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November 8, 2019

Some are worried the UN human rights council is headed down the same track as the now defunct Human Rights Commission. Photo courtesy of UN Photo.

Venezuela was voted onto the United Nations Human Rights Council on 17 October 2019 by the 74th UN General Assembly. Venezuela and Brazil were both voted on to the council as members of the group of representatives from Latin American and Caribbean states. The vote was won by a narro...

October 31, 2019

                                           Protest Camp for 43 missing students in Reforma, Mexico City

                                               Photo by Carlos Valenzuela,  Wikimedia Commons

On Septem...

September 25, 2019

Protestors gather on the streets of Buenos Aires via REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Widely regarded as ‘the granary of the world’, Argentina is within the world’s top ten producers for wheat, peanuts, corn, soy, lemons, apples, and pears, amongst others. The country produces enough food for some 440 million people: more than ten times its population figure. How, then, is it possible for several million people in the country to be un...

July 30, 2019

                                                                      Photo by Emanuel Haas on Unsplash

1.     Cuba has two currencies.

These are the CUP (Cuban Peso) and CUC the (Cuban Convertible Peso). Most wages are paid in CUP, while most consumer goods are...

June 9, 2019

Inmigrar desde Honduras, El Salvador, o Guatemala a los Estados Unidos no es una decisión fácil o feliz; es una decisión dolorosa y difícil en la que se deja atrás familia, cultura, violencia, peligro, cariño, y miedo en busca del “sueño americano” que promete una vida mejor para la persona tal vez algún día, con suerte, para su familia también. La inmigración centroamericana a los Estados Unidos sube y baja proporcionalmente...

May 23, 2019

                                                   Slums in Pond-Sonde, Haiti. Source: NBC News

We are living in a world so corrupt that the Global North can exert power, exploit and dominate the Global South. They are able to do this through the means of policies that claim they will ‘develop’ countries,...

May 16, 2019

                                  Man looking for food on the streets of Caracas courtesy of EFE/Miguel Gutiérrez via Al Día News

The deterioration of democracy in Venezuela has recently peaked the international community’s interest for a new reason: the impediment of American free press in Venezuelan territory. On the 25th of February and then, again, o...

April 7, 2019

President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela was quoted recently saying that he is refusing international aid for his country, because he doesn’t want Venezuelans to be 'beggars'. The need for aid was sparked by the current disastrous financial situation of the country.  One study concluded that the annual inflation rate reached 1,300,000% in the 12 months leading up to November 2018. With the GDP falling, lack of medical supplies an...

May 12, 2018

Contrary to what recent headlines suggest, the caravan of migrants from Latin America traveling north is not a brand new event. Though the 2018 group is the largest yet, estimated to consist of above 1,000 individuals, this organized journey has been occurring since 2010, through the organization Pueblo Sin Fronteras. Pueblo Sin Fronteras facilitates group journeys for migrants looking to escape poor conditions in their home s...

March 30, 2018

Surviving in Venezuela has gotten no easier with the turn of the new year.  Venezuela’s political mismanagement of late has produced a human rights crisis in which citizens continue to lack reliable access to basic staples, such as food and medicine. Inflation continues to rise - predictions for the coming year suggest it may hit 13,000%. Venezuelans, facing a dire situation with no signs of speedy improvement, have begun...

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