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The Growing Evangelical Population in Latin America

March 19, 2013

I have been living in a small town in Guatemala’s Highlands for the last few months, and fireworks at night are common. Yet around noon last Wednesday, I heard loud explosions and saw the tell-tale hanging smoke cloud indicating somebody was setting off rockets. As I walked to the center of town for lunch, I could hear the church bells ringing, and I wondered if there was some kind of emergency. Finally, the local family with whom I eat lunch told me we have a new Pope. My friend, Maria, beamed at the news. She told me all the Catholics were happy.

The Geography of Mourning

December 19, 2012

  much0 / Creative Commons / Flickr   Sandy Hook: The school’s baseball field where I first learned how to hit a ball and mean it. Where my brother had his tenth birthday party and I wore a pair of pink shorts printed with gray kit [...]

The Sensationalism-to-Get-Buzz Formula

December 5, 2012

  By Ruminatrix / Flickr / Creative Commons   I have no beef with sensationalism in my entertainment. For years now, I’ve been known to wind down with the sort of television that has no reason for existing, no stakes in the real wo [...]

How the Education of Girls Can Change the World

November 27, 2012

 Senna, fourteen, sells her gelatins in a Peruvian town that's the highest human habitation in the world. Since her father’s death, this—and her mother’s work crushing rock—represents her family’s only income. In our Fall 2012 iss [...]

News Obituaries: Another Gender Gap

November 2, 2012

Editor’s note: Today’s post by novelist Hallie Ephron is part of an online companion to our Fall 2012 issue on The Female Conscience. Click here to review all blog entries related to our fall issue. ——— Though women live on average [...]

Photo-ID Laws: The Asterisk on Your Right to Vote

October 24, 2012

Editor's note: Throughout the fall, VQR will be posting educational information related to women's rights, to extend and support the articles in our Fall 2012 issue on The Female Conscience. ——— Exercising your civil right to vote now [...]

Will Aung San Suu Kyi Ignore the Rohingya?

September 19, 2012

Editor's note: This is a 2-part series on the Rohingya in Burma. Read the first post here. For more about Burma, see our Summer 2012 issue, Burma Exhales.   The Rohingya in Bangladesh: A dozen or more family members often live in the same hu [...]

The Flight of the Rohingya

September 18, 2012

Editor's note: This is the first post in a two-part series on the Rohingya in Burma. For more about Burma, see our Summer 2012 issue, Burma Exhales.   Blind in one eye after being beaten in the head during forced labor, this man fled from B [...]