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Honorata Zapasnik

Honorata Zapaśnik

Reporter

Outriders’ correspondent for Mexico and Latin America. She studied Journalism and Social Communication at Warsaw University. She learned the art of reporting at “Laboratorium Reportazu”. She worked at ¨Polish Daily” in London and gazeta.pl. Her articles and reports were published in “Duzy Format”, “Zwierciadlo”, “Weekend”, “Podroze Kultura Swiat”, and “Nowy Dziennik” in New York, amongst others. She produces short reports for Polish TV. Some of her reports were published in the book “Kazdy zrobil, co trzeba”. Email: honorata.zapasnik@outride.rs

29 October 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Even Bill Gates uses Duolingo to learn languages

Duolingo has got a lot of heat lately overseas. The online platform has been offering free language learning around the world for seven years. It has become possible because all courses are created in cooperation with volunteers. , the co-initiator of the project, says – During the first three years of operation we have provided […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
29 October 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

The caravan of refugees crosses Mexico

– The members of the immigrants’ caravan are not gang members or terrorists, like Donald Trump, the President of the United States claims. They are citizens who are looking for a chance for a better life – says Alden Rivera Montes, ambassador in .
Honorata Zapaśnik
18 October 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

A synthetic chocolate

The Maya peoples were the first to process cacao beans. They were making a bitter drink for the rich ones and for the purpose of ritual. A few centuries later sweet chocolate was made. – What we consider chocolate today is a synthetic product with a chocolate taste – says David Sánchez of the Museo […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
8 October 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

A chance to save coral reefs

During 2017’s World Ocean Conference in New York, the scientists agreed that up to 90% of coral reefs may be dead until 2050. However, by now, the greatest Australian reef is 50% destroyed and the Mexican – 65%. The extinction process is much faster than expected.
Honorata Zapaśnik
8 October 2018
Honduras, North America, South America

New route for immigrants from Africa

26 Africans (including 10 children) who illegally crossed the border with were apprehended in . The NGOs in this country alarm that Honduras has become a transit point for emigrants on their way to the United States. This year only 1,500 people without the right of residence have been detained. As much as 64% of […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
8 October 2018
Honduras, North America, South America

Murder trial of Berta Cáceres postponed in Honduras

Upon the family request, the Supreme Court of adjourned the trial for the murder of Berta Cáceres, an advocate of Indian rights, for an indefinite period. The close relatives of the woman murdered in 2016 believe that the judges are biased and the state authorities have tried to cover up the truth.
Honorata Zapaśnik
19 September 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Cactus gas – an alternative to petrol?

I meet Miguel Avé and Rogelio Sosa López in the headquarters of a La Nopalimex company. It is located on the outskirts of Zitacuaro in the Mexican state of Michoacan. The enterprise became famous for an invention using an inconspicuous plant – cactus. Biogas extracted from one of its kinds, nopal, has a potential to […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
17 September 2018
Honduras, North America, South America

26 children a day leave Honduras and head to the USA

Over 20,000 children in have left school since 2014 to emigrate with their parents to the United States of America. This year alone 4734 students have left seeking the American dream.
Honorata Zapaśnik
10 September 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Poles and the Mexican ad industry

Mexico is the largest advertising market in Latin America. Models from all over the world come there in search of work. “Mexico City is called the New York of Latin America”, claims Dorota Żmijewska, a Polish model who has been working in the country for 10 years. She believes that she wouldn’t have made a […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
3 September 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Photography is about light and timing

, nephew, is a well-known Mexican portraitist. “When I take a picture, I try to reflect someone’s personality, find the essence of things and capture what is most important”, he says in an interview with Outriders.
Honorata Zapaśnik
16 August 2018
North America, South America, Venezuela

U.A.Vs. carrying explosive charges attacked the President of Venezuela

A week ago a drone attack caused panic during a military ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela. Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan President, claims, he was the aim of the attack. Seven soldiers were injured. According to the Venezuelan government, the President of Colombia is the one to blame.
Honorata Zapaśnik
8 August 2018
Colombia, North America, South America

Venezuelans with right of residence in Colombia

Legal situation of more than 432,000 Venezuelans in will soon be regulated. Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, has signed a decree granting them the right of residence. In total, in Colombia there are currently over 870,000 emigrants from . It is also estimated that this number will exceed one million in the coming months.
Honorata Zapaśnik
1 August 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Mexicans discriminate the poorer

70% of Mexico’s population have been discriminated against. According to the National Council for Preventing Discrimination, this problem most often affects the Indians and dark-skinned people. However, almost one-third of the victims are white and well-off. Discrimination is thus not the domain of the rich – it is practised by everyone who feels superior to […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
23 July 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

The largest aquarium in the world

The Sea of Cortéz formed about 5 million years ago and it is one of the most diverse seas on the planet. “There are over 900 species of fish and 2000 different invertebrates living here,” says Daniel Ortega, a tour operator. A lot of people want to make some money there.
Honorata Zapaśnik
16 July 2018
Colombia, North America, South America

Amazon jungle under threat

Illegal logging has already destroyed 17% of the Amazon rainforest in . Researchers believe that if deforestation is not stopped, this unique ecosystem could soon be destroyed and turn into a vast savannah.
Honorata Zapaśnik
9 July 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Mexicans voted in favour of a transformation

For the first time in Mexico’s history, a left-wing candidate was elected president. The 64-year-old got 53% of the 29 million votes cast. At the same time, his coalition “We will create history together” won a majority in Congress. The new parity government will be composed of eight women and eight men. “It will be […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
2 July 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Mexico is going wild

Wednesday, 9 am. The streets are usually empty at this time of the day. You can hear children shouting at a school nearby – Mé-xi-co! Me-xi-co! Workers have left their machines at the construction, and now they stand in front of the restaurant, where they can watch the football match between Mexico and Sweden. Pharmacists […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
27 June 2018
Colombia, South America

Iván Duque is the new President of Colombia

Iván Duque became the youngest president in . Last Sunday, he defeated Gustavo Petro in Colombia’s presidential election. The new leader of the country is a 41 year-old lawyer who had previously been mentored by Álvaro Uribe.
Honorata Zapaśnik
21 June 2018
Nicaragua, South America

Protests in Nicaragua

The Nicaraguans have been protesting for 58 days against the President of , Daniel Ortega. 139 people have already died in the aftermath of clashes with security services. Ortega, however, refuses to step down and does not agree to hold early elections.
Honorata Zapaśnik
13 June 2018
Colombia, North America, South America

Escobar’s associate, “Popeye” detained

Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez ‘Popeye’, the head of a group of Medellín cartel killers, was arrested by the Colombian police on charges of plotting and extortion. The United States admitted that it has helped with running the investigation on him.
Honorata Zapaśnik
8 June 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Diego Rivera: Art without politics does not make sense

In many countries, Diego Rivera is known as the husband of the famous Mexican painter . The couple was described as “The Elephant and the Dove”. However, the truth is she was living in his shadow, a famous muralist whose works can be admire both at the National Palace in Mexico City and at the […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
26 May 2018
South America, Venezuela

A fraud during elections in Venezuela

has once again become the President of Venezuela but there have been accusations that the election had been rigged. Smartmatic, a company which counted votes, admitted that the data had been manipulated. According to official information, only 46% of the citizens entitled to vote took part in the elections.
Honorata Zapaśnik
23 May 2018

DeepBreath

11.2% of the world's population dies because of pollution. More than 90% inhale air of poor quality. "Deep Breath" is an interactive report on the global smog problem which many countries are unable or unwilling to deal with.
Honorata Zapaśnik
22 May 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

A Pole and a German murdered in Mexico

According to the Mexican prosecutor’s office, travellers Krzysztof Chmielewski from Poland and Holger Franz Hagenbusch from Germany were murdered. Their bodies were found in the State of Chiapas, Mexico. Earlier, the Mexican authorities claimed that the men died in an accident. – We think that somebody tried to rob them – said Luis Alberto Sánchez, […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
15 May 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Meat in a virtual desert

Meat and Sand (Carne y Arena in Spanish) is a 7-minute-long virtual movie by , the Oscar-winning director of Birdman. His vision allows the viewers to step into the role of an illegal immigrant.
Honorata Zapaśnik
7 May 2018
Cuba, North America, South America

Who is the new Cuban leader?

Miguel Díaz-Canel, the former vice-president of has replaced as the country’s president. After six decades of the Castro family in power, the newly appointed leader is now a person born after . “He is not a mystery nor an improvisor”, said Raúl Casto about his successor.
Honorata Zapaśnik
28 April 2018
Nicaragua, North America, South America

USA blamed for riots in Nicaragua by Daniel Ortega

Approximately 30 civilians died in street riots in Nicaragua after President Daniel Ortega announced plans for the reform of social security system. The army is monitoring a tense situation in many cities and waiting for people to calm down. President Ortega said USA is responsible for the bloodshed.
Honorata Zapaśnik
20 April 2018
Ecuador, North America, South America

The journalists killed by FARC in Ecuador

Two journalists and a driver of a daily paper were killed by the in . 36-year-old Javier Ortega, 45-year-old Paul Rivas and 60-year-old Efrain Segarra were missing since March 26, when they went to the Esmeraldas province to write a report on the deteriorating safety situation on the border with .
Honorata Zapaśnik
16 April 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

A populist may win presidential elections in Mexico

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the most controversial candidate in the presidential election in Mexico, has just begun his third campaign. – We will demand respect for the Mexicans – he announced during his first campaign meeting in Ciudad Juárez, on the border of the United States. – Mexico and its inhabitants will not be a […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
13 April 2018
North America, Peru, South America

Peru’s President resigns

, Peru’s President, stepped down amid accusations of corruption and accepting bribes. The opposition has released a video showing and a few other members of Peruvian Congress trying to buy votes from party colleagues in the vote on initiating the impeachment of the president. The intended purpose was to keep Kuczynski in office.
Honorata Zapaśnik