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Stories about Latin America

17 July 2015

Humanizing Politics and Building Bridges: Katie Brown's Literature-Based View of Venezuela

A researcher from the United Kingdom talks to Global Voices about Venezuela's contemporary literature and how local fiction helps decipher a country misunderstood by many.

One Puerto Rican Island's 135-Year History of Struggle and Victory

A short documentary by the monthly newspaper Diálogo commemorates the 40 years since the people of Culebra expelled the US Navy and 135 years since the island municipality was founded.

16 July 2015

Mexican Newspaper Launches Mayan-Language Edition

Mayan is the second most important indigenous language in Mexico, spoken by about 800,000 people.

14 July 2015

Three Issues That Undermine Chile's Once Popular President

How will President Michelle Bachelet weather the current discontent with her presidency, and can she effectively deal with the corruption that threatens her ability to govern?

11 July 2015

Hospitals in Buenos Aires Are Getting Their Own ‘Patch Adams’ Clowns

Inspired by the work of the American physician Hunter "Patch" Adams, Argentina's capital recently approved legislation mandating the use of clowns in hospitals to help children recovering from trauma.

10 July 2015

Mexico Was Hacking Team's No. 1 Client for Spyware

Global Voices Advocacy

At least 14 Mexican states and government agencies had contracts with Hacking Team, the Italy-based spyware company. But only some of them have constitutional authority to monitor citizen communications.

8 July 2015

The Aymara Indigenous University, a Path Towards Helping Native Communities in Bolivia

Rising Voices

A citizen journalism project provides students from the Aymara Indigenous University of Bolivia "Túpac Katari" the opportunity to write about their experiences in this unique university.

Mass Protests Halt Ecuador's Proposed Tax Hikes

Pope Francis' visit to Ecuador, coupled with anti-government protests, have temporarily delayed the president's mission to impose new taxes on inheritances and capital gains.

6 July 2015

The Chaccu, a Millenary Andean Tradition All About Fine Vicuña Wool

Every year, by late June, Peru hunts these relatives of the llama for their exquisite wool, which help make some of the finest fiber in the world.

5 July 2015

In the World's Most Violent City, Graffiti Artists Use Their ‘Weapons’ for Good

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has earned the bloody title of world's deadliest city four years in a row. Graffiti artists hope to change that with some spray paint and imagination.

4 July 2015

Tensions Between Government and Opposition Threaten Democracy in Ecuador

While protests and counter-protests continue to be held in Ecuador ahead of Pope Francisco's visit, the very concept of democracy is under siege, writes one analyst.

3 July 2015

A Workshop Gathers Digital Activists Revitalizing Indigenous Languages in Colombia

Rising Voices

Indigenous youth from across Colombia gathered in Bogotá to share experiences and join the network of indigenous language digital activists.

30 June 2015

Ecuador's Sarayaku People Are Preserving Their Identity Through Video

Rising Voices

Sarayaku youth in Ecuador are using new technologies to preserve their cultural identity and ancestral legends.

28 June 2015

Same-Sex Couples in Mexico Win Another Victory Against Discrimination

"In this sense, the First Chamber reaffirmed that there exists no rational justification to deny access to marriage to homosexual couples..."

A ‘Peace Community’ Tries Nonviolent Resistance in Colombia

As Colombian peace talks over an end to decades-old civil violence between government and rebels proceed, some communities have claimed neutral status for themselves in the name of peace.

The Internet, a Staging Post for Protests in Ecuador, Is Under Threat

Participants in recent protests in Ecuador accuse government of illegally signal jamming communication between protestors. Peer-to-peer apps may be the solution.

Go Behind the Scenes With Chumel Torres, Mexico’s Answer to John Oliver

His viewership on YouTube continues to grow by attracting mostly young Mexicans, hungry for a breakdown of the news with some comedy.

27 June 2015

What Social Media Can Tell You About Venezuelan Politics

Supporters of Venezuela's beleaguered opposition and the pro-government camp are clashing on social media and dragging millions of Venezuelans into the conflict.

As a US State Deals With Its Confederate Flag, One Town in Brazil Flies It With Pride

After the American Civil War ended in 1865, members of the Confederacy fled to Brazil. Their ancestors still live in the region and continue to fly the Confederate flag.

26 June 2015

More Europeans Migrate to Latin America Than Vice Versa, Study Finds

In 2012, more than 181,000 Europeans left their countries for Latin America in comparison with the 119,000 Latin Americans who migrated in the opposite direction.

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