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Archive for August 23rd, 2010

Femicide in Guatemala

In Guatemala, as in many Latin American countries, violence against women is at a frightful level. With a population of 14 million, Guatemala officially counts more than four thousand violent murders of women from 2000-2008: 98% of the cases remain unsolved.

A mixture of misogyny, culturally-based gender inequality, and continuing corruption and impunity all add to the tragedy of these deaths. (You can read the report of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission on Femicide.)

A Guatemalan woman seeking asylum in the United States made her case on those grounds. An appeals court ruling in her favor has raised the possibility that more women may seek shelter in the United States to avoid becoming victims of femicide. Katie Davis talks with Allen Hutchinson, the woman’s lawyer.


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Violence in Bolivia

Over the past couple of years, women in Bolivia have been subjected to violent crime at a dramatically high rate. But a new law seeks to curb the violence, and to finally bring perpetrators to justice. The Fonografia Collective’s Ruxandra Guidi reports from El Alto, Bolivia.


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Issac Delgado & Nat King Cole

Issac Delgado is a Cuban-born salsa musician who bridges the gap between new and old. Fred Wasser talked with the artist, who now lives in Miami, about his admiration for the music of Nat King Cole and how Cole’s music has influenced his musical imagination.


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Visit Issac Delgado on the web.

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