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,...

Hiroya draws musical inspiration from South America to Appalachia

“My father gave me a banjo one day when I was in middle school,” says musician Hiroya Tsukamoto, known simply as Hiroya. “He found it in a thrift shop or something. I didn’t [even] know what it was.” This sort of origin story might be commonly heard around North Carolina. If not given one in infancy, many people end up plucking a banjo for a year at a liberal arts college. But it’s not...

Scientists have traced Ireland’s Great Potato Famine back to South America

Researchers from the US and Norway have finally found the origin of Ireland’s Great Potato Famine, and shown that it actually originated in South America. Scientists have long known that the fungus-like pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, was behind the tragic event, but up until now no one was sure where it came from, or how it made its way to Ireland. After tracing the pathogen’s evolutionary...

Is this the coolest city in South America?

Why go now? A seismic cultural shift in recent years has seen Santiago, the capital of Chile, shake off its reputation as a dull backwater offering little more than a connecting airport to emerge as a vibrant destination in its own right. Distinct creative districts have popped up across the city, along with a sprinkling of boutique hotels, world-class restaurants and a thriving arts and nightlife...

Far Out: Skiing Ice Spikes in the Bolivian Andes

The Photo Annual is on the newsstands, and across the U.S., winter is gearing up. To keep that stoke rolling, we present “Far Out,” a new web series where some of our contributing photographers share their wildest and most remote assignments over the year. Salt Lake, Utah-based photographer Jim Harris has built a portfolio of high-altitude badassery. And with trips to Antarctica, Mongolia and Patagonia...

Peru’s public TV airs first news programme in Quechua

Peru’s public broadcaster, TV Peru, has begun broadcasting its first ever news programme in Quechua, the ancient indigenous language spoken by some eight million people in the Andes. The hour-long programme, entitled Nuqanchik (We), airs on weekdays at 05:30 on radio and TV. All journalists and producers working on the programme are native speakers. Quechua was spoken by the indigenous people...