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Stories about Americas

3 September 2015

Guatemalan President Resigns After Arrest Warrant Issued

Otto Pérez Molina is Guatemala's President, no longer. After months of marching in the streets demanding justice and accountability, Guatemalans receive today many welcomed news.  The president has resigned and will be jailed until an evidentiary hearing...

Postcard from San Salvador: The Subtle Tyranny of Gangs

"It is estimated that there are around 500,000-to-600,000 Salvadorans involved, in one way or another, with the maras (gangs)—about 10 percent of the population."

1 September 2015

Ecuadorian Journalist Fired Over His Outspoken Tweets

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The newspaper officially says his dismissal was the result of his ignoring “cordial requests” made several months earlier to “comply with the best practices in social networks guidelines.”

Donald Trump's Spat with News Anchor Jorge Ramos Highlights His Xenophobic Message

"It's a grave error not to take Trump seriously. His ideas are very dangerous. Many millions of Americans think the way he does, and this is what is very dangerous".

30 August 2015

Why Indigenous Communities in Mexico Need Community Self-Defence

"Today, the community suffers not only at the hands of criminal groups but also at those of the Federal Police and the Army of Mexico."

Urban Planning Project Puts One of the World's Most Populated Cities to the Test

"Resident participation on projects like the [Cultural Corridor Chapultepec] must occur from the design stage and not once everything has already been decided. This is a sham."

29 August 2015

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.

A Week Before a Huge Vote, Demonstrators Fill Guatemala's Streets, Calling For President to Step Down

University students, peasants, families, indigenous groups, artists, cities, towns, hospitals, and more are rapidly joining calls for President Otto Pérez Molina to step down.

28 August 2015

Uncovering Attempts to Hide Oil's Footprints in Peru

This is the first part of an investigation by Convoca based on more than 1,000 environmental monitoring reports of hydrocarbons and electricity that were archived by three governments in Peru.

Brazilian Police Are Preventing Poor Black Teens From Visiting Rio's Upscale Beaches

"They think we're thieves because we're black," a 15-year-old told a reporter.

Argentina Has Had Decades of Democracy, But Why Do the Disappearances Continue?

Despite 32 years of democracy, thousands of people—particularly women and young girls—are still unaccounted for in Argentina. And more keep disappearing.

Ousted Trinidad & Tobago Minister ‘Gypsy’ Is Singing a Bitter Tune—Literally

When a government minister learns he has not been chosen to run in the country's upcoming general elections, things degenerate into nasty -- albeit melodious -- name calling.

Mother Nature Hits ‘Nature Isle’ Dominica Hard With Tropical Storm Erika

"Nature gave the Nature Isle a rough make over" as the first major tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season hit the Caribbean island of Dominica.

It's About Time to End Female Genital Mutilation in the Only Latin American Country Where It Still Exists

Female genital mutilation is a practice usually associated with African countries, but in some indigenous communities in Colombia it's still being practiced.

26 August 2015

Uruguay, Chile and Brazil Lead South America in Download Speeds

Uruguay had the best ranking in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean's report, while Bolivia, Paraguay, and Venezuela came in last.

Dismissal of Mexico Coach Sparks Debate Over Freedom of Speech

A dispute between a Mexican football coach and a sports reporter who criticized him has resulted in physical assault and sparked a debate about the freedom of speech.

24 August 2015

The Story of Salim Alaradi, a Canadian National of Libyan Origin Detained in the UAE

Libyan-born Canadian Salim Alaradi has been in a UAE prison for a year, with no charges or access to a lawyer. His 17-year-old daughter is campaigning for his freedom online.

Ecuador Cancels Visa for a Franco-Brazilian Journalist Assaulted During Protest

"Hostility to journalists, the media and activists has increased in Ecuador, and attacks on freedom of expression are becoming more frequent."

23 August 2015

Want to See the First Free African Town in the Americas? Go to Mexico

Afro-Mexicans proudly share the story of “El Yanga,” apparently an enslaved prince from the Yang-Bara tribe from Gabon, who helped slaves to be free from the Spanish around 1570.

Afro-Latin American Women Use Social Networks to Commemorate Over a Decade of Struggle

"The situation of women of African descent is a unique one: because of their gender they find themselves even more vulnerable and susceptible to exclusion."

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