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· December, 2009

Stories about Latin America from December, 2009

Caribbean: 2009 Regional Roundup

As Global Voices celebrates its fifth anniversary, the occasion has given us all an opportunity to reflect on why we do what we do and how our work makes a...

Cuba: History & Hope

“Hopefully, 2010 will bring, finally, an end to this sad, torturous chapter of Cuban history”: Uncommon Sense remembers Cuba's past and expresses his hopes for its future.

Puerto Rico: On the Trail

When it comes to corruption, Puerto Rico's Gil the Jenius follows the “more subtle ‘influence trail'” rather than the money trail.

Peru: Damage to Inca Walls Due to Construction of Hotel

Concerned about the damage being caused to ancient Inca walls by the construction of a new hotel in Cusco, Peru, Carlos Quiroz of Peruanista writes a detailed post with steps...

Brazil: Interpreting songs into Brazilian Sign Language

Pedro Witchs shares in Youtube his interpreation of the song "Todos os Verbos" [All the verbs], by singer Zélia Duncan into LIBRAS (Brazilian Sign Language). Vocal and guitar by Rodrigo...

Brazil: New Year's Eve fashion in São Paulo

Polyana De Oliveira blogs about the many Brazilian traditions for New Year's Eve, from outfits to food.

Nicaragua: The Aftermath of the 1972 Earthquake

On December 23, 1972, a 6.2-scale earthquake struck Managua, Nicaragua killing 5,000 and leaving 250,000 homeless. Nicaraguan blogger Homero was a young child at the time, but he holds memories...

Cuba: Show of Support

Cuban diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense reports on “the arrests over the past several days of numerous activists attempting…to show their support for political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who has been...

Brazil: 100-year-old grandma realises parachute dream

It is never too late to achieve a dream, and a Brazilian granny has proved the cliché true. At the age of 100, she enjoys dancing, swimming, running, playing volleyball,...

Mexico: Increase in Price of a Ride on Metro

The cost of a ride on the Mexico City metro will rise from 2 pesos to 3 pesos starting on January 2, 2010 writes Jess from Vivir México [es].

Guatemala: Ongoing Search for Remains of the Disappeared

James Rodríguez of Mi Mundo documents one of the ongoing searches in the community of Villalobos for the remains of some of the disappeared victims during the armed conflict in...

Uruguay: Too Many Governmental Employees

There are too many governmental employees in Uruguay, which only adds to the overall budget writes the blogger at Qué Pasa Uruguay? [es], adding, “Who will pay for all this?...

Uruguay: The Best Blogs from School-Aged Children

The blog from Plan Ceibal in Uruguay shares links to the best blogs from school-aged children [es] across the country as part of the campaign, “Your Ideas are Valued.”

El Salvador: President Funes Enjoys Very High Approval Rate

El Salvador's President, Mauricio Funes has remained very popular with an approval rating of 88.2% six months after taking office writes Tim Muth.

Honduras: Pope Benedict XVI Refers to Coup in Christmas Address

Honduras en el Mundo [es] writes that Pope Benedict XVI made reference to the Honduras coup during his Christmas address.

Paraguay: 18 Deaths in Asunción Over Christmas

Carlos Rodríguez of Rescatar [es] notes the high number of deaths in Asunción, Paraguay between December 24-25, which includes 10 traffic accidents and 5 murders.

Brazil: Top 10 photos of 2009

Brazil Travel Blog's collection Brazil on Flickr contains 61 albums “with photos from all the corners of the country”. They have published their top 10 Brazilian photos among those uploaded...

Global: Tweeting for #Gaza

In honor of the one-year anniversary of Israel's attacks on Gaza in December 2008, a number of activists have planned a targeted "tweet for Gaza" campaign on Twitter. Jillian C....

Brazil: Bloggers lament urban forest fires

After fires ravaged the world's largest urban forest in Rio de Janeiro this September, bloggers document, reflect and mobilise in equal measure.

Ecuador: Government Suspends Television Channel Teleamazonas

The Ecuadorian government took the television channel Teleamazonas off the air for 72 hours for spreading false information. Critics see this move as a threat to freedom of expression.

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