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Eduardo Avila · May, 2007

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 May, 2007

Bolivia: A Country Unites Behind FIFA Ban on Stadiums at High Altitudes

  31 May 2007

Stadiums located at 2500 m above sea level are no longer able to host international football matches according to a recent FIFA ban. This move sent the Bolivian government into a full-fledged campaign to overturn this decision, which would jeopardize the Bolivian National Team's chances to qualify for the next World Cup. Bloggers from all across Bolivia and of all political ideologies joined the cause.

El Salvador: Preliminary Census Figures

  31 May 2007

Early returns from the first Salvadoran census since 1992 have found that there are less citizens in the country than expected. Tim Muth provides the prediction that “you can expect the ARENA government to spin this as good news — it means a greater per capita income statistic when you...

Bolivia: Residents of El Alto Fed Up With Bars

  31 May 2007

Residents of the city of El Alto took the streets and forcibly “closed” clandestine bars that were said to contribute to the rising delinquency of the city. Mario Duran, GV author, descended to the area to have a look and presents a slideshow of images that he posted on Noticias...

Peru: Interview with Archaeologist Guillermo Cock

  31 May 2007

C.J. Schexnayder of Kleph's blog recently sat down with famed Peruvian archaeologist Guillermo Cock, who led the effort to unearth thousands of mummies and tens of thousands of artifacts in a area of land near Lima that was destined for urban development. Among the topics discussed with Cock were the...

Peru: Bloggers Featured for the First Time?

  31 May 2007

Bloggers Juan Carlos Luján and Vladimir Terán Altamirano were interviewed on the radio station Radio Libertad. Podcasts of the interview were posted on the Grupo Periodisimo Digital [ES] blog. This led the blog's author Sandro Medina to comment, “I don't remember a Lima, or even a Peruvian radio station that...

Mexico: Shakira Concert in the Zocalo

  30 May 2007

More than 200,000 fans of the Colombian singer Shakira packed Mexico City's Zocalo to attend a free concert. Many of the fans waited the day before for a chance to get close to the stage, and when she did begin performing they were not disappointed. Dfinitivo [ES] r

Chile: Smog Makes Santiago Unlivable

  30 May 2007

C.hileno continues to write about the smog in the city of Santiago. On the days that it does rain in the city, he highly suggests to take advantage and watch the snow-capped mountaintops while you can. However, his conclusion is that “the smog makes Santiago unlivable, according to my humble...

Honduras: Getting Used to a Kissing Culture

  29 May 2007

Aaron Ortiz of Pensieve writes about Honduras and each city with their own “Kissing Culture.” Arriving in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, he was not used to greeting women with a kiss and made him uncomfortable especially when the husbands were present.

Argentina: Kirchner and Twitter

  29 May 2007

Could it be? LamarK! was recently added by President Nestor Kirchner as his friend on twitter or at least someone passing as the Argentine leader. However, he didn't fall for the troll, but it was still pretty funny.

Guatemala: Asking About Guatemala

  29 May 2007

A poem called “Today, they me asked about you, Guatemala,” led Jorge Cabrera to reflect on the state of affairs in his native country [ES]. He writes, “Let's talk about the people, the news, and the insecurity that affects all of the people that make up what we call Guatemala....

Mexico: Hanging Cables a Concern for Tourist Bus in Mexico City

  29 May 2007

Chilanga Banda [ES] writes about the newly unveiled southern circuit of the tourist double-decker open air Turibús in Mexico City. Even though this new route may attract up to 200,000 tourists, the concern still remains with the low hanging cables and the danger that they may present for the city's...

Colombia: Global Voices Author Featured on Blogging TV Show

  28 May 2007

Juliana Rincon Parra, one of Global Voices authors, was recently featured on a Medellin television program called BloggersTV to talk about her work with that city's blogosphere and her blog Medea Material [ES]. However, things didn't go as originally as expected. Instead of talking about the recent blogger meet-up, she...

Ecuador: Railway Company Keeps Public Informed

  28 May 2007

Luigi Salas [ES] had never traveled on a train in Ecuador. However, after reading the blog El Tren mas Dificil del Mundo [ES] (The Most Difficult Train in the World) he feels that maybe he should. The aforementioned blog is written by Héctor Villagrán Cepeda, who is president of the...

Chile: Broadband Internet at Cheap Prices

  28 May 2007

The Chilean technology blog, Fayer Wayer [ES]disputes the data that states that Chile is one of the two countries in the region whose residents are able to access the cheapest broadband internet connections. He calls into question the definition of broadband, but is also pleased that the prices for this...

Mexico: Abortion Figures After First Month

  28 May 2007

After the controversial decision that allows abortion to be practiced in Mexico City, Chilanga Banda [ES] breaks down the numbers. In the past month 215 abortions took place, and the majority were through the so-called “abortion pill.” He also notes that 6% of the women were minors.

Guatemala: Touristic Image from the Outside

  28 May 2007

Voces de Guatemala [ES] recalls the debate regarding the new logo and slogan promoting tourism in Guatemala. Roberto Lone recently picked up a brochure in a consulate in the United States and wondered how his country is still being seen from the outside. One commenter was adamant that the brochure...

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