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Kitty Garden

Born in the UK and raised in New Zealand, I caught the travel bug from my parents. I learned Portuguese in Brazil, Spanish in Mexico, Argentina and Spain, and have spent a lot of time living and traveling in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Pacific. I studied politics, worked in renewable energy and development, and I love language and translation almost as much as I love music and the mountains.

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10 October 2017

Beyond the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ of Catalonia’s Independence Referendum

Opinions on the October 1 referendum are much more diverse than might first appear.

24 July 2017

El Salvador Rape Victim Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Baby's Death Despite ‘Inconclusive Proof’

In the complex case of Evelyn few seem to notice the main trend regarding women tried for abortion in El Salvador: A punitive and inflexible system for poor women.

17 July 2017

The Venezuelan People's Vote of Rebellion

"Wherever we may be, Venezuelans just want to vote. Even when we have to organize the elections ourselves. To vote and vote, even if the government denies us the right."

31 May 2017

For Afro-Colombians, Police Racism Is a ‘Daily Reality’

"You put me between a rock and a hard place, and then you call me extremist?"

25 May 2017

The Long and Winding Road of Chile's Gender Identity Law

After four years of parliamentary process, Chile's Gender Identity Law goes to the Senate. And there are some big problems with the legislation.

20 April 2017

Puerto Ricans Hold a ‘Vigil for Light and Truth’ to Demand an Audit of Public Debt

"The people of Puerto Rico refuse to pay a debt that is not ours. We will not choose between education or healthcare. Our elders will not have their pensions reduced."

20 February 2017

Free Expression Under Fire as Venezuela Takes CNN Spanish Off the Air

Global Voices Advocacy

CNN broadcasts will now be freely available in Venezuela on YouTube — but what does it matter in the country with one of the slowest Internet connections in the region?

21 May 2016

Andacollo, The Chilean City Surrounded by Mine Tailings

Chile, a mining country, has a large number of mine tailing deposits that are potential contamination risks.

14 May 2016

Why Twitter Users in Quito Can't Stop Talking About Orange Juice

"Buy orange juice from the young guy on the corner and then medicine at the neighbourhood pharmacy, reactivate the economy, everyone's happy."

12 May 2016

After Months of Investigation, More Doubts Than Certainties Remain in Mexico's Ayotzinapa Case

Where are the 43 Ayotzinapa students? That is the question which remains unanswered 19 months after the group of young teaching students were detained by local police officers in Mexico.

6 May 2016

Environmental Crisis Makes Protesters of Chilean Fisherman on Chiloé Island

The marine phenomenon known as a red tide has killed a wide range of sea species in Chiloé, costing many fishermen their livelihood. They blame the salmon industry.

9 April 2016

Your Guide to This Sunday's Presidential Election in Peru

This year's presidential election in Peru has been a doozy. Global Voices presents a guide to the candidates and the race's national significance.

23 February 2016

Residents of the Peruvian Amazon Denounce Oil Spills Contaminating Local Rivers

"Incredible! Petroperú contaminates rivers in the Amazon and the 59 million sol fine will be paid by all of us Peruvians"

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.

13 February 2016

A Colombian Official Takes Short-Lived Legal Action Against a Journalist Over His Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

"...limitation of freedom of expression must be necessary and proportionate, that is, it must be the only and most effective means, something which is not true in this case."

27 February 2015

Mexico's Missing Ayotzinapa Students, Day 137

The Ayotzinapa case is no longer just about the pain of the victims and calls to end to violence; it's now also about exasperation with the authorities.

1 June 2014

The Rise of Podemos, Spain's “We Can” Citizen Party

The party represents the coming of age of the protests and new ideas that have occupied the streets of Spain in recent years.

3 March 2014

Nine Questions for Carola Cintrón Moscoso, or Why “Silence Doesn't Exist”

"In everyday life, we often don't let ourselves walk, contemplate, and much less listen," says the artist Carola Cintrón Moscoso.

20 February 2014

Venezuelan Beauty Queen Dies from Gunshot Wound Received During Protests

Genesis Carmona died of a gunshot wound to the head. She is the latest casualty in the ongoing demonstrations taking place in the country.

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