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· July, 2009

Stories about Latin America from July, 2009

Cuba: Political Prisoners

Cuban diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense reports that while one former political prisoner has started a blog, another Cuban human rights activist “faces up to 8 years in prison if convicted...

Mexico: Free Events Around the City

Gratis Hasta Puñaladas [es] is a new blog dedicated to sharing information about events and activities around the city that are free.

Mexico: The Santa Fe District

The Mexico City district of Santa Fe is “Mexico's Dubai” and characterized by its commercialization boom and high-end shopping, but which is also surrounded by many of the city's slums...

Paraguay: Typical Food Called Sopa

The blog Camino al Paraguay [es] continues by showing foods from the country with 2 posts showing Paraguayan Sopa, which is cooked in a mud oven called a Tatakua.

Brazil: Fighting for more recycling with the Electronic Waste Manifesto

In Brazil, a bill regarding the disposal of solid residuals has been amended to exclude electronic waste. As a first step to fight this change, an Electronic Waste Manifesto has...

Colombia: Hiperbarrio Featured at Periodismo Ciudadano

The citizen media project HiperBarrio from Medellín, Colombia continues to receive worldwide attention. They were recently featured in a series of videos created by the Spanish website Periodismo Ciudadano.

Peru: Oral Storytelling Festival in August

The 3rd National Festival of Oral Storytelling will take place throughout the month of August in Lima and Lambayeque, Peru. Elizabeth Lino Cornejo of Te Voy a Contar [es] writes...

Cuba: Interview with Blogger Lizabal Mónica

Cuban writer Lizabel Mónica has been blogging since 2007 and has been using her blogs to "build bridges between literature and national and international art, as well as to explore...

Ecuador: Woman Attempts to Auction Virginity Online in Spain

An Ecuadorian immigrant living in Valencia, Spain decided to put her virginity up for an online auction to help pay for medical care for her ailing mother. The ads were...

Cuba, U.S.A.: Cabot Journalism Prize

Generation Y has been awarded the Cabot Prize by Columbia University and pledges to use its “prestige and protection…to continue to grow the Cuban blogosphere.”

Paraguay: The Government's Negotiations in the Itaipú Dam

Carlos Rodríguez of Rescatar [es] is pleased with the negotiations between Paraguay and Brazil regarding the binational project of the Itaipú dam. He applauds the actions of President Fernando Lugo...

Peru: The “Sport” of Dog Poisoning

Barbara Drake, an ex-pat from the United States, who writes at the blog An American in Lima posts about the risks a dog faces by simply the fact of living...

Mexico: The Subway Economy

Lesley Téllez of the Mija Chronicles [es] takes a look at the “subway economy” and those vendors who ride the trains with the hope of selling products to passengers.

Cuba: Light & Shadow

“This was the speech of the ‘shadow’ because light is something the authoritarians cannot tame…Raúl Castro is right: we can no longer see him, because the twilight he represents lacks…any...

Uruguay: CIP, Showcasing National Films and Shorts

They call it an alternative to online video channels so that their videos don't have to compete for attention with short home-videos of birthdays, cats and lip synching to music....

Peru: An Exhibition of Art and Video Games

Juan Carlos Luján of Sin Papel [es] reports on an exhibition in Lima, Peru of art and video games.

Colombia: Senator Scolded For Using Twitter

Colombian Senator Armando Benedetti may be admonished by his political party for using Twitter to inform followers of declarations [es] made during a press conference. He wrote that there are...

Hungary, Bolivia: Update on Rózsa-Flores’ Case

Hungarian Spectrum posts an update on Eduardo Rózsa-Flores’ case.

Cuba: Political Arrests

Diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense links to a report that claims “there were 130 political arrests” in Cuba in the month of June.

Bolivia: Attack Attempt on Potosí Prefect

Wilfredo Jordán writes about the recent attack attempt on the home of Mario Virreira, the departmental prefect of Potosí, Bolivia.

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