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Laura Vidal

I am a Venezuelan trying to become a researcher in Education Sciences in France. I'm interested in cultural expressions through the 2.0 and how we can discover new horizons with people's stories. I deeply believe in the uniqueness and importance of every culture and in the study of them as a mirror to our own. I blog about about languages, literature, cultures, education and more at Crónicas lenguaraces, a blog with an evil twin hosted by Hypotheses.org in which I share fun stuff I find through my research.

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Latest posts by Laura Vidal

11 December 2016

Interested in Cultural Feminism? Serve Yourselves!

A well-known Peruvian educational outreach blog has listed 70 Spanish-language texts available on cultural and women's struggles.

25 November 2016

One Way to Interpret Nicaragua's Presidential Election: A ‘Democracy Without Consensus’

"This discourse does not lead to dialogue, and it has not had a mobilising effect on citizens' behaviour."

23 November 2016

Answering the Burning Question on Venezuelan Minds: To Stay or to Leave?

The recent and growing Venezuelan diaspora discusses ideas of country, identity and homesickness while they look back at the country's economic and political crisis.

8 November 2016

Trump-Chavez Comparisons Rock the Web, Rattle the Venezuelan Government

There are some things linking US presidential candidate Donald Trump and the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez. Here they are.

18 October 2016

Paraguay, a Country Where Cows Fly While Schools Crumble

The first in a series by Kurtural on Paraguayan education and how the country is taking this right for all and turning it into a privilege for a few.

5 October 2016

This Woman’s Voice Makes World History Intimate to Millions in Spanish

The radio programs of journalist and historian Diana Uribe give a fascinating take on history and today's global problems.

2 October 2016

GV Face: After More than Five Decades of War, Colombians Mull the Meaning of Peace

GV Face

"Because Colombians have the capital, made this peace possible, and are already so close, it would be crazy not to [go through with it]."

26 September 2016

Animations, TV Shows, and Personal Testimonies Help Colombians Understand the (Possible) End of Conflict

"Every time nations go through a peace process, humanity as a whole takes a step forward."

8 September 2016

Chileans Defend Critical Thinking as Officials Consider Changing High School Philosophy Class

"Critical thinking is an ability, a competency that should be developed in physics, in mathematics, in psychology, or in any subject."

Detention of News Site Director Raises Concerns for Venezuela's Freedom of Speech

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Lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar was arrested and accused of money laundering, but netizens and journalists believe his reporting on protests against president Nicolas Maduro was the real reason.

5 September 2016

Want to See Venezuela’s Diversity in Action? Check Out the Dance Floor

On World Folklore Day, Venezuelans in and out of the country celebrated their African roots, thanks to a viral video.

2 September 2016

Tensions Rise as Venezuela’s Opposition Marches on the Capital

An opposition demonstration on September 1 has exposed major tensions between the Venezuelan government and its critics. Local independent and citizen media are watching the story closely.

6 July 2016

The Radio Soap Opera That Revived a Genre and Put the Ecuadorian Lesbian Community on the Map

“Mariana Is So Lesbian” accomplishes several objectives: reviving a genre, advocating for lesbians' rights, and exploring the experiences of those who lived in Ecuador when homosexuality was still a crime.

23 June 2016

For a Short Time, Documentary ‘Humano’ Is Free to Watch Online in Celebration of the Incan Sun Festival

"Humano" follows the quest of a young man in search of answers about the human condition in the Peruvian Andes.

It Turns Out Venezuelan Women Don’t Appreciate Being Lectured by a High-Ranking Official’s Wife

When Diana D'Agostino disparaged the women supporting the government, calling them “poorly dressed, dirty, or walking around without makeup,” she doesn't seem to have anticipated the public's response.

6 June 2016

Keys to Understanding the Political and Economic Crisis in Venezuela

"We are a divided, wounded country in conflict..."

23 May 2016

What Is Latin American Social Media Laughing at? One Critic Offers a Clue

"Having a good sense of humor is self-criticism, and these 'telepresidents,' which is what I call politicians who are obsessed with the screen, don’t accept any type of criticism."

17 May 2016

Protests and Looting Rock Venezuela as Public Chaos Spreads

With shortages rising and a political crisis brewing, many have voiced worries that Venezuela seems to be flirting with potential disaster.

17 April 2016

Ecuadorians Turn to Social Media as Powerful Earthquake Rattles the Country's Coast

"Some of my students there are in shock, they have no strength, they can't even speak [...] They say Pedernales is destroyed."

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