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Melissa Wise

Freelance Spanish to English translator and editor. B.A. in Linguistics, Master’s Certificate in Translation. Passionate about social justice, environmental awareness, and human and animal rights.

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Latest posts by Melissa Wise

17 November 2017

Mezcal: The Rebirth of a Traditional Mexican Drink

After having been considered an underappreciated drink, mezcal is finally found in the most chic bars on the planet and bartenders are giving it the recognition it deserves.

21 September 2017

Equatoguinean Artist Carmen Bolena Explores Her History and Identity Through Her Drawings

"All of this discovery was restorative for my troubled conscience. It no longer hurts to recognize that I am black. I am and I say it bursting with pride."

13 September 2017

Automatic Speech Recognition Project Seeks to Revitalize the Quechua Languages

Rising Voices

Can you imagine computers, smartphones and robots that speak Quechua? A Peruvian engineer’s work aims to do just that.

27 August 2017

After the Catalonia Attacks: Hate Messages and Social Network Confrontations

"This cannot be just another story. We have to learn from it, we have to make a better world. Leading by example, educating in non-violence, conveying non-hatred, equality."

16 August 2017

Why Is the Biggest Sugar Mill in Western Cuba Economically and Environmentally Inefficient?

For years, the biggest sugar mill in Western Cuba has had the worst harvest.

9 August 2017

Young Peruvians Trade Weapons for Shears and Razors

Ingenious solutions to big problems. Barbering becomes an alternative to crime for Peru's youngsters.

9 June 2017

Trans Women Fleeing Central America Find Hope and Hardship Further North

"I was attacked in Mexico City and that’s why I decided to keep moving. I feel more welcome in Tijuana. Staying busy helps me forget about things."

25 May 2017

Kaqchikel and Other Guatemalan Languages Gain Momentum Online Thanks to Digital Activism

Rising Voices

The Digital Activism Meeting for Indigenous Languages took place in Guatemala and brought together important initiatives for the visibility and strengthening of Mayan languages through technology.

19 April 2017

“Bodies Die, Countries Don't”: What the Venezuela Crisis Takes Away From Us

The Bridge

"Two years ago..there wasn't yet talk of people searching for food in the trash. Now, they not only look for it, but fight over it."

31 March 2017

The Day Latin America Declared Itself Feminist

Activists from Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela explain why the International Women's Strike was so important to their region.

17 February 2017

Facebook Gives a Voice to Missing People in Mexico

Families in Mexico searching desperately for missing loved ones are turning to social media and other digital platforms as an effective way to get the word out.

31 January 2017

A Legislative Proposal in Mexico Would Tie Political Parties’ Funding to Voter Turnout

"Cutting back where we should: public funding of parties so that it's linked to the vote and not the register."

17 December 2016

What Are People Naming Their Kids in Mexico?

Global Voices Advocacy

Did you know there are Mexicans named "Christmas Day" or "Yahoo" and that -- to make matters worse -- online bullying violates their privacy?

16 September 2016

The Bitter Aftertaste Left by Donald Trump's Visit to Mexico

US presidential candidate Donald Trump made a short visit to Mexico’s capital last month for a private meeting with President Enrique Peña claiming a high cost for the president.

20 July 2016

‘Avocado Talk’ No Longer So Appetizing for Mexicans

Mexico's economic crisis is forcing the country to think about how much people spend on food, and the rising cost of avocados has become a particularly sore point.

14 June 2016

‘There Are Increasingly More and More Positive, Strong and Motivating Representations of Black Women’

The author interviews American filmmaker, scholar and activist, Beti Ellerson.

8 June 2016

In Venezuela, Electrical Shortages Limit Basic Communication — and Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

The internet access speed in Venezuela has been called "the slowest line in Latin America."

6 June 2016

The Thousands of Mexican Women Who Never Made it Home

The most difficult question is knowing when to stop looking: "Until they give me her body to mourn, but I need to know where my daughter is."

1 June 2016

Spain's Archbishop of Valencia and His Crusade Against the ‘Gay Empire’

An LGBT rights advocacy group has filed a formal complaint with the district attorney for hate crimes “for his homophobic and sexist comments that only serve to incite hatred."

23 May 2016

What Is Latin American Social Media Laughing at? One Critic Offers a Clue

"Having a good sense of humor is self-criticism, and these 'telepresidents,' which is what I call politicians who are obsessed with the screen, don’t accept any type of criticism."

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