Stories about Latin America from February, 2010
Peru: Police Officer Protest for Higher Salaries
De la Selva su Web On [es] admires the protest of Peruvian police officer Edward Casas, who protested in front of the Ministry of Economy, demanding higher wages for all police officers.
Bolivia: Carnaval Celebrations Suspended Due to Bad Weather
In the city of Trinidad, Bolivia, Carnaval celebrations were postponed due to heavy rains [es] in the regions reports the blog from Radio Patujú.
Guatemala: Live Blogging Peace Accords Lecture
HablaGuate [en/es] live-blogged a lecture by Dr. Ricardo Stein titled “”Peace Accords, 14 years Later” that took place February 15 in Antigua, Guatemala.
Ecuador: Governmental Help for Haiti
In Ecuador, the local press has focused on the efforts of the Ecuadorian government and its President, Rafael Correa and their role in bringing aid and support to Haiti.
U.S.A., Cuba: Cuban-American Congressman Announces Resignation
Bloggers in Miami and Cuba are buzzing over the news that US Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart will not run for reelection in the fall. Diaz-Balart, a Republican, is a staunch supporter of the trade embargo against Cuba, and he took his resignation speech as an opportunity to highlight his role in codifying the embargo.
Video: Mobile Libraries of the World
The mobile library has become a staple in many library systems, bringing books to those who cannot access the libraries themselves. However, in many places due to bad road conditions or lack of funding, the traditional system of rigging a bus or truck as a library is not possible. Thus, library trains, donkey libraries and motorcycle libraries have come to stay as viable options to bring books to the communities.
Costa Rica: Presidential Election Photo Essay
The Costa Rican photography collective “Nomada Colectivo” (Nomad Collective) took to the streets to capture the scene from election day on February 7, 2010 and created a photo-essay of these images.
Belizean reports that the country's Prime Minister “has urged caution on the part of Belize Defense Force army activities on the southern border with Guatemala” in the context of an ongoing border dispute.
Brazil: A Snapshot of Campus Party 2010
São Paulo became a meeting place for geeks, cyberactivists and Internet addicts last month, during the Brazilian round of the Campus Party.
Mexico: Monarch Butterfly Migration in the Americas
Between Mexico, Northern United States, and Canada the migration of the monarch butterfly has astonished residents and tourists dating back to ancient times, and have played an important part in local traditions.
Open Video: Worldwide Wireside chat with Lawrence Lessig
What is fair use, how does copyright fit into the digital age and how can commentary, teaching, remixing and research with video be freely developed? Tune in on February 25th 6:00pm US Eastern time (GMT -5) to watch and listen to Lawrence Lessig as he discusses these topics at the Open Video Alliance website or check out for screenings in your city.
Dominican Republic: Leones Win Caribbean Baseball Series
After recent dominance by other teams in the Winter Baseball League in the Dominican Republic, the Leones del Escogido captured their first league title since 1992. They also moved onto compete in the Caribbean Series, where they also brought home the title.
Peru: Cusco Bloggers Cover the Rain Disaster
After two weeks of heavy rain and non-stop rainfall, and following floods of Cusco, Puno and Apurímac, the citizen media has thoroughly covered the disaster in South Peru.
[Podcast] Interview with Fabiano Angelico of Transparência Brasil
Fabiano Angelico of Transparência Brasil explains why transparency and accountability projects tend to focus on federal rather than state and local governments and points us to one innovative project in Brazil in which bloggers 'adopt' local politicians.
Costa Rica: Laura Chinchilla Elected First Woman President
Costa Ricans went to the polls on February 7th and elected Laura Chinchilla of the National Liberation Party, who will be the country's first woman president. Bloggers provide their opinions on the election results.
Venezuela: The Interrupted Hunger Strike of Franklin Brito
Venezuelan farmer Franklin Brito had been on a hunger strike, when he was taken to a military hospital against his will, while the government is questioning his mental state. His family is calling for his release and say that the label was placed on him because of his opposition to the government.
Video: Peruvian Cuisine on the Net
Peruvian food is considered one of the most diverse foods in the world, due in part to the varied geography of the region, the blending of different cultures into iconic dishes and the way in which ancient recipes are still being interpreted and adapted in modern cooking. In this post,...
Uruguay: Internet Spreads Carnival Around the World
Thanks to the internet and social media, the Uruguayan Carnival can be enjoyed by nationals living abroad and tourists who once fell in love with the forty-day celebration.
Brazil: Protest Against the Government's Disregard For Flood
Maria Frô calls on bloggers and middle-class population [pt] of São Paulo to join her on February 8th to protest against the disregard of the city's mayor and state government for the flood striking the city. She says “it is a big chance for you to show true solidarity and...
Costa Rica: Thumbs Up or Down to Campaign Ads
With the Costa Rican presidential campaign winding down, many local bloggers have been providing their thoughts on the wide range of election ads by the various candidates.
Argentina: The Controversy Over Ex-President Kirchner's Purchase of Currency
The recent news about the purchase of two million dollars by the former President Néstor Kirchner back in October 2008, at a time when the international financial crisis was beginning, has generated a lot of impact in the media, blogs, and social networks