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Latin America Correspondent — Globe and Mail
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Latin America Correspondent for Canada's @GlobeandMail, former corro in South Asia and Africa, author of 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa, failed trapeze artist

Why Mona Eltahawy’s provocative new book, Headscarves and Hymens, falls short in its goal to change the Arab world — It's right there on the cover, in that flinchy word "hymen" - a word to make every woman who sees it wince a little, because there is no good context in which anyone talks about hymens. That provocation cues you for what's coming from Mona Eltahawy: There will be provocation, with no apologies.

Baby monkeys, fishing for piranhas: Our family’s Amazon adventure — Here's the thing about piranhas. They are smaller than you might anticipate, if your expectations were formed by horror movies. But they are also really mean-looking: rows of teeth, sullen lower lip jutting out, steely gaze.

No barrier’s too big for Brazilian hair-care pioneer — Midway through lunch with Leila Velez, she mentions that in 2005 she flew to Miami with the leadership team from her hair-care products company for a crucial meeting. They went two days early, she told me, so they could visit Disney World - and I laughed: Brazilians, I have learned, adore Disney.

Shot-in-the-dark video shines light on issue of police abuse in Brazil — Chauan Cezario and his friends came back from the beach on a February Friday night, to Palmeirinha, a Rio favela. The power was out, so they couldn't watch TV and instead goofed around in the dark but crowded street, using one of their cellphones to record a video.

Brazil’s Petrobras scandal widens to include 57 politicians — It began, Pedro Barusco told Brazil's Congress, as a personal sort of thing: He pocketed bribes from the representatives of companies that wanted contracts with Petrobras, the national oil company where he was a senior executive. An envelope of cash here and there. That was back in the 1990s.

Brazilian judge in Eike Batista’s trial caught driving seized Porsche — The trial of disgraced Brazilian ex-billionaire Eike Batista took a turn for the surreal on Tuesday when the Rio tabloid Extra published a photograph of the judge driving a Porsche that was among the luxury goods seized from Mr. Batista after his bankruptcy.

Argentine President set to leave office and a divided nation — It's been a strange couple of weeks in the world of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. She has been accused of conspiring to subvert the course of justice by a special prosecutor, who then turned up dead the day before he was to speak to a congressional committee about his charges.

Brazil's Petrobras CEO is the latest casualty in bribery scandal — The ever-widening bribery scandal at Brazil's parastatal energy giant Petrobras appears to have claimed its highest profile victim yet, with the rumoured ousting of chief executive Maria das Gracas Foster on Tuesday. According to Brazilian media reports, Ms. Foster has been fired and government will confirm her departure imminently.

Prosecutor confirms discovery of arrest warrant for Argentine President — The strange case of the death of Alberto Nisman took another turn on Tuesday, with confirmation that the Argentine prosecutor had drafted an arrest warrant for President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Mr. Nisman was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in his Buenos Aires apartment on Jan.

Theories over death of Alberto Nisman stir dark memories in Argentina — Two weeks after a special prosecutor was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment, Argentines are struggling to understand why. Was it suicide? Did President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner order his murder? Did Hezbollah assassinate him to protect Iran? Or, as the President now suggests, did he die at the hands of rogue spy agency agents?
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Apr 27, 2015

RT @leeflower: The phrase is "speak truth to power," not "lecture people who have been victimized by state violence their entire lives."

Apr 27, 2015

RT @leeflower: Look, I'm a Quaker. I have opinions about violence. You know who needs to hear those opinions? The powerful, not the powerless.

Apr 27, 2015

RT @GrantBrooke: There were 511 tusks in that container. 256 Elephants. It left Kenya on March 24. Who are the directors of the export company?

Apr 27, 2015

@justinCgio after 2 hrs of my furry friend, I would given my eyeteeth for skittish. or maybe a blow gun

Apr 27, 2015

RT @AndrewDFish: @snolen @justinCgio came across this massive slug at TI's southern hemisphere headquarters. Very quiet though.

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