Tag: Latin America

Anyone Speak K’iche’ or Mam? Immigration Courts Overwhelmed by Indigenous Languages

SAN DIEGO — With Magdalena Lucas Antonio de Pascual and her three children facing deportation, the immigration judge wanted to make sure she understood the charges against her. But even with the help of an interpreter speaking in Q’anjob’al, a Mayan language, Ms. Antonio de Pascual appeared to comprehend little. “What language do you speak?” […]

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Netflix Has Turned Its Back on Latinos

In Netflix’s Cuban-American family sitcom, “One Day at a Time,” Rita Moreno’s punchy one-liners are a complete delight. Justina Machado, who stars as single mom Penelope Alvarez, triggers a sobfest every time she delivers an utterly vulnerable monologue. The series tackles issues from homophobia to colorism with sensitivity and insight, and offers Latinos — members […]

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Everything We Know About the School Shooting in Brazil

A woman lights a candle at the Raul Brazil public school following a shooting earlier today in which ten people died, including the two shooters, in Suzano, São Paulo. Nelson Almeida/Getty Images A version of this article originally appeared on VICE Brazil. On Wednesday, two hooded and masked men opened fire inside the Professor Raul […]

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The Coalition of Despots for Regime Change in Venezuela

In the early 1970s, a handful of Sandinistas were in the mountains of Nicaragua fighting to overthrow the 40-year U.S.-backed, brutal dictatorship of the Somoza family. When a powerful volcanic eruption struck Nicaragua in 1971, Sandinista Omar Cabezas later recounted, they told the peasants whom they encountered that God was punishing them for not getting […]

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The Reality Behind Trump’s Coalition for Regime Change in Venezuela

In the early 1970s, a handful of Sandinistas were in the mountains of Nicaragua fighting to overthrow the 40-year U.S.-backed, brutal dictatorship of the Somoza family. When a powerful volcanic eruption struck Nicaragua in 1971, Sandinista Omar Cabezas later recounted, they told the peasants whom they encountered that God was punishing them for not getting […]

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Latin America Claims to Love Its Mothers. Why Does It Abuse Them?

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Five years ago, a Brazilian woman in labor was detained by police officers and forced to deliver by C-section. The woman, Adelir de Goes, had already had two cesarean sections — an all-too-common procedure in my country — and was hoping to deliver her third child vaginally. But her baby was […]

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For Indigenous and Afro-Colombians, Carnaval Is More Than a Party

A Colombia Carnaval performer coated in fire decorations and carrying a sun staff poses for a portrait. All photos by the author It begins the second Christmas ends. The strings of lights coating nearly every home in Colombia come down and the coastal city of Barranquilla begins its annual metamorphosis into Carnaval. Neon-colored paint and […]

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Books News: ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Is Coming to Netflix

Netflix announced on Wednesday that it had acquired the rights to develop Gabriel García Márquez’s seminal novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” more than 50 years after it was originally published, in 1967. It will be the first time the novel is adapted for the screen. It was not for lack of interest. In a […]

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Venezuelans Tell Us Why They’re Demanding Change In Their Country

All photos by the author. On Friday, February 22, more than 300,000 people descended upon the Colombia-Venezuela border to attend a massive benefit concert in Cúcuta, Colombia, that was organized by British billionaire Richard Branson. The purpose of the concert, dubbed “Venezuela Live Aid,” was to raise awareness about the dire humanitarian crisis in Venezuela […]

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Photos of Young Venezuelans Protesting in Caracas

A version of this article originally appeared on VICE France. This February marks the 20th anniversary of the Bolivarian Revolution that brought Hugo Chávez to power, but no one is celebrating in Venezuela. The country is embroiled in a political crisis: Sitting President Nicolas Maduro, who replaced Chávez in office after his death in 2013, […]

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Felipe González: We Must Not Fail the Venezuelan People

MADRID — Venezuela has been part of my life, both politically and personally, for over four decades. I was a friend of Rómulo Betancourt, the founding father of Venezuelan democracy; of Carlos Andrés Pérez, who governed Venezuela during two terms; and of all the country’s democratically elected presidents. My bond to the country was so […]

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Marco Rubio, Trump’s Shadow Secretary of State

It was not so long ago that Donald Trump and Marco Rubio were bitter enemies. During the 2016 primary, Rubio called Trump a “con man” and suggested that he had wet his pants during a debate. In return, Trump dubbed the Florida senator “Liddle Marco,” questioned the Cuban-American’s citizenship, and mocked his 2013 response to […]

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Don’t sleep on Latin America, game publishers

When mobile app developers consider the next markets, Latin America isn’t often top of mind. After all, if you look at top countries by game revenue, Mexico and Brazil come at 12th and 13th, well behind China, the U.S. and Japan — regions that receive the lion’s share of big developers’ focus. But numbers are […]

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The Interpreter: #MeToo Paradox: Movement Topples the Powerful, Not the Ordinary

When multiple women stepped forward last week to accuse the former Costa Rican president, Óscar Arias Sánchez, of sexual misconduct, it highlighted a mystery about #MeToo’s impact in Latin America. How can the movement have become powerful enough to ensnare an ex-president and Nobel laureate, yet have otherwise found so little purchase in a region […]

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MoMA to Close, Then Open Doors to More Expansive View of Art

As the Museum of Modern Art begins the final stage of its $400 million overhaul, it will close for four months this summer and autumn to reconfigure its galleries, rehang the entire collection and rethink the way that the story of modern and contemporary art is presented to the public. The Picassos and van Goghs […]

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Who Supports Which Leader in Venezuela? Why Is This Important?

CARACAS, Venezuela — The world is increasingly taking sides on who should be the rightful leader of Venezuela. On one side is President Nicolás Maduro, whose socialist government is seen as increasingly corrupt, inept and repressive. On the other is the opposition led by Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old National Assembly leader who declared himself interim […]

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Acquihiring in Latin America: An untapped opportunity

Acquihiring is a common practice in Silicon Valley as a way for large tech companies to hire talented teams with a proven track record. Unlike an acquisition, where the purpose is to purchase a company for its product or service, an acquihire is about gaining talent. Facebook and Google made them popular in the early 2010s, […]

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The Crisis in Venezuela Was Years in the Making. Here’s How It Happened.

In 24 hours, a 35-year-old Venezuelan opposition leader declared himself the country’s president, the United States recognized him as the legitimate head of state, and President Nicolás Maduro ordered American diplomats out of the country. The crisis is years in the making, and our reporters have covered it throughout (despite, in one case, being kicked […]

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Early adopters show blockchain’s big potential for Latin America

There’s a reason Venezuela’s oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, hasn’t been heralded by most experts as the solution to the country’s rampant inflation and political crisis. The Petro, by most accounts, isn’t backed by oil reserves – in actuality it’s backed only by a discredited government’s promise, launched in a region that has an unfortunate history […]

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