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Taxis promote literacy in Latin America

Taxis promote literacy in Latin America

By Daniela Oliveira The Bibliotaxi cultural project, which offers free books to passengers in 25 Brazilian cities, has now spread to Chile, Colombia and Peru and is going digital. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Is traffic backed up? Read a book. Launched in 2011 in São Paulo, the Bibliotaxi project now offers books to


Software predicts how contact will change indigenous people

By Bjorn Carey-Stanford University Futurity A new computer model is able to predict how outside forces like modern technology will affect the sustainability of indigenous peoples in the Amazon and elsewhere. Modern culture and technology have infiltrated all but the very most isolated places on Earth, changing forever how the people in those areas interact


The children who sued Guatemala — and won, but are still hungry

By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista The mountainous town of Camotán, in Eastern Guatemala, is synonymous with hunger: 89 percent of the municipality’s population lives in poverty, water resources are scarce and infant mortality is the highest in the country. In November 2011, a local NGO called Nuevo Día launched a lawsuit on behalf of five children


On the the 5th Anniversary of the Bagua Massacre in Peru, Leaked Cables Reveal U.S. Role

By Public Citizen Cultural Survival Washington, DC – On the fifth anniversary of a deadly confrontation in Peru spurred by controversial policies enacted to comply with the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Amazon Watch and Public Citizen expressed extreme concern over recently revealed U.S. diplomatic cables showing the U.S. government’s role in the violence that


Study: Immigrant Parents Read With Children Less

By Katherine Leal Unmuth Latino Ed Beat A new study by researchers from Stanford University finds that “book sharing” is less prevalent in immigrant families, most significantly among Hispanic and Asian families. Book sharing was defined who read or share picture books with young children. The findings were based on data from the California Health


Guest Voz: Priest shares insights of visit with Central American migrant children transferred to AZ border patrol station

LatinaLista Editor’s Note: Fr. Sean Carroll is the executive director of the Nogales, AZ-based Kino Border Initiative, a binational apostolic initiative and migration advocacy organization with offices in both Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. This week, Fr. Sean was invited to tour the Nogales Border Patrol station where some of the thousands of Central