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Raquel Marin

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Does Venezuela's Smiling Tourism Cartoon ‘Cheverito’ Ignore the Country's Grim Realities?

In less than one week, 'Cheverito', the cartoon character created by the Ministry of Tourism to boost tourism in Venezuela, was the center of criticism, attack and debates.

Spanish Radio Report Captures History of ‘the Freaks’, Havana's Biggest Metal and Punk Fans

This is the music of an entire generation who pushed aside socialism to play the music that they desired, and to dress as they pleased, regardless of the consequences.

Latin America’s World Cup Lessons

In this article, Global Voices continues its look at the relationship between the hosting the World Cup and social unrest.

Simón Bolívar, Esteemed Liberator or Infamous Dictator?

"It is harder to maintain the balance of freedom than it is to endure the weight of tyranny," said Simón Bolívar, known as the "Liberator" of many South American countries.

Sonia Ordóñez, Translating Threats to Free Expression Online for Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices depends on its hard-working team of volunteer translators like Sonia Ordóñez, who has devoted most of her time to translating Advocacy stories.

On the Walls and the Web, A Venezuelan Art Collective Supports Socialism

In their blog titled No Sabemos Disparar, a group promotes and illustrates their urban action in different communities within and outside of the Venezuelan capital.

Spanish Soldier Who Penned a Best-Selling Novel About Military Corruption Gets Jail Time

Luis Segura, a lieutenant in the Spanish army, is in prison for criticizing the military during interviews for his novel "Un paso al frente" (A step forward).

These ‘Poets With a Cause’ Are Defending Social Justice in Crisis-Hit Puerto Rico

"Poetas en Marcha is Felipe the janitor, Sofia the overworked and underpaid secretary, the young adults laughing while having a beer after their final exams, the noble lady selling fruit."

Meet Lourdes Sada, a Global Voices Volunteer Who Has Worked on More Than 400 Stories in Two Years

Learn a little bit more about Lourdes Sada, one of the volunteer translators and writers who keep Global Voices running.

These Cubans Are Puckering Up in Support of LGBT Rights

The second kissing sit-in, or "besada" in Spanish, protested the New Cuban Labor Code, which excludes gender identity as a motive for workplace discrimination.

Argentinian Footballer Ezequiel Lavezzi Has Quite the Following Among Women

The soccer star, also know as "Pocho," has won many female admirers at home in Argentina for his chiseled physique.

A Theater Company Is Crowdfunding to Produce This ‘Powerful’ Play in Cuba About Homosexuality

"Bent" tells the story of the abuse and internment of homosexuals in Nazi Germany leading up to World War II.

Fans Unite to Cheer for the Cuban Boxer Gamboa Using #animogamboa

The Cuban professional boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa lost by knockout, and his fans used social media massively to support him.

Architect Santiago Calatrava Attempts but Fails to Censor Site That Highlights His Blunders

Just a few months ago, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was able to shut down «calatravatelaclava.com», an online compilation of his blunders carried out with public funds.

In Cuba, a Correspondence Exchange Spices up the 2014 World Cup

After one of the letters was removed from the online magazine, the author said it was censored.

A Kissing Sit-In and An Open Letter for LGBT Rights in Cuba

The second "Kiss Sit-In for Diversity and Equality" in Havana takes place this year during challenging moments for the LGBT community on the Island.

The Lights and the Shadows of the New Cuban Labor Code

The new Labor Code in Cuba has sparked controversy because it excludes important protections in the workplace for certain marginalized communities, such as transsexual people.

The Debate on Internet Access in Cuba Intensifies

Cubans are increasingly asking for cheaper and broader access to the Internet.

“We are Leaderless” in Cuba

Increasing Connection Between the Online and the Offline in Cuba

In Cuba, an intrepid connection between virtuality and reality has flourished.

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