South America

Mexican Asylum Seekers Included In Controversial ‘Secure Third Country’ Deal

On Monday the 6th of January, the United States’ government released a public email detailing a new ruling that will see those seeking asylum into the U.S. from Mexico sent to Guatemala as part of a controversial ‘secure third country’ deal. This is in addition to deals signed last year […]

Venezuela’s Ruling Socialists Seize Congress

On Sunday the 6th of January, Venezuela’s socialist government installed a new head of Congress, after armed troops blocked opposition legislators from entering parliament, Reuters reports. Troops armed with riot shields blocked opposition leader Juan Guaido from entering parliament for what was expected to be his re-election as head of […]

Venezuelan Opposition Leader Guaidó Blocked From Key National Assembly Vote

On Sunday, pro-government lawmakers in Venezuela announced the swearing-in of a new president of the National Assembly after barring several opposition congressmen, including leader Juan Guaidó, from entering the legislative building. Guaidó is the incumbent National Assembly President and was presumed to win reelection to the position. Instead, he and […]

Argentinian Protests Over New Mining Laws

Over the past week, protests have sprung up in Argentina over a controversial new mining law passed by the government. Titled ‘Law 7722’ and first passed in 2002, the legislation recently added an amendment on December 21st, giving the green light for increased mining in the Mendoza province. The protests […]

Venezuelan Migrants Caught In The Crossfire Of Protests In Colombia

Protests in Colombia have been ongoing for more than two weeks now as calls for the reform or the replacement of President Iván Duque’s right-winged government grow significantly louder each day. This civil unrest first started on November 21st and has been causing a greater amount of risk to the […]

Violence Against Chilean Protestors Intensifies

In October, Chilean student activists fare-evaded on the Santiago Metro as an act of civil disobedience against recently introduced public transport price increases. The increase was 30 Pesos, but for many low-income families—many of whom already spend more than 20% of their income on transport—this 4% increase in ticket prices […]

“The Rapist Is You”: Chilean Women’s Appeal On Institutional Gender Equality

Wearing black blindfolded and red scarfs—almost ten thousand women gathered in front of the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile for an anti-rape flash mob on December 5th. Being accompanied by finger-snapping dance, a viral anthem called “A Rapist in Your Path” triggered worldwide echoes in the next few days. “The […]

Climate Change

Overdue Invitation To Engage In International Climate Change Discourse For Indigenous Peoples

Over the last week, members of the United Nations Framework for Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) assembled to discuss the engagement of Indigenous Peoples and their knowledge in the global fight against climate change. The SBSTA’s 51st session, held in Madrid, Spain, […]

Indigenous Rights In Bolivia: The Aftermath Of Evo Morales’ Forced Resignation

On 10 November, Evo Morales stepped down as president of Bolivia amid overwhelming evidence of election tampering and subsequent protests across the nation. Morales was elected in 2005 as Bolivia’s first indigenous president, a significant fact considering more than 40 percent of the population is indigenous. According to The Guardian, […]

Asking The Big Question: Are Our Countries Really Doing Enough To Stop/Slow Down Climate Change?

For years, climate change was an issue that the majority of politicians around the world did not even acknowledge. It was put on the back burner because of other issues and crises that needed immediate attention. Now, it is a headlining article around the globe as world leaders now scramble […]