· March, 2011

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Stories about Spanish from March, 2011

Venezuela: Learning to Play the Cuatro on the Web 2.0

  23 March 2011

The cuatro - an instrument in the guitar family - is the principal icon of traditional Venezuelan music. A love for the cuatro has also reached citizen media, where songs are shared, and its history, musicians and even how to play the instrument, are widely discussed.

Mexico: U.S. Drones Gather Intelligence on Drug Cartels

  21 March 2011

A story first reported on March 15 by The New York Times has garnered strong responses from Mexican netizens based at home and abroad. Citing American and Mexican officials, the paper reported that "the Obama administration has begun sending drones deep into Mexican territory to gather intelligence that helps locate major traffickers and follow their networks."

Costa Rica: Netizens Discuss Wikileaks Cables

  20 March 2011

Newspaper La Nación of Costa Rica is the first Central American media outlet to receive and publish diplomatic cables related to the country. The content of these cables has provoked different reactions in Costa Rican blogs and social networks; opinions are as diverse as the topics covered in the cables.

Ecuador: New Developments and Cyber-Activism in Chevron Case

  20 March 2011

On February 14, 2011, an Ecuadorian judge ruled that oil company Chevron had to pay US$9.5 million in environmental damages. Almost a month later, Chevron has appealed the sentence; citizens and activists are sharing information and taking part in online campaigns for this case.

Puerto Rico: On the film “América”

  19 March 2011

In 80 grados [es] film director Sonia Fritz reflects on her latest film “América,” based on the novel by Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago, and the challenges and the joys  of making movies in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico: Al Jazeera in Puerto Rico

  19 March 2011

Journalist Dalila Rodríguez Saavedra reflects on the recent visit of a team of Al Jazeera to the Island [es] to film a documentary on the severe economic crisis. Rodríguez Saavedra, who was also Al Jazeera's local fixer, analyzes the debate ensued when Al Jazeera journalists preferred not to be interviewed...

Cuba: Confessions of a digital fan

  19 March 2011

“I am not a digital native, but I consider myself part of the Generation 2.0. I am a facebook girl and intense blogger,” says Cuban journalist Katia Monteagudo [es] about her fascination with the Internet and social media networks.

Argentina: Controversy Over Mario Vargas Llosa Attending Book Fair

  18 March 2011

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa, has been invited to inaugurate the 37th International Book Fair in Buenos Aires. The invitation has sparked a debate among those who celebrate it and those who criticize the author's political stances and his recent comments related to Argentina.

Paraguay: Netizens Discuss Indigenous Issues on Facebook

  18 March 2011

Netizens share information and discuss indigenous issues in a Facebook group called “Por una vida digna para los indígenas del Paraguay” [es] (For a dignified life for the indigenous people of Paraguay), as journalist Sofía Masi reports in Despierta…Paraguay [es]

Peru: Civic-Mindedness During Election Year

  17 March 2011

Global Voices author and translator Gabriela García Calderón blogs [es] about civic-mindedness during this year's presidential elections in Peru. She argues that voting and working at polling stations shouldn't be considered a burden, but rather a way to fulfill a civic duty and play an active role in improving the...

Paraguay: One Laptop for Every Child

  17 March 2011

In Camino al Paraguay [es], Juan Carlos Rodríguez posts a video and a slideshow presenting a project led by the Ministry of Education and Culture to give a laptop computer to every child in Paraguayan public schools.

Racism in Latin America

  15 March 2011

During the International Year for People of African Descent -as declared by the United Nations- a video from Chile and another from Colombia spread through social networks show cases of racism in Latin America.

Chile: Promoting ‘Recycled Art’

  15 March 2011

Contenidos Locales [es] highlights the blog Arte Reciclado (Recycled Art) by artist Bernardita Novoa [es] from the coastal city Algarrobo. Bernardita uses recycled materials in her artwork and teaches schoolchildren about her environmentally friendly technique.

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