Lourdes Garcia-Navarro http://wqcs.org en How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV http://wqcs.org/post/live-brazilian-tv-woman-talking-about-crime-gets-attacked <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPNXPbaGfjo</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:16:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 42008 at http://wqcs.org How Bad Is Brazil's Crime? Watch This Mugging On Live TV A Few More Thoughts On Sexism In Latin America http://wqcs.org/post/few-more-thoughts-sexism-latin-america <em>Editor's Note: NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who has worked extensively in the Latin America and the Middle East, recently compared the sexism she found in both places. You can read her original essay <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/03/11/289058115/which-place-is-more-sexist-the-middle-east-or-latin-america" target="_blank">here</a>. It sparked a strong response from readers, and we asked her to address a number of those issues.</em><p>A man throws acid on a woman's face. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 41477 at http://wqcs.org A Few More Thoughts On Sexism In Latin America Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading http://wqcs.org/post/short-dollars-venezuela-tries-halt-black-market-trading The Venezuelan capital, Caracas, can be one of the most expensive cities in the world — or one of the cheapest. It all depends on how you exchange your dollars.<p>At a fast food restaurant in the city recently, a pretty tasty plate of chicken and rice cost me 160 bolivars. At the official exchange rate set by the government, that works out to a little more than $25; at the black market rate, it's just $2.<p>Needless to say, most anyone who can change money on the black market in Venezuela does so.<p>As one person told me: "For people like me [who are] paid in dollars ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 41237 at http://wqcs.org Short On Dollars, Venezuela Tries To Halt Black-Market Trading Opposition Fails To Maintain Momentum In Venezuela http://wqcs.org/post/opposition-fails-maintain-momentum-venezuela Venezuela has cracked down on student protests, leaving 29 people dead. The main square in Caracas, where protesters were based, has been dismantled. The opposition is divided over what to do next. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 41029 at http://wqcs.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers http://wqcs.org/post/venezuela-turmoil-lack-flour-milk-and-diapers Alvaro Villarueda starts his morning the same way every day — putting in a call to his friend who has a friend who works at a Caracas, Venezuela, supermarket.<p>Today, he's looking for sugar, and he's asking his friend if he knows if any shipments have arrived. As he talks on the phone, his wife Lisbeth Nello, is in the kitchen.<p>There are 10 mouths to feed every day in this family — five of them children. The two youngest are still in diapers.<p>"The things that are the scarcest are actually what we need the most," Nello says. "Flour, cooking oil, butter, milk, diapers. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40845 at http://wqcs.org Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers Which Place Is More Sexist: The Middle East Or Latin America? http://wqcs.org/post/which-place-more-sexist-middle-east-or-latin-america A semi-naked woman in a sequined Carnival costume. A veiled woman with only her eyes showing in a <em>niqab</em>. Two stereotypes of two vastly different regions — Latin America and the Middle East.<p>On the surface, these two images couldn't be more diametrically opposed. What could the two have in common, right? What a woman wears — or what she doesn't wear, in Brazil's case — is often interpreted as a sign of her emancipation. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40830 at http://wqcs.org Which Place Is More Sexist: The Middle East Or Latin America? World Cup Woes Loom For One Brazilian City http://wqcs.org/post/world-cup-woes-loom-one-brazilian-city Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>The World Cup, soccer's biggest tournament, is just a few months off. It's a massive undertaking for the host country, Brazil, with huge construction projects attached. One of the 12 host cities, the city of Cuiaba, launched a fantastically ambitious infrastructure plan. It features over 30 projects. But it's been plagued by delays and lots of doubts about whether things will be ready. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40335 at http://wqcs.org From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started http://wqcs.org/post/recife-3-rhythms-get-carnival-party-started <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOjtXpl77_E</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40207 at http://wqcs.org From Recife, Brazil, 3 Rhythms Get The Carnival Party Started As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out http://wqcs.org/post/brazil-gears-olympics-some-poor-families-get-moved-out Jeane Tomas scraped all her money together to build a house where she could raise her son. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 40130 at http://wqcs.org As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop http://wqcs.org/post/drought-could-drain-more-brazils-coffee-crop Brazil, a country usually known for its rainforests, has been facing a severe drought in its breadbasket region, leaving people in the cities without water and farmers in the countryside with dying crops. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 39960 at http://wqcs.org Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop