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Laura Vidal

Global Venezuelan. Latinopolitan. Doctor in Education Sciences – Researcher in informal learning, intercultural exchanges and online media.

I'm in love with many areas and I can't choose, so I cross and intercept them. I've researched on new technologies and their role in intercultural sensitivity and gender. I've also written about cultural encounters and explored the world of web literacy and online censorship. I'm also passionately interested in ‘global’ literature and hybrid identities.

My writing work has been published and shared on Global Voices, Public Radio International, IFEX, NACLA and Freemuse, among others.

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Latest posts by Laura Vidal

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.

Fifty years after the Mexican Movement of 1968, students continue their march against violence and impunity

"We are the grandchildren of '68".

As Colombia's peace process falters, scores of social activists are being killed

"How much longer [will this go on] and how many more [will die]?"

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."

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.

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".

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

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.

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."

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..."

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.

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."

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."

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..."

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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