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MANAGUA, Nicaragua — On Friday, supporters of Nicaragua’s ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional gathered in Managua to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the repliegue táctico a Masaya (“tactical retreat to Masaya,” in English). Hundreds piled into buses flying Sandinista flags to make the traditional journey to the nearby city of Masaya, while others made…

Suspended President Dilma Rousseff and her former Chief of Staff Jacques Wagner look out towards Brasília's Monumental Axis from Planalto Palace on Wednesday. (Image: Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil)

BRASÍLIA — The Brazilian Senate voted to approve an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday morning, following a marathon session that began on Wednesday and lasted nearly 22 hours. The Senate’s vote draws months of political dealing and sudden twists to a close. Rousseff is now forced to step down for up to…

Vanisa Machado, 42, attended the march on Sunday. "I want Brazil to get back on track," she said.

BRASÍLIA, Brazil — On one side, the geeky, understated Brazilian judge overseeing the so-called Operation Carwash investigation into a massive kickback scheme at oil giant Petrobras. On the other, a pro-gun, anti-LGBT congressman who once told a female colleague that she was not worthy of getting raped by him. Sunday’s nationwide demonstrations solidified Judge Sergio…

Young migrants from Central America gather every Saturday to play soccer in the Bronx. (Image: Katie Schlechter)

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the second in a two-part series. NEW YORK — On artificial turf at the foot of Yankee Stadium, some 40 teenage boys kick soccer balls on a Saturday afternoon, laughing and yelling to each other in Spanish. On the sidelines, later…

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in  DeKalb County, Georgia. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Gulbenk, CC BY-SA 3.0)

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the first in a two-part series. NEW YORK — Congregating on benches in a downtown Manhattan courtroom, children and their guardians listen to a young woman who stands in front of them talking in Spanish. The speaker, Marielos Ramos, is not…

A protest against police violence and racism in Rio de Janeiro.

RIO DE JANEIRO — After celebrating 16-year-old Roberto de Souza Penha’s first paycheck on a late November night, Souza and his four friends were shot to death in their car while passing a military police patrol in Rio de Janeiro. As the black youth were driving back home, police allegedly fired on their car over…

Julián Bedoya, the mayor of the town of Toro, who was Colombia's first openly gay candidate for political office. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

The past few weeks have been incredibly important for Colombia’s LGBT community. Last month, the country’s first openly gay candidate for political office was elected mayor in the southern city of Toro. Then, last Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that adoption agencies can not discriminate against LGBT couples. These events come during a time of…