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In the face of rising protest, Venezuela’s government has called on the military to squelch dissent. Efecto Eco /Wikimedia

For Venezuela, there may be no happily ever after

Venezuela's opposition has called a 48-hour strike to stop the Maduro government from rewriting the nation’s constitution. But grassroots democracy may not be able to save the Bolivarian Republic.
Women across Latin America took to the streets after a 16-year-old girl was raped and murdered in a coastal town of Argentina in October 2016. Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Latin American women’s problem: we keep getting murdered

The recent violent rape and murder of a 16-year-old Argentinian girl has sparked a region-wide protest movement against sexual violence in Latin America.
Mexico is in the midst of a public debate on gay marriage that has focused on ‘traditional family values’. Carlos Jasso/Reuters

Is Mexico ready for gay marriage?

A proposal last month to legalise gay marriage in Mexico caused widespread protests, defending "Catholic values" and the "traditional family." Deeper analysis reveals flaws in those arguments.
Million Mask March in London November 2015. Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The impersonal politics of the Guy Fawkes mask

Why did a hacktivist collective like Anonymous repurpose the image of Guy Fawkes for its ubiquitous masks? A scholar looks at how a 17th-century English villain became the face of resistance.

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