Stories about Latin America from July, 2007
“We do not –many say– yet know the REAL Hugo. But I know what his latest stance on foreign criticism is and there is nothing ambivalent about it.” Young Trinidadian Andre Bagoo shares his views on the Venezuelan leader.
Colombian bloggers discuss the relevance of the ColombiaModa international fashion show, a model speaks about the not-so-rosy aspects of the fashion show, and others post their thoughts on the Independence Celebrations of July 20th, which took place in the island of San Andrés for the first time in Colombia's history.
Notas Al Margen [ES] writes about the incident where members of the sub-20 Chilean National team clashed with Canadian police, but wonders why it takes a football incident to rally the country.
Child of the Revolution continues to follow the Pan Am Games in Brazil – this time, with a focus on a few Cuban athletes who have defected.
A mass rally was held in La Paz to support that the Bolivian capital would remain in that city. Estimates place the attendance at close to one million. A few Bolivian bloggers decided that this would be an excellent opportunity to practice journalism 2.0, in which ordinary citizens could set out and capture images, videos, and opinions from those in the street. Even though everything did not go as planned, it was these new technologies that allowed them to overcome some obstacles and continue this "experiment."
Tim's El Salvador Blog reports on the recommendations provided by the Commission of Citizen Security and Social Peace. However, President Tony Saca will introduce a new law that will punish those for “public disorders” or “attacks on public peace,” which could “make such a law subject to misuse to stifle...
Venezuelan Politics writes that “In the early 1980's, former President Carlos Andrés Pérez was investigated by the Congress of the for giving away a ship to Bolivia. Hugo Chávez has arguably given away more than that” in regards to a recent decison to forgive 33 million dollars of Nicargua's debt.
Rosario's Reading Journal purchased the latest Harry Potter book in her country of Uruguay, but became livid when the local newspaper El Pais revealed the book's ending on the front page.
Utilismos [ES] writes about Pisco Day and the ongoing dispute with Chile regarding the origins of this popular drink.
PISO TR3S [ES] wonders why Colombian television does not run the final credits following the broadcast of a movie, but thinks it must because of the precious time for additional advertising revenue.
The average Honduran uber-geek is male, under 30, loves Linux, updates his blog thrice a second, and is a master web designer. Many of these blogs are sleek eye-candy masterpieces, with great content...if you happen to like Kubuntu, Compiz Fusion, or Mac. Part 2 of the latest introduction to the Honduran blogosphere focuses on these personal technology blogs.
Child of the Revolution reports that “Cuban athletes are failing to win the hearts and minds of many spectators at the Pan-American Games being held in Rio” – and suggests a few reasons why.
While still facing a highly blogged crisis in its air traffic management, and not yet recovered from the crash of a Boeing-737 over the Amazon ten months ago, Brazil was shaken last week by yet another airplane disaster. On Tuesday, an Airbus-320 with 186 aboard slid off the runway at Congonhas city-airport in São Paulo, and ran across a busy highway during the evening rush hour to crash into a building and a gas station.
Pablo Beca of Un Lugar [ES] is embarrassed with the news story of an Australian tourist dismayed at the state of cleanliness of a local plaza and who went out to purchase brooms in order to clean up a plaza in the city of Tucumán.
Ocho Cuartos [ES] writes about the government of Mexico and its attempt to capitalize on the 7 Wonders of the World contest in order to launch a campaign to find the 13 Wonders of Mexico.
Javier Aroche expresses his sympathy for the closing of the Blogs.com.gt site, which provided free hosting for Guatemalan blogs.
Museos en Uruguay [ES] is a new blog written by R. Boretto, director of the Industrial Revolution Museum in Fray Bentos, Uruguay.
eBlog [ES] releases its 36th program of the Radio eBlog podcast, which includes discussions on the passing of Roberto “El Negro” Fontanarrosa and the recent collaboration between OLPC and Intel.
In the aftermath of the airline accident in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ricardo Carreon compares the length of the runway at Congonhas Aiport, the site of the tragedy with other airports in Latin America and around the world.
Venezuela News and Views states that private education in Venezuela continues to be “under siege,” because of the state belief that “nobody should be allowed to develop a dissenting perception of life, the only one being allowed is the one from the state.”
The Peruvian government announced that it will no longer provide tax benefits for fuel for residents of the jungle region of Pucallpa, where they claim the cheaper fuel is trafficked as contraband to the capital of Lima. However, this decision means that the cost of living would increase in comparison to other parts of the country. Some Peruvian bloggers give their opinions on the matter in the midst of a wave of protests across Peru.