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Elizabeth Rivera

Third culture adult, life enthusiast, passionate traveler, foodie and football fan.
Trying to build communication bridges with positive storytelling.
Liberal. Interconnected. I believe in coexistence.

No nationality (they are overrated)

“The world is too interesting to stay in one place.”

Follow me on Twitter @elicitizen

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Latest posts by Elizabeth Rivera

30 August 2016

The Burkini Ban Is Only Skin Deep

The Bridge

By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.

23 May 2016

Chiloé Fishermen to the World: ‘Communities Must Unite!’

Faced with environmental disaster in Chiloé, this group of small-scale fisherman organized and forced an industry and government to the negotiating table.

26 April 2016

Latin America's Women Confront Sexual Harassment By Sharing Their Stories of Abuse

Over the past few days, tens of thousands of women across Latin America have shared harrowing testimonies of their first (and often not their last) experiences with sexual harassment.

5 April 2016

After Panama Papers Bombshell Drops, Latin Americans Laugh to Not Cry

Latin Americans are trying to make sense of the Panama Papers leaks the best way they know how: through humor.

18 February 2016

Violence Claims 49 Lives in an Overcrowded, Underguarded Mexican Prison

Forty percent over capacity, short on guards and supplies, and awash in violence. This is life in many of Mexico's prisons.

1 February 2016

Russia and Chile Join the Global Campaign to Save a Saudi Poet From Execution

RuNet Echo

Poets and activists in Moscow and St Petersburg expressed their solidarity with Ashraf Fayadh, who's been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia. Similar events were held in Chile and Mexico.

15 January 2016

The Victims of Mexico's Drug War Deserve to Be in the Spotlight, Not El Chapo and Sean Penn

"Only when the names of those who were killed are known, when the stories of their suffering are heard...people everywhere will call out to end the war."

10 January 2016

Mexico Recaptures El Chapo Guzmán. But Is it Mission Accomplished?

"President Enrique Pena Nieto saying "missing accomplished" is about as credible as when George Bush said it about Iraq. Same silly line."

17 December 2015

Worldwide ‘Paddle Outs’ Pay Tribute to Australian Surfers Murdered in Mexico

Mexican authorities say Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas were killed in a robbery gone wrong. Their bodies were discovered in their burnt-out van.

27 November 2015

The Big Laughs of Mexico's ISIS Threat

Far from showing fear, Mexicans have flooded the Internet with sarcastic jokes and dark comedy about the apparent threat from ISIS.

24 November 2015

As Toxic Mud Ravages Brazil's ‘Sweet River’, People's Trust in Government Sours

"I feel an enormous sadness, a profound anger and unspeakable shame to live in a such negligent and irresponsible country."

9 November 2015

Narcodata, an In-Depth Data Journalism Project That Contextualizes the Drug War in Mexico

Using easy-to-comprehend, interactive visualizations, Narcodata tells the story of how the cartels were born, who their leaders are, the conflicts among them, their geographic expansion and their known crimes.

26 October 2015

Manhunt for Drug Dealer ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán in Mexico Leaves Citizens Displaced and Property Damaged

Internally displaced persons and damaged property in North Mexico are the result of the army's clashes with the gangs aimed at recapturing the leader of the international Sinaloa drug cartel.

27 September 2015

Reflections on the One-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Students in Ayotzinapa

"For us, the night of September 26 hasn't ended," says one survivor of the Ayotzinapa tragedy. "They thought that over time they could defeat us. But that's not the case."

11 August 2015

Death of Pinochet's Secret Police Chief Uncovers Chile's Unhealed Wounds

Reactions after the death, in Chile, of the second most feared man of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship show a country still struggling to make peace with its past.

28 July 2015

Ostula and Mexican Army Hold to Clashing Versions of Recent Attack

In Mexico, the independent investigation agency SubVersiones has published a compilation video that chronologically shows what events that took place on July 19, 2015, in the indigenous Nahua community of Santa María de Ostula. That day ended...

21 July 2015

Mexican Army Accused of Shooting Civilians During Operation in Michoacán

Independent media reported that the Mexican Army opened fire against civilians in the indigenous community of Ostula in Michoacán state. One news outlet said a 12-year-old boy was killed.

25 June 2015

Copa América Shows How Little Love Chileans Have for President Bachelet

"It would've been much more honorable to present herself to the country and take the jokes stoically, but she decided to hide."

10 June 2015

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.

8 June 2015

Monitoring Mexico's Midterm Elections with #BreakTheFear

Global Voices Advocacy

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

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