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· October, 2010

Stories about Latin America from October, 2010

Brazil: Dilma Rousseff elected president

Winning 55.7% of the total votes, Dilma Rousseff today became Brazil's first female president [pt]. Voter turnout was also high, with estimates lying between 92 and 96%. We will bring you...

Caribbean: Hurricane Tomas

Trinidad and Tobago, the twin island republic that seemed to be directly in Tomas‘ path on Friday, was spared its effects, but as the storm veered north, islands that had...

Americas: Virtual Memorial for 72 Victims of Migrant Mass-Killing

Over the last two months, renowned journalist Alma Guillermoprieto has led an online project in response to the mass killing of seventy-two migrants that took place in the Mexican state...

Mexico: Drug Gangs Using Guerrilla Tactics?

Tim Johnson says that, “Thursday’s killing of nine police is important for what it reveals about the tactical military capabilities of drug gangs.”

Ecuador: CNN Reporter Resigns Over Network's Coverage of September 30 Police Uprising

INK reports that Rodolfo Muñoz, “the CNN journalist on site at the September 30th attempted coup in Ecuador has resigned from the company due to the way in which that...

Mexico: Interview with author of Mexican desserts cookbook

Lesley Téllez from The Mija Chronicles interviewed Fany Gerson, author of My Sweet Mexico, “a new cookbook of authentic Mexican desserts, beverages and breads.”

Ecuador: Use of Twitter in 2010

Christian Espoinosa from Cobertura Digital [es] shares statistics on the use of Twitter in Ecuador in 2010.

Dominican Republic: Rita Indiana and “El Juidero”

The music blog Club Fonograma reviews Rita Indiana y Los Misterios’ [ES] new album, “El Juidero”: “She is a unique voice and one of our generation’s most creative personas.”

Brazil: citizen coverage of election runoff

As Brazil gears up for the second round of presidential elections, 48 Horas Democracia [pt] will again provide citizen-produced videos, news reports and bulletins of the event to offer non-mainstream coverage.

Puerto Rico: “Guadalupe Should Not be the Provost”

Ángel Carrión comments on the designation of Ana Guadalupe [ES] as the Provost of the Río Piedras campus (the main campus) of the University of Puerto Rico. Guadalupe was severely...

Puerto Rico: #EnProfundo and the “Cassava of Love”

The team behind #EnProfundo produce another podcast [ES] that includes their characteristically biting media critique.

Cuba: Restricted Access

“In Cuba, access to the internet is restricted and very expensive for citizens, but it is also is controlled by state institutions”: Laritza's Laws explains.

Brazil: Dilma, Cristina and machismo in the media

Rodrigo Vianna at Escrevinhador [pt] draws parallels between the rise and leadership of Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez and Brazilian presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff, and slams the often sexist media both...

Cuba: Standard of Living

“Nobody on the island may have a high standard of living if it is not authorized by the regime”: Iván García explains that he “aspire[s] to live better. But above...

Argentina: Images from Plaza de Mayo After Kirchner's Death

La Propaladora [es] shares images and a video of people gathering at Plaza de Mayo to say goodbye to Néstor Kirchner, former president and husband of current president Cristina Fernández,...

Argentina: Former President, Nestor Kirchner, Dies

This Wednesday, Nestor Kirchner, former president and husband of the current president Cristina Fernandez, died of a heart attack. Argentinian bloggers shared their impressions on this sudden and unexpected death.

Brazil: satirical voting campaign goes viral

A topic that has been making waves throughout the Brazilian Internet is the satirical campanha #votoserrapq (why I will vote for Serra campaign) [pt]. Organised by the blog Grupo Brasil e Desenvolvimento...

Brazil: activists, bloggers defend freedom of expression

In an act of solidarity [pt] in response to the censoring of Revista do Brasil magazine, a host of Brazilian activists, bloggers and other independent media joined yesterday in collectively...

Puerto Rico: Reclaiming Public Space One Song at a Time

Frecuencias Alternas has covered Puerto Rico’s independent music scene for the past decade through its radio show, and more recently, its website. The newest addition to their site is the...

Peru: Embarrassing Moments in Peruvian Football

Cyrano from Columna 17 writes [es] about two embarrassing moments in Peruvian football: the first, when a second-division Peruvian team drugged their opponent; the second, when some players from the...

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