Spanish dubbing becomes mandatory for foreign films and TV series in Argentina

The Argentine government has put into practice the ‘Dubbing Law’, which established an obligation to dub films, foreign television series, advertisements  and programme announcements into neutral Spanish. The dubbing “must be carried out in neutral Spanish, respecting the current use of said language in Argentina, but also making sure all of Spanish-speaking America will be…

Coca-Cola tests market for “Green” Coke in Argentina

Coca-Cola labels are turning green in Argentina. For the past three weeks, the words Coca-Cola have been spelled out in the same ornate white letters on a green background. It’s everywhere from a gigantic electronic billboard in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, to the sides of the delivery trucks, to supermarket shelves and even…

Colombia’s polo clubs symbolise a change in fortune

During the height of the drug-fuelled violence that ravaged Colombia more than a decade ago, even the country’s horses suffered. As drug lords sought status, they wanted to enter into the equestrian world and so bought the most prized breeds of horse – the Paso Fino. This however, meant that the horses themselves became the…

Messi overtakes Maradona to become third-highest goal scorer for Argentina

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in Argentina’s 4-0 victory over Guatemala to take his goal record to 35 and surpass the legend Diego Maradona’s international tally. The Barcelona forward appeared as a substitute in the recent world cup qualifiers against Colombia and Ecuador. Messi opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a left-footed shot…

Ecuador: The home of the world’s best chocolate?

In Esmeraldas, the lush province on Ecuador’s northern border with Colombia, farmers are proud to say they produce “black gold.” But they are not talking about oil (Ecuador’s main export), but instead cocoa beans. The smooth, bitter-tasting paste extracted from cocoa beans is the key ingredient in chocolate and is one of this country’s claims…