Category: Dispatches

Corona Hits the Cocaine Supply Chain

By Linda Farthing and Thomas Grisaffi Among the many myths about the coronavirus, one of the strangest circulated on Twitter is the belief that snorting cocaine could ward off the […] Read More >

The Next Deadly Virus Could Start in the Amazon, Brazilian Scientists Warn

How is an infectious disease born? That is the question that set Joel Henrique Ellwanger on the path of studying emerging diseases in his home country of Brazil. As Ellwanger […] Read More >

Destruction of the Colombian Amazon Continues During Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has reached the Colombian Amazon, which only has two hospitals, with 68 beds and eight ventilators. The virus has already infected 903 people in the region. There […] Read More >

In Argentina, the Next Generation Finds Its Voice

This article is republished from NACLA. BUENOS AIRES—“How scared you are of a girl, you chicken shits,” tweeted Ofelia Fernández the day her trolls took it to a new level. […] Read More >

Latinx Workers Keep New York City Moving

NEW YORK―Immigrants make up the city’s essential workforce, who get up in the morning to work in supermarkets, disinfect subway cars, deliver take-out, and drop off merchandise at bodegas and […] Read More >

White Flags as Guatemalans Grow Hungry

This article is republished from NACLA. GUATEMALA CITY—A drive down 7A Avenida in Guatemala City’s Zone 1 leads to the historic city center. Government-enforced lockdowns due to COVID-19 have rendered […] Read More >

Undocumented Day Laborers Struggle During Coronavirus Crisis

HOUSTON—Be Someone. Everyone from Houston recognizes the iconic graffiti sprayed on the side of a railroad bridge downtown. Houston is a place where people flock to “be someone.” It is […] Read More >

Deaths and Desperation Mount in Ecuador, Epicenter of Coronavirus Pandemic in Latin America

This article was originally publish on The Conversation. By Dennis Altman and Juan Carlos Valarezo. Dead bodies are lying at home and in the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, a city […] Read More >

Guaraní Mbya Win Reprieve From Deforestation

SÃO PAULO—“They just started cutting. We woke up with the sound of the weeping trees,” says Wera Mirim, a Guarani Mbya leader. On January 31st, one of the biggest construction […] Read More >

The Long Shadow of Argentina’s Shale Boom

NEUQUÉN, Argentina— The Vaca Muerta region of Argentina is the promised land of unconventional oil and gas production. But as the shale industry struggles amidst the market crash, the social […] Read More >