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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

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?

Are these Brazilian islands really the most beautiful place on Earth? — On my first day on Fernando de Noronha, I was grouchy. The journey to the island was exhausting. My partner Meril and I staggered off the third flight in nine hours only to face reams of Brazilian bureaucracy - a conservation fee to pay in one line, registration in another, a park pass to buy across town.

Pushing for change in Brazil’s cesarean-reliant birthing culture — Barbara Saboya was trapped in a bed, hours into labour with her second child last October, when her doctor told her he was booking a cesarean section. She and the fetus were in fine health, but her doctor had plans and didn't feel like waiting for her labour to progress; he said someone else needed the room.

How Bogota’s street artists became an international must-see scene — In a cluttered and dingy studio in an old neighbourhood of Bogota, the artist Vogel is preparing to paint a series of portraits. His subject is the Disappeared - people who have gone missing in Colombia's 60 gruelling years of civil conflict. He paints them from photographs provided by their families; his medium is aerosol-propelled pigment on cement.

Why Colombians don’t believe a deal with the rebels will make a difference — At first, S. ticks them off on her fingers, but she quickly passes 10: the kids from the neighbourhood, the kids from school, all gone. "Of the generation I grew up with, none are left. Five are dead. No, six. And five were recruited by the gangs.

The making of a monster — From the time he was a tiny child, his parents coached him: Use a fake name. Say you are from the west. Lie about your family. If ever the rebels get you, they told him, make sure they don't know where your family is - or none of us will ever be safe again.

Stephanie Nolen on the transformation of South America and a Brazilian politician who garners mixed feelings — The dry-cleaning shop was cramped and loud, with pressing machines hissing out billows of steam, and bales of laundry being tossed from one side to another. I walked into "5 a Sec" while reporting during Brazil's national election in October, and the place made my head spin.

Resettling Colombia: Land restitution a difficult step in the right direction — This month, Maria Caro spent her first night at home in more than 15 years. The last time she was in Las Palmas, back in 1999, heavily armed paramilitary soldiers herded her and all the other women into a square in the middle of town. They shoved men and children into two other plazas.

‘Social urbanism’ experiment breathes new life into Colombia’s Medellin — The transformation of Medellin must rank as the most remarkable urban redemption project in modern history. Two decades ago this city's very name was a one-word synonym for "murderous-drug-and-crime-ridden-Latin-American-hellhole." The drug baron Pablo Escobar ruled from a hilltop fortress, and his henchmen set off bombs in the middle of the city and executed police in their beds.

Brazil’s leader fights tears as report uncovers dictatorship’s legacy of torture — Brazil's normally stern President, Dilma Rousseff, was overcome with emotion Wednesday as the country's National Truth Commission delivered her a damning 2,000-page report on the killings, disappearances and acts of torture committed by government agents during the country's military dictatorship.
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Jan 31, 2015

RT @globeandmail: Suicide? Murder by President's order? Examining the curious death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Jan 31, 2015

RT @StefSimanowitz: French government lauch a powerful video as part of their de-radicalization efforts in wake of #CharlieHebdo killings…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @HayesBrown: Vaccinate your kids "But I believe th-" Fuck you. Vaccinate your kids. "Parents should have a cho-" No. Fuck you. Vaccinate your kids.

Jan 30, 2015

RT @sajahq: Huge final point made by @rabiasquared - #AdnanSyed was married in jail, now divorced but are still in touch. #SAJAserial

Jan 30, 2015

RT @wconnors: So weird. Venezuela uses photo of Miami Herald journo who'd been detained there...for tourism ad.

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