I'm an English native speaker from the UK, and I also speak Spanish and Mandarin. I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Translation Studies with Distinction and am a fully certified member of NZSTI (New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters.) I enjoy languages because I am so interested in people from different places. I believe translation is really important in helping to bring people together.
Latest posts by Amy Gulvin
The ‘Protest of all Protests’ Calls for Constitutional Reform in Chile
More than 40 civil organisations (with the exception of students) gathered more than a hundred thousand people in Santiago to demand a new constitution by way of a constituent assembly.
Unchecked Violence Continues in Michoacán, Mexico
Violence and impunity continue in the state of Michoacán while every day more people are talking about a 'Failed State.'
Latin America: “Where do the Disappeared go?”
The internet is a source of innumerable initiatives and stories that remember the disappeared and fight against impunity.
United States Embargo Breaks Into the Intimate Lives of Cubans
What do Cuban bloggers think about the United States' embargo against Cuba? Elaine Díaz tells us.
Anonymous Leaks the Accounts of Spain's Governing Party
Global hacktivist group Anonymous has leaked the 1990-2011 financial accounts of the governing Partido Popular to the Internet.
Puerto Rico: “Freedom for Oscar López Rivera, Now!”
More and more people have united in the campaign for the release of Oscar López Rivera, the longest-serving political prisoner in Latin America. Politicians of all ideologies in Puerto Rico, writers, artists, and members of the international community, have come together to ask for his freedom after being imprisoned in the United States during 32 years.
What's Going on in Michoacán, Mexico?
Is Michoacán a failed state? The state is besieged by organized crime and has lawlessness problems, with self-defence groups and in some regions with religious fanaticism. Governor Fausto Vallejo, meanwhile, is on sick leave. The Army and the Navy have arrived at the state in another attempt by the government to restore order.
Spain: Bullfighting Nuns vs. Animal-Loving Children
The children of "El cuarto hocico", a virtual animal protection group in the form of a blog created by children from Orba de Muel school (Spain), offered the nuns of the La Aguilera monastery all their money, 1000€, so they would discard the idea of holding a bullfight to raise funds.
Argentina: Floods in Buenos Aires Leave 35 Dead
The province of Buenos Aires was severely affected by abundant rainfall recorded during the night of the 1st and 2nd of April. Recurrent damage caused by the rains have prompted Argentine bloggers to debate whether minimal investment in infrastructure, fast-growing real estate, or climate change is to blame for the disaster.
Puerto Rico Second in the Caribbean Final of the World Baseball Classic
Although Puerto Rico did not win the World Baseball Classic, the country played memorably, managing to position itself as the number two team. Twitter users congratulated the Dominican Republic, which became the first undefeated team to win a World Baseball Classic, while expressing the deep pride they felt for the Puerto Rican national team.
Colombia: “Let's Revoke Congress”
Colombian netizens are using the the hashtag #revoquemoselCongreso [Let's Revoke Congress] to expose the reasons why the country's members of Congress should leave their jobs.
Ecuador: The Case of the 10 from Luluncoto
The 10 from Luluncoto are the young people who lost their freedom on 3 March 2012, accused of terrorism and threats to the security of the State. Ten months later, the case continues to worry Ecuadorians and human rights organisations.
A Sunday of Mourning in the Dominican Republic
Thousands of Dominicans dressed in mourning this past Sunday 11th November, in different parts of the country and abroad, in a strong demonstration against the government and corruption.
New Governor Elected in Puerto Rico
After a hard-fought election in which there was never a clear trend from the beginning, Alejandro García Padilla was declared elected Governor. In the status plebiscite held along with the general elections, the option of annexation to the United States won for the first time. However, given the massive abstention along with a poorly conceived referendum, the results are not easy to interpret.
Retio: A Free Application to Fight Drug Trafficking in Mexico
Paula Gonzalo from Periodismo Ciudadano (Citizen Journalism) tells us about Retio, a free application used to map the war against drug trafficking in Mexico through citizen reports sent via Twitter.