Mat Youkee, The Guardian

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The Guardian


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Past articles by Mat:

‘We are a force for life’: how Indigenous wisdom helped rescue children lost in the Amazon

Nearly 100 members of Colombia’s Indigenous communities helped search for four children lost in the jungle for 40 days → Read More

Rescued children pay tribute to sniffer dog still missing in Colombian jungle

Wilson the Belgian shepherd featured prominently in drawings by Indigenous children as they recover in Bogotá hospital → Read More

Indigenous knowledge, bravery, vigilance: how four siblings survived in Colombia’s perilous jungle

Thirteen-year-old Lesly Mukutuy credited with using ancestral knowledge to help keep her younger siblings alive → Read More

Colombian plane crash: mother told children to leave her so they could survive

Details of woman’s final days emerge after four siblings rescued following almost six weeks in Amazon jungle → Read More

How a New Gas Deal Is Reshaping Venezuela-Colombia Relations

A new gas deal could boost both economies but comes with major risks for Bogotá. → Read More

China circles El Salvador’s economy as country edges toward crypto plunge

President Nayib Bukele bet on bitcoin and its tumbling value has put the Central American country in a financially precarious spot → Read More

‘We were told our brothers were dead’: Chile’s lost tribe reclaims identity

History books said the Selk’nam, inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America, were extinct but Chile may be about to legally recognize their descendants → Read More

Gothic becomes Latin America’s go-to genre as writers turn to the dark side

The region used to be almost synonymous with magic realism but recent bestselling fiction draws on a legacy of dictators, poverty and sinister folklore → Read More

Nayib Bukele calls himself the ‘world’s coolest dictator’ – but is he joking?

El Salvador’s president is consolidating power and seems intent on rewriting the country’s constitution → Read More

Analysis: Scepticism Grows in El Salvador Over Pioneering Bitcoin Gamble

El Salvador will be first to adopt cryptocurrency as legal tender next month – but economists are sounding warnings over risks. → Read More

El Salvador’s bitcoin experiment goes live – as president offers tech support

Nayib Bukele tweeted advice as the cryptocurrency became legal tender – not entirely smoothly – but critics call it a big distraction → Read More

Scepticism grows in El Salvador over pioneering Bitcoin gamble

Country will be first to adopt cryptocurrency as legal tender next month – but economists are sounding warnings over risks → Read More

Squawking bird blows the whistle on fake video trying to tilt Ecuador election

A widely shared video appeared to show Colombian guerrillas backing a candidate – but an ornithologist spotted something awry → Read More

How Long Can Portugal Continue to Play Both Sides of the U.S.-China Rivalry?

Plans to redevelop Portugal’s Sines port have become the latest source of friction between the U.S. and China, suggesting that Lisbon’s strategy of courting both rivals is backfiring. Cozying up to China was once a way to attract attention from the U.S. and EU, but that increasingly comes with diplomatic costs. → Read More

US makes fresh pitch to Latin America in bid to counter China's influence

Experts say Growth in the Americas programme is attempt to reassert US control – and seems likely to anatagonise Beijing → Read More

In Suriname, Bouterse Is Out, But His Shadow Looms Large

On July 13, long-ruling President Desi Bouterse handed over the reins of power in Suriname to Chan Santokhi, a former police chief who has pursued murder charges against Bouterse for 15 years. Santokhi faces several challenges, including a dire economic crisis and divisions in his coalition government. → Read More

How Panamanian villagers were left at the mercy of a murderous sect

When a woman and six children were ritualistically killed in the indigenous community of Alto Terrón the official response was complicated by the absence of police and health services → Read More

The Panama Canal Could Become the Center of the U.S.-China Trade War

Panama’s strategic and symbolic importance place it at the heart of growing trade tensions. → Read More

'We are hostages': indigenous Mapuche accuse Chile and Brazil of genocide

Group told the International Criminal Court the countries had committed genocide and torture against Indigenous populations → Read More

Panama Papers ‘tightened the noose’ on offshore assets of Maduro’s inner circle

In the wake of the scandal, it became increasingly hard to launder money through investment in Panamanian real estate for Venezuelans who grew rich on the back of their political connections → Read More