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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 in which I share fun stuff I find through my research.

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Latest posts by Laura Vidal

23 November 2015

Amsterdam’s Sahand Sahebdivani and His Storytelling Phenomenon (Part 1)

In this two-part conversation with Global Voices, Sahand Sahebdivani talks about cultural encounters, female heroes in Persian mythology, the power of storytelling, and the idea of hybrids of cultural exchange.

15 November 2015

After the Paris Attacks: For It to Be Unity, It Can't Be Partial

The Bridge

"Scrolling up and down Facebook, reading impressions, testimonials, opinions, statistics, I see that the main victims of the attacks are people of all colours, and over 15 nationalities."

16 October 2015

Latin America and Spain Come Together on Columbus Day to Discuss Past and Present on Twitter

"In 1492 the indigenous peoples were expelled from their lands. In 2015, the same. There is still so much to do."

2 September 2015

Can Iranian TV Seduce Viewers in the Land of Telenovelas?

In an age when television offers intense melodramas produced domestically and abroad, can Iranian soap operas—packed with family values and little makeup—win a foreign audience?

17 July 2015

Humanizing Politics and Building Bridges: Katie Brown's Literature-Based View of Venezuela

A researcher from the United Kingdom talks to Global Voices about Venezuela's contemporary literature and how local fiction helps decipher a country misunderstood by many.

10 April 2015

All Eyes on Cuba, Venezuela and the US at the Summit of the Americas

Cuba's participation in the 2015 Summit of the Americas will make history, and the inevitable encounter between the Venezuelan and US presidents will be full of tension.

4 April 2015

Clip Depicting 100 Years of Women’s Fashion in Iran Challenges Media-Driven Stereotypes

"We wanted to show that Iran, just like our country, has never been static."

31 March 2015

Colombia Past and Present: An Interview with Author William Ospina

Excerpts from the most popular segments of an interview with the writer William Ospina on history, perception, and cultural identity in Colombia and Latin America.

19 March 2015

How Guatemalan Group ‘Las Poderosas’ Uses Theater to Confront Violence Against Women

For these women, theater is a means to heal trauma and raise awareness of gender-based violence within a country where two women a day are killed on average.

18 March 2015

In Caracas I Found Tehran

The Bridge

Against the backdrop of the rapprochement between their two countries, Iranians and Venezuelans find friendship and common ground—and love too.

27 February 2015

Behind the Scenes of Mayor Antonio Ledezma's Arrest in Venezuela

Clashes in Venezuela escalated this weekend with the arrest of the mayor of Caracas, who is accused of being part of a plot to force the current administration from power.

25 January 2015

10 Ways Mexicans Can Reclaim Their Troubled Country, According to Denisse Dresser

Political analyst Denise Dresser gave a talk reflecting on ways to be a citizen in today's Mexico. The YouTube video has received thousands of views and sparked important conversations.

13 January 2015

Chile's YouTube Viral Sensation: Woki Toki

While its audiovisuals are produced with professional quality, the YouTube channel owes much of its popularity to videos that capture conversations and typical settings in contemporary Chile.

26 December 2014

Where Does Venezuela Fit in the New US-Cuba Love-in?

Cuba and its longtime foe the United States of America are growing closer politically, after a lifetime of acrimony. That leaves Havana's revolutionary ally and patron Venezuela looking worryingly friendzoned.

19 December 2014

Murder of LGBTQ Activist Renews Venezuela’s Human Rights Debate

The murder of Giniveth Soto, a gender-equality activist, has launched at least two major, nationwide public debates about urban violence and threats same-sex couples face in Venezuela.

1 December 2014

Generations of Latin Americans Say Goodbye to Comedian ‘Chespirito’

Roberto Gómez Bolaños, the man behind Latin American hero "El Chapulín Colorado," died at age 85.

28 November 2014

Mexico's Missing Ayotzinapa Students Are More Than Just a Number

Actors and illustrators are dedicating work to the missing student teachers in an effort to humanize them beyond the oft-cited number 43.

25 November 2014

16 Days to Campaign Against Gender Violence

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