• Colombia no longer on human rights ‘blacklist’

    By Johnny Crisp Colombia Reports The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) yesterday ratified its 2012 decision to remove Colombia from its human rights "black list." This is the first time in over a decade that Colombia has not been included in Chapter IV of the report, which is known as the...

  • New report reveals Latin American citizens not shy about taking to the streets to demand better quality of life

    LatinaLista — A good hint at how civically involved undocumented immigrants from Latin America will be in US politics once they gain citizenship can be found in a new United Nations' report Understanding Social Conflict in Latin America. In 2011, in EL Alto, Bolivia, residents protested against the...

  • Gallup poll finds Venezuelans torn between loyalty for Chavez and reality of the state of the country

    LatinaLista — Though the former president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, enjoyed high approval ratings before his recent death, many Venezuelans feel he left the country in worst shape than ever, according to a new Gallup Poll. His legacy and its effect on Sunday's elections were the premise of Gallup's special report on...

  • Peru hosts the world’s only choreographed race where no one cares about winning

    LatinaLista — Two of the most popular activities for women — dancing and running — have been combined in an unique event in Lima, Peru dubbed the 2K Evolution. Participants dance their way to the finish line of world's first choreographed race in Lima, Peru. Sponsored by KOTEX,...

  • Plagued by Crime, Mexico Creates New Police Force

    By Shannon O'Neil Latintelligence Members of the federal police participate in a ceremony to mark Federal Police Day in Mexico City June 2, 2011 (Jorge Lopez/Courtesy Reuters). Since entering Los Pinos last year, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has wasted no time in pushing some of Mexico’s most-needed...

  • Texas Latino theater director travels to Cuba and discovers how local artists ‘speak’ from the stage

    By Alain Castillo LatinaLista Despite equipment challenges and political oppression, Cuban theatre artists are producing great work and showing their solid commitment to the craft by staging productions using the most basic of equipment and shining an even brighter spotlight on themselves and their plays by criticizing their own society, says David...

  • The real Peruvian miracle foods

    By Diego M. Ortiz Peru This Week Kiwicha is eaten by NASA's astronauts and has been grown in space since 1985. (photo: Wikimedia) Earlier this week, in our annual April Fool’s Day newsletter, we told you about a miracle plant from the Amazon that helped you to easily...

  • Latina UC Berkeley professor lends her voice to Guatemala’s indigenous in genocide trial of former dictator

    LatinaLista — UC Berkeley anthropologist and professor, Beatriz Manz, is spending her Spring Break south of the border but it's not for fun in the sun. Rather, it's to provide testimony in a court case that is riveting international human rights watchers. Over 200,000 Guatemalans were killed or...

  • Guatemalan gallery doubles as research center sharing the history of the country’s art from la Conquista to the present

    By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista It’s not just technology that has changed since El Attico first opened its doors in Guatemala in April 1988. Back then it was an antique shop that doubled as an art gallery, now it’s an art gallery that doubles as a research center. Interior...

  • The Other Honduras: Garifuna Culture on the North Coast

    By Jody Paterson Honduras Weekly It's crazy-hot in the little casita where Garifuna women cook. It’s even hotter over by the wood cooking stove, where they grill ground yucca into the giant wafer-like tortas that are a mainstay of the Garifuna diet. Mirna Ruiz is chief cook and president of the Binadu...

  • Mexican journalists create Change.org petition to ask new government for help in protecting them from cartel violence

    LatinaLista — One of the deadliest occupations in Mexico is that of a journalist. Translated: Stop the deaths of journalists Journalists and media outlets have been under constant mortal attack by drug cartels and corrupt public officials who don't like the truth exposed. The country is routinely ranked...

  • Cleaning up Lima’s air — The most polluted in all of South America

    By Diego M. Ortiz Peru This Week A typical intersection in Lima. (photo: Andina) Lima is a beautiful city, there’s no denying that fact. It’s got a vibrant day-to-day life comparable to any metropolitan capital in the world. From the hills of Cieneguilla to beaches of Costa Verde,...

  • Ana Bella Estévez pioneers a new approach in Spain and Latin America to combat domestic violence

    LatinaLista — It is reported that 10 percent of Spain's women are victims of domestic violence. Ana Bella Estévez was part of that sad statistic after suffering physical and emotional abuse from her husband for 11 years until she finally fled her home with her four children. When she left, Anna Bella...

  • Colombia celebrates Holy Week

    By Hannah Mead Colombia Reports For Colombia's predominantly Catholic population, the Holy Week is the most important celebration of the year and many processions and religious ceremonies take place all over the country. While some of us associate this time of year with chocolate eggs and the Easter bunny, holy week is...

  • Young Women Make Political Demands in Mexico’s Biennial Lesbian March

    By Mayela Sanchez Global Press Institute Lucía, a 21-year-old lesbian from France, bares her breasts and torso as a way of expressing her right to decide. (Photo: Mayela Sanchez) Young women accounted for the majority of participants in the sixth lesbian march in Mexico City last weekend. As...

  • In Central America, Community-Minded Libraries Become Community Funded

    By Carol A. Erickson American Libraries Report on Guatemala and Honduras libraries The homicide rate in Honduras is among the highest in the world. Decades of corruption have gnawed through government and police forces from top to bottom. Trafficking of cocaine and drugs — destined north to Mexico and the United States...

  • Dramatic Reduction in Homicides in El Salvador—David Munguía Payés Answers Critics

    By Frederick B. Mills Council on Hemispheric Affairs On March 15, 2013, the Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security, David Munguía Payés, held a conversatorio (conversation) with a group of Salvadoran community leaders at the Salvadoran embassy in Washington, D.C. Hooded gang members carry sacks with weapons...

  • She may not win her country’s presidential elections, but Rigoberta Menchú still considers herself a winner

    By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista When a former coffee-picker stepped forward to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, a light was momentarily cast upon the plight of indigenous people throughout the world. During a run for president of Guatemala, Rigoberta Menchu joined her fellow candidates on stage. Guatemalan-born...

  • Panama scores goals against youth violence

    By María Gabriela Córdova InfoSur Hoy About 150,000 children from throughout Panama have taken part in the Neighborhood World Cup soccer tournament since 2001. PANAMA CITY, Panama – Héctor Brands is using an unorthodox method to fight violence: soccer. Brands, the founder and director of the NGO Movimiento Nueva Generación (Movement for...

  • Guatemalan solar company defines new generation of utility companies striving to help those without

    By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista For the past three weeks Juan Rodriguez has been living in complete darkness. Not because he can’t afford to pay his electricity bill, but because this CEO is refusing to turn his lights back on until he has raised $50,000 for hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans who do...

  • Social Impact Theater Enables Mexican Women to Confront Gender-Based Violence

    By Mayela Sanchez Global Press Institute This week, a play debuted in Mexico City that enables victims of gender-based violence to face their fears and insecurities while informing the audience about the diverse forms that violence can take in society. Three out of five women have suffered some form of violence in...

  • Spain: First Step towards EuroVegas Madrid

    By Leslie J. López LatinaLista SPAIN — "We are negotiating strongly with banks, but the details will be known after the location is decided. The project will be a continuation of our resort in Macau" said Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The American tycoon...

  • Mexico: The dramatic downfall of “La Maestra”

    The Mexpatriate The notorious leader of Mexico’s National Teachers Union, Elba Esther Gordillo, was arrested at the Toluca airport on Tuesday afternoon (after disembarking from her private jet) and charged with embezzlement of union funds amounting to more than $200 million dollars. “La Maestra” has long been a publicly reviled symbol of...

  • Colombia: Artists targeted for death in Medellín

    By Jhon Capa Infosurhoy.com The murder of 10 rappers since 2007 in Comuna 13 has not silenced the musicians who serve as the community’s social activists. MEDELLÍN, Colombia – When a bullet silences an artist in Medellín’s Comuna 13, the sound of the gun is never louder than the echo of his...

  • An open letter from an American expat asking for help for her Mexican neighbor

    LatinaLista — Dr. Jacqueline Mackenzie is a Latina Lista contributor who shares her stories of what it's like for an American living in a small town in Guanajuato, Mexico. This morning, she sent the following email. My Dear Amigos Reading Latina Lista, As an occasional writer for your magazine, you know that...