Former editor of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Spain and Latin American/Caribbean diasporic blogospheres. Puerto Rican journalist specialized in human rights issues. PhD research focuses on social movements, digital technologies, gender, and development in Latin America and the Caribbean. I tweet here: @firuzehsv.
Latest posts by Firuzeh Shokooh Valle from October, 2010
Dominican Republic: Rita Indiana and “El Juidero”
The music blog Club Fonograma reviews Rita Indiana y Los Misterios’ [ES] new album, “El Juidero”: “She is a unique voice and one of our generation’s most creative personas.”
Puerto Rico: “Guadalupe Should Not be the Provost”
Ángel Carrión comments on the designation of Ana Guadalupe [ES] as the Provost of the Río Piedras campus (the main campus) of the University of Puerto Rico. Guadalupe was severely criticized for the decisions she made as the interim Provost during the student strike last Spring.
Puerto Rico: #EnProfundo and the “Cassava of Love”
The team behind #EnProfundo produce another podcast [ES] that includes their characteristically biting media critique.
Puerto Rico: Reactions to the Tax Reform
“Twittericans” use the hashtag #mensajegobernadorpr to react to governor Luis Fortuño's message on the tax reform.
Puerto Rico: Student Blog Continues Coverage
The student blog Desde Adentro [ES], an alternative online paper created during the recent 60 day student strike at the University of Puerto Rico, is covering the mounting tensions between the students and the administration at the main campus.
Puerto Rico: Second Blog Day Against Violence
Bloggers Nahomi Galindo Malavé and Verónica RT convened bloggers in Puerto Rico to express themselves on violence against women and the media for the Second Blog Day “No More Violence Against Women.” [ES]
Cuba: On Remittances
In Sin Evasión [ES], blogger Myriam Celaya comments on the tremendous amount of money that Cubans receive in the form of remittances from their relatives who have emigrated.
Dominican Republic: Citizens for Education
Paquito shares a video [ES], a citizen effort to support education: “The Dominican Republic is the second country in Latin America that least supports education.”
Puerto Rico: Once Upon a Time There was a Newspaper
Iván Chaar-López comments [ES] on the extremely precarious financial situation and the lack of institutional support that have caused the practical elimination of the University of Puerto Rico's monthly paper Diálogo.
Puerto Rico: Presenting the reputable online paper “The Yam”
They are definitely funny. Not to mention that the often absurd and surreal Puerto Rican political landscape gives them plenty of material. They are El Cangrimán, El Rata and Oscar Marrano, the three main writers of the Puerto Rican online-based paper El Ñame.
Puerto Rico: “80 grados,” A New Online Magazine
“80 grados is a publication open to a diversity of reflections”. The School of Communications of the University of Puerto Rico and the citizen media nonprofit Prensa Comunitaria have just inaugurated the digital online magazine 80 grados [ES].
Puerto Rico: La Acera is One Year Old
Blogger Al Carbon reflects on the first anniversary of the collective blog La Acera: “Exactly a year has gone by since La Acera’s first post, and an eventful year it’s been.”
Cuba: What happened with Twitter?
Ellery Roberts Biddle comments on the reaction of some bloggers [ES] to the technical difficulties that impeded sending Twitter messages via SMS in Cuba: “This raises an uncomfortable question about how activists and advocates for free speech online (a group I consider myself to be a part of) interpret and...
Puerto Rico: Goodbye Santa Rita
Bea explains why she is moving [ES] from Santa Rita, the university neighborhood that harbors the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico: A Blog on Gender Discrimination in Law Schools
Environmentalist lawyer, law professor at the University of Puerto Rico, and blogger Erika Fontánez examines the possibility of opening a blog [ES] to discuss gender discrimination against female law professors in law schools: “Maybe its time to openly talk about what it means to be a female law professor.”
Puerto Rico: Wave of Hate Crimes against LGBT community
Gay activist and blogger Pedro Julio Serrano has demanded that the Police [ES] investigate the latest case of attempted murder against a transsexual woman in Puerto Rico as a hate crime. Ten members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community have been murdered in the past 10 months in...
Puerto Rico: “A Day to Treat Others Well”
In Brujas y Rebeldes [ES], feminist blogger Amárilis Pagán Jiménez criticizes a female senator for declaring “The Day to Treat Others Well,” while doing nothing to help victims of domestic violence. This year, 19 women in Puerto Rico have been murdered by their partners or ex partners.
Puerto Rico: 133 Law and Order Officers Accused
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has just announced the arrests of 133 Puerto Rico state police officers, municipal police officers, officers of the Corrections Department and of employees of the federal government in Puerto Rico on charges of corruption. The operative has been described as the largest...
Puerto Rico: Violence Against Women and the Media
Feminist blogger Nahomi Galindo Malavé republishes the Association of Women Journalists of Cataluña recommendations on how the media should cover violence against women [ES]. Their first recommendation is: “Treat violence against women as a violation of human rights and an attempt against the liberty and dignity of people.”
Puerto Rico: Art, Music, and Words
Sociologist, singer-songwriter, and blogger Raquel Z. Rivera and painter Tanya Torres, both Puerto Ricans who live in New York, announce their most recent collaboration: “Song of the Magdalene”, which includes a CD, a handmade book and an exhibition of images.
Puerto Rico: Young Poet Talks About New Book
Poet and blogger Xavier Valcárcel talks about his new collection of poems [ES] “Palo de lluvia”, a “book that works with metaphors and the language of wood.”