Latin America

This remote Mexican village is arming children to fight violent drug traffickers

February 25, 2020

Besieged by violent drug traffickers, and lacking police or military support from the government, indigenous farmers in Mexico are arming women and young boys to help defend their homes and villages. The strategy has drawn the attention of news media, and Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who said that arming children is “cruel.” But […]

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This new feminist anthem is bringing an anti-rape message around the world

January 16, 2020

The song became a viral phenomenon that has circled the globe — from Chile to Turkey, from Mexico to New York City.  It’s far from a bit of pop confection, however: “The Rapist in Your Path” is a full-throated cri de couer that names the state, the police, and the man on the street as […]

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Don’t go snooping around Mexico’s capital city of sex trafficking

January 9, 2020

In the lurid promotional video, a Fox News reporter and her team are confronted on the streets of Tenancingo, Mexico, by a cluster of local police SUVs. Leave, the police say, or you’re going to get lynched. Sadly, Fox reporter Lara Logan is only the latest of a string of journalists who have been threatened […]

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Coffee bean prices have collapsed, and it’s a humanitarian crisis

November 13, 2019

Small farmers are losing their shirts over the latest coffee-bean bust. Put in hard numbers, that’s about 100 million people — both farmers and their dependents — in 40 countries across the tropics who have seen their incomes cut by two-thirds in this decade. The reduction in coffee-bean prices is due to several factors, including […]

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Poverty makes plastic pollution worse

November 8, 2019

Guatemala City, the impoverished Central American metropolis, has almost no system for managing solid waste. As a result, huge surges of plastic trash wash down the Motagua river to choke the massive Mesoamerican Reef and many Caribbean beaches. Plague of plastic Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans; 90 percent […]

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What’s the problem with Evo Morales?

November 5, 2019

By all accounts, modern Bolivia is an economic and cultural miracle — so what’s all this talk about coups and electoral fraud? The problem is that Evo Morales — a former labor-union leader and Latin America’s first contemporary indigenous president — appears to be behaving like a dictator. Extension denied — and appealed Morales is […]

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