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· July, 2008

Stories about Latin America from July, 2008

Brazil: Live blogging the local elections debate

Nova Corja [pt] will be live blogging the second debate for the local elections in Porto Alegre, Brazil. “The concept is the same: surpassing policy analysis in the posts with...

Brazil: Gilberto Gil leaves the Culture Cabinet

Many blogs have been reporting that Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil has left the cabinet, which he had headed since 2003. He plans to give priority to his musical career.

Brazil: The 200 top blogs

Mundo Tecno [pt] published a list of the 200 most popular Brazilian blogs according to the Blogblogs ranking. Meio Bit [pt] is the top one.

Cuba, Venezuela, U.S.A.: Empty Dialogue?

Cuban bloggers Babalu and Ninety miles away…in another country focus on U.S. Republican senator Arlen Specter's upcoming Latin American trip, during which he hopes to meet with both Raul Castro...

Bolivia: The Custom of El Poro

Camiri Digital [es] proudly writes about the use of the drink “el Poro” in Camiri, Bolivia, and its customs such as pouring the drink to your right.

Cuba, Mexico: Good Relations

“I’ve always admired how Mexico, despite its own internal contradictions and conflicts, was able to dodge the US pressure on Cuba…in the early 1960s”: On a recent trip to Mexico...

Barbados, Venezuela: Staking a Claim

Notes From The Margin is monitoring the “strident” tone of an article in the Venezuelan media which deals with the South American country's claim of Barbados’ waters: “Barbados has little...

Peru: Movie Places Machu Picchu Incorrectly

Luis Ramos of Cinencuentro [es] complains about another movie that mistakenly places Machu Picchu in another country. This time it is placed in Mexico.

Russia: Exaggerated Rumours of a New Cuban Crisis

FP Passport – Russia follows up on the commotion and official denials following rumours of Russian plans to station strategic bombers to Cuba.

Cuba: Carnival Time

“It is a time to shrug off the slogans, the shortages and the frustrated expectations. Dancing is a magnificent way of forgetting. And so we will have a festival along...

Costa Rica: Concerts, riots and concerns.

Journalist Cristian Cambronero from popular Costa Rican blog Fusil de Chispas posts a recount of Sunday's Concert where youth rioted and destroyed the campus of the Universidad Latina in the...

Paraguay: Recent Photos of Asuncion and Luque

Muna Annahas posts recent pictures from her visit to her home in Asuncion and Luque, Paraguay.

Brazil: A topless protest in Rio downtown

Walter Valdevino posts pictures at Nova Corja [pt] of an unusual protest in Brazil, when a 28 year old artist protested going topless in the centre of Rio de Janeiro...

Cuba: July 26th

This past weekend, on July 26th, Cuba marked the 55th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago that came to be recognised as the start of the...

Brazil: Blogosphere makes it to the cinema

“The blogosphere made it to the Brazilian cinema. Murilo Salles’ film “A Proper Name“ [pt] brings a blog, by Clara Averbuck [pt], to the movie theater. There are reviews of...

Brazil: Who is behind the ‘Cybercrimes Bill'?

Blog do Tião writes [Pt] about the companies and political groups behind Eduardo Azeredo, the Brazilian Senator that proposed a controversial Cybercrimes Bill that's being largely discussed in the Brazilian...

AIDS: XVII International Conference call for videos

The XVII International AIDS Conference will take place in Mexico City between August 3rd and the 8th, and Witness' THE HUB has a series of videos uploaded by community members...

Ecuador: New Constitution Ready For Vote in Referendum

A draft proposal for the new Constitution in Ecuador is ready for approval by a nationwide referendum to be held in September. However, reports of a Constituent Assembly under pressure,...

Brazil: Corruption doesn't need captions

Vejo Tudo e Não Morro [I see everything and I don't die, pt] publishes a cartoon that doesn't need captions: corruption is universal.

Brazil: Controversial nuclear project is given green light

Controversial Angra 3 reactor for Brazil's Nuclear Power Plant was given a pre-licence by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) last July 23, not before a...

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