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· June, 2007

Stories about Latin America from June, 2007

Colombia: Outrage and Anger at FARC for the Death of 11 Lawmakers

  29 June 2007

Colombians awoke on the morning of June 28 to the news that 11 of 12 kidnapped deputies had been killed. The word from the FARC rebel group was that they were caught in the crossfire when the Colombian army staged a rescue attempt, however, many bloggers do not buy their explanation, as contempt for this group continues to grow and grow.

Peru: New Video Website Portal

  29 June 2007

Juan Arellano is excited over a new website called Enlace Nacional [ES] that pulls together videos with a Peruvian focus.

Cuba: Bye Bye Blair

  28 June 2007

Child of the Revolution acknowledges former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's departure from office and shares why he's sad to see him go.

Guatemala: An Open Internet – Anyone Can Blog

  26 June 2007

In the early 90s, the press was controlled, and only the privileged had access to the new internet phenomenon. Once the telecommunications industry was privatized, many more had access to the world wide web, and as a result many more people had the opportunity to blog. Political parties, watchdog groups, and even a member of an elite army unit now had the power to say what they wanted.

Bolivia: Dangerous Television

  26 June 2007

Rodrigo Serrate of la TeVelisión [ES] criticizes the manner in which the Bolivian television channel Megavision shows graphic violent images all in the name of “journalism.”

Uruguay: Puzzling Things

  26 June 2007

Uruguay Dreaming lists “Things I Find Puzzling About Uruguay,” in which he does not mean to be impolite, but rather finds difficult to understand.

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Bolivia: The Coldest Night of the Year

  25 June 2007

Bonfires and food are a big part of the celebration of San Juan, which takes place on the eve of June 24 and is considered to be the coldest night of the winter. In Bolivia, the contamination created by these fires draw criticisms from city officials and other residents. However, some Bolivian bloggers think that care for the environment should be a year-round affair. Others chose to celebrate the holiday with hot dogs and a blogger meet-up.

Ecuador: Taking Advantage of Holidays

  25 June 2007

Erebe.net [ES] is planning ahead thanks to a special governmental decree that has rearranged holidays for the next four years allowing for additional long weekends, so that the tourism industry can provide extra activities.

Guatemala: Anti-Campaigns

  25 June 2007

Ximena Garcia of Say Something [ES] knows that election campaigns spend a lot of money, but hopes that much of that does not go into what she calls “anti-campaign” or negative campaigning.

Chile: Mapping Torture Sites

  25 June 2007

C.hileno writes about the government's plan to identify and map out the locations of more than 500 sites that were used to torture political opponents during the Pinochet era. He also wonders whether they might integrate it with Google maps.

Argentina: Cristina.gov.ar

  25 June 2007

Un Lugar [ES] looks at the new domains registered by Cristina Kirchner, Senator and wife of the current Argentine president. There is also speculation how she was able to register domains specifically set aside for special government projects.

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Peru: Celebrating June 24 – San Juan and Inti Raymi

  24 June 2007

June 24 is a very special date in many parts of the world, because in addition to being the longest day of the year, it coincides with the summer solstice (which is why it is the longest day of the year). From the wikipedia entry on the solstice: A solstice...

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