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· August, 2009

Stories about Latin America from August, 2009

Peru: Alberto Pizango Wanted by Interpol

  31 August 2009

Peruvian indigenous leader, Alberto Pizango, is accused by the government as an instigator of violence for the events in Bagua, and is now wanted by Interpol according to J. Francisco Canaza of Apuntes Peruanos [es].

Chile: The Chile + Cultura Festival 2009

  31 August 2009

The Chile + Cultura 2009 Festival is set for September 6 in Curicó, which will feature free regional and national musical acts writes Manuel Herrera Díaz of Maulee.cl [es]

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Ecuador: All Aboard the Trolley Bus

  30 August 2009

The trolley bus system in Quito, Ecuador has been helping to alleviate traffic congestion. A recent experiment invited the city's twitterers to submit live news about riding on this form of public transportation.

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Puerto Rico: “Such is Life”

  28 August 2009

The executive director of the government project Portal del Futuro defended the construction of a luxury mega-resort by telling residents of neighboring communities that they would not have access to this kind of project because "such is life." Puerto Rican bloggers respond to his remarks.

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Brazil: Outrage at violent São Paulo eviction

  28 August 2009

On Monday, 240 police went to evict 800 families from the Olga Benário squatter settlement in São Paulo. Bloggers and photojournalists report on the violence, despair and lack of social justice.

Ecuador: The National Festival of Music

  27 August 2009

José Elias introduces his readers to the XXII National Festival of Ecuadorian Music, which recently took place in a rural parish of San Lorenzo of Manta [es], where artists and children from parishes all across the country come to sing for a national and international audience.

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Ecuador: The Frustrations of Being a Writer

  27 August 2009

Being a writer in Ecuador can be frustrating. Whether it is the lack of books available or how politicians use cultural events to spread their message, many authors just want their work to reach their readers.

Brazil: Photos of an outrageous squatter settlement eviction

  26 August 2009

Freelance photographer Anderson Barbosa took chilling photos of the eviction of 800 families from the Olga Benário squatter settlement in São Paulo after a court order. The property had been occupied for two years by hundreds of families who watched their houses burn and be demolished last Monday.

Guatemala: New BarCamps Planned

  26 August 2009

Gustavo Reyes of Interactiva Web [es] announces the launch of EduCamp in Guatemala, which is targeted for teachers, as well as the first regional BarCamp in Esquipulas.

About our Latin America coverage

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