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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

26 June 2018

No paper, no electricity, no news: Information controls keep coming in Venezuela

Advox

With news and porn sites being blocked, Venezuela's government intensifies its control over mainstream and social media while painting a grim landscape for freedom of speech and access of information.

21 June 2018

In Ecuador, a young girl wins the right to have the surnames of both her mothers

"Satya, Helen, and Nicola, through their dream of having the tender happiness of a family, broke barriers of exclusion and established the legitimate presence of the diverse human condition."

12 June 2018

Argentina counts down the hours to the vote on legalizing abortion

"If the law is not approved, those responsable for that torture and the eventual deaths will be the deputies who voted against it..."

1 June 2018

Argentinians are mocking the president's penny-pinching advice for citizens with higher utility bills

"If you don't have gas or electricity, I can teach you how to make a fire. You just take a stick and rub your hands together," one meme sarcastically says.

29 May 2018

Amid continuing crackdown on anti-government protests, Nicaraguans pay homage to those killed

"If something should be clear, it is that the youth won't ever be the same. We won't see the places where the massacre occurred in the same way."

28 May 2018

Same-sex love ‘is just as legitimate’ as heterosexual love, says Cuban activist Yadiel Cepero

"The concept of 'normal' or 'natural' is as relative as humanity itself."

17 May 2018

Venezuelans who hope for government change face dilemma — to vote or not to vote?

"The government picks all the candidates, sets the rules of the game, forbids any scrutiny [...and] blackmails voters with food and medicine..."

8 April 2018

With the Election of Its First Afro-Descendant Vice President, Costa Rica Takes a Step Forward in the Fight Against Racism

“It is a way of reclaiming not only the Costa Rican black community, but the entire black community of Latin America."

13 March 2018

International Women's Day in Latin America Was a Day of Protest, Debate and Resistance

Social divisions based on class and race were also part of the many discussions and debates taking place within the movements commemorating March 8th in the region.

27 February 2018

Censored, But Not Backing Down: Cuban News Site Staff Say They Won't Change Their Editorial Line

Advox

Online news magazine "El Estornudo" has been blocked inside Cuba and its editor writes an open letter that can be read in other media outlets inside the island.

31 January 2018

Spanish Activist Helena Maleno's Trial in Morocco Is ‘a Way to Intimidate’ Human Rights Defenders, Her Supporters Say

Helena Maleno is accused of participating in a human trafficking network for her work assisting migrants who run into trouble during the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing to Europe.

24 December 2017

How Some Musicians Are Reshaping the Image of Chile's Music Scene

"Before being music producers, we're 100% music fans."

Two Salvadoran Theater Productions Explore Themes of Violence and Forced Disappearances

Theater actors and directors devote efforts to understand, denounce and remember a forgotten ramification of violence in El Salvador -- forced disappearances.

23 December 2017

An Indigenous Community in Paraguay Faces One of the Biggest Hydroelectric Dams in the World

'For the Ava Guarani, it's impossible to comply with an agreement that is already broken.'

2 November 2017

Miss Peru Pageant Protests Gender Violence to International Applause, but not all Peruvians Are Clapping

"[If] Miss Peru really cared for the well being of Peruvian women [...] they would use that airtime in something more productive than having yet another 'beauty' queen..."

30 October 2017

The Venezuelan Crisis Understood Through Video Games

Creative ways of protesting in Venezuela leave traces in different spaces and amplify a variety of points of views around the Venezuelan conflict.

22 October 2017

Over 1,000 Chilean Films, Documentaries and Short Films Available Online

Curious about Chilean cinema and culture? Look no further!

26 September 2017

‘Immigrants, We Get The Job Done’ Music Video Spotlights Injustice in the US and Beyond

The song and video depicts an ignored working class, living in the shadows often victims of war crimes, police brutality, labor exploitation, anti-immigrant violence and senseless death.

5 September 2017

Mayan Muslims of Mexico Are Redefining Indigenous Identity

"Indigenous people are not merely empty shells for foreign ideologies to be planted on, but masters and directors of their own story."

18 August 2017

A Day After the Attack at Las Ramblas, Barcelona Says #NoTincPor: ‘I Am Not Afraid’

"We have to look for more causes other than pure irrational hatred."

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