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Jeff Gotfredson

ESL/Spanish instructor, translator, musician, and aspiring writer. Hope you enjoy what you find here.

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16 October 2014

Will Ayotzinapa Case Become Mexico's Political Firestorm or Will It Be Forgotten?

If a mass grave turns out to contain Ayotzinapa's missing students, the tension now in the air might be enough to cause a large-scale political firestorm.

15 October 2014

Bolivian Voters Give President Evo Morales a Landslide Third-Term Win

According to unofficial election results in Bolivia, Evo Morales obtained 60 percent of the votes and has been reelected as president of Bolivia until the year 2020.

11 October 2014

Is History Repeating Itself in Mexico with the Ayotzinapa Tragedy?

Just last September, local police in Iguala attacked a group of students from the Rural School in Ayotzinapa, killing six and wounding seventeen. Another 25 people—perhaps more—simply vanished.

7 March 2014

Documentary Highlights Resilience of Puerto Ricans Living in New York

A new documentary, "Toñita’s," exposes the crossroads at which the Caribbean community, and the Puerto Rican community in particular, finds itself, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York...

18 December 2013

“We Are More Alive Than Ever:” Coral Herrera and the Struggle for Gender Equality

In this second part of an interview with scholar and blogger Coral Herrera we discuss the struggle for gender equality in Latin America and the road that remains before us.

3 December 2013

‘Proyecto Arcoiris’ Advocates for Coloring Cuba with the Rainbow of the LGBT Community

The Project began when activist Yasmin Silvia Portales shared her dissatisfaction with the absence, at the time, of spaces for meeting the social demands of sexually diverse persons and for...

9 October 2013

Saying Good-bye to Baseballer Mariano Rivera

Panamanian pitcher Mariano Rivera retires from professional baseball, leaving behind a series of records that will be hard to break. The media and social networks paid their respects.

30 September 2013

Doctors in Panama Launch Strike Over Foreign Recruitment Law

Law 611 has put local doctors on the warpath, while the government assures that foreign doctors will not pose a problem for national workers.

29 August 2013

Ecuador Rallies in Defense of Yasuni National Park

Demonstrators demand that Yasuni National Park remain untouched nearly two weeks after President Correa announced the end of the Yasuni-ITT Initiative, which sought to avoid oil drilling in the park.

15 August 2013

Chile Movilizado: Mapping the Student Movement

In Part Two of Elisa Moreno Gili's interview with Pablo Loyola of Chile Movilizado, we learn more about this platform and its impact on the delivery of student protest information.

12 August 2013

Intense Debate Over Changes in Puerto Rico's Political Status

What does the future hold for Puerto Rico's political status? The Caribbean island has been a U.S. territory—or colony, according to some—for more than a century.

9 August 2013

‘Chile Movilizado’ Monitors Student Revolts

Periodismo Ciudadano's Elisa Morena Gil interviews Pablo Loyola of Chile Movilizado, a web-based geotracking tool which reports on the student movement in Chile.

8 August 2013

Experimental Artists Pay Homage to Mary Magdelene with Puerto Rican Flair

Artists Tanya Torres and Raquel Z Rivera host a dazzling artistic-musical "promise celebration" in honor of Saint Mary Magdalene in New York.

19 July 2013

Public Safety in Venezuela: ‘Safe Homeland’ to the Rescue?

A new security plan promises to solve the public safety problem in Venezuela, but the participation of the military generates doubts and mistrust.

15 July 2013

Puerto Rican Artist Shares Her Passion for Paper

Aydasara Ortega's Facebook wall has been transformed into an exhibit space, where she and others, "reclaim their physical and mental space" by making hand-crafted paper.

4 July 2013

Scholarships For Breast Enlargements in Spain?

An article written by Paloma Cervilla, in which she accuses female scholarship recipients in Spain of using their student scholarship money to pay for breast enlargements, has gotten social networkers...

29 June 2013

The Strange Case of Puerto Rico and the Death Penalty

During the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, recently held in Madrid, Spain, participants assembled to discuss the status of Puerto Rico, where the death penalty, though abolished in...

28 June 2013

Ninety Countries Meet for Global Conference Against Death Penalty

Representatives of 90 countries participated in the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Madrid, Spain. Some of the key topics discussed were the abolition of the death penalty,...

26 June 2013

The Internet: A Critical Tool in the Fight Against the Death Penalty

The Internet has become a critical tool for many social movements worldwide. Activists battling capital punishment have also found a platform in digital social media for exchanging ideas and circulating...

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