These linguistic rebels want to change how to say ‘they’ in Spanish

March 10, 2020

There are around 1,000 members of an Argentinean translators and interpreters guild, and 90 percent of them are not men.  Yet, they say, they have to refer to themselves collectively as male — when using traditional, gendered Spanish pronouns.  So the group, called TEIFEM — Feminist Translators and Interpreters of Argentina — has a few modest […]

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Industrial soy plantations are devouring this endangered South American habitat

October 17, 2019

The Gran Chaco — a landscape of dry tropical forest and savanna grasslands that straddles Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina — doesn’t have the glamorous image of the neighboring Amazon rainforest to the north. Yet it is home to a wealth of biodiversity, including 3,400 plant species, 500 bird species, 150 mammals, 120 reptiles and […]

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Fair trade in Argentina as barter booms

October 24, 2018

Barter is back. As the Argentinian economy implodes in the worst economic crisis since the early 2000s, Argentinians are turning to numerous innovative strategies to survive. The direct exchange of basic goods through barter is one such strategy, but it has evolved quite a bit. Now, the numerous barter fairs that have popped up in […]

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Abortion struggles in Argentina and Uruguay

October 16, 2018

Across the Americas, abortion complicates the separation of church and state, particularly in Argentina and Uruguay, where the church’s moral imperatives clash with national laws. In Argentina, the law is very clear — abortion is legal in certain circumstances when the health of the mother is threatened. Yet broad-based-opposition to this law has coalesced into […]

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Argentina’s cauldrons of unrest

September 25, 2018

The sight of volunteers stirring giant, steaming cauldrons of food is hard to avoid these days in the Argentinian capital. These “ollas” have been installed in visually prominent locations across Buenos Aires as part of the “Hambre No” (No To Hunger) campaign, which activists hope will to draw attention to burgeoning child and adolescent malnutrition […]

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Argentina teacher kidnapped for activism

September 18, 2018

A shocking event in Buenos Aires evokes the specter of Argentina’s former dictatorship. Corina de Bonis, a local teacher, was kidnapped, hooded and beaten by unidentified assailants, and the words “Ollas no” carved on her body. The words refer to an activist movement in Buenos Aires by teachers following a gas explosion in a school […]

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