Society and Politics

A sober assessment of the economic impact on Mexico of the promises and policies of the new US President.
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April 30 marked the 40th anniversary of the foundation in Argentina of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo. Some of them are still searching for their disappeared loved ones.
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Maria Luna, a Dominican American residing in London, speaks to four Latinas in the United States, Scotland and England to find out what it means to be a Latina and how a Latina maintains or compromises her culture when she starts a new life so far away from la patria.
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Police investigations reveal another massive web of corruption involving Brazil's strategic meat industry, inspectors and politicians
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Women are increasingly at the forefront of South America’s fight to defend its indigenous lands and the environment and Patricia Gualinga, an indigenous Kichwa of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon region, is one of them. As Director of Women’s Affairs of the Sarayaku Kichwa and member of the...
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Gwen Burnyeat visits Comuna 13, the Medellín community blighted by guerrilla, militia and state violence during Colombia's civil war and finds that graffiti and urban escalators have achieved a sense of pride and reconciliation. What does the Colombian peace deal mean to the communities that...
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The Tapajós River Basin lies at the heart of the Amazon, and at the heart of an exploding controversy: whether to build 40+ large dams, a railway, and highways, turning the Basin into a vast industrialized commodities export corridor; or to curb this development impulse and conserve one of the most...
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Walk around London and it’s hard to avoid the Spanish vowels swirling around the air. The recent influx of Spaniards and Latin Americans arriving through Spain adds yet another layer to the original Spanish speaking communities. To the English ear, it may all sound the same, but of course, a...
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Recently diagnosed with a complex form of blood cancer, friends of Ruby, a Salvadorian mother of two, have started a campaign to find a bone marrow donor of Salvadorian or Latin American descent to save her life. Elspeth Fuller makes a personal plea to the Latin American community to register as a...
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Artist and revolutionary, Ciro Bustos was a key confident of Che Guevara in his fated attempt to trigger revolution across Latin America, through Argentina and Bolivia. He was wrongly accused of betraying Che, when it is now largely believe to be Fidel himself who informed the secret services as to...
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A flurry of brutal deaths in Brazil's overcrowded prisons has shocked the country.
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David Wright in Lima reports on a scandal that spans three Peruvian presidencies and probably includes the current one...
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The Supreme Court and the Senate found a 'jeitinho' to get around part of their present impasse. But time and their credibility are running out.
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