Stories about Latin America from October, 2007
Argentina: Kirchner Wins Apathetic Election
Cristina Kirchner, the wife of outgoing Argentina president Nestor Kirchner, captured 45% of the vote in last Sunday's election and avoided a run-off election. However, many bloggers indicate that this was an election that was met with apathy leading up to the vote, but some reacted to the results and some usual problems that take place on election days.
Cuba: UN Motion
Both Child of the Revolution and The Cuban Triangle blog about the outcome of the UN motion for the United States to lift its long-standing embargo against Cuba.
Cuba: The Power of Imagery
Child of the Revolution blogs about “a new exhibition…looking at the ‘use and abuse’ of that now-ubiquitous Alberto Korda photograph of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.”
Barbados, Puerto Rico: Global Warming
My Barbados Blog refers to reports from the recent Caribbean Tourism Organization meeting in Puerto Rico to emphasize that the Caribbean would do well to anticipate the effects of global warming.
Guatemala: Missing Home
Migration either internally or to countries abroad is a usual phenomenon in Guatemala. During the armed conflict and the years of extreme poverty and violence several Guatemalans decided that there was a lack of real opportunities. As a result many left their homelands to go to the capital city or to go North to find other ways to survive and improve their quality of life. Blogs play an important role in keeping people connected and to bring a piece of Guatemala closer.
Mexico: Vicente Fox's Interview with Bill O'Reilly
ALT 1040 [ES] links to videos of former Mexican President Vicente Fox's appearance on Bill O'Reilly and writes, “it is fun to see each of them mutually self-destruct.”
Costa Rica: Arias in China
Cristian Cambronero of Fusil de Chispas [ES] writes about Costa Rica president Óscar Arias’ welcome during his recent visit to China.
Colombia: Campaign Proposals for Internet Access in Bogota
Victor Solano asks candidates for mayor in Bogota about their proposals for internet access in the city [ES], and publishes their responses.
Brazil: “Haiti is here, Haiti is not here”
Haiti has become a regularly commented on issue on the Brazilian blogosphere. The special connection between Brazil and Haiti was initiated in 2004, when Brazilian troops started to participate in MINUSTAH — the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. Last week the UN decided to extend its presence in the...
Guatemala: Blog de mi Guatemala Turns Four
Blog de Mi Guatemala [ES] celebrates its four-year anniversary.
Peru: Continuing Investigation into Allegations Against Toledo
El Blog de Morsa [ES] is not sure who to believe in regards to the ongoing investigation into allegations that former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo raped a young woman.
Argentina: More Trouble from Airport Employees
Jorge Gobbi of Blog de Viajes [ES] writes about the latest troubling finding regarding airport employees in Buenos Aires, Argentina that steal from passengers’ luggage.
Bolivia: Voces Bolivianas Summary
Hugo Miranda of the project Voces Bolivianas summarizes the latest blog entries [ES] by the participants.
Dominican Republic: Images of Captured Criminals
Remolacha.net [ES] writes that criminals must hate cell phone and digital cameras because of the images captured, when the criminals themselves are captured.
Guatemala: Run-off Election Countdown
Elecciones Guatemala [ES] counts down to the run-off election that will decide Guatemala's next president.
Peru: Help for a Sick Nephew
Tan sólo unas burbujas [ES] asks blog readers for help and asks for doctor recommendations to help her very sick nephew in Lima, Peru.
Ecuador: Immigrant Girl Attacked on Barcelona Train
A 16-year-old Ecuadoran immigrant was sitting alone on the train in Barcelona, when a Spanish citizen who was talking on his phone, proceeded to repeatedly strike the girl for no apparent reason. The images were caught on camera inside the train and brought swift reactions of disgust by bloggers in Ecuador and abroad, as well as caused others to pause and reflect on the status of immigrants in Spain.
Brazil: Reforming Abortion Laws
Cecilia Sardenberg, in “The right to abortion: briefing from Brazil” at OpenDemocracy.net, tells about the heated debate over reforms to Brazil's outdated abortion laws that has intensified across the country in 2007.
Argentina: Did She Win Already?
El Opinador Compulsivo [ES] thinks that the election of Cristina Kirchner as President of Argentina is merely a formality and why the country “takes the trouble and cost to organize an election.”
Argentina: Google To Open in Buenos Aires
Leandro Zanoni of eBlog [ES] writes about Google opening up its third operations center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Cuba: Of Speeches and Workshops
While The Cuban Triangle comments on US President George Bush's speech about democratic change in Cuba, Child of the Revolution almost “missed a big event currently under way in Havana. Believe it or not, the Castro regime is hosting something called the 2nd International Workshop on Financial Management.”