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Sara Holmes

I am currently working on becoming a freelance translator for Spanish into English translations. As far as I can remember, I've always loved studying languages, especially grammar and culture (it's an odd combo, I know). In undergrad, I earned my B.A. in International Business and Spanish (although it felt like I also minored in English, with all of the papers I had to write!). I am currently working on getting my M.L.S. in Global Affairs, with a concentration on English and Spanish translation. I think the world is full of amazing stories in all languages, and I hope to expand my linguistic skills so I can see more of them.

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Latest posts by Sara Holmes

13 January 2017

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

The organization SocialTIC reviews 2016's most inspirational info-activist projects in Latin America.

22 November 2016

Paraguayan Women Face Uphill Battle Against Violence, and the State Isn’t Much Help

In light of current legislation that could allow for a frontal assault against the abuse of Paraguayan women, Kurtural gathered testimonies and reflections regarding abuse, institutional aloofness, and society's burden.

13 November 2016

In Paraguay, Many of the Country's Poorest Girls Undergo Slavery Just to Receive an Education

Despite laws, a supposedly free educational system and agreements to protect children, many girls from Paraguay's poorest communities must submit themselves to "criadazgo" in order to access formal education.

1 November 2016

Mexicans Prepare Their Offerings and Calaveras Ahead of Day of the Dead

Calaveras, offerings for ancestors, and even conferences that discuss controversial topics - like euthanasia - surround this traditional celebration for commemorating the dead.

28 October 2016

After Rejecting the Peace Agreement, Colombia Seeks a New Path

"Who is going to go to the regions that voted for YES to explain to them what's the route to follow after the NO won in the national referendum?"

25 October 2016

Venezuela's Government Blocks the Recall Referendum Process, and the Opposition Cries ‘Dictatorship!’

"A democratic government consults the people. A dictatorship flees the electoral vote."

22 October 2016

Who Has the Right to Tell a Country’s Story?

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is not possible to tell the truth about Cuba from only one viewpoint, or from unanimous viewpoints that are the equivalent of one."

21 October 2016

In Venezuela, Indigenous Communities’ Struggles With Mining Are Far From Over

"With this decree, illegal mining in the Caura becomes legalized. Now they are definitely going to kill us."

18 October 2016

Paraguay, a Country Where Cows Fly While Schools Crumble

The first in a series by Kurtural on Paraguayan education and how the country is taking this right for all and turning it into a privilege for a few.

6 October 2016

Why Is Indigenous Singer Delfín Quishpe Such a Polarizing Figure in Latin America?

"Why should I worry about what people say? Everyone has their culture."

5 October 2016

This Woman’s Voice Makes World History Intimate to Millions in Spanish

The radio programs of journalist and historian Diana Uribe give a fascinating take on history and today's global problems.

29 September 2016

Mexico's Attorney General Secretly Purchased Costly Spyware (Again)

Global Voices Advocacy

The Mexican government, for many years, allocated millions of dollars to acquiring highly intrusive digital spy technology without being transparent on how they were using it.

26 September 2016

Animations, TV Shows, and Personal Testimonies Help Colombians Understand the (Possible) End of Conflict

"Every time nations go through a peace process, humanity as a whole takes a step forward."

What Will Happen to Colombia's Youth in the Aftermath of War?

"I'm a direct victim of war and armed conflict. Yet if I have to give my hand to the murderers, I'm ready to do so because I believe in forgiveness."

Two Years and Still No Justice, but Mexico Has Not Forgotten Ayotzinapa's Students

"Mexican institutions' standard: 111 detained in the #Ayotzinapa case and no one knows for sure what actually happened. How stupid, right?"

21 September 2016

The Role of Hashtags in a Country Searching for Peace

"The fact that the war in Colombia also takes place on social media is an undeniable truth," writes Renata Cabrales.

8 September 2016

Chileans Defend Critical Thinking as Officials Consider Changing High School Philosophy Class

"Critical thinking is an ability, a competency that should be developed in physics, in mathematics, in psychology, or in any subject."

5 September 2016

Want to See Venezuela’s Diversity in Action? Check Out the Dance Floor

On World Folklore Day, Venezuelans in and out of the country celebrated their African roots, thanks to a viral video.

2 September 2016

Tensions Rise as Venezuela’s Opposition Marches on the Capital

An opposition demonstration on September 1 has exposed major tensions between the Venezuelan government and its critics. Local independent and citizen media are watching the story closely.

24 August 2016

Want to Celebrate Blog Day? Get Yourself to Paraguay!

On August 31, the world celebrates Blog Day. A group in Paraguay is making something special of the holiday.

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