· February, 2009

Stories about Latin America from February, 2009

Peru: Portrayal of Andean Life in Llosa's Movies

  22 February 2009

The recent film "The Milk of Sorrow" by Peruvian director Claudia Llosa was recently awarded with the Golden Bear at an international film festival in Berlin. Even though the film has yet to open in Peru, debate has started whether or not Llosa's portrayal of Andean life is accurate or in some cases racist towards the indigenous communities that figure prominently in her movies.

Chile: NGO for Victims of Delinquency Brings Together Citizens

  22 February 2009

The NGO Víctimas de la Delincuencia [es] (Victims of Delinquency) was created in Chile's capital city of Santiago in 2006 to protect, guide and inform the victims of violence in this city. On their website, citizens have been marking episodes of violence (muggings, assault, robbery, rape and abuse) on a map, uploading videos and testimony of when and how they were victimized. The organization's goal is enable the changing of laws in Chile, which so far, according to Víctimas de la Delincuencia, tend to benefit delinquents instead of their victims.

Colombia: Drawing Attention to the Cause of Minority Groups

  21 February 2009

Minorities in Colombia, such as indigenous groups, have not been given much importance and Carlos Correa of Palimpsesto [es] suggests that they follow the example of the Cauca indigenous community which marched to Bogotá drawing attention to their cause and promised solutions.

Brazil: Blogging from riverside communities in the Amazon

  19 February 2009

Encouraged by the NGO Saúde e Alegria, youngters from 31 riverside communities in the Amazon are learning the benefits of blogging. Armed with media kits – sound equipment, editorial desks, video equipment and an Internet connection – they have started to show their faces to the world.

Guatemala: President Colom Apologizes for the Bay of Pigs

  19 February 2009

In preparation for the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, the government of Guatemala allowed the CIA to train Cuban exiles on their soil for the operation. Even though the invasion failed, the memory still remains. Nearly 50 years later, the current president Álvaro Colom visited Cuba and took the opportunity to “officially ask Cuba for forgiveness." He also presented former Cuban leader Fidel Castro with the Order of the Quetzal, which is the highest honor given by Guatemala.

Palestine: From Gaza to Puerto Rico

  18 February 2009

Palestinian blogger Laila El-Haddad, currently based in the United States, describes a visit to Puerto Rico to give a talk: “It was clear the people of Puerto Rico were thirsty for knowledge about the Palestinian conflict, and have a deep sense of the injustice of it all.”

Cuba: “Boring Home”

  18 February 2009

The book Boring Home, which was banned at the 2009 Havana International Book Fair, is now available on the Internet. Cuban bloggers talk about it here, here and here.

Costa Rica: Twitter and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

  18 February 2009

Users of the Twitter in Costa Rica have been tuning in to the local version of the television program “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” With the tag #qqsm, they have been microblogging about the program, chatting and discussing the questions and even seeking answers to the questions that stump them.

Costa Rica: Epsy Campbell Seeks Nomination

  18 February 2009

Epsy Campbell announced her intention to seek the nomination of her political party Partido Acción Ciudadana for the Costa Rican presidential elections and Marco Blanco of ¡Que Clío nos guarde! [es] writes that “the time has come for Epsy Campbell.“

Peru: Blogging From Lower Income Sectors of Society

  18 February 2009

Dego of Nadie Lee Lo Que Escribo [es] writes about the use of internet especially among the youth in the Peruvian capital of Lima, and about how most access the web via crowded, yet relatively inexpensive public terminals. However, he writes that the ability to blog is still out of...

Cuba: Download Nova Baire

  18 February 2009

Bloggers Cuba [es] provides the link for those interested in downloading the version of Nova Baire, the open-source operating system in Cuba.

Colombia: The Awá Indigenous Community Caught in the Middle

  17 February 2009

The ongoing conflict deep within the Colombian jungle between the FARC, ELN and the Colombian Armed Forces often finds people caught in the middle. Authorities are investigating the killing of dozens of members of the Awá indigenous community, and are blaming the FARC guerrillas for the crime. Many say that the Awá have been targeted because of the suspicion that they are acting as informants, something which the government denies. Nevertheless, this indigenous group is now being displaced from their land because of the violence.

Argentina: Solidarity with Tartagal

  17 February 2009

Tartagal is a town in Northern Argentina that suffered flooding due to heavy rains. A group of bloggers created a site of solidarity [es] to collect donations and share information about the disaster.

Ecuador: Promoting Tourism Through the Use of Social Media

  17 February 2009

The website Historic Center of Quito [es], which uses social media to promote tourism in the Ecuadorian capital, was recently awarded the “Land of Light” award for its contributions towards increasing tourism writes Christian Espinosa of Cobertura Digital [es].

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