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· March, 2012

Stories about Latin America from March, 2012

Bolivia: The Wandering Hands of the Santa Cruz Mayor

Santa Cruz Mayor Percy Fernández is in hot water because of his apparent inappropriate touching of city council member Desirée Bravo, which was caught on tape by the media during...

Puerto Rico: A Small and Modest Art Blog

Check out artist Omar Banuchi's blog on Tumblr: “a small and modest blog of images.”

Puerto Rico: Youth, Facebook, and News

A recent survey of 130 college students [es], mostly from the Río Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico, shows that many of them actually use Facebook to read news.

Puerto Rico: “He Leaves at Last”

Blogger and historian Yvonne Acosta comments on the recent dismissal  [es] of the Superintendent of the Police Emilio Díaz Colón.

Brazil: “Kilombos”, Stories of Slaves Bridging Three Continents

In this article, we make a secular journey across three continents with 'Kilombos', a documentary released in March in Portugal, which "transports us through the oral history of the African...

Chile: Open Letter to Daniel Zamudio Goes Viral

Chilean netizens were deeply moved by an open letter to Daniel Zamudio, a young gay man who died after a brutal beating, written by Felipe E. Mercado and published on...

Mexico: One Year After Birth of “Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity”

Mexicans speak out about the first anniversary of the beginning of the “Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity,” which is related to the death of activist and former poet...

Brazil: Irregularities Denounced in the Council of Representatives of Emigrants

Founded at the end of 2012, the Conselho de Representantes de Brasileiros no Exterior [Council of Representatives of Brazilians Abroad], or the CRBE, linked to the Ministry of External Affairs,...

Nicaragua: Blogs Tell What the Press Ignore About Sexual Diversity

In Nicaragua, the mainstream media sensationalize news about homosexuality among men and women. That is just one of the findings of a recent study. However, blogs help to tackle the...

Peru: Focusing on Technology for Social and Economic Development

What if Peru were more committed to supporting and developing technology? This is what Oscar Montezuma asks in the blog Blawyer [es]. He looks at the current cabinet of ministries...

This Week in the Caribbean Blogosphere

Again this week, the regional blogosphere was dominated by talk of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba. With reports of repression at an all-time high, Cuban bloggers were dismayed by...

The Cuba the Pope Leaves Behind

Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Cuba has come to an end, a visit bookended by the Castro brothers: President Raul Castro greeting the pontiff at the airport and Fidel Castro...

Guatemala: Indigenous and Rural Communities March to Defend Their Land

Thousands of Guatemalan indigenous people and countrymen participated in a nine-day march to defend their lands, protest forced relocations, and call attention to other issues affecting rural communities. We share...

Chile: Daniel Zamudio, Victim of a Brutal Hate Crime, Passes Away

Daniel Zamudio, a young gay man, became the victim of a brutal attack on March 3. In this post we show some of the reactions from blogs, online news sites...

Chile: Blogging About Government Transparency in ‘El Vaso’

Ciudadano Inteligente, an organization that aims to make Chilean politics more transparent, has created a blog titled ‘El Vaso’ [es] to inform and promote a discussion about technology and government...

Bolivia: Promoting Internet Connectivity in the ‘Real’ and ‘Virtual’ World

Blogger Mario R. Durán from Palabras Libres [es] lists the recent accomplishments of a group of activists that make up the Facebook group “Más ancho de banda para Bolivia” (“More...

Argentinians Ask to #Freethebooks

The coming into force of a resolution that restricts the importation of books has caused a new controversy. Here we bring together reactions that Argentinians have been sharing in recent...

Cuba: Who will the Pope Support?

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Santiago de Cuba on Monday, the second visit by a Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church to the island in 14 years. The web, especially...

Brazil: Thoughts on Access to Science on Document Freedom Day

In the Document Freedom Day, March 28, Brazilian blogger and professor Ladislau Dowbor writes [pt] about open access to science, and questions the price of information. He also shares his...

‘Mujeres Construyendo': Empowering Women, One Blog at a Time

Mujeres Construyendo, the first platform for female bloggers in Spanish, wants to convert Hispanic women into creators of internet content. We talk to its founder, Claudia Calvin, about this growing...

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