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Marianna Breytman

Marianna is an avid lover of the Spanish language who also happens to speak Russian because she was born in Kiev. These days she can be found in New York City working as GV's Project Manager for Translation Services.

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“Our languages are not dying, they are being killed”

“Your language is worthless,” they were told repeatedly. “To be a Mexican citizen, you must speak the national language, Spanish. Stop speaking your language.”

Kebab, Yes; Revolution, No: Migrants and the Fight for Catalonia

"I was surprised that people sporting dreadlocks, turbans, braids, and other Afrocentric apparel failed to acknowledge the word "migrant" at an event supporting those being persecuted in Catalonia..."

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: The Landscape of Everyday Terror

"...I don’t remember when violence was not part of my life, when I didn’t live in fear of being attacked by those seeking to seize or to maintain power."

The Contested Legacy of a Panamanian Dictator

Some consider him a murderous tyrant, while others look back on his rule fondly. Either way, Manuel Antonio Noriega is finally dead.

News Website Cameraman Arrested While Broadcasting Protests in Venezuela

"Almost 30,000 people were watching the VPITV broadcast on YouTube when the Bolivarian National Police took the cameraman."

The Best of Latin American Info-Activism in 2016 (Part 1)

The best of Latin American info-activism did not fit into one post, so this will be the first of two articles discussing initiatives that sparked online fire throughout the region.

‘Learning to Live with the Narco in Mexico’, Stories from Survivors of the War on Organized Crime

"We must urgently portray the faces of those who face fear."

An Indigenous Woman Could Be a Presidential Candidate in Mexico Two Years From Now

The extreme Mexican left hints at nominating an indigenous woman for the 2018 presidential election. Meanwhile, in Chiapas, women are forced to renounce their positions because of their gender.

Queer Tango: A Twist on Tradition in Favor of Diversity and Inclusion

As a response to discrimination on the dance floor, the Queer Tango opens spaces for diversity and exploration of the tango without gender discrimination.

Mexico, on the Mountaintop, or in the Abyss?

Forced disappearances, mass graves, widespread impunity, a devaluing currency, economic crisis. Does anyone still think Mexico is on the right track?

Two Years Without Gabriel García Márquez: A Tribute

On meeting Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, and highlights from a discussion about the novelist at the 2016 International Congress of the Spanish Language.

Three Brave Women Launch Campaign to Encourage Reporting Acts of Sexual Violence in Mexico

With the confidence that "when one of us is touched, we all respond", the "Don't remain silent" campaign encourages reporting acts of sexual violence committed daily against women in Mexico.

The Innocents of the Panama Papers

"The desire for transparency around the issue of tax evasion is understandable. But the question arises as to whether innocent people are being hurt as a result of this process."

Civic Law Initiative Propels Fight Against Political Corruption in Mexico

"Asking politicians to solve the problem is like asking a footballer to be the referee at his own match." The 3of3 initiative is the voice of many Mexicans asking for...

Spaniards Fired up Over Photo of Bullfighter With a Baby in His Arms

From "irresponsible" to "guardian of traditions": A photo of a popular matador fighting a heifer with his baby in his arms provokes a strong and mixed reaction in Spain.

Thousands March Against Gender Violence in Spain

Even at a moment like this, after such a display of support from the public, feminists are hardly celebrating. Just days after the mass protest, crime stats are rising again.

When Were You Sexually Harassed for the First Time? Brazilian Women React to Online Violence

Social networks are increasingly filled with hate speech. This alarming phenomenon, however, is being countered by creative, irreverent, and organized women's groups online.

Chilean Musician Victor Jara's Rethinking of Power Lives on Long After His Murder

The singer-songwriter, murdered in the aftermath of Augusto Pinochet's coup, invited listeners to dare to dream of a future in which society wasn't separated into powerful elites and disenfranchised masses.

Browsing the Web from Cuba's Public Hotspots

Internet in Cuba – from public access points – is limited to using one social network, an email service, and chat and video applications.

Puerto Rico Organizes From the Bottom Up in the Face of Economic Crisis

Various civil society groups have started to come together to find solutions to the severe socioeconomic crisis that the Caribbean nation faces.

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