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    Ecuador’s election of the Global South’s first wheelchair-using president can drive vital debate on disability and development

Ecuador’s election of the Global South’s first wheelchair-using president can drive vital debate on disability and development

For the international disability community, Lenín Moreno’s presidency has the potential to cement the future of what disability and development means, not only in Ecuador, but also in other developing countries around the world, write Terhas Clark and Alejandra Carvajal.

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    Mexico’s new General Law on Archives could jeopardise research, journalism, and transparency

Mexico’s new General Law on Archives could jeopardise research, journalism, and transparency

By placing archives under direct control of the executive and creating retroactive rules to define the historical, Mexico’s proposed General Law on Archives could damage academic, journalistic, and popular access to collective memory, writes Alejandro de Coss Corzo.

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    Breaking Bad: recognising the role of masculinities can help prevent gang formation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Breaking Bad: recognising the role of masculinities can help prevent gang formation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Drawing on his research in Trinidad & Tobago, Belize, and Colombia, Adam Baird argues that only by understanding the multiple roles of masculinites in driving gang formation in Latin America and the Caribbean will we stand a chance of tackling chronic urban violence.

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    Giving voice and visibility to victims of sexual violence can drive cultural change in Colombia

Giving voice and visibility to victims of sexual violence can drive cultural change in Colombia

Grassroots initiatives and the UK government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) have the potential to contribute to transformative justice for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence against women, writes Christine Chinkin.

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    The experience of Bolivians in Chile reveals the need for inclusive, human-rights based migration policies

The experience of Bolivians in Chile reveals the need for inclusive, human-rights based migration policies

Bolivians in Chile face discrimination in multiple aspects of their everyday lives, but Chile can avoid the anti-migrant politics on the rise in the US and Europe by taking the lead on inclusive, intercultural, human-rights based migration policies, writes Megan Ryburn.

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    When inmates make the rules: self-governing prisons in Latin America and beyond

When inmates make the rules: self-governing prisons in Latin America and beyond

What happens when a state fails to run its prisons? Prisoners in some Latin American jails establish their own governing bodies to keep order, even setting up extralegal courts of their own. But even in the US, understaffing sees gangs running much of everyday prison life, explain David Skarbek and Courtney Michaluk.

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    Perceptions of firm internationalisation drive changes in Latin American attitudes towards women’s career advancement

Perceptions of firm internationalisation drive changes in Latin American attitudes towards women’s career advancement

Internationalisation can mean exposure to different norms, adoption of international practices, and a suppressing effect on individuals’ negative attitudes, write Michel Hermans, William Newburry, Marcelo J. Alvarado-Vargas, Carlos M. Baldo, Armando Borda, Edwin G. Durán-Zurita, José Maurício Galli Geleilate, Massiel Guerra, Maria Virginia Lasio Morello, Sergio M. Madero-Gómez, Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan and Anne Marie Zwerg-Villegas.

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    El nuevo rol de la ONU en Colombia puede fortalecer la construcción de paz en su etapa más vulnerable

El nuevo rol de la ONU en Colombia puede fortalecer la construcción de paz en su etapa más vulnerable

Por primera vez en un posconflicto se crea un mecanismo tripartito de verificación en el que participen las partes (Farc-Ep y el gobierno colombiano) y el componente internacional (Naciones Unidas). Este mecanismo innovador, que ayuda a generar confianza y resolver conflictos en momentos claves, puede servir de ejemplo más allá del proceso colombiano, escribe Juana García.

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    Graffiti vs the ‘Beautiful City’: Urban Policy and Artistic Resistance in São Paulo

Graffiti vs the ‘Beautiful City’: Urban Policy and Artistic Resistance in São Paulo

Repeated episodes of graffiti removal, resistance, and responses in São Paulo reveal a subtle shift in the power dynamic between urban artists, the public, and the state, writes Chandra Morrison.

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    Cajamarca’s rejection of mining in Colombia was also a victory for social media and social mapping

Cajamarca’s rejection of mining in Colombia was also a victory for social media and social mapping

In a few short years, social movements in Cajamarca, Colombia, were able to convince a once divided community to near-unanimously reject establishment of the world’s largest gold mine on their doorstep. Doug Specht examines the role of social media and contestatory cartography in achieving this remarkable result.