Stories about Colombia from April, 2009
Colombia: Transfer of US Military Base from Ecuador
The US military base currently located in Manta, Ecuador is being transferred to Colombia. “This is a violation of national sovereignty with the aim to maintain a certain level of privileged relationship with the government of the United States,” writes Colombia Hoy [es].
Latin America: Pride on Local Musicians in YouTube's Symphony Orchestra
Latin American bloggers have been writing about the YouTube Symphony Orchestra's debut at the Carnegie Hall, where the winners of a world-wide online contest where were flown into New York to participate in this collaborative orchestra. Following, some of the winners selected to play at Carnegie Hall, and how some of them weren't able to make their dream come true.
Argentina: Mi* Platform for Budding Spanish Speaking Citizen Journalists
From Argentina, the Mi * (asterisk) citizen journalism website has sprouted up, with the intention of becoming the platform for budding Spanish speaking citizen journalists to post their work and receive comments, discuss topics, receive training and share content. So far citizen journalism workshops have been given in Argentina, Ecuador and Dominican Republic, and citizens from these and other countries have been participating on the site.
Colombia: Humanitarian Minga Recovers Bodies of Awá Indigenous
A group of 470 Colombian indigenous participated in a humanitarian minga, which is a collective mission towards a common goal, to recover the bodies of members of the Awá indigenous communities that were killed by the FARC, who accused them of cooperating with the army. The blog from the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) provided regular updates on the progress of the minga, as well as the situation that led to the action.
Colombia: Dream Traffickers Copyleft Publishing House
Carolina Botero of equinoXio introduces the copyleft publishing house “Dream Traffickers,” which recently was in Bogotá, Colombia for a talk at the National University of Colombia.
Colombia: David and Goliath Battle Between Supermarkets
Piso Tres [es] compares the business rivalry between a smaller supermarket and a larger supermarket chain in Medellín, Colombia to a battle between David and Goliath. Many thought that the smaller store would close, but credits its determination for its success.
Colombia: Representative in the YouTube Symphony
John Wilson González, who plays the trombone, is representing Colombia in the YouTube Symphony writes Campus Comunicativo [es].
Colombia: National Police Force has YouTube Channel
The Colombian Police Force has a new strategy to share the inside workings of their work: a YouTube channel where they are uploading videos showing new technologies they are applying, videos of citizens thanking them for their assistance, new safety campaigns and shots of them in action.