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· January, 2015

Stories about Latin America from January, 2015

Höség: Water and Windproof Solidarity

Our Voices: Juan Tadeo in México

Our contributor in Mexico, Juan Tadeo, tells us how he became involved in Global Voices, what he likes to write about, and what he's learned of citizen journalism.

The Parallels Between France's Charlie Hebdo and Ecuador's Bonil

A few tweets recall the sanctions placed on cartoonist Bonil in Ecuador, paralleling his situation to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in France and the debate over freedom of expression.

A Website Fine Rekindles a Controversy About the Use of Personal Data in Perú

A Peruvian website that publishes open data was closed down after being fined, rekindling a debate about the use of personal data in the country.

10 Ways Mexicans Can Reclaim Their Troubled Country, According to Denisse Dresser

Political analyst Denise Dresser gave a talk reflecting on ways to be a citizen in today's Mexico. The YouTube video has received thousands of views and sparked important conversations.

Another Day, Another Violent Police Crackdown Against Protesters in Brazil

Military police are accused of violently suppressing a protest against publication transportation fare hikes in Sao Paulo.

Once Again, Mexicans Will Have a Starring Role at the Oscars

Birdman and La Parka are movies with Mexican talent that are nominated at the Oscars. González Iñárritu y Lubezki are after the award, as well as Serra Argüello from Nicaragua.

A Musical Feast: Puerto Rico Indie's List of the Best 14 Albums of 2014

Although 2014 ended almost one month ago, it is never too late to enjoy the blog Puerto Rico Indie's service to curious ears.

Colombia's New Minimum Wage Generates Minimum Enthusiasm

On December 30, 2014, Colombia's government raised the minimum wage by 4.6 percent to 644,350 Colombian pesos ($273). On social media, the disappointment of many has been palpable.

Outrage in Colombia over ‘Little Miss Thong’ Child Beauty Pageant

In a controversial Colombian beauty pageant known as "Little Miss Thong," participants, sponsored by the local city hall, are bikini-wearing girls as young a six-years-old.

This Newspaper's Headlines Have Become Too Much for Many Readers in Venezuela

Últimas Noticas' January 12 front page mobilized Twitter users this week, when readers decided the newspaper's political bias has gone too far.

Déjà Vu in Brazil as Police Crack Down on Protests Against Public Transportation Fare Hikes

January 2015 already resembles June 2013: hikes in transport fares in different Brazilian cities have sent hundreds of people into the streets, only to be met with police violence.

Chile's YouTube Viral Sensation: Woki Toki

While its audiovisuals are produced with professional quality, the YouTube channel owes much of its popularity to videos that capture conversations and typical settings in contemporary Chile.

Stories We Told About Latin America in 2014

2014 was the year in which the US and Cuba announced a historic thaw in relations, Brazil hosted the World Cup, and the Ayotzinapa tragedy shocked Mexico and the world.

Is Panama Still a ‘Melting Pot'?

With Facebook groups and discussions on other citizen media outlets, Panamanians search for ways to understand and react to the challenges that come with immigration from its neighboring countries.

Should Prisoners Enjoy Full Labor Rights?

Prison inmates in Argentina now have full protection under the country's labor laws. Laura Schneider tries to wrap her head around the issue.

Panamá Calls for Reconciliation, 25 Years After US Invasion

The US invasion of Panama in 1989 left an irrevocable mark on the psyche of the Panamanian people and now the government is calling for reconciliation.

AIDS Activist Freed After Kidnapping in Honduras

A Year of Offline and Online Activism in Bolivia

Adapted from a Storify curation by the portal La Pública, here is a look back at some highlights from the year of offline and online activism in Bolivia.

Venezuelan President Would Free Opposition Leader if US Frees Oscar López Rivera

Puerto Rican Oscar López Rivera has been in prison for 33 years in the United States. He has been called the longest held political prisoner in the Western Hemisphere.

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