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· October, 2006

Stories about Latin America from October, 2006

Honduras, Uganda: Kiva Microfinancing

  31 October 2006

Global Voices readers are surely dedicated to staying informed about the rest of the world. But the Internet can also enable us to make positive change. “La Gringa” describes how Kiva lets internet users invest in microcrediting loans around the world. Just two days after writing about Honduran loan applicants...

Chile: Desert Documentary Heads to Rome

  31 October 2006

“Chileno” excitedly announces that the documentary film Deserted Memory was accepted to the United Nations International Film Festival in Rome. “Deserted Memory is a documentary on Chacabuco, an abandoned nitrate mining town in Chile's Atacama Desert, which was turned into a concentration camp under Pinochet and is still surrounded by...

Bolivia: National Book Reviews

  31 October 2006

Blogs de Bolivia describes [ES] how all this week the blog of Editorial Nuevo Milenio [ES] will focus on prize-winning books by Bolivian novelists.

Mexico: Oaxaca and Mexico City

  31 October 2006

It's going to be a busy Friday in Mexico City, writes Ana Maria Salazar: “once again the marches and protest will take over the City, in addition to being “Quincena”, Friday, and Halloween. Expect “TRAFICO HORRIBLE” and take the necessary precautions. (Use the John before you head out, take a...

Brazil: Election Analysis

  31 October 2006

Bloggings by Boz gives his five points on Lula's electoral victory. Matthew Shugart notes that “Geraldo Alckmin actually did worse in the two-candidate runoff than he had done in the multi-candidate first round.”

Mexico: First Hand Account of Oaxaca Violence

  31 October 2006

Having met Bradley Will a week before his death in Oaxaca, British Journalist John Dickey asks, “does a gringo always have to die for the world to act?” Dickey also adds: “What you probably won’t hear either is that the APPO people do not carry any firearms. Their only weapons...

Hugo Chavez in the Iranian left-wing blogs

  31 October 2006

Hugo Chavez, the leftist Venezuelan President, has developed a very friendly relationship with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian Islamist President. Iran even awarded the Venezuelan President its highest state medal for supporting Tehran in its nuclear standoff against the international community. This alliance was discussed a couple of months ago among...

Nicaragua: US Conservatives Support Rizo

  31 October 2006

Adam Isacson tries to understand why US columnist Robert Novak and conservative talk show host Oliver North – ” who first made his name illegally running guns to the Nicaraguan anti-Sandinista rebels” – are throwing their support behind José Rizo rather than the White House's favorite in the upcoming Nicaraguan...

Mexico: The last moments of Bradley Roland Will

  30 October 2006

Journalism seems like a precarious profession to practise in Mexico. It's ranked by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) as one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist. The latest tragic example of this came on Friday 27th October, in the southern state of Oaxaca, with the shooting...

Violence and Misinformation Abound in Oaxaca

  30 October 2006

The usually tranquil Southern Mexican tourist town of Oaxaca – with its large, shaded plaza and gallery-lined alleys – had transformed into a political pressure cooker over the past few months in what began as a seemingly routine teacher's strike in late May. The lid then blew straight off yesterday...

Brazil: Lula Cruises to Big Victory

  30 October 2006

Publiu's Pundit reports that Brazil’s incumbent President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva has cruised on to an easy victory in Brazil’s runoff election. With 94% of the tally counted, the final score was 61-39, a very strong showing.

Venezuelan Bloggers: A Lot More Than Politics

  28 October 2006

Regular readers of the Global Voices “daily links” coming out of Venezuela are probably left with the impression that – just a month from presidential elections – the entire country, or at least its bloggers, are single-mindedly focused on politics. And while that may be understandably true of Venezuela's anglophone...

Mexico: The Streets of Tijuana

  27 October 2006

Following the murder of five businessmen within two days, Ana Maria Salazar asks why the world has seem to have forgotten about Tijuana. Meanwhile, on YouTube, a disturbing video of young prostitutes in Tijuana's Coahuila district has already attracted over 32,000 views. The comments following the video, predictably, are even...

Mexico: Teachers Return to Classrooms, APPO Wants Proof

  27 October 2006

Mark in Mexico says that all hell broke loose once the striking Oaxacan teachers voted to return to their classrooms: : APPO has begun to lock down the city. There were the usual charges of vote manipulation to which a union spokesman replied, ‘If someone's going to level such charges,...

Brazil: E-Democracy of E-Fraud?

  27 October 2006

Could this weekend's runoff election in Brazil be marred by corruption and e-fraud? Colin Brayton digs deep and offers his analysis.

Argentina: NGO Photo Blog

  27 October 2006

El Agora, an NGO based in Córdoba, Argentina has organized a friendly photo competition that hopes to highlight the best practices of fellow NGO's, Social Movements, and the private and public sector throughout Argentina. The winning group will be awarded a video production demonstrating the organization's good work.

Argentina: Gender Equality Survey

  27 October 2006

The official Buenos Aires city government blog summarizes the results of a recent survey on inequality between men and women in Argentina's capital city [ES]: “8 out of 10 Buenos Aires residents call their society very or somewhat ‘machista.’ Furthermore, 70% think that women must do more to compete with...

Nicaragua: Total Abortion Ban

  27 October 2006

Jennifer Woodard Maderazo covers the controversial (and unanimous) decision by Nicaragua's parliament to implement a total ban on abortion. Costa Rican blogger Julia Ardón has reprinted a public letter signed by the Nicaraguan Association of Writers (ANIDE) [ES] demanding that exceptions be reinstated for women whose lives are threatened by...

Chilean Cycling Bloggers

  26 October 2006

Santiago, the capital of Chile, is one of the most polluted cities in the World (of which we are not proud). In this scenario a group of bike lovers, have developed a way to promote cycling in the city. “Arriba de la Chanca” (ES) (the translation is “over the pig.” in...

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