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Juan Arellano

I'm peruvian, blogging since 2001 and founder of, the first directory of peruvian bloggers. I also contribute or have contributed to:,,

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7 January 2015

Protests Against Peru's Labour Law Multiply, But Government Holds Firm

Some 20,000 young people took to the streets of Lima on December 22 to oppose controversial labour legislation proposed by the Peruvian government.

27 December 2014

Medellín's Casa Tres Patios, a Space Where Modern Art Can Flourish

Global Voices visited an art project called Casa Tres Patios in Medellin, Colombia, and chatted with director Tony Evanko about the project and the art scene in the city.

18 December 2014

Global Voices Contributor Thalia Rahme, ‘a Mix of Everything’

Lebanese blogger and GV volunteer Thalia Rahme talks about what makes her, her city of Beirut and Global Voices unique.

14 December 2014

They Don't Speak Spanish in the Philippines?

Some Latin Americans tend to think, based on lessons in primary school, that Spanish is spoken in the Philippines. Find out why that's not the case.

12 December 2014

For Peru, Greenpeace Pulled an Unforgivable Stunt at Their 1,500 Year-old Nazca Lines Site

A message left by Greenpeace at the site of the historic Nazca Lines to be seen by leaders gathering at UN climate talks in Peru has sparked wide outrage.

25 November 2014

Meet Global Voices Contributor and Free Spirit María Angélica Marín

Volunteer María Angélica Marín has translated more than 1,300 stories. Juan Arellano asks her about her experiences with Global Voices and beyond.

29 October 2014

#LeyChavez: Peru's Chavez Law Could Endanger Email Privacy in the Workplace

Global Voices Advocacy

The bill popularly known as #LeyChavez would regulate the use of information technology in the workplace. But how invasive is the bill?

27 October 2014

Get to Know Global Voices’ Managing Editor Sahar Habib Ghazi

"Whenever someone asks me what Global Voices is like, I say it is the kindest place in the world." A crowsourced interview of managing editor Sahar, curated by Juan Arellano.

22 October 2014

Leaked Diplomatic Cables Show EU Strong-Armed Ecuador on Free Trade Agreement

The leaking of diplomatic cables between representatives of Ecuador and the EU reveals pressure from European negotiators and division among Ecuadorians regarding the FTA.

6 October 2014

In Latin America, Discrimination Pits Neighbour Against Neighbour

For some, there is always a reason to discriminate, whether because of socioeconomic level, race, background, or housing accommodation. Here are some examples of the current situation in Latin America.

19 September 2014

The Streets of Lima Are Alive With the Sound of Music

The Bridge

19th-century waltzes, blind saxophonists, musical saws: Lima, Peru resident Juan Arellano pays tribute to the musicians who bring delight and texture to the streets of his city.

15 September 2014

Take a Musical Tour of Latin America's Talented Subway Performers

Some cities ban them, but the musicians found in the subways of Buenos Aires, Quito, Caracas, and Mexico City liven up an otherwise dull commute on public transportation.

13 September 2014

HiperBarrio/Convergentes: A Virtual Community Evolves While Preserving Its Essence

Rising Voices

While in Medellin, Colombia, Global Voices contributor Juan Arellano stops by for a visit with his friends at HiperBarrio/Convergentes, one of Rising Voices' grant projects.

20 August 2014

The Fight Against Mining's Destructive Consequences in Colombia

Mining generates social conflict, human rights violations for vulnerable populations, and a negative environmental impact, among other problems.

16 August 2014

Activists Are Connecting Peruvians With Their Country's Impressive Archaeological Heritage

Lima is famous for its cuisine and Republican, colonial-style historic center, but not so much for its archeological history. A group of activists are working to change that.

11 August 2014

Simón Bolívar, Esteemed Liberator or Infamous Dictator?

"It is harder to maintain the balance of freedom than it is to endure the weight of tyranny," said Simón Bolívar, known as the "Liberator" of many South American countries.

4 August 2014

Sonia Ordóñez, Translating Threats to Free Expression Online for Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices depends on its hard-working team of volunteer translators like Sonia Ordóñez, who has devoted most of her time to translating Advocacy stories.

30 July 2014

Oil Spill in the Peruvian Amazon First Poisons Children, Then Employs Them

Once again the indigenous Kukama community watches as its lands are polluted by an oil spill; in this case, state oil company Petroperú is responsible.

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