Tag: Latin America

Breaking Social Boundaries: Innovative Transport for the Poor in Colombia

by Jemma Williams -Australia- The gondola glides smoothly up into the Andean hills on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia, as I peer through its clean glass windows in fascination at the world below. Slums sprawl over rugged green hills, with

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Fundamental Change in Colombia Unlikely with President-elect Santos

by Moira Birss -Colombia/USA- Fulfilling expectations after a solid showing in May’s first round, former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos handily won Colombia’s June 20th presidential run-off election. Though Santos and his contender, Antanas Mockus, the former mayor of the

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Colombia’s Government Wants a Country of Snitches

by Moira Birss – Colombia – The other day I was translating at a meeting between a U.S-based NGO director and a Colombian human rights lawyer. The NGO director remarked how the situation in Colombia reminded him of the story

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Crude: The Real Price of Oil – An Interview with Director Joe Berlinger

by Jessica Mosby – USA – Crude: The Real Price of Oil is outright sickening. Huge crude oil pits dot the landscape, natural waterways are so polluted that drinking the water causes cancer, and Ecuador’s indigenous communities’ entire way of

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Colombia’s War: “He’s giving our country away”

by Moira Birss – Colombia – The sparse media coverage of Colombia tends only to give vague descriptions of a violent country with a thriving drug trade. But I’ve come to understand in my 15 months living and working here

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The Women of Brukman: Revolutionary Spirit in the Wake of Argentina’s Economic Meltdown

by Jessica Mosby – USA – – March 8th – Today we celebrate International Women’s Day with our sisters and mothers, aunts and grandmothers, cousins and daughters, and most of all, with our writers, who have become family. On this

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Two Women in South America Are Presidents: Is This a Trend?

by Louise Belfrage News Editor, The WIP – Argentina – There were no people celebrating in the streets of Buenos Aires when Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner won the presidential elections two weeks ago. In fact, the otherwise ear-splittingly noisy city

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Argentina’s Elections: Another First Lady Has an Excellent Chance of Becoming President on Her Own Merits

by Vera von Kreutzbruck – Germany/Argentina – Unless there is a dramatic and highly improbable last-minute shift in the voter polls, the 28th of October will prove historic for Argentina. That day the country is expected to elect a female

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Costa Rica’s Peaceful Environment Has Not Occurred by Chance

by María Suárez Toro – Costa Rica/Puerto Rico – Millions of tourists have visited Costa Rica, affectionately know as “ticolandia,” for decades, attracted to it largely because its protection of both its lush forest and coastal areas means it offers

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Latin America Poses Unique Challenges for the Next US President

by Rocío Ortega Mexico Here in Mexico when we think about the upcoming US Presidential election, we immediately think of immigration, the phenomenon that has been such a source of concern and conflict between our countries for years. The concern

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