Stories about Latin America from July, 2013
Abre Latam, an Open Conference for an Open Region
Reviews and photos from Abre Latam, an event about open data and transparency in Latin American governments which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Brazil's Vinegar Revolt Renews Police Demilitarization Debate
Some argue it is impossible for Brazil's military police, a leftover from from the country's dictatorship, to view the people as anything but the enemy.
Colombia: Welcome to Downtown Medellín
Downtown Medellin, my home, is one of the most colorful places I have known in my life. It’s not the prettiest or safest place on earth, but it’s very interesting, vibrant and exotic. Adriaan Alsema writes about downtown Medellín, or “el centro”, in Colombia Reports. He lists reasons to love...
Election of Members of Constitutional Court Sparks Protests in Peru
Under the banner "This Congress doesn't represent me," Peruvians took to the streets to protest a controversial election of various public officials by the Congress.
Serbia, Turkey, Slovenia and Brazil on Winning Streak at Girls’ U18 Volleyball World Championship
As the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) blog reports, the Serbian, Turkish, Slovenian and Brazilian under-18 girls’ national volleyball teams showed outstanding results on the weekend of July 27-28, some with a perfect win-loss ratio. Full stats and results are available and regularly updated on the Federation's website.
Brazil: ‘Real Men Don't Beat Women’
If you deepen into the figures of domestic violence against women in Brazil, you will find that one in five women are victims.
Ecuadorian Football Star Christian Benítez Dies
Football fans are saddened by the unexpected death of the Ecuadorian "Chucho" Benítez, current champion with Club América [Mexico].
Denouncing Abuses via Social Networks in Mexico and Brazil
Cellular phone cameras have become a powerful tool for journalists and citizens in reporting requests for bribes and other excessive uses of power. In Mexico, cellular phones and social networks have also become a popular form to broadcast abuses of power, attempts at electoral fraud, and demonstrations of citizens against the police. In Brazil images...
Finding Everything and Anything at Bolivia's 16 de Julio Fair
Thousands flock to the 16 de Julio Fair every Thursday and Sunday to find a much-needed object. However, the bustling open-air market is not free from controversy.
Brazil's Indigenous Demand ‘No More Dams’
After the release of scientists kidnapped by the Mundurukus last June, the Brazilian government agreed to meet the indigenous and listen to their claims.
VIDEO: ‘Hacking Democracy’ in Loja, Ecuador
In Loja citizens use social networks to propose concrete ideas to better their city. The organization Loja es Más launched a video where they tell us about their work.
Facepopular, a ‘Popular’ Social Network Made in Argentina
Argentine political militants have created Facepopular, a social network deemed "popular and Latin American". Within a month of its launch, the network has gained more than 24,000 users.
Peruvian Town Remembers Those Who Died Defending Water Rights
July 3 marked the one-year anniversary of the death of five civilians during clashes between police and demonstrators protesting against the Conga mining project. The people of Celendín demand justice.
Radio Vieques to Heal Puerto Rican Island Following Years of Bombing Exercises
The island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, suffered over 60 years of use as a United States Navy military base and an area for bombing exercises.
App Tracks Argentina's Congress Voting Records
An app called “Década votada” (A decade in votes) [es] aims to help citizens understand “Argentina’s National Congress elections and the degree of each candidate’s allegiance to their party at the moment of voting,” as Knight International fellow Mariano Blejman writes in Source. Mariano, who specializes in data-driven journalism, interviewed...
Chile: Firewood Prohibition Decree Freezes Temuco
Residents of Temuco, Chile, have protested an emergency decree that bans the use of firewood to provide heating in the middle of the winter.
Football Player Dies During a Match in Peru
Five minutes before the end of a game between the football teams Real Garcilaso and Sporting Cristal, 18-year-old Sporting Cristal player Yair José Clavijo suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away. Sporting Cristal's medical team tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him at the field of the Municipal Stadium in Urcos, in...
Public Safety in Venezuela: ‘Safe Homeland’ to the Rescue?
A new security plan promises to solve the public safety problem in Venezuela, but the participation of the military generates doubts and mistrust.
Young and Old United in Nicaragua's #OcupaINSS Movement
Nicaragua's youth began using the hashtag #OcupaINSS [es] to show their solidarity with the senior citizens that were protesting to demand partial pensions from the government. Blogger Mildred Largaespada of 1001 Trópicos [es] explains what happened: And now the action movie begins: The senior citizens occupy the [Nicaraguan Social Security...
Puerto Rico is a Key Link in Espionage of Latin American Countries
What did Edward Snowden reveal about Puerto Rico's role in the NSA's espionage program? Author Angel Carrión tells us.
Peru: From Prison, With All Our Heart
Every year, the Foundation Against Cancer of Peru [es] carries out a fundraising campaign called “Ponle corazón” [Put your heart in it] for children with cancer. Affected because in the last three years the collection has been unable to reach its planned goal, the inmates of Miguel Castro Castro penitentiary...