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Victoria Robertson

Freelance writer and translator raising three kids to be better citizens of the world.

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Latest posts by Victoria Robertson

25 November 2015

Pot Isn’t Legal Yet in Mexico, But a Landmark Supreme Court Decision Has Opened the Door

Debate over the legalization of marijuana goes all the way to Mexico's Supreme Court.

23 September 2015

Drowned Syrian Boy Awakens Peruvians to Their Own Dying Children

A photo of a drowned Syrian boy has generated international sympathy, while images of children freezing in the Peruvian Andes have provoked a different response.

13 August 2015

Impunity Is the Tie That Binds the Tlatlaya Massacre, the 43 Missing Students and El Chapo's Escape

Repeatedly officials charged with obeying the law decided instead to flout or ignore it, whether out of greed, inadequacy, fear or revenge.

21 June 2015

Colombia Negotiates a Difficult Peace and Works to Remember the Victims of Violent Years Past

While the FARC and state representatives negotiate a peace deal, the Colombian government and rural communities take steps to remember the victims of violence, preserve collective memory, and promote reconciliation.

28 May 2015

What You Need to Know to About Growing Opposition to Peru's Tía María Mining Project

Resistance by Peruvian farmers to the planned Tía María mining operation has increased in the last few weeks. Here is some background on the origins of the conflict.

23 May 2015

Scandal in Argentina as Judges Say a Six-Year Old's Alleged Homosexuality Invited Sexual Abuse

'This moronic "judge" Piombo who calls a six-year-old a transvestite deserves to be thrown in jail!'

14 May 2015

Bolivia's Civil Service Wracked by a Series of Social Media Slip-Ups

Blunders made by Bolivian civil servants show how simple mistakes quickly escalate in social media.

26 April 2015

‘There Is a Word Missing in the History of the Armenian Genocide: Justice’

Only five Latin American countries have recognized the Armenian genocide, among them Argentina, where a journalist tells the story of her grandparents harrowing escape.

Late Author Eduardo Galeano Saw Something Deeply Profound in Soccer

The Uruguayan writer was one of the first in Latin America to dare to muse on the nature of the game known as the opium of the people.

22 April 2015

Ecuadorian Woman Fights for Right to Save Sister-in-Law with Organ Transplant

Daniela Peralta fights an Ecuadorian law that prevents her from donating organ tissue to save her sister-in-law, who is suffering from kidney failure.

16 April 2015

Battle-Weary Colombians Demand Peace on Day for Armed Conflict Victims

On National Day of Memory and Solidarity with Victims of the Armed Conflict, Colombians turn out in droves to march for peace, a goal that overcomes traditional differences.

15 April 2015

Cuba at the Summit of the Americas: The Struggle for Voice and Representation

The Summit of the Americas shined a spotlight on the political divisions that characterize Cuban civil society inside the country and abroad.

13 April 2015

The Cherán Indigenous Community's Remarkable Road to Self-Rule in Mexico

This is the first in a series of posts about the Cherán community, which took on organized crime, established self-government and uses citizen media to strengthen and preserve its traditions.

6 April 2015

Peru's Congress Censures Prime Minister Ana Jara in the Throes of Domestic Spying Scandal

Peru's Congress recently censured its Prime Minster for the first time in 50 years. Expect the battles between the legislature and the executive to continue.

31 March 2015

Colombia Past and Present: An Interview with Author William Ospina

Excerpts from the most popular segments of an interview with the writer William Ospina on history, perception, and cultural identity in Colombia and Latin America.

26 March 2015

Balloons Released in Brussels in Support of Jailed Iranian Student Hamid Babaei

Ever since the tribulations of Hamid Babaei and his wife began, his classmates at Liège and in Brussels have shown them unrelenting solidarity.

23 March 2015

Mexico's Airwaves Aren't the Same Without Journalist Carmen Aristegui

The Bridge

Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui says her firing is an attack on freedom of expression; her bosses say it's a breach of confidence. Either way, this is not her first rodeo.

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