by Jessica Mack
On 22 February, 2012, four Western journalists were attacked in a house - thought to be safe - in Baba Amr, Homs, by Syrian regime forces. American Sunday Times' journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Olchik died when the makeshift media centre frequented by mainstream and citizen journalists was shelled. The two remaining journalists, Le Figaro's Edith Bouvier and British photographer Paul Conroy, were injured and managed to survive the attack.
by Jessica Mack
The 36 year long civil war (1960-1996) that ravaged Guatemala, left more than 200,000 people dead and at least 100,000 women raped: most of the victims were Mayan. Only recently have women started speaking out about the violence they suffered in hands of the Army and paramilitaries, and finally, thanks to Women's Link World and The Center for Justice and Accountability, the sexual violence perpetrated against Mayan women is being investigated as part of the genocide proceedings taking place in Spanish tribunals.
Carnaval is arguably the one week of the Brazilian year that least represents life in Brazil. With its roots in European pre-Lent celebrations – and a 400 year history of creolisation into a uniquely Brazilian phenomenon – carnaval is in fact seen as a reversal of every day life in Brazil. A social release and a momentary abandonment of all the usual conventions, hierarchies and pressures, it is the one week when everybody has permission to be anybody or anything, with the help of wild disguises and costumes (“fantasias”).
Panama went through one of the biggest crises it has seen since democracy was restored in 1989 when the indigenous people of Gnobe-Bugle decided to take over the highway on January 31, 2012, protesting mining and construction of hydroelectric facilities in their district. They stayed there until February 5, when national police removed them by force. The crisis has been alleviated for the moment with an agreement between the indigenous group and the government. Even so, the uncertainty of what could happen if there is hydroelectric construction or mining in these districts is still on the minds of Panamanians.