Julie Collazo

Julie Schwietert Collazo

Julie Schwietert Collazo is a bilingual writer interested in overlooked people and places, especially in Latin America. She has written about Chinese Cubans in Havana, Generation Y in Colombia, workers’ and indigenous movements in Mexico City, and environmental issues in Chile and Puerto Rico for a wide variety of magazines. She was one of only a handful of journalists to visit the Joint Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba in 2008. She is the author of Pope Francis in His Own Words, which has been published in 15 countries. Julie has lived in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico and returns to both cities regularly.

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Cold weather front affects monarch butterfly migration

Four weeks ago, the weather in Ocampo, Michoacán was perfect and the 22,600-something residents of Ocampo and the surrounding pueblos were celebrating good news: the monarch butterfly population had rebounded...

Jeb Bush to Puerto Rico: Worry about debt before status

Jeb Bush’s trajectory in the U.S. presidential race has been a puzzle to analysts, who wonder how a candidate who came charging out of the gate looking poised for success...

Puerto Rican police officer kills three colleagues

Three members of the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) were killed Monday morning at the hands of a colleague, Officer Guarionex Candelario. Candelario, who had worked for the department for...

Who’s your granny? The fight for the Latino vote…

U.S. presidential candidates know they can’t make it to the White House without the so-called Latino vote; according to the Center for American Progress, Latinos will comprise at least 13 percent of...

US Congress denies Puerto Rico bankruptcy bailout

The U.S. Congress was busy last Friday, clearing up last-minute business before the Christmas holidays. It passed a 2016 budget plan that exceeded $1 trillion, but for Puerto Ricans anxiously...