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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

13 November 2018

Arrival of the ‘migrant caravan’ lays bare Mexico's own anti-immigration side

"Mexico has a long and proud tradition of open doors to persecuted people, in exile, or victims of violence [...] Why are there first and second class exiles and refugees?"

7 November 2018

Volunteers chronicle the lives of murdered Colombian activists in words and drawings

"Postales para la memoria" (postcards for memory) is a collaborative project in which illustrators and writers volunteer to draw portraits and write short biographies of the murdered activists.

7 September 2018

It is women who bear the brunt of the Venezuelan crisis

"In Venezuela, the term 'feminism' has been consumed, abused and above all, distorted by [those] in power."

16 August 2018

Latin America is the deadliest region on Earth — and this YouTube series wants to know why

Run by young reporters from the 130-year-old Colombian newspaper El Espectador, La Pulla combines hard analyzes with a raw sense of humor to delve into complex topics.

28 July 2018

Why do Venezuelans see their country reflected in George Orwell's “1984”?

"Chávez's eyes are on display throughout Venezuela [...] All with the same intention [...] to tell us: "We are the power and we are watching you".

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.

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