Art featuring the slain Rio politician Marielle Franco, whose 2018 murder remains unsolved.
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The 2018 murder of Rio city councilwoman Marielle Franco inspired record numbers of Black women to get involved in politics. Winning proved harder – but it isn't the only point of their campaigns.
Demonstrators supporting the reform of the Chilean constitution, Santiago, October 25, 2020.
On October 25, Chilean citizens overwhelmingly voted to replace the country's dictator-era constitution. This is an opportunity to look at the process of drafting basic laws around the world.
The Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia. The sheer number of seracs gives the impression that the glacier’s surface is covered in dragon scales.
The parable of the dragons underlines the need to apprehend glacier disappearance in a transdisciplinary way, to create a dialogue between the physical, ecological and philosophical sciences.
Chileans celebrate victory after the referendum, in Santiago, Chile, Oct. 25, 2020.
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After a year of unrest Chileans voted decisively on Oct. 25 to replace their constitution, a relic of the military dictator Pinochet. Civilians, half of them women, will write the new constitution.
‘Chile Decides’ whether to change its military dictatorship-era constitution at a popular referendum on Oct. 25.
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On Oct. 25 Chile will decide whether to replace its dictatorship-era constitution with a new one written wholly by the Chilean people. The vote shows how protests can change the course of a nation.
Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, who passed away on September 30, also known as “Quino” poses with his comic strip character Mafalda.
Through his work, the Argentinian cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado Tejon, known to all as Quino, engaged in pointed social critique on a range of topics that are even more relevant today.
On Isla Hornos, Magellan’s beech trees grow in wind-protected nooks and crannies.
A team of researchers found the southernmost tree and forest on Earth at the extreme tip of South America. Wind limits where trees grow on Isla Hornos and those wind patterns are shifting.
Wuilber Machaca, a quinoa farmer who lives in the Aymara community of Huancarani in Peru’s Puno region.
As the twin crises of climate change and Covid-19 continue to unfold, a traditional crop can help South American communities preserve biodiversity and their heritage.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Guyana’s president, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Sept. 18. Pompeo is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the tiny South American country.
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Tiny Guyana hoped to see unprecedented wealth this year as ExxonMobil's offshore wells began pumping out crude. Instead, it got a pandemic and political strife. Other oil states are struggling, too.
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Latin America now has about 6 million COVID-19 cases – 30% of the global total. But some cities have fared much worse than others, largely due to the quality of government and community responses.
Satere-mawe Indigenous men in face masks paddle the Ariau River in hard-hit Manaus state during the coronavirus pandemic, May 5, 2020.
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The Bolsonaro government cannot simply allow Brazil's out-of-control coronavirus pandemic to decimate its Indigenous population, Brazil's Supreme Court says.
Jair Bolsonaro announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on July 7.
He once called it a 'little flu' – now Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Satere-mawe Indigenous men in face masks paddle the Ariau River, in hard-hit Manaus state, during the coronavirus pandemic, May 5, 2020.
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Indigenous communities were already suffering badly under Bolsonaro. Now, COVID-19 threatens their very survival.
A mass grave in Manaus, Brazil. The country now has the second-most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world.
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While those of us from Australia and New Zealand might be starting to relax as restrictions ease, the pandemic is actually growing at an increasing rate worldwide.
Life is resuming in Uruguay, where some students returned to school in April and the remainder will go back in on June 29.
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Pandemic devastation surrounds it on all sides, but tiny Uruguay has COVID-19 under control – just the latest win for a country that's always stood out.
Protesters in São Paulo declare ‘Black Lives Matter’ at a June 7 protest spurred by both U.S. anti-racist protests and the coronavirus’s heavy toll on black Brazilians.
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In Brazil, black COVID-19 patients are dying at higher rates than white patients. Worse housing quality, working conditions and health care help to explain the pandemic's racially disparate toll.
A Chilean soldier stands guard at a ransacked supermarket in Santiago, October 2019.
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Latin American history shows that sending out troops to quell unrest is a perilous move even in strong democracies. Usually, protesters die. Sometimes, the end result is authoritarianism rule.
A mass grave for COVID-19 victims in Brazil, which has more total cases than anywhere else in Latin America, Manaus, April 2020.
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In a Latin American country hard hit by COVID-19, an agricultural collective is stepping in to help where government won't, mounting an astonishing national pandemic response.
Indigenous Shipibo people using facial masks made of leaves in the province of Uyacali, Peru.
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The lockdown may be a greater worry than the disease itself.
Coffins await burial at the Jardines de Esperanza cemetery in Guayaquil, Ecuador, April 10, 2020.
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Dead bodies left at home and in streets. Quarantined people facing hunger. Political turmoil. Ecuador's coronavirus outbreak is a grim forecast of what may await poorer countries when COVID-19 hits.