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· December, 2011

Stories about Latin America from December, 2011

Brazil: “We Have Overtaken the United Kingdom's GDP. So What?”

The news, published in the international press and echoed by the country's media, filled nationalist Brazilians with with pride and optimism, and left those who analysed the numbers more closely...

Online Highlights from the Portuguese-Speaking World in 2011

2011 has been another year in which bloggers and activists from a number of Portuguese-speaking countries have come together to report, translate and promote blogs and citizen media from all...

Chile: Neighbors and Netizens Unite to Save Concon Dunes

After 20 years of struggle against the construction of a real-estate project on a delicate and unique ecosystem called the Concon Dunes, neighbors and netizens have united their voices to...

Chile: Netizens Report and React to Torres del Paine Wildfire

For days, a wildfire has been consuming thousands of hectares in national park Torres del Paine in Chile's Patagonia. Netizens are sharing reports and reacting to the news through #salvemostorresdelpaine...

Argentina: New Anti-Terrorism Law Raises Concerns

A new anti-terrorism law is causing concern in Argentina. Lillie Langtry explains in her blog Memory in Latin America that, “the new package of measures is intended to combat financial...

Argentina Tech Blogger Looks into ‘Death’ of Blogs

Technology blogger Mariano Amartino [es] reacts to the post “The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over” by Jeremiah Owyang. He points out the irony that posts about “the death...

Colombia: Salsa Song Criticizes Bus Rapid Transport System

A salsa song and video documents the suffering that travelling in the Transmilenio public transportation system of Bogota represents for its users.

Dominican Republic: The History of Bachata

Deepak Lamba Nieves, PhD student who investigates Dominican transnational migration, writes about the show in Boston of famous bachata singer Luis Miguel del Amargue, and also about the history of this...

Cuba: The First Book on Afro-Cuban Women

NegraCubana interviews Daysi Rubiera and Inés María Martiatu [es], authors of the first comprehensive book on the “history, thought, and cultural practices” of Afro-Cuban women.

Cuba: on writer Achy Obejas

Montague Kobbe profiles Achy Obejas, a Cuban-American writer who “constantly challenging her readers to (re)think their positions in relation to the most basic principles that govern our attitudes towards each...

Puerto Rico: The Latest from El Macabeo

Orlando Vélez from the blog El Punto [es] interviews the lead singer of the salsa band Orquesta El Macabeo [es] about their most recent album “El Entierro” (The Burial).

Puerto Rico: Investigating Monsanto

The Center of Investigative Journalism published a three-part series on the little known operation in Puerto Rico of the multinational biotechnology corporation Monsanto, the principle producer of genetically engineered seeds.

Cuba: Waiting for Change

Yasmín Portales writes that she is still waiting for radical changes [es] and different governance strategies and practices in Raúl Castro's Cuba.

Cuba: LGBT Rights on the Way

Blogger and LGBT activist Paquito el de Cuba writes about the lastest news on the status of the bill [es] that will amend the Family Act in Cuba to include...

Cuba: #Twittsaneo

The blog El Microwave writes about the initiative #Twitsaneo [es], convened originally by El Taburete [es] and organized by a group of avid Cuban twitter users. #Twitsaneo was the name...

Puerto Rico: The Local Music Scene Live

The music blog Puerto Rico Indie has launched “Archipiélago,” a series of videos of live sessions of some of the “best artists in the local music scene” in Puerto Rico....

Puerto Rico: Redefining Gender

Jorge “Yoryie” Irizarry embarks on a personal reflection on gender [es] and homosexuality.

‘Developing Latin America': Open Data Projects

The 'Desarrollando Latin América' (Developing Latin America) competition, a public hackathon for creating technological solutions to education, security and budgetary problems in six countries in the region, took place on...

Latin America: Youth Unemployment

Bloggings by boz looks at youth unemployment in Latin America, concluding that “with growth projections decreased for 2011 and 2012, the current situation for youth unemployment is almost certainly getting...

Peru: Afro-Peruvian Christmas Music

Christmas, a Christian celebration that arrived in Perú with the Spaniards at the beginning of the sixteenth century, was adapted over the years by different Peruvian communities. The black community...

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