· September, 2007

Stories about Latin America from September, 2007

Peru: Fujimori's Arrival

  24 September 2007

Juan Arellano of Globalizado [ES] continues his coverage of the Fujimori extradition with his recent entry regarding the arrival of the ex-President to Peruvian soil.

World Reaction to the UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

  24 September 2007

In every society in which they find themselves, the world's 370 million indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable and marginalized. After over 22 years of negotiations and consultations, the United Nations approved the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples earlier this month, a broad, non-binding agreement articulating basic...

Ecuador: Unlocked iPhone

  24 September 2007

Palulo documents in detail how he was able to unlock an iPhone [ES] for use with local Ecuadoran cell phone providers.

Argentina: Taxi Cab Owners vs. Peones

  24 September 2007

Cronicas Argentinas [ES] continues the blog series on taxis in Buenos Aires by asking readers whether they prefer taking a cab from an owner or from “peones,” which is someone that rents the cab from the owner to make a living.

Peru: Fujimori Extradited to Face Charges

  23 September 2007

After a lengthy process, the Chilean judicial system ruled that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori would be extradited to face charges of corruption and human rights abuses. When news of the court's decision reached Peru, bloggers would react almost instantaneously with jubiliation and with a firmer confidence in the justice system. However, questions still exist about what this means for the political landscape in Peru, especially for the party of current President Alan Garcia and whether this was part of Fujimori's plan the entire time.

Brazil: Atlantic forest may recover

  23 September 2007

A research by the French Institut de Recherche Pour le Développement (IRD) and the University of São Paulo suggests that “despite being reduced to just 8 percent of its original extent due to agriculture and urban expansion, the Atlantic forest may be capable of recovery. In other words, the Atlantic...

Brazil: Google Bombing the Senate

  23 September 2007

The president of Brazil's Senate, Renan Calheiros, has been recently absolved over accusations of graft in a 40-to-35 secret ballot vote in the Senate House. The accusation against Calheiros was that he had personal expenses paid by a construction firm in exchange of political favors. He was discharged in a...

Guatemala: Views On Indigenous People

  21 September 2007

Much of Guatemalan population descends from indigenous origins, in whole or part. Only a small minority comes from a different racial origin. That's why the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People released on September 13 is so relevant for the country. However, of higher concern is the expressions and views of "indigenous" and racism from Guatemalan bloggers.

Bolivia: The Importance of a Gathering

  19 September 2007

Bloggers from across Bolivia met one another for the first time, on September 1, when the first gathering of "Bloguivianos" took place in the city of Santa Cruz. Bolivia is said to be a country deeply divided among geographic, class and racial lines. The emergence of blogs in Bolivia have proven to provide a new stage for mutual communication.

Colombia: Medeatón For Pop!Tech 2007

  19 September 2007

Global Voices author Juliana Rincón aka Medea was recently invited to the Pop!Tech conference next month. However, the scholarship did not cover much of the travel expenses to Maine. As a result, the Medellin blogging community has organized a Medeatón to help raise funds to send her to Maine in...

Colombia: Trans-Atlantic Interest in Cocaine

  19 September 2007

Sergio Mendez of Un colombiano más (reloaded) [ES] makes a startling discovery while working at an archive. In a letter dated 1889, a businessman in France wrote to the Colombian consul in Paris expressing great interest in the commerce of a substance called cocaine.

Colombia: Failed State?

  19 September 2007

In his recent article at equinoXio [ES], Carlos Raúl van der Weyden Velásquez writes about the ways many are measuring whether Colombia is better or worse off than before.

Ecuador: Senseless Death at Football Match

  19 September 2007

An 11-year-old boy, Carlos Cedeño, died at a football match between Barcelona and Emelec was caused by a stray firework that may have been the result of feuding supporter sides. Ecuadoran bloggers Cronicacero [ES] and Un Guayaco En Nueva York [ES] both express outrage at this tragedy.

Internet Governance, Global Privacy and IGF-Rio

  18 September 2007

The global debate on Internet governance will once again gather people from all over the world at UN's IGF, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The process was started last year in Athens, when more than 1,200 participants focused on discussion of the overarching issues tied to the future...

Jamaica, DR, Cuba, Haiti: Sugar Protocol

  18 September 2007

The Latin Americanist reports that ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries are calling on the European Union to uphold the “Sugar Protocol” agreement, which guarantees that EU states buy and import agreed quantities of sugar at certain prices.

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