoco Delta is an epidemic—an epidemic that is threatening the survival of an entire indigenous people.

20 January 2016

A Venezuelan Digital Artist Defends LGBT Rights Despite Social and Political Censorship

Who's behind censorship and why? What happens when old social norms around gender are questioned? Danial Arzola, creator of the campaign 'I'm not a joke', answers these and other questions.

5 January 2016

Venezuela's Constitutionally Protected Healthcare Not Reaching Indigenous Warao Community

In spite of having organizations devoted to their wellbeing, indigenous communities in Venezuela are faced with several very serious disadvantages.

24 December 2015

From Hallacas to Horchata, the Tastes of Latin America's Holiday Season

“Vitello tonnato” in Argentina, Russian salad in Venezuela and turkey in Peru. Explore the sweet and savory of the festive season in Latin America, as told by Global Voices contributors.

14 December 2015

Low Bandwidth, High Hopes: Digital Participation in Venezuelan Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite low bandwidth and a series of localized Internet outages, the Web proved critical to public discourse and circulation of information about candidates, especially those running with the opposition.

4 December 2015

Transgender Woman Elected to Venezuelan National Assembly

The first transgender candidate in Venezuelan history hopes to reach the National Assembly and bring up issues like marriage equality and name and gender changes on identity documents.

19 November 2015

Revitalizing the Yekuana Language With an Academic Perspective

Rising Voices

A Yekuana indigenous student prepares his senior thesis about the relation between orality, information, and communication technologies.

9 November 2015

In Venezuela, 140 Characters Can Land You in Jail

Global Voices Advocacy

It took one or two tweets to seven people, with no criminal record and active political participation, ended up in jail in Venezuela. Here are their stories.

Indigenous Communities Live Complex Lives in a Disputed Corner of South America

Around 159,542 sq. km (61,600 sq. mi) of territory is disputed by Guayana and Venezuela. Indigenous groups pay a high price for living in this no man's land.

27 October 2015

The Violent Life and Afterlife of Venezuela’s Slums

Funerals held for marginalized figures and criminals in Venezuela are full of guns, booze, and violence. What is this rite of passage, and what's it mean to society?

25 September 2015

The Story of Raiza Ruiz, Declared Dead While Very Much Alive

Raiza Ruiz was declared dead after being in a plane crash in the Amazon. Upon being discovered alive after several days, she found herself in an unusual legal position.

2 September 2015

As Colombians Are Deported En Masse, Venezuelans Speak Out Against the Government

On social media, people spoke out against authorities' actions with hashtags such as #ParceVenezuelaTeQuiere (Venezuela loves you, friend) and #ChamoColombiaTeQuiere (Colombia loves you, dude).

Can Iranian TV Seduce Viewers in the Land of Telenovelas?

In an age when television offers intense melodramas produced domestically and abroad, can Iranian soap operas—packed with family values and little makeup—win a foreign audience?

20 August 2015

In Venezuela, Even the Police March Against Insecurity

Violence in Venezuela has shown no mercy. Not even with law officers, who protested in Caracas despite prohibition from authorities and silence from the media.

18 August 2015

Meet Venezuela's Orthodox Priest Who Rocks in His Robes

Father Elias is not your typical rock star, playing in a priest's robe. He's not what many expect a priest to be like, either.

9 August 2015

Canine Passports and the People Making Money Selling Dogs to Brazil from Venezuela

"Many of those selling dogs do not care about their condition […] The majority arrive with falsified documents and have not been certified by a vet."

17 July 2015

Humanizing Politics and Building Bridges: Katie Brown's Literature-Based View of Venezuela

A researcher from the United Kingdom talks to Global Voices about Venezuela's contemporary literature and how local fiction helps decipher a country misunderstood by many.

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