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Kitty Garden

Born in the UK and raised in New Zealand, I caught the travel bug from my parents. I learned Portuguese in Brazil, Spanish in Mexico, Argentina and Spain, and have spent a lot of time living and traveling in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Pacific. I studied politics, worked in renewable energy and development, and I love language and translation almost as much as I love music and the mountains.

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Latest posts by Kitty Garden

27 February 2015

Mexico's Missing Ayotzinapa Students, Day 137

The Ayotzinapa case is no longer just about the pain of the victims and calls to end to violence; it's now also about exasperation with the authorities.

1 June 2014

The Rise of Podemos, Spain's “We Can” Citizen Party

The party represents the coming of age of the protests and new ideas that have occupied the streets of Spain in recent years.

3 March 2014

Nine Questions for Carola Cintrón Moscoso, or Why “Silence Doesn't Exist”

"In everyday life, we often don't let ourselves walk, contemplate, and much less listen," says the artist Carola Cintrón Moscoso.

20 February 2014

Venezuelan Beauty Queen Dies from Gunshot Wound Received During Protests

Genesis Carmona died of a gunshot wound to the head. She is the latest casualty in the ongoing demonstrations taking place in the country.

19 February 2014

PHOTOS: Venezuelans Abroad Show Support for Protests

Venezuelans living abroad have organised demonstrations to support ongoing protests in their home country. Images are published on social networks with the tags #iamyourvoicevenezuela #SOSVenezuela and #PrayForVenezuela, among others.

27 January 2014

Nine Questions for Arien Chang Castán, a Photographer from Havana

"This damned Havana is a double-edged sword, which I thank for who I am and what I do," says Arien Chang Castán.

12 December 2013

Romantic Love vs. Gender Equality: An Interview with Coral Herrera

Coral Herrera is a blogger and an expert in gender relations, specifically regarding the construction of romantic love. Author Laura Vidal interviews Herrera for this two part series.

9 December 2013

“Where the Sea Breathes”: A Letter from Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera

Oscar López Rivera has been imprisoned in the United States for 32 years. In this letter to his his granddaughter Karina he remembers the sea.

6 December 2013

Ecuadorian Government Shuts Down Environmental NGO Pachamama

The Ecuadorian government ordered the closure of the NGO Fundación Pachamama, dedicated to the defense of Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, alleging that the it was "affecting the public peace".

27 October 2013

Venezuela Creates a ‘Vice Ministry of Supreme Happiness’

The Vice Ministry's objective is to coordinate more than 30 social missions. On Twitter the reaction to this measure has been a mixture of scepticism, mockery and sarcasm.

10 October 2013

A Call to Rekindle Immigration Reform Amidst United States Government Shutdown

The shutdown of government operations that began on the 1st of October has displaced discussion on immigration reform.

22 February 2013

Ecuador's Political Future After Correa's Reelection

On February 17 Rafael Correa was re-elected as the president of Ecuador. According to the quick count, the ruling party also obtained at least 96 of the 137 seats in...

26 July 2012

Brazil: Deported Activist Returns to Denounce Mining Company Vale

Jeremias Vunjanhe, a Mozambican journalist and activist, was prevented from entering Brazil during Rio+20. After civil society movements and organisations mobilised, Jeremias returned to the country to denounce the actions...

13 July 2012

Spain: Supporting the Miners: “Yes, Yes, They Do Represent Us!”

Thousands joined in and showed their support for Spanish miners when they arrived in Madrid after walking 400 kilometres from the north of Spain. The miners were surprised at the...

7 February 2012

Peru: Following the Great Water March

It has been seven days since the Great Water March set off, on February 1, from the heights of Celendín, Cajamarca, where the lakes threatened by the Conga mining project...

25 October 2011

Mexico: President Signs Law Two Years After Daycare Centre Fire

On June 5, 2009, a fire in a daycare centre claimed the lives of 49 children and left 76 injured. The childrens' parents campaigned for a bill to improve the...

22 May 2011

Peru: Fear in the Election Campaign

Almost 20 days before the date set for the second round of the presidential elections, the electoral campaign has begun to include more than just kissing babies and smiling for...

9 April 2011

Mexico: March Against Violence or Against the Government?

Thousands of Mexicans - not only in their own country, but also in various cities around the world - conducted simultaneous protests on April 6, 2011. Some took part to...

1 April 2011

Argentina: Reactions and Analysis of Blockade of Newspapers Clarín and La Nación

On Sunday the 27th of March, Argentina awoke to some big news: The daily Clarín could not distribute their newspapers in Buenos Aires due to a blockade at their printing...

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