Posts in category "Latin America"

Indigenous People’s Day should replace Columbus Day

Indigenous People’s Day should replace Columbus Day
We should not celebrate a man who brought genocide and the destruction of native peoples. Christopher Columbus did not “discover” the Americas as people were living and thriving before he arrived. Many local governments from Seattle to Minneapolis and Berkeley have stopped celebrating Columbus Day and instead celebrate indigenous people or Native Americans. The United... Read more »

Gabriel García Márquez's words live on

Gabriel García Márquez's words live on
[View the story "Adíos a Gabriel García Márquez: his words live on" on Storify]

Al Jazeera America doc examines immigration debate

Al Jazeera America has made an intriguing new documentary series, “Borderland,” that tries to put Americans in the shoes of immigrants. The documentary follows six Americans who retrace the steps of undocumented immigrants who died while attempting to cross the border into the U.S. In this trailer, Alex, a liberal artist from New York, and... Read more »
Advertisement:

Why we should care about Venezuela

Why we should care about Venezuela
There are protests going on in Venezuela, largely led by middle class students, and the situation is unstable. Under current leftist President, Nicolas Maduro, the country has become divided. Here are five reasons why Americans should care about this country, whose former president Hugo Chavez died last spring. 1) At least 13 people have been... Read more »

Latin Americans break ice at Sochi

Latin Americans break ice at Sochi
You may have heard about the Mexican skier of German royalty at the Sochi Olympics. I wrote a blog post about him when he went to the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. But there are other athletes from Latin America competing this year in the winter games. The Andes mountains stretch through South America after... Read more »

Descendants of the Incas work to preserve their culture

Descendants of the Incas work to preserve their culture
Earlier this month, I was in Aguascalientes, or Machu Picchu village, a town set below this Incan wonder of the world. I was having dinner with my husband and seated outside at a restaurant on a narrow uphill street. The next day we would go up to Machu Picchu. You have to hike 2.5 miles... Read more »
Advertisement:

Why daily newspapers thrive in Lima, Peru? No Internet at home.

Why daily newspapers thrive in Lima, Peru? No Internet at home.
One good thing about not having the Internet is that people still buy the newspaper. That is what the director of El Comercio, Peru’s leading newspaper, told students and faculty from Columbia College Chicago when we visited the newsroom earlier this month. Only about 20 percent of households in Peru have Internet at home, said... Read more »

María Elena Moyano: a portrait of courage

María Elena Moyano: a portrait of courage
María Elena Moyano was an activist and a defender of women and the poor in slums of Lima, Peru. She was killed on Feb. 15, 1992 by the Shining Path, a terrorist organization that wanted to destroy the government and cause civil unrest. The story of Moyano is depicted in a 1999 film called “El... Read more »

Finding our way in Lima, Peru

Finding our way in Lima, Peru
I was walking down the street with my husband in the historic center of Lima, Peru. From a bridge we gleaned a view of San Cristobal hill with humble homes made of concrete painted pink, pale blue, yellow and orange. We walked over the heavily guarded bridge located behind the presidential palace to get a... Read more »
Advertisement:

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. works to release prisoners in Cuba and Colombia

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. works to release prisoners in Cuba and Colombia
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is working on diplomacy in Latin America. Jackson was in Cuba over the weekend at the invitation of the Catholic Church, and he also hoped to meet with an American man, Alan Gross, who was imprisoned by the Cuban government, according to Essence. Gross, 64, was sentenced to 15 years... Read more »