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Kimberly Shiller

I am an English teacher living in Madrid. Before moving to Spain, I spent four years in Madison, Wisconsin where I received a degree in History and Spanish. I grew up in a suburb of New York City, where most of my family and friends still live.

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Latest posts by Kimberly Shiller

23 September 2013

Latin America Remembers the Disappeared

The disappearance of people has left a profound footprint in Latin America, where cases of disappearance still exist today. Photographs, songs and blogs help to keep memories alive.

25 July 2013

VIDEO: ‘Hacking Democracy’ in Loja, Ecuador

In Loja citizens use social networks to propose concrete ideas to better their city. The organization Loja es Más launched a video where they tell us about their work.

1 June 2013

Spaniards Vote for Universal Healthcare in Popular Referendum

Almost 1 million people in Madrid, Spain, voted in favor of universal healthcare in a popular referendum carried out by various independent groups in May in Madrid.

12 February 2013

Spain: €8.1 Million Bail for the King's Son-in-law

Iñaki Urdangarín, Duke of Palma, accused of embezzlement of public funds, fraud, breach of trust/corruption and forgery of documents since 2012, has been in and out of the courts with...

11 January 2013

Peru: Wendy Sulca, YouTube Phenomenon, Teased Once Again

Peruvian YouTube star Wendy Sulca greeted her supposed fans on her Tweetcam earlier this month, seemingly unaware that she was the victim of a series of pranks as she stated...

18 December 2012

United States: Occupy Sandy Stands Up to Destruction

Occupy Sandy has proved to be a great help in alleviating the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Organized by the group InterOccupy, Occupy Sandy was created as a part of...

6 December 2012

Death of Colombian Football Player Miguel Calero Shakes Mexico

Mexicans expressed their support and solidarity on Twitter after learning that Colombian and former football player Miguel Calero had been declared brain dead. Hours after this post was published in...

20 November 2012

Social Pressure Halts Evictions Temporarily in Spain

After years of action, the associations and platforms that formed in protest against home evictions in Spain achieved their first great success. The Spanish Banking Association announced that all evictions...

9 November 2012

Argentina Lowers Voting Age to 16

The possibility to vote at age 16 was passed on the first of November. Although the vote for minors who are 16 and 17 years of age is optional, this...

2 November 2012

Peru: Analyzing the Motives behind Violence at La Parada Market

On the afternoon of October 25, an operation at the wholesale market La Parada -which is being moved- resulted in a free-for-all between merchants and the police, leading to two...

20 October 2012

Colombian Senator Removed and Disqualified, Triumph for Social Networks?

On October 16, 2012 the Attorney General's Office dismissed Senator Eduardo Merlano from office, disqualifying him from holding public office for 10 years after finding him guilty of taking advantage...

19 October 2012

Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica Continue on the Road to 2014 World Cup

Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica advanced to the final qualifying round in the Concacaf (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) competition to reach the 2014 FIFA...

15 October 2012

Controversy over Nobel Peace Prize to European Union

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union (EU) has sparked a lively debate in the media and on social networks in Europe and the rest of...

12 October 2012

Mexico: #YoSoy132 and the Festival ‘Corona Capital 2012′

Corona Capital 2012, a musical festival in Mexico where bands such as New Order, Franz Ferdinand, The Raveonettes and many others will perform, has been immersed in a controversy, thanks...

11 October 2012

United States: The Road to Peace According to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, emblematic figure of the Burmese opposition and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, recieved the Vaclav Havel for Creative Dissent award given by the Human...

10 October 2012

Peru: Poet Antonio Cisneros Dies

Antonio Cisneros, one of the greats of Peruvian poetry, died on October 6 at age 69. Here we honor his memory and include videos of his poems.

27 September 2012

Peru: Activists Begin “Civic Crusade” in Defense of the Nanay River

In our first post in this tree-part series we briefly introduced some water-related issues in Iquitos, and later presented the controversy generated by the transnational Conoco Phillips and their exploration...

24 September 2012

Internet Activa: A Course on Digital Rights and Civil Liberties

With the sponsorship of Google and the support of the organization Red Pa Todos, the Karisma foundation has launched Internet Activa, "an open, [free], and digital online course aimed at...

United States: Occupy Wall Street, One Year Later

September 15-17 2012 marked the first year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Scenes that took place during the inception of the movement repeated themselves: hundreds of arrests were...

19 September 2012

Venezuela: Discussion and Debate on the Road to Election Day

With less than a month left before the presidential elections, the conversation online highlights the separation between the visions incumbent Hugo Chávez and opponent Henrique Capriles have for the future...

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