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Formally Mapping Informality

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

One of the most valuable results of mapping informal settlements is highlighting that many self-built houses in the settlements are just as old as the city's first skyscrapers.

Venezuela Vacation, Part 2: Surviving Caracas After a Coup Attempt

Mark Chesnut | Posted 04.23.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

On Saturday morning, the local Caracas TV stations captured our attention with footage of a daring escape by a rebel pilot, who ejected from his plane seconds before a fiery crash at La Carlota military airport.

Accidental Traveler: My Vacation During a Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Mark Chesnut | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

As a matter of security, the announcer now explained, the government had suspended many basic civil liberties. What rights had we lost during our ill-fated vacation?

Is Economic Warfare the Theme for 2015?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Is the Russian Ruble becoming financial rubble as consequence of targeting by the U.S. and its allies? The dramatic fall in oil prices and commensurate drop in the Russian currency, is this coincidental to broader global economic trends or an orchestrated assault?

Inequalities and Exclusion of the Poor in the Global South: Four Cities Fight Back Through Aggressive Land Policy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

While the goals of neighborhood revitalization are generally positive, if a government fails to actively incorporate policies that guarantee affordable housing and public spaces, revitalization becomes a euphemism for gentrification and exclusion of the poor.

Housing: More Than a Place to Live

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Building affordable housing is only the first step towards inclusive cities. As housing should be seen as an urban strategy to improve the overall quality of life for all citizens, affordable housing must be inclusive by design.

Even Emergency Rooms Aren't Safe From Gunmen In This City

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 08.14.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At first, the operating room doctors thought the quiet man in jeans was a distressed family member. One shouted at him to ...

How Jokowi Helps Jakarta's Street Vendors

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Integrating street vending into urban planning is both a challenge and an important step towards inclusive cities.

Blackout Paralyzes Subways In This City

AP | Posted 03.26.2014 | Latino Voices

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A forest fire knocked out electricity in parts of Venezuela's capital for most of Tuesday. The blackout paralyzed subway ...

Pregnant Woman Shot In The Head Amid Protests In Venezuela

AP | Posted 03.24.2014 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A pregnant woman has been killed amid a protest outside the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. It's unclear why she was fired ...

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

Plays That Sound the Sirens: Of Human, Global and Political Tolls

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

This week bore witness to a variety of global crises, some brewing, others resolved. Even so, their urgency was punctuated by heavy-hitting players and high-friction plays.

Venezuela's Military Enters High-Crime Slums

AP | KARL RITTER | Posted 07.17.2013 | World

PETARE, Venezuela — Stern-looking soldiers clutching assault rifles wave down the beat-up Chevy Caprice entering this sprawling slum on the outs...

In Caracas, A Shrine To 'Saint Hugo Chavez'

AP | JAMES ANDERSON | Posted 04.04.2013 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela -- It's a humble place, tucked along a noisy street in a Caracas slum that overlooks Venezuela's presidential palace far below and,...

Tough Times In Post-Chavez Venezuela

AP | FABIOLA SANCHEZ | Posted 04.01.2013 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Doing business in post-Hugo Chavez Venezuela is not for the faint of heart. Thousands of companies suffer under currency contro...

The Hottest Tattoo In Caracas Is...

AP | PAUL HAVEN | Posted 03.12.2013 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Business has never been better for Eudis Carrillo. Sure, he's heartbroken over the death of his hero Hugo Chavez, but there's pr...

Mystery Surrounding Chavez's Treatment Continues

AP | FABIOLA SANCHEZ | Posted 04.24.2013 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela — At Caracas' military hospital, the only outward signs that President Hugo Chavez is a patient inside are the motorcades tha...

LOOK: The Best Photos Of The Day

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.19.2013 | World

In the last 24 hours, plenty has happened around the world. Rows of identically dressed brides and grooms attended the Unification Church's mass we...

And The Most Expensive City In The Americas Is...

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.05.2013 | Latino Voices

Caracas, Venezuela is the most expensive city in the Americas and the 9th-most expensive in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. ...

Venezuelan Elections: An Emboldened Opposition Challenges One of Latin America's Most Skilled Politicians

Federico Barriga | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Federico Barriga

The man who has dominated Venezuela's politics for over a decade -- and has often expressed his will to rule for at least one more -- is suffering from voter fatigue and an uncertain health outlook after being diagnosed with cancer in mid-2011.

Topless Protest To Demand The Return Of A Matisse

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.21.2012 | Arts

On a recent morning in Caracas, Venezuela, over a dozen topless women donning only red pants congregated in front of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo ...

Deadly Violence Engulfs Venezuelan Prisons

AP | FABIOLA SANCHEZ | Posted 10.13.2012 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela — The number of killings inside Venezuela's notoriously violent prisons has increased this year even as President Hugo Chavez...

Mexico's 'Vampire Woman' Takes Tattoo Expo By Storm

Posted 05.29.2012 | World

Though popular legend says that vampires must eschew direct light to survive, one 'vampire' has thrived in the spotlight recently. And really, it take...

LOOK: The Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities In The World

Posted 01.13.2012 | World

Mexico claims the unfortunate dishonor of having five of the top 10 most violent cities in the world, according to a study published by the Consejo Ci...

Heavy Rains And Mudslides In Venezuela Kill At Least 8

AP | Posted 02.08.2012 | World

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Floods and mudslides unleashed by torrential rains have caused at least eight deaths in Venezuela, a government official said Fr...