Stories about Latin America from August, 2007
Brazil: Tired of Philips
There is a popular saying in Brazil that goes like this: “Say whatever you want to and you will hear what you don’t”. Paulo Zottolo, the Latin American President of the electronics giant Philips, has learned this the hard way. In a recent interview with Valor Econômico, a newspaper from...
Barbados, Cuba, Venezuela: Literacy and Health Care
Individuality1977 weighs in on literacy and health care in Cuba and Venezuela.
Is change imminent in Cuba? Child of the Revolution offers two opposing views.
Cayman Islands: Caribbean Film Festival
Mighty Afroditee is impressed by the quality of films being shown at the Caribbean Film Festival.
Chile: Budgetary Needs for OLPC Project
The One Laptop Per Child project in Chile outlines the budgetary needs for their upcoming public information campaign [ES], which includes letters and outreach to schools.
Venezuela: Preview to Referendum Election Campaign
Venezuela News and Views writes about the preview to Hugo Chavez’ referendum election campaign where it will be “once more set on him, his persona, his character. Love it or leave it, literally.”
Brazil: Gunshots along the border
Altino Machado reports a radio call [PT] from José Meirelles, who coordinates an Etno-Environmental Protection Front at the Brazil-Peru border on Acre state, deep in the Amazon Forest. He tells about gunshots that fortunately missed 2 workers on a canoe yesterday, in an event that can be linked with the...
Argentina: Protesting Demolishment of Hotels
Line of Sight looks in on a protest in the upscale neighborhood of Recoleta, where residents protested the demolishment of a hotel. The amateur protests did little to get others involved and many were there for the photo-ops.
Argentina: A Book About Propaganda in Kirchner Government
A new book written by Maria O'Donnell about the Kirchner administration's use of propaganda will soon be on sale. eBlog [ES] recently spoke with the author and posts the interview.
Peru: An Opportunity for the Country
In the aftermath of the earthquake in Peru, some bloggers have continued to wonder who is to blame for the disappearance in aid and the sensationalist nature of the coverage. However, others are looking at the disaster as an opportunity for Peruvians to look critically at themselves and at their elected officials in order to make real reforms so that this does not happen again.
Peru: The Profile of the President's Son
el útero de marita [ES] uncovers the profile of Alan Raúl Simón García, the son of the current Peruvian president of the same name, at the social networking site hi5.
El Salvador: Media Coverage of MS-13
Tim's El Salvador Blog responds to the assertion from a recent news program guest, who claimed that media coverage of the Mara Salvatrucha gang has helped drawn more attention and glamorized the gang to some youth.
Brazil: The side effects of a ban on outdoor advertising
Bruno Giussiani writes about São Paulo's radical ban on outdoor advertising: how it brought up a new identity to the city, and also removed the camouflage of some previously hidden realities.
Colombia: Video Channel on Blog
Medallo Bloguero [ES], through the use of Custom Player, has placed a Video Channel on its page and features Colombia-related videos.
Honduras: Relations with Taiwan
El Catracho [ES] analyzes the reasons behind a recent visit to Honduras by the president of Taiwan.
Uruguay: Taxes on Churches
From Uruguay writes about the Brazilian Pentecostal churches and its practice of relocating to old theaters in Uruguay. There are additional questions regarding the church's tax exemption status.
Paraguay: The Soybean Wars
In conjunction with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Charles Lane is in Paraguay blogging at The Soybean Wars about the “human, political, and environmental impact” of the soybean industry.
Brazil: “Rodeos” in the Amazon
Lou Gold, an American eco-spirit guy now traveling in Brazil blogs about [EN] northern Brazilian “rodeos”, the expanding economy of the Brazilian state of Acre, his own past growing up in the Midwest, and about the pros and cons of the “progress.”
Americas: Poll Numbers From Across the Region
Bloggings by Boz has the latest poll numbers from across the region, which includes uncertainty in Ecuador regarding the Constituent Assembly vote and Colombian support for an Uribe third term.
Indians blog to defend against illegal logging along the Brazil-Peru Frontier
The Ashaninkas are the largest indigenous group in the Peruvian Amazon and differently from the majority of the South American original dwellers, their cultural identity is greatly preserved. Apart from being among the native nations of the continent connected with the traditional use of Ayahuasca, the Ashaninkas are specially known...
Bolivia: The Latest in Blogs
Actualidad Boliviana [ES] continues its broad overview of what Bolivian bloggers are talking about in its weekly summary.