Stories about Latin America from September, 2013
Doctors in Panama Launch Strike Over Foreign Recruitment Law
Law 611 has put local doctors on the warpath, while the government assures that foreign doctors will not pose a problem for national workers.
IBM, Cisco Supply Brazil with Surveillance Tools for World Cup
With the perspective of mega events, Brazil became a priority for the global surveillance industry. On the front line of the technological centers which concentrate decisions concerning security during the games is the American multinational corporation IBM.
Developing Latin America 2013: An ‘Apps Challenge’ for Social Impact
This year Developing Latin America goes from being a Hackathon to an Apps Challenge, an event to think of better ideas, obtain more concrete solutions, and achieve more sustainable applications.
Praise and Criticism for Uruguay's Proposed Media Law
The bill, which has received the praise of several journalism and freedom of expression organizations, is not as controversial as the one recently approved in Ecuador or as contentious as the one currently in the hands of Argentina’s Supreme Court. However, it is not without its critics. While it has been lauded for its intention to set...
Brazil Becomes Hot Market for Surveillance Technology Ahead of World Cup
Giants of the surveillance sector get contracts in a number of Brazilian cities to monitor citizens during the games of 2014 - from security scanners to remote tracking software.
Peru: 7 Magnitude Quake Hits Acari, Arequipa
Some media and citizens report small-scale damage, like rock slides that have blocked part of the southern Panamericana highway. No fatal victims have been reported.
Two Women Jailed After Kissing at Religious Rally in Brazil
In a religious service lead by the pastor and congressman Marco Feliciano, two young women who kissed in the middle of the event were arrested.
Brazilian President Calls for Global Respect of Net Neutrality at the UN
Net neutrality, privacy and human rights were in focus on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's speech (pdf) at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 24, 2013. The leader said that UN needs to establish international protections for Internet users from spying and announced Brazil's intention to prepare a proposal...
Chile's Student Uprising: ‘There’s a Story to Be Told’
Global Voices spoke to Pablo Navarrete, who is making a documentary with his father about the Chilean students who are trying to do away with vestiges of the Pinochet dictatorship.
Esther Vargas Helps Journalists Stay Relevant
In the blog News Entrepreneurs, James Breiner highlights the work of Peruvian journalist Esther Vargas and her website Clases de Periodismo [es] (Journalism Classes): She and her team of four dedicated collaborators compile the latest news and courses of interest to journalists and share it all through social networks such...
Latin America: “Where do the Disappeared go?”
The internet is a source of innumerable initiatives and stories that remember the disappeared and fight against impunity.
Social Media Week Discusses Principles for a Collaborative World
Social Media Week, a worldwide event which “brings people, brands and organizations together to explore how we connect and communicate as a society”, starts today, September 23, 2013. In the second edition of this year's global conference, with the cities of Berlin, Bogotá, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, São Paulo and Toronto...
Latin America Remembers the Disappeared
The disappearance of people has left a profound footprint in Latin America, where cases of disappearance still exist today. Photographs, songs and blogs help to keep memories alive.
Brazilian Police: Censors and Censored
In his first article for Global Voices, Danillo Ferreira writes about police oppression of the press in Brazil and the internal institutional oppression of officers freedom of expression.
@ReporteYa: Citizen Journalism from #Venezuela
Paula Gonzalo tells us about “Reporte Ya”, an example of a collaboration between professional and citizen journalism.
Peruvian Physician Among Victims of Attack in Nairobi
Peruvian news agency Andina informed [es] on Saturday, September 21, 2013, that Peruvian physician Juan Jesús Ortiz is one of the fatalities from the attack in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, which has left a death toll of 59 individuals and over 175 injured. This is how Periodismo en Línea tweeted...
Cyclists in Fortaleza, Brazil Win Bike Lane After Pressuring Authorities
After members of Fortaleza's Critical Mass took matters into their own hands over the lack of a bike lane, city officials finally created one.
Global Voices Partners with InfoAmazonia
A new form of visualization of Global Voices stories about the Amazon rainforest is now available in the shape of a map of the website InfoAmazonia.org. Through the established content partnership, Info Amazonia's special interactive map is being updated with the latest citizen media stories by Global Voices about the Amazon in English,...
Peruvian Blogger with Parkinson's Disease Publishes Book
Peruvian blogger Cyrano, from the blog Columna 17 [es], has published his book “El párkinson y yo” (Parkinson's and me), where he shares his daily life as a patient with this medical condition, and he announced it [es] on his blog: Se trata de un relato desde mi experiencia como...
Russian Warships in Nicaragua Rekindle Territorial Disputes
A resolution by the International Court of Justice set the stage for conflict between Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia and Panama, reviving disputes and jeopardizing a project to build a canal.
Victor Jara: Music In Search of Justice 40 Years After His Murder
The musical legacy of Victor Jara transcends national borders, just as the call to justice requires the extradition of one of the soldiers who murdered him 40 years ago.