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· May, 2009

Stories about Latin America from May, 2009

Bolivia: The Launch of Social Networking Site for Diaspora

Karen Heredia aka Joup [es] announces the launch of Bolivianos Globales, a social networking site for those in the Bolivian diaspora.

Honduras: Strong Earthquake Shakes Country

Honduras awoke early in the morning of May 28 when an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale shook the country. Five deaths were confirmed, more injured, and slowly there...

Cuba: Sex Change Operations

Repeating Islands notes “that Cuba is reinstating sex-change operations that had previously been banned on the island.”

Jamaica, Cuba: Amnesty International Report

Iriegal and Jamaica Salt comment on Amnesty International’s criticism of the Jamaican police force, while Havana Times notes that the organization”recognized…that the US blockade on Cuba has a negative effect...

Colombia: HiperBarrio Workshops in Ituango

The HiperBarrio project has been conducting blogging workshops in the Colombian community of Ituango and Blueandtanit of $ujetate [es] provides details on the weekend's activities.

Colombia: Bogotá Campus Party 2009 Blog

The official blog of Campus Party Colombia 2009 [es] is now providing updates on the activities scheduled for the event to held in Bogotá on July 6-12.

Mexico: Television Comedy Show Makes Light of Actor's Mental Disability

The Human Rights Commission of Mexico DF has asked the television network Televisa to apologize the actor known as Sammy, after the contestants of a comedy game show played a...

Honduras: 7.1 Scale Earthquake Hits

A 7.1 scale earthquake has hit Honduras. Janpedrano [es] writes about communicating with friends and family around the country through internet, SMS, and telephone making sure that they were alright.

Peru: Freezing Temperatures in Puno Result in Children Deaths

While much of Peru and the media has been discussing the 16 confirmed individuals with AH1N1 virus, very little has been mentioned about the 133 children that have recently died...

Colombia: Cyber-Politics for the 2010 Elections

With the Colombian presidential elections set for 2010, the list of candidates has not yet been finalized, but campaigning is well underway. Some candidates have started to use digital tools...

Argentina: Clarín Media Group Forces Removal of Videos

The media group Clarín is considered to be the most important in Argentina and has implemented a policy of demanding that YouTube close the accounts of any user that does...

Cuba: Gay Expression

Diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense says of the arrest of the President of the Cuban Lesbian, Gay, Transexual and Bisexual Foundation: “After 50 years, the Castro dictatorship has yet to get...

Paraguay: Animated Film “Sebastian's Voodoo” Wins at Cannes

Paraguayans are celebrating that one of their own, filmmaker and animator, Joaquin Baldwin, took home first prize in the Online Short Film competition held in conjunction with the Cannes Film...

Honduras: First Confirmed Case of H1N1 Patient

The first case of the H1N1 virus has been confirmed in Honduras. However, Janpedrano notes that the 9-year-old girl, who is no longer showing symptoms, was “officially presented” alongside her...

Cuba: Antúnez Arrested

“Former Cuban political prisoner Jorge Luis García Pérez ‘Antúnez’ and six other anti-government activists were arrested in Havana…”: Uncommon Sense has the details.

Venezuela: Keeping the Internet as a Priority

When the Venezuelan government emitted Decree No. 6649, it raised red flags within the online community concerned about the possible effects to development. The decree seeks to eliminate “luxuries” or...

Cuba: “Cubans Can Connect”

“I’m coming to believe that the influence of the Internet on our reality is bigger than I thought”: When it comes to limitations imposed on Cubans having online access, Generation...

Brazil: Petroleum, elections and poverty matters

Discussions of an investigation into the nation's biggest state-owned company and its possible political motivation fill the Brazilian blogosphere. This debate takes place in a Brazilian society which sees 'black...

Paraguay: Celebrating Independence Day in the United States

Muna Annahas celebrated Paraguayan Independence Day with fellow ex-pats living in the Seattle, Washington area with typical foods and music.

Brazil: Fighting against cyber surveillance

Brazilian cyberactivists are again taking action against online surveillance in defence of the netcitizen rights. The Mega Não! protest has been triggered by the controversial digital crimes bill which aims...

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