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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

19 March 2017

Alleged Attacks on Online Media Follow the Tragic Death by Fire of Young Women in Guatemala

Global Voices Advocacy

A local media outlet that published testimonies of some of the victims of the shelter fire suffered a DDoS attack.

8 March 2017

Latin Americans Hit the Streets to Strike on International Women's Day

Latin America is expecting a rush of civic demonstrations on Wednesday, following promises by an array of civic groups to join a labor strike on International Women's Day

20 February 2017

Free Expression Under Fire as Venezuela Takes CNN Spanish Off the Air

Global Voices Advocacy

CNN broadcasts will now be freely available in Venezuela on YouTube — but what does it matter in the country with one of the slowest Internet connections in the region?

6 February 2017

Forest Fires in Chile Set Alight Debate, Conflict and Misinformation

"Who is to blame for the fire, according to Twitter: foreigners, the Mapuche people, ISIS, Pinochet, the State, businesses, the USA."

23 January 2017

These Venezuelans Have Some Ideas to Share With Trump Opponents

"Be patient with democracy and struggle relentlessly to free yourself from the shackles of the caricature the populists have drawn of you [...] I know: I’m from Venezuela."

20 January 2017

Mexico Hands Over Drug Lord in Move Viewed as ‘Farewell Gift’ to Obama

The extradition of the notorious criminal "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States makes waves in Mexico, where it's said to be a “farewell gift” to Barack Obama.

12 January 2017

The Chilean Podcast Putting the Stars Within Everyone's Reach

"My great wish for us all is that we find our inner child and surprise ourselves with the wonders of our cosmos."

11 January 2017

In Venezuela, a Conductor's Lack of Political Opinion Hits a Sour Note in Some Circles

The "apolitical" position of celebrated musician Gustavo Dudamel is unacceptable for many Venezuelans at this critical time, and has reignited the debate on the connection between the arts and politics.

29 December 2016

This Was Also the Year of Citizen Heroes in Latin America

Global Voices reviews the Latin American stories in 2016 that taught us about fighting back.

23 December 2016

On YouTube, a Glimpse of the Funny Side of Latin American Christmas Celebrations

Humor: One of the most important elements in Latin American Christmas celebrations.

Christmas Time Means Loads of Peculiar and Delicious Dishes for Latin Americans

Is your tummy grumbling while home for the holidays? Feast your eyes on the diverse, colorful, and delicious dishes of Latin American tradition in late December.

11 December 2016

Opposition-Minded Venezuelans Have Their Say on the Legacy of Cuba's Fidel Castro

Few countries were as in thrall to Castro as Venezuela, where many accuse him of enabling the abuses of the socialist government.

There Are Many Organizations in Caracas Trying to Change Things for the Better

Can people in small groups change the stories that are told in the Venezuelan capital? Civil organizations strongly say 'yes'.

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.

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