Medical marijuana gains ground in South America

Cannabis plants growing in an apartment in the town. [Buenos Aires] Three South American countries have issued policies to regulate cannabis use for medical or recreational purposes. In recent weeks, firm steps have been taken to legalise the controversial plant in the region. This also opens new opportunities for research into its therapeutic and pharmacological properties. But the measures are still...

Zee Mundo arrives in South America

India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises has launched its Spanish-language Bollywood movie channel in South America. Zee Mundo is now carried in Ecuador by cable operator TV Cable, featuring Bollywood action, romance, suspense, drama and comedy films that have been dubbed into Spanish. “Our Latino audiences across the US have shown a huge appreciation for the channel and the content is already very...

Protests sweeping South America show rising antigovernment anger

QUITO, Ecuador — Nearly every nation in South America has been jolted by large protests or violent clashes in recent weeks, a continental surge of anti-government anger unlike anything in years. On the streets of Venezuela, opponents of the left-wing government are squaring off against riot police nearly every day. In Paraguay, angry crowds sacked and firebombed the country’s parliament building...

Phase 2 Zika vaccine trial begins in U.S., Central and South America

Study will evaluate NIH’s experimental DNA vaccine. Vaccinations have begun in a multi-site Phase 2/2b clinical trial testing an experimental DNA vaccine designed to protect against disease caused by Zika infection. The vaccine was developed by government scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAID is leading...

There Are Huge Tunnels in South America Dug By Extinct Giant Sloths

And no one’s sure why they dug them. Deep inside Brazil, there are tunnels large enough for a person to walk through. They are neatly symmetrical—too neat to have been caused by any known geologic process. And they are lined with claw marks. These megatunnels are probably the handiwork of giant ground sloths—humongous „paleoburrows“ that no longer walk the Earth. But tens of thousands...

Looking at Women’s Day in South America

A group of women stood in a drumline, like that of an army, on the Avenida de Mayo as the band leader kept time with her drum sticks. It was International Women’s Day in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 8, and by 5 p.m. the other students in my study abroad program and I found ourselves amidst about 100,000 protesters in what was a cross between a music festival and all out revolutionary...

This Epic Trip Introduces Golfers to 10 Courses in South America and the Caribbean

When discussing the world’s top golf destinations, enthusiasts often mention Scotland, California, or Florida. This October, North Carolina–based Kalos Golf tour company (in partnership with TCS World Travel) will add to the conversation with the Best of South America Golf Tour, a 20-day itinerary that allows golfers to play links located in Barbados, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and the Dominican...

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAS KILLED HUNDREDS OF WOMEN IN SOUTH AMERICA. SINGER SOL PEREYRA IS FIGHTING BACK

Argentinian singer/songwriter Sol Pereyra’s new single, out in time for International Women’s Day, tackles femicide head on. by Rafaella Gunz Between January and October of 2015, 223 women died as a result of gender-based violence in Argentina, according to La Casa del Encuentro. Since 2008, there have been over 2,224 reported cases of femicide in the country. One Argentinean musician has had enough. Singer-songwriter...

Ubisoft is making a ‚Wildlands‘ documentary about the South American drug trade

To tie in with the launch of Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Ubisoft is making a hard-hitting documentary to give greater context to the South American drug trade upon which the game’s fictional Bolivian setting is based. In a press release, Ubisoft provides more insight into the interesting companion doc: „This feature length documentary explores the real-life stories of key figures, who have...

How Islam took root in one of South America’s most violent cities

The Colombian port of Buenaventura is home to a small Muslim community who have successively embraced the Nation of Islam, Sunni and Shia interpretations Blaring salsa music from a neighbouring bar does not perturb Sheik Munir Valencia as he bows in prayer at a family-home-turned-mosque in the poor, violence-racked Colombian city of Buenaventura. His prayers finished, Valencia sheds his brown tunic,...