Tag: Latin America

Building for Real With Digital Blocks

In 2011, Jorgen Hallstrom, a project manager at Swedish Building Services, was redesigning public housing complexes around Stockholm. The buildings were rundown and bleak, the public spaces uninviting. Mr. Hallstrom, like any developer, wanted to get residents’ views. But he knew that very few would come to hear about the project, and those that did […]

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What Trump and Corruption Cost Us

Watching the scandal about Ukraine unfold, I have thought often about my former colleague as a United States ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch. An experienced, thoughtful, and effective senior officer, she had made remarks about corruption that put her in the cross hairs of the Ukrainian government to which she was accredited, and was quickly removed from […]

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Pope Francis May Not Change the World. But He Is Reshaping the Church.

ROME — Pope Francis and his push for openness — toward migrants, Muslims and gay people — may no longer have influence on a global stage where nationalists, populists and the far right dominate the political conversation. But inside the church is another story. In a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, Francis will […]

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The Democratic Candidates Did Nothing to Appeal to Hispanic Voters

Perhaps the most notable feature of the Democratic presidential debate in Houston on Thursday was what the candidates did not say about Latin America, immigration, asylum and border security. This was in stark contrast to the detail with which they addressed health care, education, gun control and the war in Afghanistan. Their silence, half-truths or […]

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A History of Latin America Embodied in ‘Silver, Sword, and Stone’

SILVER, SWORD, AND STONEThree Crucibles in the Latin American StoryBy Marie Arana Toward the end of “Silver, Sword, and Stone,” Marie Arana remarks on the difficulties of arriving at general conclusions about the history of the vast and diverse Latin American continent. It’s a complicated task, and not only because of the size of the […]

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One Handgun, 9 Murders: How American Firearms Cause Carnage Abroad

CLARENDON, Jamaica — She came to Jamaica from the United States about four years ago, sneaking in illegally, stowed away to avoid detection. Within a few short years, she became one of the nation’s most-wanted assassins. She preyed on the parish of Clarendon, carrying out nine confirmed kills, including a double homicide outside a bar, […]

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Argentina’s Likely Next President Is Not a Populist. Don’t Make Him One.

BUENOS AIRES — From a distance, our political story this year seems simple: Good pro-market guy loses, bad guy wins and populism comes back. It is not. Until the final vote in October, Argentina in effect has a virtual president-elect, the opposition candidate Alberto Fernández, and a lame-duck president seeking what has become an unlikely […]

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Shock Corridor

As reports exposing the shockingly brutal conditions at immigrant detention centers have drawn comparisons to ethnic detention compounds under authoritarian regimes, it becomes ever more pressing for the country’s vast immigration bureaucracy to lean on whatever prestige it can muster at the height of the Trump border crackdown. And like everything else connected with this […]

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Her Ex-Boyfriend Killed Her Mother. Will the U.S. Offer a Refuge?

JALAPA, Guatemala — They climbed the terraced hillside in single file, their machetes tapping the stones along the darkened footpath. Gehovany Ramirez, 17, led his brother and another accomplice to his ex-girlfriend’s home. He struck the wooden door with his machete, sending splinters into the air. His girlfriend, Lubia Sasvin Pérez, had left him a […]

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How to Save the Amazon Rain Forest

Throughout the Amazon region, human activities like agricultural production, infrastructure development and logging are leading to alarming levels of deforestation. After impressive advances like the tripling of protected areas in Colombia, we are now seeing backsliding or insufficient improvement throughout the basin. Policies that are sound on paper often succumb to the combination of weak […]

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Trump’s Immigration Measures, Far From New, Follow Europe’s Example

President Trump’s approach to migration might seem unusual, but it follows a model pioneered by the European Union and Australia — though they may not have pursued it with Mr. Trump’s bombast. Like Mr. Trump’s policies, defined by child-filled detention camps and his extraordinary move to ban nearly all asylum claims at the southern border, […]

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At a Latin American Photo Festival, Poetic and Political Imagery

Citlali Fabián’s timeless portraits of her female friends and family members in Oaxaca explore the complexities of indigenous identity amid the effects of colonialism and racism in Mexico. She works slowly and collaboratively, discussing with the women how best to convey their feelings about their roots, while striving to avoid the visual clichés that are […]

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Marta Harnecker and the Death of the Latin American Hard Left

MEXICO CITY — The Chilean sociologist, political scientist and activist Marta Harnecker, one of the most influential Marxist theorists in the Latin American left, died on June 15 at the age of 82. One of her many books, “The Basic Concepts of Historical Materialism,” published in 1969, had far-reaching impact. The condensed, synthetic and accessible […]

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Can Married Priests Help Save the Amazon?

Last week, the New York Times reported that Pope Francis had “open[ed] the door to limited ordination of married men as priests.” Specifically, in trying to meet the pastoral needs of the Pan-Amazon region, including remote communities in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela, the Vatican mentioned in a planning […]

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‘Massive’ Power Failure Hits at Least 2 Latin American Countries

BUENOS AIRES — A widespread power failure early Sunday morning left at least two South American countries — Argentina and Uruguay — entirely without electricity, according to an energy company, while social media users said that parts of Brazil and Uruguay had also been affected. The energy company, Edesur of Argentina, announced on Twitter about […]

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On Migrant Journeys With WhatsApp and Google Translate

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Miriam Jordan, a national immigration correspondent based in Los Angeles, discussed the tech she’s using. What tech tools do you use most on the job? My Lenovo laptop, printer and iPhone are the main tools of my trade. And […]

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Mexico Charges Former Oil Official With Bribery in Anticorruption Drive

MEXICO CITY — The administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico has launched its first major anticorruption prosecution, delivering on a central campaign promise by taking aim at corruption inside the ailing state-owned oil company. Bribery and tax fraud charges have been filed against Emilio Lozoya Austin, the former head of the state-run […]

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