Articles by Ryan Villarreal

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Ryan Villarreal reports on foreign affairs with a focus on Latin America. He also covers human rights and environmental issues worldwide.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he grew up with temperate, dry summers and rainy, green winters, but has taken a liking to the four seasons experienced in New York.


Somalia Gets First Female Foreign Minister

Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon has just appointed the country's first female foreign minister in an attempt to form a unified and representative government in the divided East African nation.

Argentina Lowers Voting Age To 16

A bill lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 in Argentina has been approved by congress and will go into effect in time for the mid-term elections next year.

Japan Tsunami Reconstruction Funds Misspent

A Japanese government audit has found that a portion of the $150 billion fund for reconstruction projects in areas damaged by the devastating 2011 tsunami has been spent on other projects.

Syrian Rebels Gun Down Top Government Official

Syrian rebels have claimed responsibility for killing a top Syrian Air Force official as violence continues to engulf the country following a failed cease-fire agreement over the weekend.



How Drag Was Pushed Back Into The Shadows In Tennessee

Last April, when drag could still be performed in Tennessee without noticeable complaint, the curtains parted at Tennessee Tech University's Backdoor Playhouse to reveal Joshua Lancaster wearing a black cowl, white face paint, black lipstick and white contact lenses.