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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 Spain 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

18 July 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Freedom, Not Control

This week we take you to Puerto Rico, Indian-administered Kashmir, Nepal, China and Myanmar.

1 July 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Brexit, Brexit Everywhere

This week, we take you to the Caribbean, Brazil, Russia, Tanzania and Azerbaijan.

17 June 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Just Do Your Job, Man.

This week we take you to Russia, India, Madagascar, Venezuela and Singapore.

3 June 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Unsung Heroes

This week, we head to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, Myanmar, Brazil and Syria.

31 May 2016

When Immigrants in Spain Can't Find Work, Some Resort to Selling Beer on the Street

"I don’t like selling beer because I have no job, but I need the money for sending [home to my family]."

19 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Disappeared

This week, we take you to Ecuador, Uganda, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Pakistan.

6 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Defenders

This week, we take you to Cambodia, Syria, Tajikistan, The Gambia and Colombia.

22 April 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Priorities, Anyone?

This week we take you to China, Mexico, Jamaica, Macedonia and Uganda, where we speak to Prudence Nyamishana who tells us why Ugandans are peeved at their government's priorities.

8 April 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: What Panama Papers?

In this episode, the period gets political in Poland, Afro-Chileans demand recognition in Chile, and Chinese censors go into overdrive to remove the Panama Papers -- even from email.

28 March 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Elephant in the Room

In this edition we take you to Somalia, Japan, China, Pakistan and Cuba.

23 March 2016

The Hidden Cost of Signing Up for Internet in Spain: Your Sanity

The Bridge

Days of waiting for installation turn into weeks. You feel bitter. You feel powerless. You google the word “Kafkaesque”.

14 March 2016

Hear That? The Global Voices Podcast Is Back.

After a three year break, the Global Voices Podcast is back. In this edition, we take you to Mexico, China, Tajikistan, Macedonia and Russia.

30 December 2015

32 Stories That Capture the Happiness, Heartache and Resilience of 2015

Global Voices’ community-driven newsroom worked hard this year to build understanding across borders. Take a look back at some of the people and places we learned about in 2015.

28 December 2015

For Artists, the World Was a Canvas for Change in 2015

As 2016 approaches, revisit 16 stories from the Global Voices' archives of art with a powerful purpose.

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.

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