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· August, 2006

Stories about Latin America from August, 2006

Cuba: Raúl Castro's first appointment

  31 August 2006

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 latest news from Havana. Does it mean Raul is really in charge?“

Internet in Chile: Creating New Political Actors?

  31 August 2006

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? We know that the answer is not related to the tool, it is related to what is done with the...

Bolivia: in the Tube and on the Tube

  31 August 2006

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 aimed at the around 1 million Bolivians living outside Bolivia, mainly in Madrid, Buenos Aires and the Washington DC metro...

Peru: Mining Conflict

  31 August 2006

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

  31 August 2006

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.

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

  30 August 2006

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 small part to the efforts of the individuals behind the website Mundo Al Revés (Upside Down World). What started as...

Mexico: Gunshots in Oaxaca

  30 August 2006

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.

Chile: Campaign for Bandwidth

  30 August 2006

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 their connection rates and what actually constitutes “broadband.”

Venezuela: Expropriation of Golf Courses

  30 August 2006

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 liked golf,” though he remembers that Che Guevara did.

Argentina: History of Utility (Companies)

  30 August 2006

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 each particular utility? Eliminate everything but electric lines & take a look. Or just see gas lines. Or only water...

Argentina: Drag Shows

  30 August 2006

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 are the thing, and often, the exact same drag show, week in and week out.” Read on to discover the...

Cuba: Between the lines

  30 August 2006

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 Castro regime) try to figure out what it means: “We are a sad, pathetic bunch, I know … A bit...

Bolivia: Petrol and YouTube

  29 August 2006

Jim Shultz announces the gas and oil brief from the Democracy Center while Miguel Buitrago takes a look at Bolivia's presence on YouTube.

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