Stories about Chile from December, 2010
Colombian/Argentinean Travelojos contributor Jennifer Lubrani writes about her New Year's resolution: “I’ve made it a goal to try to learn as much as I can about all of the other Latin American cultures.” She suggests five ways to “get cultured” on Latin America.
An 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile, a police strike in Ecuador and the Nobel Prize in Literature for Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa were some of the news bloggers and citizen media users reported and analyzed this year. Let's take a look at these and other stories the Latin American team covered in 2010.
A group of school-age citizen journalists who create content for Jóvenes Reporteros [es] (Young Reporters) describe their work in a video for the site Periodismo Ciudadano [es] (Citizen Journalism).
A fire in a prison in San Miguel in Santiago, Chile, which killed more than 80 prisoners after one of its towers caught fire, caused mixed reactions on social networks. The fire has opened the debate on human rights of prisoners and the media coverage of events like these.
In El Quinto Poder, Danae Mlynarz writes [es] about the role of women in Chilean politics, saying that “political parties do not promote the incorporation of women in their boards, and they do not meet the quotas they have established for internal elections or elected positions.”
Luis Ramirez [es] blogs about a US Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks, where the media coverage of the indigenous Mapuche is criticized as being exaggerated in showing more violence than is really taking place, adding that positive news about the indigenous communities are not usually reported.
The Latin American Personal Democracy Forum took place on the 18th and 19th of November in Santiago Chile. Juan Arellano collects the thoughts, analysis and reports from the bloggers that attended the event.
The blog Historia y Reforma [es] (History and Reform) collects “the different positions that have been manifested against the reduction of hours for History that are scattered in various media and social networks. At the same time, readers will be able to learn about the different actions that are being...
Using the hashtag #carcelsanmiguel [es] (San Miguel Prison), Chilean Twitter users have been tweeting about a fire that killed at least 81 inmates in a prison in Santiago, Chile, as reported by The BBC.
A decision by Education authorities to reduce class hours devoted to Social Science subjects, in order to increase hours dedicated to Mathematics and Language, ignited a debate and led to several protests. Juan Arellano was present in the capital, Santiago, during one of these protests.
Cables from United States embassies in several Spanish-speaking Latin American countries, including Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela and Honduras, have been released as part of WikiLeaks' "Cablegate". Bloggers in the region are analyzing the cables and what they mean to their individual countries and to Latin America as a whole.