Julián Ortega Martínez · July, 2012

Former graphic designer, born 1981 in Bogotá. I was part of equinoXio digital magazine (in Spanish) as a deputy editor. I'm also a translator for Global Voices en Español.

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Latest posts by Julián Ortega Martínez from July, 2012

Colombians Celebrate Unexpected Silver Medal

  29 July 2012

On Saturday, July 28, Rigoberto Urán became the first Colombian to win a medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. He finished second at the men's road race final, behind veteran cyclist Aleksandr Vinokurov from Kazakhstan.

Colombia: Scientific Community Concerned Over Resignation of Top Official

  23 July 2012

The resignation of Jaime Restrepo Cuartas, director of the Administrative Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Colciencias, has raised concern among the scientific community about the future of Colciencias (the main source of funding for most Colombian scientists) and the future of research in general in the country.

Colombia: Concern About Contamination at Santa Marta Bay

  10 July 2012

José D. Pacheco M., of the blog Tras la cola de la rata, writes [es] about a study [es] and a report [pdf, es] on the contamination of the bay of Santa Marta, an important tourist destination in the Colombian Caribbean, because of the “poor handling and inadequate control of...

Colombia: ‘Higgsteria’ in Medellín

  9 July 2012

After the announcement by CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) last week about the search of the Higgs’ boson, Helena Cortés writes [es] about a conference held at the Medellín Planetarium with local scientists explaining the news, and compiles tweets with “accurate and inaccurate comments” about the ‘Higgsteria’.

Colombia: Outrage at Celebrity for Mocking Fat Women

  6 July 2012

A column [es] written by TV celebrity Alejandra Azcárate [es] for women's magazine Aló, where she writes tongue-in-cheek about “the 7 advantages of being [a] fat [woman]”, prompted harsh reactions in Colombian social media this week. Blog posts parodying [es] the ‘7 advantages‘ [es] format or replying [es]to her text...

Colombia: One Night in a Cell

  5 July 2012

In his blog La Ventana, Juan Batallas publishes a two-part post about one night he spent in a cell at an “immediate reaction unit” (unidad de reacción inmediata, URI, set up by the Attorney General's Office [es]). In the first part [es] he tells the story of his confinement and...

Colombia: Interview with Director of Pablo Escobar TV Biopic Series

  4 July 2012

Journalist Carolina Ruiz Giraldo publishes an interview [es] with Carlos Moreno, director of Escobar, el patrón del mal (“Escobar, the drug lord”), a controversial TV series broadcast since late May with high ratings. Moreno explains which parts of the biopic have been fictionalized and why some characters based on real...

Colombia: Eruption of Nevado del Ruiz Volcano

  1 July 2012

President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed on Twitter [es] the eruption (of ashes) of Nevado del Ruiz volcano (in western central Colombia), which occurred [es] Saturday June 30 at 17:40 (22:40 UTC). Social media users initially reported apparent calm in Manizales, the closest city to the volcano, where there is a...

Colombia: Accessing the Internet in Germany

  1 July 2012

Ana María Vallejo, a Colombian studying in Germany, has written a two-part series (1, 2) [es] on her experience accessing the Internet in that country. She compares it with her experience in Colombia and describes the restrictions for accessing some content there.

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