Author: Samantha De Jesus

Suriname’s New President Has A Long Way To Go

On July 13th, Suriname elected opposition leader Chan Santokhi as their new president in an uncontested election, ending the decades-long struggle under Dési Bouterse. Former President Bouterse had previously been in power almost as long as Suriname has been an independent country, beginning his political career while the Dutch still

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Soldiers Implicated in Gang Rape of Indigenous Colombian Girl

On June 23, Colombian Attorney General Francisco Barbosa announced charges against seven soldiers for the gang rape of a 13-year-old indigenous girl. According to Lejandrina Pastor, an advisor to the Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia (ONIC), the girl is a member of the Emberá people, an indigenous group highlighted by

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Statehood Will Not Solve American Colonialism

On May 16th, interim governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, announced that her government would hold a non-binding referendum in November to decide whether the territory should become the 51st state in the United States. Should it be carried out – and there is serious doubt as to whether it can

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Nicaragua Is Likely Hiding The Extent Of Its Coronavirus Loss

According to the New York Times, Nicaragua – famous in recent months for its extremely lax coronavirus response – is now conducting “express burials” and rushed overnight funerals despite the fact that it alleges the lowest death toll in Central America. Pharmacies have allegedly already run out of medicines and

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Latest Journalist Killed In Mexico Highlights A Deadly Trend

On 16 May, Mexican journalist Jorge Miguel Armenta Ávalos was shot dead outside of a restaurant in Cajeme, a town in the northern state of Sonora. Killed alongside him, according to Excélsior, were two police bodyguards appointed in response to frequent threats. Martín Mendoza, a crime reporter at El Tiempo

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