Stories about Latin America from October, 2013
Chile: Police Special Forces Evict Mapuche Community From Contested Lands
A self-denominated “autonomous” indigenous community, Temucuicui has occupied what they consider to be ancestral lands for over two years, resisting several eviction attempts.
Chilean Students March to Demand Education Reform One Month Before Elections
The protests are part of ongoing mobilizations calling for an overhaul in the country's education system. This time students are pushing candidates to share specific proposals for education reform.
Rise in Entrepreneurship Reveals Gender Tensions in Cuba
The transformation of the Cuban economic model has caused the flourishing of self-employed work, understood as not employed by the state.
Ecuadorian Women March in Defense of the Amazon
Women leaders from various communities in the Amazon have participated in a "Mobilization for Life" to show their opposition to the president's decision to suspend the environmental Yasuní-ITT initiative.
On Blog Action Day, Thousands of Blogs on Human Rights
Bloggers around the world, including Global Voices contributors, are highlighting this year's #BAD13 topic: human rights.
Brazil and Germany Debate ‘Democracy in the Digital Era’
Experts and scholars from Germany and Brazil will get together at a symposium to discuss Democracy in the Digital Era [pt] from October 17 to 18, 2013 in Salvador, the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. The event will be broadcast live via video stream. In the morning of the...
Media Factory Accepting Applications for New Media Projects in Latin America
Media Factory, a startup accelerator focusing on “the business of online news and journalism”, is accepting applications from journalists who want to create a digital news outlet in Latin America, as Angela Buenrostro explains in the Journalism in the Americas Blog: Teams must have an idea of what they want to...
Video: Colombian Artists Sing in Solidarity With Farmers
Although protests and road blocks have stopped, the farmers' struggle for land rights continues.
“Development For Who?” Guatemalans Resist Hydroelectric Project
“Development for who? Will the money stay in the community? No, it goes to fill others’ pockets, and we will continue to live in poverty. What we’re asking now is for the government to cancel all the [mining and hydroelectric] licenses that have been granted.” In Upside Down World, Kelsey...
Peruvian Congressman Michael Urtecho Accused of Corruption
Urtecho will be suspended for 120 days and charged constitutionally. If proven that Congressman was involved in various corrupt acts, a 15-year jail sentence awaits him.
“What Comb Do You Use?”: Documentary Tackles Race and Hair In Brazil
“Rebellious”, “bad”, “like steel wool”: these are some of the pejorative terms are used to describe the hair of Brazil's Afro-descendants. Those who've been at the receiving end of racist comments like the above now have a chance to share their stories in a documentary called “Qual é o pente...
Colombia's Problem with Urban Inequality
The government has puts lots of emphasis, understandably, on Bogotá's economic growth and claimed reductions in poverty. But according to data from the United Nations Bogotá is failing on another important measure: Economic Equality. A recent U.N. study, reported in El Tiempo, found that Colombia was the country which most increased...
Can This Be Home? Borderlessness & The Internet Citizen
Countries, borders, and nationalities remain dominant and important in many ways, but they don't feel as sharply defined or as binding as before.
Why is Cuban Dissident Sonia Garro in Prison?
Garro is a member of the controversial Damas de Blanco, a group of women advocating for the release of political prisoners in Cuba.
Mexico City Gears Up for 2013 Corona Capital Music Festival
Using the hashtag #CC13, Mexicans express their excitement on Twitter for the Corona Capital 2013 music festival where Travis, Stereophonics and Miles Kane, among others, will perform.
Panama's President Denies Son's Involvement in Italian Scandal
Panamanians took to Twitter to reject the way President Ricardo Martinelli expressed himself when denying reports of his son's involvement in an Italian corruption scandal.
Lima Will Host 2019 Pan American Games
Peru's capital, Lima, was elected with 31 votes as the city that will host the 2019 Pan American Games, leaving Chile's Santiago, Argentina's La Punta and Venezuela's Ciudad Bolívar behind. On Twitter, some were happy about the news, like Nelson Peñaherrera C: ¡Qué alegría que los #Panamericanos 2019 se realicen en...
GV Face: Fighting for an Open Internet in Brazil
This week on GV Face, we talk with Brazil author Raphael Tsavkko, Internet policy expert Carolina Rossini and Joana Varon, an author of Brazil's Marco Civil da Internet bill.
Re-Imagining Lusophony and Decolonizing the Mind
The Fourth International Congress in Cultural Studies – Colonialisms, Post-colonialisms and Lusophonies has a call for paper submissions open until October 15, 2013 November 15, 2013 [deadline has been extended]: To demystify, to dehierarchize, to establish a policy of difference, to allow a multiplicity of voices, to constitute so many projects of possible modernities/rationalities...
Mexico, Panama, and Honduras Seeking a Spot for Brazil 2014 World Cup
On Friday, October 11, Panama, Mexico and Honduras will fight for their chance to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
VIDEO: Lend Your Voice to a Dead Poet
A project by Brazilian poetry magazine Modo de Usar & Co. [pt] invites poetry lovers from around the world to read out loud their favorite authors and submit the footage of their readings on YouTube. The project is called “Lend your voice to a dead poet”. Most of the poems are in...