Posts By: Roque Planas

Latin American Indigenous Language Speakers Face Communication Obstacles In New York City

NEW YORK – When she was six years old, Reina Carranza traveled to the city of Tlapa, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, from her home on the urban periphery. […] Read More >

Ollanta Humala Proposes A Nationalist Program As A Response To Globalization

NEW YORK – Nationalism offers Peru the best way of accommodating itself to an increasingly globalized world, presidential candidate for the Peruvian Nationalist Party Ollanta Humala said Thursday. Speaking at […] Read More >

Chilean President Piñera Lays Out Plan To Defeat Underdevelopment

NEW YORK — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera laid out an ambitious economic program to bring his country into the ranks of developed nations in a speech on Wednesday. Piñera’s plan, […] Read More >

“Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook” Traces The City’s Latin History

NEW YORK — In 1934, the classic tango artist Carlos Gardel premiered his film “Cuesta Abajo” in the Campo Amor theater in Harlem, before an audience of 3,000 – a […] Read More >

Cuban Musician Cachao Featured On PBS “American Masters” Series

Israel López, better known as “Cachao,” revolutionized Cuban music. A master of danzón, a slow style of Cuban dance music, Cachao — along with his brother Orestes on piano — […] Read More >

Afro-Colombian Community Faces Eviction To Make Way For Gold Exploration

An Afro-descendant community in northern Colombia is in danger of being displaced to make way for gold exploration, according to reports from Washington-based advocacy organizations. The community at La Toma, […] Read More >

Araguaia Case May Challenge Brazilian Amnesty Law

RIO DE JANEIRO – When Brazil’s highest court upheld a controversial amnesty law preventing trial and punishment for political crimes committed during the military dictatorship in April, it appeared that […] Read More >

Amnesty International Asks Peru To Drop Charges Against Indigenous Leader Alberto Pizango

Human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) called upon the Peruvian authorities to drop charges against indigenous leader Alberto Pizango on Friday. The Peruvian government has accused Pizango of rebellion, sedition, […] Read More >

Jamaicans Speak About Violence During Attempts To Arrest Alleged Drug Lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke

This video, “Tivoli Speaks,” offers a chance to hear the perspectives of the Jamaicans caught in the crossfire between government forces and alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke over the […] Read More >

Drug Violence Drops In Rio de Janeiro As New Policing Techniques Introduced

RIO DE JANEIRO – Police are making strides toward controling Rio de Janeiro’s notorious drug violence, using new approaches that emphasize community policing, a panel of experts said Monday. The […] Read More >