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· August, 2006

Stories about Latin America from August, 2006

Cuba: Raúl Castro's first appointment

Raúl Castro appears to have made his first official appointment, writes Luis M. Garcia: “analysts and Cuban watchers will have a field day over the next few hours with these...

Internet in Chile: Creating New Political Actors?

Co-authored by Mary Joyce and Rosario Lizana Why has Chile, a country of only 16 million people where only 10% have internet in their homes, become a hotbed of cyberactivism?...

Honduras: Panamax 2006 Military Exercises

Honduras News-Daily says that Honduras will be participating today in the controversial Panamax 2006 military exercises.

Colombia: Putumayo's White Elephant

Adam Isacson on the strange and revealing scene at a high-profiled animal-food concentrates processing plant in the town of Orito.

Bolivia: in the Tube and on the Tube

Having already presented the Bolivian presence on YouTube, Miguel Buitrago now describes the transmission of Bolivian television online: “The whole package is supposed to cost US$ 9.95, and is mainly...

Peru: Peruvian Cuisine in California

Alejandro is inspired to start blogging again after a visit to the Peruvian restaurant, Los Balcones del Peru in Hollywood, Calornia.

Mexico: EZLN: “We Are Preparing Our Next Steps”

The Narco News Bulletin has translated the most recent address by Zapatista figurehead Subcomandante Marcos at the Second Indigenous Gathering of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Peru: Mining Conflict

Living in Peru on a recent conflict between settlers from Combayo and the neighboring Yanacocha gold mine and its potential effect on foreign investment.

Venezuela: Barreto vs. Barreto

Miguel Octavio has translated an Op-Ed by Teodoro Petkoff as the Venezuelan government tells Caracas Mayor Juan Barreto that he was wrong in expropriating two golf courses.

Venezuela, Syria: Chavez's New Friends

Steven Taylor astounded by Chavez's newly declared solidarity with Syria. Erwin Cifuentes does the media roundup.

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

Mundo Al Revés’ three hosts: Sebastian Molina, Carolina Bessolo, and Sergio Mier (Photo courtesy: M.A.R.) Blogs have taken off in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia due to no...

Mexico: Gunshots in Oaxaca

Mark in Mexico, awoken by gunshots this morning in Oaxaca, has an update on the standoff, including a link to an interesting satellite map by Reforma.

Mexico: “From tent city to shadow government”

Boz's analysis of what he calls Lopez Obrador's “shadow government”.

Chile: Campaign for Bandwidth

Rosario Lizana and Atina Chile (ES) won't let readers forget about the Campaign for Broadband, which hopes to convince internet service providers to be more honest about the speed of...

Venezuela: Expropriation of Golf Courses

Miguel Octavio, Daniel Duquenal, Feathers McGraw, Katy, and Publius Pundit on the expropriation of two Caracas golf courses by Mayor Juan Barreto. EGG says (ES), “while at least I never...

Argentina: History of Utility (Companies)

Robert Wright has a fascinating reflection on the history of utility companies in Buenos Aires: “Wouldn’t it be great to see 3-D city maps (á la Google Earth) based on...

Argentina: Drag Shows

Dan Perlman on drag shows in Buenos Aires: “Unfortunately, Buenos Aires’ gay scene, entertainment-wise, seems trapped in the late ’70s/early ’80s, at least from a New York perspective. Drag shows...

Cuba: Between the lines

The Cuban news daily Granma reports that a Syrian ministerial delegation has been received in Cuba by Raul Castro — and Luis M. Garcia (and, presumably, other watchers of the...

Guatemala: Attempt to Silence Guatemalan Radio Journalist

Patrick of the Guatemala Solidarity Network gives more context to the reported shooting of Radio 10 host Vinicio Aguilar Mancilla.

Argentina: Mundial de Tango

Cintra acknowledges the “surprising fun of the Mundial de Tango.”

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