The first thing most people outside of Venezuela know about the country is its former president, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, one of the most charismatic and controversial leaders in the Western Hemisphere in the last one hundred years, whose death in 2013 traumatized the nation.
Art and Culture
Recently, the news about the approval of the construction of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal have caught the attention of news media and people around the world. Concerns about the detrimental environmental consequences of the megaproject are coupled with unease about the socioeconomic impacts to local communities that could result from their direct displacement and from the lost of access to the resources that support their livelihoods.
Last weekend the Golden Globes awards ceremony featured most of Hollywood’s elites and many famous Latinos. Among them were Eva Longoria and America Ferrera. The pair announced the category of best actor in a TV drama but not before they made some sharp quips towards the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, sponsor of the awards ceremony. Earlier in the season The Golden Globes twitter account mistook America Ferrera for Latina actress and star of Jane the Virgin, Gina Rodriguez during the nominations ceremony.
This article focuses on the current shifts in expressions of Cuban national identity by considering the articulations of cubanidad and cubanía in recent films from Cuba’s Muestra joven, a showcase for new filmmakers organised by the state film institute (ICAIC).
At the end of November, a riot resulting in 17 fatalities broke out in a prison in Escuintla, Guatemala.1 The cause of the violence is unknown, but Guatemala’s Deputy Interior Minister Elmer Sosa has said that some of the inmates possessed guns and has stated that possible causes include a conflict between known gang members and other prisoners and a thwarted escape effort.2 Sadly, this violence is not an isolated incident but rather another example of effects