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· July, 2013

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

About our Latin America coverage

Melissa Vida is the Latin America Spanish-language editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Fernanda Canofre is the Brazil editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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