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Latin America

Ecuador. Radio Sucumbíos, at the service of the people.

Nueva Loja is located in the centre of Sucumbíos, in the Amazon forest and is one of the most important cities in the north – east of Ecuador. Its importance derives from the oil-drilling industry. For twenty five years, Radio Sucumbíos has been the voice of the local communities in defense of the environment and…

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Guatemala. The Mayan noble art of weaving

The textiles of Guatemala are known throughout the world. Among their vivid colours, that of the ixacaco cotton stands out since pre-Hispanic times for its simplicity and meaning. The Maya believed in the cosmic energy of the ixcaco cotton (Gossypium Mexicanum), also called coyuchi or coyuscate. Since time immemorial, the Guatemalan indigenous people of different…

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2017. A year of presidential elections in Latin America.

Presidential elections will be held in Ecuador, Chile and Honduras. Results will shed more light on the future of the region. The 2017 electoral calendar also includes the parliamentary elections in Argentina, the jurisdictional ones in Bolivia, and the polls to be held in four Mexican States. In 2018 the entire Latin America political situation…

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Nicaragua. Ometepe Island. Between ancient legends and biodiversity.

Formed by two green volcanoes; sanctuary of flora and fauna species. Ometepe is the largest fresh water lake island in the world. The tranquil atmosphere and pre-Columbian mystique continue to make it one of the interesting places in the Americas. From the top deck of the old ferry coming from San Jorge (Rivas) on the…

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Mexico. The Tlaxcala Carnival. A colourful feast

Carnival in the state of Tlaxcala, in central Mexico, includes different dances whose names and themes vary from one town to another. Each town has its own particular characteristic. However, there is a general sequence of events common to all towns: each troupe of dancers, all of them in costume, meets at the organizer’s house.…

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Bolivia. The visible and invisible shoeshiners

They cover their face behind balaclavas. Greasy hands and heads bowed. Meeting the shoeshiners in La Paz. Every morning, at 5 o’clock, Paco leaves his home in El Alto, a very poor city on top of La Paz, and reaches the centre of the Bolivian capital after an hour’s travel by bus. He is one…

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Latin America. A grassroots network

Iglesias y Minerías and Repam are two basic ecclesial realities with an eco-theological and ecumenical spirituality which has brought changes for both, the society and the Church in Latin America. Vidalina has interrupted her work, for a few days,  at the basic ecclesial communities in El Salvador to go to Colombia, where the coal mines…

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Mexico. Chichen Itza, the power of time

Surrounded by dense rainforest, the Pyramid of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza is an ancient Maya ceremonial centre on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The history of the architectural complex, whose name means ‘at the mouth of the Itza well’, inspires a sense of wonder worthy…

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Nicaragua. Elections: The great ‘Farce’

President Daniel Ortega, wins the presidential elections for the third consecutive time. Without opposition, and alongside him his wife Rosario Murillo. A foregone victory. Low turnout. Criticism from the Catholic Church. Ruben Dario Square, dedicated to the great Nicaraguan writer, one o’clock in the afternoon, a few minutes after the electoral council has announced the…

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Mexico. The Sacred Mountain.

As time pass and cultures evolved, our appreciation to great achievements is enhance with the remaining few that best describes the people or culture that made them. One such achievement is Monte Alban, once the ceremonial capital of Mexico’s Zapotecs who laboured and toiled to create an Olympus in honour of their gods, priests and…

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Mexico. Sowiki, a drink for life.

The Tarahumara people, who call themselves the Rarámuri, are one of the ethnic groups that inhabit the Sierra Tarahumara in the State of Chihuahua in northern Mexico. This group keeps traditions alive through celebrations and in particular through a drink. The Raramuri people have settled down for almost a thousand years in a region  among…

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Colombia. A leap into uncertainty.

The victory of the ‘No’ vote leaves Colombia in limbo. The country has no Plan B after voters rejected the peace deal with FARC rebels. On what basis can the deal be revised? A new unimaginable scenario. Two weeks before the referendum, the national and foreign press (300 journalists) were called to cover the conference…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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