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Reviving Mayan culture through youth music and dance

Reviving Mayan culture through youth music and dance

By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista GUATEMALA — Juan Jose Ortiz may not look like a drummer, but for the past year the young Guatemalan has played the tortoise shells in a Mayan cultural group in the small indigenous municipality of Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán. It’s almost an hour’s drive off the main road, along a beaten path

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Brazilian Northeast celebrates Carnival the old-fashioned way

By Nelza Oliveira OLINDA, Brazil – Joyfulness and tradition join hands at Carnival street parties in two cities in the Brazilian Northeast: Maragogipe and Olinda. The masks and costumes used in the 19th century highlight the Carnival celebrations in Maragogipe, a city in the state of Bahia in the Recôncavo Baiano region. The celebration’s


Social media spikes human trafficking in Peru over 50 percent

By Rachel Chase Peru This Week Many young women are hooked by traffickers with false promises of legitimate work. Human traffickers are increasingly turning to social media in order to find new victims. According to Peru’s Public Ministry, reports of human trafficking have recently risen by 53%. El Comercio reports that the increase may be

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U.S.-based think tank urges U.S. to respect Venezuela’s sovereignty

By Larry Birns and Lauren Foiles Council on Hemispheric Affairs The general position of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) on the ongoing developments in Venezuela is that Washington has a misguided policy toward the South American country. Moreover, Washington’s Venezuelan policy directly conflicts with the rest of Latin America’s thinking on the subject. This


Brazil: Social program targets youth in pacified favelas to make their dreams come true

By Nelza Oliveira With a US$60 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the government of the state of Rio de Janeiro is promoting social integration for 40,000 young people from pacified favelas. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Student Danielli Teixeira Pedro, 16, is a talented soccer player, but she seemed destined to


Internet abuzz with news of “alien” Peruvian Paracas skulls

By Rachel Chase Peru This Week The strange 3,000-year-old elongated skulls from Paracas have been submitted to genetic analysis— and the results are rather puzzling. The strangely-shaped Paracas skulls, first discovered in 1924 by Peruvian archaeologist Julio C. Tello, have long entranced both archaeology buffs and UFO believers alike. Now, a recent announcement from Paracas