Stories about Latin America from September, 2005
Mexico: Criticizing Mexican Culture
Mark in Mexico tries to defend an earlier post in which he was critical of Mexican culture and corruption. Today's post has new examples of cultural deficiency such as unclean ponds on Mexican golf courses.
Chile: “Our PC” Alternative Program
A group of Chilean bloggers have come up with an open source and more affordable alternative [ES] to the government's “My First PC” program.
The State of Bolivian Blogs
Este artículo también está disponible en español Over the past year, the number of blogs about Bolivia, by Bolivians and by those living in Bolivia has multiplied. Projects like Blogs de Bolivia and articles in the mainstream Bolivian press will draw more attention to this trend. As more people blog...
Chile: March Supporting Gay Rights
Andrés Duque has a summary of last weekend's march in Santiago, Chile to celebrate the “decision by the Education Ministry to adopt sexual orientation non-discrimination language in the standard high-school sexual education curriculum and saluted an initiative by the Chile Chamber of Deputies to combat hate crimes based on sexual...
El Salvador: Evacuation Unpreparedness
After summarizing an investigation which found that the Salvadoran government “has done little to prepare to evacuate the 12,700 people who live beside the Ilamatepec (Santa Ana) volcano,” Tim's El Salvador Blog today focuses on fleeing residents from the nearby community of Cantón Palo Campan who are not being supported...
Peru: Summary of Virtual Blog Festival
BlogsPerú has a summary [ES] of the First Festival of Blogs: Blogs y Author's Rights, a virtual and well-coordinated discussion throughout the Peruvian blogosphere.
Mexico: Congressional Independence
Michelle Dion and Matthew Shugart continue to disagree on the level of legislative independence and its political and electoral effects in Mexico.
Matthias Goodman has an exhaustive post on the career of famed Mexican slap-stick comedian, Chesperito.
Chile: “My First PC, But For Real” Petition Delivered to President
Christian Ocampo has an update [ES] on the “My First PC, But For Real” campaign's petition which was delivered to president Lagos.
Bolivia: Global Perspective
MABB has a collection of news excerpts from around the world relating to Bolivia including a focused look on U.S. interest in the region.
Brazil: A Blogger's Introduction
Claudio Tellez, a German-born, conservative, Chilean mathematician living in Brazil offers an introductory first post on his new English-language weblog.
Bolivia: Rock Boliviano
Blogs de Bolivia has a list of Bolivian rock groups’ websites.
Venzuela: Starting to Dialogue
Responding to recent violations to freedom of speech in government-run media, Venezuelan bloggers have launched a collective weblog, En Diálogo [ES] (In Dialogue). The blog intends to bring people together from different political backgrounds to discuss the country's problems and put forward solutions.
Bolivia: Latest Poll
Barrio Flores has the results from the “latest” pre-election poll taken nearly three weeks ago. Eduardo wonders if the numbers have changed since front-runner Evo Morales announced he would end the controversial U.S. program on coca eradication if elected.
Argentina: Podcast Directory
podcast.com.ar has a comprehensive list of the few podcasts currently being produced in Argentina along with a larger list of podcasts from the Spanish speaking podosphere.
Argentina: High School Diploma Statistics
Doug of All-Encompassingly summarizes an article from the Argentine daily La Nación, which says more than 70,000 public employees in Buenos Aires don't hold high school diplomas.
Peru: Bill Passed Encouraging Federal Procurement of Free Software
GROKLAW reports that Peru has passed a bill encouraging the procurement of Free Software by the government. An English translation of the bill itself is also available at the Asociación Peruana de Software Libre.
Images from Cuba: Enrique's '57 Pontiac
“Voices of Cuba #9″ by Sven Steven, who normally blogs in English, Spanish, and French at
Brazil: Baile Funk Podcast
Atari has compiled a podcast of her favorite Balie Funk tracks discovered on her recent trip to Brazil.
El Salvador: Flooding From Rita
Tim documents the flooding in El Salvador caused by hurricane Rita.
Bolivia: BBC Makes Factual Error
Miguel Centallas caught a factual error in a BBC article about Bolivia's election status, which so far has not been corrected. Several comments following the post are critical of BBC's coverage of Latin America.