Latin America

  • 10:59am Jun 22, 2013
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    Brazil Protests Continue

    Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Brazil Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota about the mass protests taking place in that country over corruption and the rising cost of living.
  • Enrique Lima is a co-founder of Publish 88, a Mexican startup that develops software for publishing companies.
    Mónica Ortiz Uribe for NPR
    6:18pm Jun 18, 2013
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    Mexico's Tech Startups Look To Overcome Barriers To Growth

    In the past decade, Mexico's tech industry has flourished, growing three times faster than the global average. Most of that growth has been fueled by demand from the United States. But as Mexico's startups strive to make it in foreign markets, they say they need more engineers and ways to finance their growth.
  • The small, hillside community of Babilonia, situated above the Leme and Copacabana neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro, has ocean views.
    Lianne Milton for NPR
    5:38pm Jun 10, 2013
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    Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification

    First came the day trips for foreigner tourists to the shantytowns. Now, young Westerners are living in formerly no-go areas — with yoga classes and sushi restaurants following. Business is booming in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, but some residents complain they're being priced out of the market.
  • 1:16pm Jun 10, 2013

    Extortion Common For Latin American Businesses

    High crime rates are holding back economic development in Latin America. One element of the crime is extortion, which cuts into the bottom line for local businesses and ordinary citizens.
  • 9:36am May 30, 2013
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    Years Of Combat Experience, And Just Turning 20

    Colombia's FARC rebels are engaged in peace talks with the government, but the group is also stepping up recruitment of child soldiers. Thousands of children may have become rebels in recent years, and efforts are underway to rehabilitate some of them.
  • Cassia Mendes, who has worked as a housekeeper for more than 20 years, cleans a house in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Feb. 19, 2012. Brazil enacted on April 2 a constitutional amendment to grant domestic workers health insurance and other benefits.
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    4:57pm May 27, 2013
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    'We Are Not Valued': Brazil's Domestic Workers Seek Rights

    Brazil has more household workers per capita than any other country. A new law in the South American nation expanded the rights of domestic workers. But despite the law being on the books now for almost two months, there is still a long way to go in changing the social dynamic in Brazil.
  • 2:04pm May 20, 2013
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    Life In Argentina's 'Little School' Prison Camp

    During Argentina's so-called Dirty War, thousands were abducted and taken to secret prisons like a place known as "the little school," where many were tortured and killed. Guest host Jennifer Ludden talks to a former prisoner, Alicia Partnoy, about her disappearance and her time there.
  • Abimael Martinez, who was deported from Riverside, Calif., sits next to the hole he dug to live in beneath the banks of Tijuana's fetid river canal.
    Amy Isackson for NPR
    7:15pm May 14, 2013
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    Living On The Border, Driven — Literally — Underground

    After living underground in the United States — figuratively speaking — some undocumented immigrants deported to the Mexican border city of Tijuana have been driven — quite literally — underground. They're living in holes along Tijuana's fetid sewage canal for protection against police.
  • 7:23pm May 10, 2013
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    Former Guatemalan Dictator Found Guilty Of Genocide

    The genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt ended Friday with a conviction. A panel of judges found him guilty after a six-week proceeding. Rios Montt, however, denies responsibility for massacres and other crimes committed against Mayans during his 1982-1983 rule.