This month, Bear and our friend Juliana Barbassa, author of Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink, are embarking on a trip to Rondônia and Mato Grosso, in northwestern Brazil. They'll be working together on stories about the longer term impacts of the Interoceanic Highway. Stay tuned to this page, to Twitter and Instagram for updates from the road.
With one of the highest murder rates in the world — an average of 15 homicides a day — El Salvador has long had a reputation for violence. Back in the 1980s, the country was ravaged by a civil war and displacement. Today, it’s a hotspot for criminal gangs. But amidst all of this, there is a region in the northwestern part of the country where a cluster of towns report almost no homicides, year after year. It's called Chalatenango. Reported in conjunction with Jimmy Alvarado from El Faro, with support from Round Earth Media.
Listen to the radio feature here.
Read the print feature on The Christian Science Monitor here.
We're always trying to make the case for more thoughtful, human, and nuanced coverage of Latin America in the international media -- preferably, by Latin Americans. So we were thrilled when Al Jazeera's The Stream announced that they would increase their coverage of the region, and were seeking input from reporters like us. Our discussion led to the need to tell more personal stories about return migration in Ecuador, about race in Brazil, the pro-life movement in Costa Rica, and others.
You may watch the discussion and keep contributing ideas here.