Americas Now

February 9, 2021

Riding horses helps youngsters stay out of trouble in California

During one of the most racially-divided times in US history – there’s some positive news about race relations coming out of Southern California.  Nowadays, young Black and Hispanic men – rather than fighting each other over gang turf – can sometimes be seen riding on horseback […]

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February 9, 2021

Eduardo Kobra: Expressing his feelings through art

Brazilian artist Carlos Eduardo Fernandes, AKA Kobra, is one of the most recognized muralists in the world. His works are featured in over 17 countries.  His latest work of art is a mural painted in his studio in Sao Paulo, which depicts five children of […]

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January 10, 2021

Costa Rica’s centenarians vs. COVID-19

Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is home to the largest concentration of people over 100 years old in the Americas. A team of psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers are being vigilant to protect them from the pandemic.

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December 10, 2020

COVID-19 aggravating Brazil’s Jails Crisis

As the largest and most inhabited country in South America, Brazil has also the largest population of people in jail. The number of inmates rises so fast, that the prison system can’t properly accommodate them, leading to overcrowding and violence.

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December 10, 2020

COVID-19 Has Hit Undocumented Immigrants Hardest

Among those most severely impacted by Covid-19 in the United States are Hispanic migrants who’ve been losing their jobs in significant numbers  A few months ago just 5% of them were unemployed. Today nearly 20% are out of work.

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December 10, 2020

Profile: Environmentalist Kris Tompkins

After serving at the helm of Patagonia outdoor clothing and helping to establish new standards in corporate responsibility, Kristine Tompkins undertook a bigger challenge: establishing millions of acres of national parks in South America.

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November 10, 2020

The U.S. Government: Controlling protests with Federal Forces

2020 has been a year of demonstrations and political turmoil in the US. The answer from the White House to the protests has been a “law and order” campaign that included the deployment of federal forces. Mike Kirsh went to Kenosha, Wisconsin during an explosive […]

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November 10, 2020

Profile: Craig Fugate, Former FEMA Administrator

Powerful Hurricane Laura struck the U.S. Gulf Coast with catastrophic winds. With ever increasing frequency, major hurricanes are threatening many of the world’s coastal communities. The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June through late November. Having reached the end of the letters of the Roman […]

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November 10, 2020

Brazil’s doctors bracing for the worse

The epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic is now Latin America, where by the end of September 2020, almost 7 million cases have been recorded, and more than 266,000 people have died. Brazil, by far the biggest and most populated country in the region, has seen […]

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October 13, 2020

Capturing COVID-19 Through Latin American Lens

When Latin America became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and countries like Brazil, Peru, Ecuador saw a dramatic rise in the number of cases, a photography collective composed of photographers from across Latin America documented the outbreak in 13 counties across the Americas’ region. […]

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October 13, 2020

Oaxaca Mexico Crippled by COVID-19 and Earthquakes

One of the strongest earthquakes in Mexican history rocked the country in 2020. The epicenter was in the southern state of Oaxaca, an impoverished region where the damage was extensive. The timing couldn’t have been worse, coming in the middle of a pandemic that has […]

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October 13, 2020

Costa Rica: COVID-19 Success Story

The Coronavirus pandemic has left no country unscathed. The World Health Organization describes Latin America as one of the regions hit the hardest. Brazil leads the pack with a record-breaking 5 million cases as of October. Several other countries in the region also suffered greatly. […]

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September 3, 2020

European Languages find a home in Brazil

The first wave of German immigrants disembarked in Brazil almost 200 years ago. They formed colonies and maintained their native dialects and tongues. Maria Valls investigated this cultural heritage before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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September 1, 2020

Dam fears spark protests in Puerto Vallarta

An idyllic spot near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where a mountain river meets the sea has long been loved for its wildlife and natural beauty. But a recent move by a local company to allegedly “dam up” the Los Horcones river sparked outrage and activism that […]

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September 1, 2020

Radio education making a comeback in Colombia during lockdown

In the 1950´s Colombia, education in rural areas faced several challenges including an early dropout rate and a scarcity of teachers. Four decades of armed conflict in remote areas was a factor, but there also was the socio-economic reality that children were leaving school to […]

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September 1, 2020

Homelessness spikes in Florida amid COVID-19 pandemic

Over a half a million people are homeless in the United States, and the problem has plagued Florida.  The state is home to the third-largest homeless community in the nation – and that was before COVID-19. The situation has fueled concerns that the state’s lack […]

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August 31, 2020

Wood figurines feed Amazon forest communities

They may be simple little images of local wildlife from Brazil’s Amazon rainforest but for those who sell them — and for the tourists who buy them — they’re more than just a trinket. These little figurines are helping feed hundreds of families — while […]

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August 2, 2020

Chile struggles to become a hub for robotics and AI in South America

Chile is ahead of other countries in the region when it comes to its technology sector. Lately, it’s focus has turned to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to increase productivity, especially in the job sector.   The initiative has already spawned some fascinating new concepts. But digging deeper, you can notice there are still […]

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August 2, 2020

Humberto de la Calle: Peace Negotiator

Humberto de la Calle is a Colombian lawyer, politician and diplomat, who will be most-remembered for his role as a peace negotiator.  In 2016, Colombia signed a peace agreement with Latin America’s oldest and largest rebel group, the FARC. De la Calle was at the head of the government […]

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August 2, 2020

Mexican National Guard hasn’t stop violence in Mexico 

A year ago, Mexican president Manuel Lopez Obrador promised that military forces, then highly criticized by Human Rights advocates, would leave the streets.   The newly-created National Guard, a sort of alternative to the police and the military, were tasked with the protection of the Mexican people. The goal was to reduced criminality within the first year of its inception. Instead, […]

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August 2, 2020

Venezuelan immigrants are helping fight COVID-19 in Peru 

Well-educated Venezuelans who left the country seeking better opportunities frequently find themselves performing odd jobs to get by. That includes thousands of Venezuelans trained in the medical field.   According to reports, more than 22,000 physicians have left the country in the past five years. […]

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July 12, 2020

Before COVID-19, Jamaica was achieving an economic turnaround

Jamaica was a country that learned about inflation and turned around its economy by using a powerful tool, Music.   But in 2012, Jamaica’s economy was so weak it couldn’t even afford to keep the streetlights on.   For several decades, Jamaica struggled with levels of debt so high that they couldn’t service it without […]

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July 12, 2020

Ex-pats hunkered down in Mexico to ride out COVID-19 pandemic

Lake Chapala, in Mexico’s Jalisco state, used to be a place to go for a quick, seasonal trip in Mexico for thousands of Canadian and European tourists. But many of them fell in love with the beauty and tranquility of the place and decided to stay forever and call it home.    With COVID-19 ending tourism […]

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July 12, 2020

Underfunded Chicago hospital leading the COVID-19 fight

The fight against COVID-19 in the most overwhelmed areas of the United States, put a huge strain on the resources of hospitals in the country’s poorest areas.   Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, was already tending to a community plagued with a myriad of poverty-related diseases, like asthma, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.    The hospital was almost at full capacity before the arrival of COVID-19. The peak of the pandemic found Roseland […]

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