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Eduardo Avila · October, 2006

Joined Global Voices in 2005 as a volunteer author. From 2007-2010, I was the Latin America and Spanish Language Editors at Global Voices, and now currently lead the Rising Voices initiative.

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Latest posts by Eduardo Avila from October, 2006

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

  25 October 2006

What to do with the precious reserves of natural gas has been on the minds of Bolivians ever since their discovery. Recently, the governments of Bolivia and Argentina arrived at an agreement for Bolivia to sell gas to their neighbor to the south for the next twenty years at a...

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

  20 October 2006

Cartoon used by permission from artist Worries concerning a possible civil war in Bolivia have simmered for now. However, cartoon blogger (for a lack of a better term) Joaquin Cuevas was celebrated for his recent parody of the campaign for the Constituent Assembly, which originally said “Todos Juntos Hacia la...

Colombia: Drinking Coca Sek

  16 October 2006

Adam Isaacson of the Center for International Policy recently sampled the coca-based energy drink called Coca Sek, which is produced by an indigenous community in Colombia. Even though the legal drink provided a bit of a kick needed for late night dinners, Isaacson said, “If given a drug test, however,...

Ecuador: Post-Election Analysis

  16 October 2006

Boz lays out five points regarding yesterday's Presidential elections in Ecuador. Among other things, he predicts a Rafael Correa second-round victory. In addition, Jaime Izurieta of Cambiemos Ecuador [ES] admits his political analysis may be a bit amateur, but it's very similar to the political behavior of Correa, who suffered...

Peru: An Ex-President Dies

  16 October 2006

Libardo Buitrago [ES] writes about the news of the death of ex-President Valentín Paniagua, who died earlier today. The Peruvian president took the helms of the government after the sudden resignation of Alberto Fujimori and his death was “a sad loss for Peru”.

Argentina: Unsafe Highways

  16 October 2006

Good Airs is shocked at the number of highway fatalities in Argentina. A recent accident claimed the lives of 12, including 10 school children. The driver and his passenger were both appparently drunk. At 7,000 deaths per year, it is obvious that the highways are out of control.

Colombia: New Bird Species Found

  15 October 2006

Proyecto Colombia celebrates the discovery of a new bird species in the cloud forest of the Santander province. The bird proudly flashes its colors, which match those of the Colombian flag.

Ecuador: Ecuador Elige Follows the Elections

  15 October 2006

Ecuador Elige [ES], a group blog with 13 contributors followed the Presidential elections in Ecuador throughout the day. The site posts partial results and early reactions. Early results show Alvaro Noboa and Rafael Correa as moving onto the 2nd run-off round.

Bolivia: Visas in Hindsight

  14 October 2006

El Alto blogger Mario Ronald Duran Chuquimia laments the need of Bolivians to migrate to Spain [ES]. Even though internet technologies bring families closer together across the distance, it is not quite the same. He writes, tongue-in-cheek, that it was Bolivia's mistake not to require visas from the Spanish during...

Argentina: Indie Rocker in Commerical Music Festival

  14 October 2006

Avistando Quimeras [ES], a blog from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is excited about the appearance of indie lo-fi singer-songwriter, Devendra Banhart at the launching of the Personal Fest, a music festival sponsored by Motorola. Juan Martín, the blog's author wrote, “Go with the idea that you'll be bombarded with subliminal advertising...

Venezuela: What Might a Rosales Government Look Like?

  14 October 2006

Francisco Toro imagines what a Manuel Rosales administration might look like, should he beat Hugo Chavez in the upcoming elections. Likely scenarios in “an institutional environment dominated entirely by chavista appointees” all look pretty grim, especially if the leader of the opposition is none other than Chavez himself.

Ecuador: Campaign Blog for Movimiento Pachakutik

  14 October 2006

Christian Espinosa discovers the new blog [ES] of Movimiento Pachakutik candidate Luis Macas [ES]. Espinosa writes that the candidates in the upcoming Presidential elections in Ecuador are using blogs as a new way of campaining, even though the blogs’ full potential is yet to be tapped.

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

  11 October 2006

An isolated mining town called Huanuni, located in the Department of Oruro, was the center of attention in Bolivia after violent clashes between groups of miners. In question were the rights to exploit the mine, as both the state-employed miners (asalariados) and independent contractors (cooperativistas) both laid claim to the...

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

  4 October 2006

The Bolivian blog community continues to grow by leaps and bounds. In addition to its own website, Blogs de Bolivia, where new blogs are added to the blogroll on an ongoing basis, there is a Yahoo! groups specifically for this community to communicate amongst themselves. Another blog project was created...

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