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L. Finch

Hey there! I'm Lauren, but I also go by L. Finch or simply L. Among other things, I work to make sure that every one of Global Voices’ unique stories is easy to read and thought-provoking, no matter where in the world you come from. I'm a journalist and translator with a passion for the Spanish language. In fact, I originally joined the GV community in 2011 as a volunteer translator. In the past, I worked as the Spain regional director for Vocativ and as a metro correspondent for The Boston Globe before that. Though Madrid is now home, I'm originally from the U.S. Midwest and still have the accent to prove it. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @laurenlfinch and ask me about the proper pronunciation of the word “bag.”

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Latest posts by L. Finch

7 July 2015

Donations Surge for New Crowdfunding Campaign After ‘Greek Bailout’ Falls Short

The 1.9 million euros donated to Greek Bailout Fund on Indiagogo will be refunded because it didn't reach its target. But the campaign's creator isn't done trying to help Greeks.

30 June 2015

A UK Shoe Shop Employee Crowdfunds More Than a Million Euros to Bail Out Greece (​​UPDATED)

"European ministers flexing their muscles and posturing over whether they can help the Greek people of not. Why don't we the people just sort it instead?"

8 April 2015

How Not to Write About Smartphones and Spain

The Bridge

In defence of Spain's right to be portrayed accurately—and as smartphone-addicted as everybody else.

31 December 2014

Take a Look Back at Global Voices’ Headlines From 2014

Our contributors worldwide worked hard to cover the important stories missed or misreported by mainstream media in 2014. Let's catch up on some of the headlines.

21 October 2014

This is What Happens When Ricky Martin’s Hits Get an Indie Spin

The Bridge

No matter what you think about Ricky Martin, he's one of Puerto Rico's most cherished international exports who has put the spotlight on the island.

3 October 2014

Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy ‘Occupy Central’ in Photos

The massive rally has so far stood its ground against police attempts to clear the area with tear gas, pepper spray and batons, partially with the help of umbrellas.

5 August 2014

How a Jewish-American Author's Facebook Page Became a Hub for Citizen Reporting on Gaza

The Bridge

Naomi Wolf and her growing 79,000 followers are curating and verifying content as well as sifting through the propaganda and media bias on Gaza.

2 August 2014

Watch 3 Flamenco Singers Interrupt Andalusia's Parliament to Protest in Booming Song

The economic crisis has hit Spain's southern region of Andalusia especially hard, with two-thirds of its people out of work.

15 July 2014

Need a Primer on What's Happening in Israel and Gaza Right Now? These 5 Videos Can Help

AJ+, Al Jazeera's new online news channel, offers a series of short explainer videos on the conflict between Israel and Gaza, which has killed nearly 200 Palestinians so far.

26 June 2014

How a Local Newspaper in India Is Empowering Rural Women to Write About Their Communities

Rising Voices

Khabar Lahariya is an award-winning rural weekly newspaper published in local languages and run by 40 women. We spoke with editorial coordinator Poorvi Bhargava to find out more.

17 June 2014

Hosting the World Cup or Olympics Isn't All Fun and Games. This Website Breaks It Down

These sporting events don't always have a positive impact on their host cities. Website Sport Better Cities digs into the good, the bad and the ugly of hosting.

20 February 2014

Spain's Love-Hate Relationship With The New York Times

The Bridge

A New York Times story about Spain has once again made headlines in Spain. Why does the country care so much about the American paper's coverage?

5 April 2013

Madrid President Advocates Censorship of Embarrassing Photos

Madrid regional president Ignacio González voiced his support during a radio interview for establishing "certain limits" on the publication of compromising images in the media, saying that "you have to...

1 November 2012

If Catalonia Declares Independence From Spain, Invasion?

Various people, among them four members of the European Parliament, have spoken of a possible military intervention in Catalonia, Spain, if the region attempts to secede, provoking an avalanche of...

30 October 2012

What Exactly is a Hackathon? And What is Open Data?

Technology for Transparency Network

We previously announced the next hackathon for Latin America: Developing Latin America 2012. But it's likely that some readers are not sure what a hackathon is or above all, what...

28 October 2012

Spain: The Minister of Education's Many Gaffes

The Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain, José Ignacio Wert, has sparked controversy after controversy since taking up his position less than a year ago. Netizens have not...

28 September 2012

Spain: Creative Alternatives to an Economy in Crisis

Since the start of the crisis that continues to embroil Spain's economy, many Spaniards have opted out of that economic model and instead created viable alternatives to their economy in...

19 September 2012

Argentina: Why are Citizens Outraged?

Argentinians calling for "justice, freedom, security and currency exchange" marched on September 13, 2012, throughout the country. In this post, we have gathered citizen analysis which explain the reasoning behind...

10 September 2012

Spain: Investment Scheme of the Rich and Famous Makes Headlines

Discussion of the SICAV investment scheme reignited this summer in Spain, with the debate focusing on some of the well-known people and companies that take advantage of this fiscal tool...

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