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· April, 2011

Stories about Latin America from April, 2011

Ecuador: Twitter Campaign Gives President Correa ‘the Finger’

It started as a Twitter campaign, and now many Ecuadorians are posting photos of themselves showing the middle finger. Why? To ridicule the idea that you could be arrested for...

Argentina: Writer Ernesto Sabato Dies at Age 99

Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato passed away on April 30 at age 99. Buenos Aires Herald describes him as “one of the most influential writers in Argentine literature and author of...

Cuba: Silvio and Pablo

In Juan sin nada [es], Juan Orlando Pérez analyzes the state of affairs in Cuba through the politics of famous nueva trova musicians and composers Silvio Rodríguez and Pablo Milanés.

Cuba: Reflection on the Communist Party Congress

Blogger and journalist Elaine Díaz reflects [es]on the VI Congress of the Communist Party: “[…] The future Cuba should be built ‘by all and for the good of all’ from...

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rican Rock Music

The Latin American music blog Club Fonograma [es] reviews the amazing music of Puerto Rican alternative rock bands Balún and Dávila 666.

Colombia on Red Alert After Heavy Rains

Colombia is on red alert due to heavy rains. Residents of 28 departments suffer extreme hardship: flooding, landslides and sudden increase in rivers and streams have left more than three...

Cuba: Ferrer Held

According to Uncommon Sense and Babalu, Dr. Darsi Ferrer and other activists were arrested today “during a protest in which they were calling for the Castro dictatorship to allow Cubans...

Cuba: Bosch Dies

Cuban bloggers note the passing of Orlando Bosch, with Machetera saying: “There are good terrorists and bad ones, and clearly the mainstream media have settled on the fiction that Bosch...

Peru: Second Electoral Round Kicks Off

A few weeks before the second round of elections in Peru, the choice between candidates Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori, the growing polarisation in Peruvian society, and ultimately from the...

Honduras to Implement ‘One Laptop Per Child’ Program

RNS in Honduras Politics and Culture says that the plan to give one XO laptop to every child in Honduras “would be ideal for deployment in Honduras.” However, the blogger...

Brazil: School Bullying and the Realengo Massacre

On 7 April 2011, twelve adolescents at the Tasso da Silveira City School in the west of Rio de Janeiro were shot dead. The culprit was ex-pupil, Wellington Menezes de...

Mexico: Senate Approves Political Reform

The Mexican Senate approved “La reforma política,” a political reform that Aguachile describes as “immensely significant.” Aguachile lists the sections included in the reform and adds: “Of course, this does...

Ecuador: Poll Results Show President Correa Leading in Referendum

Bloggings by Boz reports: “Polls from Santiago Perez and Cedatos-Gallup suggest Correa will win on all ten questions of the referendum taking place on May 7,” adding that, “For Correa,...

Cuba: Bloggers Reflect on Reforms at Communist Party Congress

The sixth congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), which was recently held in Havana, may have marked a major turning point for the Cuban economic system, and for...

Colombia's Harsh Winter

Global Voices author Lully Posada writes in equinoXio [es] about winter in Colombia and the strong rains that have left more than 3 million victims.

Panama: Challanges for the LGBT Community

Blogger Erasmo Prado R. [es] writes about the challenges the Panamanian LGBT community is currently facing.

Cuba: Right to the Internet

“Any ‘supposition’ about what a farmer should do on Google, or in the furrow, is called control over the free actions of another, personal choice and individual freedom”: Octavo Cerco...

Cuba: The “Queen of Incredulity”

1Click2Cuba profiles Claudia Cadelo, “one of the best-known members of the Cuban blogging community.”

Peru: Hydroelectric Projects in the Amazon Under Discussion Again

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested the suspension of Brazil's Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, reopening the debate in Peru on similar projects and their impact on the Peruvian...

Mexico: 51 Kidnapped Migrants Rescued in Tamaulipas

Gancho reports that “Federal Police rescued 51 kidnapped migrants in Tamaulipas today [April 26], days after they saved another 68 in the same state. Such rescues were not common before...

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