Stories about Colombia from March, 2008
Colombia: Contest brings forth multimedia citizen journalists
Contest open for anyone, regardless of nationality, to write, show and create content telling the world about a very special place in Colombia most people wouldn´t normally be aware of. Bloggers and vloggers are already responding, here are examples from the Chocó and Antioquia regions.
Colombia: Reyes, the New Che Guevara?
Carlos of Liberal Colombiano [es] writes a poster being displayed in Venezuela that shows fallen guerrilla leader Raúl Reyes as a symbol of peace and he writes whether Reyes in the “new Che Guevara”?
Colombia: Campus Party Rescheduled
Cafe Gua Gua [es] is reporting that the Colombian version of Campus Party has been postponed a week due to many requests from participants.
Colombia: Reward for FARC Guerrilla for Killing His Commander
Shortly after the death of FARC leader Raúl Reyes, it was revealed that another high ranking member of the guerrilla forces, Iván Ríos was also killed. It was assumed that the Colombian army also was responsible, but Ríos' bodyguard carried out the killing and sought to claim the reward promised by the government. Colombian bloggers present arguments for and against these rewards. Some are pleased that another criminal has been eliminated, while others think that this reward should only serve for tip-offs and that any criminal should be tried in court.
Colombia: The Results of HiperBarrio
Victor Solano of ¿Comunicación? [es] reflects on the positive results that the project HiperBarrio has accomplished in Medellín, Colombia.
Women Hold Up Half the Sky: A Poetry Jam
In celebration of International Women's Day, Rising Voices grantee and Nari Jibon founder, Kathryn Ward, came up with the idea of a friendly poetry competition among Rising Voices bloggers. Participants of the ten citizen media outreach projects were given a week to write and submit their poems related to the...
Venezuela: Agreement Reached in Santo Domingo
After a very tense week between three South American countries, presidents from the entire region met in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The original agenda was scrapped in order to address the border crisis that had been continuing with insults, complaints and challenges. However, an agreement was reached after lengthy debates leaving each country satisfied with preserving their original argument. Venezuelan bloggers join in and provide their thoughts on the crisis during the week.
Brazil: Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and the besieged Latin America
There was a lot of talk about the 'Border Crisis in Latin America' on the Brazilian blogosphere in the last few days. Brazilian people suffer from an endemic form of 'know-it-all syndrom' and, thus, many of us were talking -- a lot -- and taking sides about the impending conflict.
Ecuador: Diplomacy and OAS Resolution Not Enough
Milton Ramirez of BPLE [es] collects more reactions from Ecuadoran bloggers, but also summarizes that the recent meetings at the Organization of American States were not enough to “restore the soverignty of Ecuador.”
Ecuador: What Should Happen With the Border Crisis
Danny Ayala Hinojosa of El Federalista [es] writes what he wants regarding this border crisis, “We want the Venezuelan and Ecuadoran troops to return to their bases,” and “We want the conflict to be resolved diplomatically and for the insults to the legitimate governments and the people and institutions that...
Ecuador: Double Standards for the FARC and Colombia
“The FARC can violate our borders on a daily basis, set up camps in our jungle, but the Colombian government cannot? It is only then, when we explode, break off relations and even appear as if we are preparing for war?” writes Vida Quiteña en Gringoland [es].
Colombia: View from U.S. Primary Candidates
Plan Colombia and Beyond collects the reactions of the three remaining U.S. presidential candidates regarding the recent tensions between Colombia and Ecuador.
Barbados: Neighbours at War?
“In case you haven’t noticed, a few of our neighbours are making noises that sound very much like war”: Barbados Free Press wonders whether the Venezuela/Ecuador/Colombia issue will have an impact on Barbados.
Venezuela: More on the Crisis
Kira Kirakin's new blog is called Anotaciones Al Borde [es] and her recent entry has to do with the tool Google Earth and the possibility of seeing FARC campsites.
Brasil: The FARCs statement in face of the death of Raul Reyes
Professor Antônio echoes in his blog[PT] the statement allegedly made (in spanish) by FARC's High Command in face of what they call “the assassination of Raul Reyes”, one of the political group's leaders, and several other people in an attack by the Colombian army some days ago.
Colombia: The Unsettling Conflict with Ecuador and Venezuela
Colombian bloggers are closely following the events unleashed by the Colombian army's incursion into Ecuadorian territory. Fear of war is palpable throughout the discussions on the legitimacy of the attack and its repercussions, the unveiling of computer files establishing nexus between the Ecuadorian and Venezuelan governments and the FARC and the knowledge of 50 KGs of Uranium that the FARC allegedly has.
Colombia: Karaoke Blogger Night in Cali
A group of bloggers from Cali, Colombia gathered for Karaoke Blogger Night, and Blog del Incognito [es].
Trinidad & Tobago, Colombia, Venezuela, USA: Taking Sides
“You would think that, as a general principle, if country A sends troops across the border into country B, that the world community should stand in sympathy with country B’s right to protect it’s territorial integrity, right?”: Trinidadian blogger Further Thoughts comments about the Columbia/Venezuela issue.
Honduras: Picking Sides in South American Conflict
Aaron Ortiz of Pensieve [es] wonders which side Honduras would pick if the conflict between Colombia and Venezuela escalated.
Americas: Overview of Crisis Between Three Countries
The Boliviarian Crisis for Dummies is a blog post provided by El Útero de Marita [es] to better explain the recent turn of events involving the countries of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Cuba: Chavez & Colombia
Babalu Blog, El Cafe Cubano and La Primera Generacion all blog about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's recent run-in with Colombia.