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David Sasaki · June, 2006

Blogger since 2003, I have lived, worked, and traveled throughout most of Latin America. I blog here.

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Latest posts by David Sasaki from June, 2006

Uruguay: Comments on Blogs

  30 June 2006

Ganimatux, the weblog of a Uruguayan Debian programmer explains why he's been posting less on his own blog recently (ES): “It's true that we don't all have time to read everyone's blog and then also think of a comment, because sometimes there's nothing to say. But, how about a simple...

Venezuela: Translations

  30 June 2006

Francisco of Caracas Chronicles has translated excerpts of a piece by Juan Carlos Zapata, which argues that a new power dynamic is evolving in Venezuela. Another translation comes from Guillermo Parra, who offers the english version of Antonio López Ortega's reflection on Arturo Uslar Pietri and the concept of “mestizaje”...

Venezuela: “A bad day for Venezuelan democracy”

  29 June 2006

Both Miguel Octavio and Daniel Duquenal are disheartened by opposition electoral NGO, Sumate's decision to forego primary elections. Duquenal says that “the electoral trickery of chavismo is so blatant that it seems impossible to have a free and fair election in December,” however, Oil Wars disagrees, describing the opposition as...

Mexico: More on the electoral use of welfare

  29 June 2006

Michelle Dion says that “the use of social welfare for political gain is nothing new” in Mexico, an observation supported by two recent studies that suggest the Oportunidades program has been politically manipulated by local governments.

Brazil: Gilles Peterson’s Podcast

  29 June 2006

Claudio recommends the podcast of Gilles Peterson: “Each podcast is 30 minutes long and devoted to a different theme, with interviews and live sessions. Covered are Baile Funk, Roots & Samba, Bossa Nova, The Rodrigues Family, Hip Hop and Electronica.”

Colombia: Bogota, the Bicycle, and Transportation

  28 June 2006

David, a cyclist and blogger who is riding from Central America down to South America explains why we went off route to check out Bogota's public transportation system: “In the 1990s, in the face of horrible road congestion, Bogota did something amazing – it reduced space for cars.”

Brazil, Japan: Digital TV to Mobile Devices

  28 June 2006

Melo Bichuetti explains the Japanese-Brazilian collaboration to offer digital television, noting that the “Nippon-Brazilian model allows transmission to mobile devices, what is not possible in the case of the European model.”

Peru: Wireless Networks in Developing Countries

  28 June 2006

Luis Gustavo Lira announces the Spanish translation of “Wireless Networks in Developing Countries,” (ES) a Creative Commons-licensed book which covers “the basic physics of radio and the development of networks, including equipment and troubleshooting … The book hopes to be a useful resource for technicians in developing countries by gathering...

Chile, Argentina: Blogger Reunions

  27 June 2006

Two blogger meetups in the Southern Cone. Ariel Vercelli reminds readers (ES) that June 29th is “Weblog Day” (ES) in Buenos Aires with an event at the University of Palermo. Meanwhile, Argentine-Spaniard José Luis Orihuela, author of the recently published “The Blog Revolution (ES),” will take advantage of his time...

Colombia: The UN's data on Coca-Growing

  27 June 2006

Adam Isacson explains why the recently released Andean Coca Survey by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime is required reading for anyone wanting “to know about drug-crop cultivation in Colombia and the rest of the region.”

El Salvador: Gay Pride and Gay Issues

  27 June 2006

Observing that “dozens of gay and lesbian protesters marched today in a Gay Pride March in San Salvador,” Tim Muth links to some background context on gay issues in El Salvador. Meg also writes about “Salvadoran Gay Pride.”

Mexico: Un Poco de Todo

  27 June 2006

Ana Maria Salazar Slack runs through Mexico's big three stories: the status of negotiations between Oaxacan teachers and the Ministry of the Interior, union strikes by minors, and the campaign trail with less than one week till elections. From Pachuca, Mexico Votes 2006 describes an Institutional Revolutionary Party campaign event.

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