Eduardo Avila · May, 2008

Latest posts by Eduardo Avila from May, 2008

Ecuador: Changes in the Country's Symbols

  15 May 2008

Danny Ayala of El Federalista [es] writes about proposals to change some of Ecuador's symbols put forth by members of the Constituent Assembly. He adds his own suggestions on what should changed, such as the country's flag.

Paraguay: Universities for Change in the Country

  14 May 2008

“The universities should become an important pillar for president-elect Fernando Lugo on his quest to bring about change in the country,” writes Viviana Benítez Yambay of Panambi News [es]. She writes that the new Paraguayan president, as a former professor himself, should recognize the importance of higher education and provide...

Colombia: Update on Suso en La Loma

  14 May 2008

“Suso” is a well-known person in the community of La Loma in Medellín, Colombia thanks to the documentation by the Hiperbarrio project. Catalina Restrepo of Cosas del Alma [es] provides an update on the work that has been done to help improve the living conditions of Suso. Gabriel Vanegas of...

Bolivia: Plaza John Paul II in Oruro

  13 May 2008

Hugo Miranda writes about and takes photos of the opening of the Plaza John Paul II in Oruro, Bolivia [es]. The public space is presented twenty years after the Pope visited the city.

Uruguay: Community Meeting for OLPC Information

  12 May 2008

Fernando da Rosa was in Guichón, Uruguay where the community assembled to discuss the Ceibal Project [es], and which will be one of the sites to receive the OLPC laptops. The meeting was to exchange information and to answer any questions from the excited public.

Paraguay: More Communication From Lugo is Needed

  12 May 2008

There will be a period of four months between the time that president-elect Fernando Lugo was chosen as the next head of state and the time that he takes office. RESCATAR [es] thinks that Lugo should be providing more information to the people about his plan for the first months...

Paraguay: Independence Day in Seattle

  12 May 2008

Ex-pat Muna Annahas writes about a Paraguayan independence day celebration in Seattle with a small group of her fellow Paraguayans. She writes, “Paraguay is that small that you alwasy find out that you are related to someone you just met.”

Chile: Public Libraries Helping After Volcano Disaster

  12 May 2008

Enzo Abbagliati of Cadaunadas [es] salutes members of local libraries in Chile for their work in assisting after the eruption of the Chaitén volcano. Some have organizing activities in the shelters and others have been providing internet access for those who have been displaced.

Peru: Decrees May Make it Easier to Arrest Protesters

  9 May 2008

Peruvians are concerned with recent presidential decrees, which critics say, will make it easier for the military to arrest protesters and will be a blow to human rights in the country. C.J. Schexnayder of Andean Currents writes that the timing may coincide with two international summits to he held in...

Peru: 200 Years of Lima Cemetery

  9 May 2008

The “Presbítero Maestro” cemetery in Lima celebrates its 200th anniversary and Javier Vargas of Deveritas [es] posts colorful photos about its “beautiful tombstones, mouments and mausoleums adorned with marble sculptures belonging to wealthy families and national heroes.”

Bolivia: Autonomy Referendum Raises Questions

  4 May 2008

Santa Cruz, Bolivia will head to the polls today in a department-wide referendum on a controversial autonomic statute, which would grant more administrative and economic powers to the state government. Not every Cruceño will participate, however, as many share the opinion of the central government that the referendum is illegal and unconstitutional. Bloggers, no matter where they stand on the statute, hope for no incidents of violence.

Blogger of the Week: Laura Vidal

  4 May 2008

One of the Lingua translators from Global Voices in Spanish, Laura Vidal, enjoyed her experience so much, that she wanted to become more involved and try her hand at writing about blogs in her native country of Venezuela. Her recent work has helped showcase much of what Venezuelan bloggers have to offer, and many of her subject matter goes beyond the polarized politics that usually comes to mind.

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