Latest posts by Nina Shield
PetroPalestine: Another Clash Between Chavez Supporters and Opponents in Venezuela
"What are we gaining with PetroPalestine?", Venezuelans asked on social media after the Venezuelan government announced an agreement to send oil and diesel to Palestine.
Latin American Women Say ‘No’ to Catcalls
Artists and web users share photos and illustrations to criticize catcalling and demand respect for women.
Murder of Former Miss Venezuela Reignites Discussion About Violent Crime
Actress Mónica Spear, her ex-husband and her five year old daughter were attacked by thieves on a Venezuelan highway. Spear and her ex-husband were killed.
Bolivian Twitter Users Arrested For Photographing Historic Building
Two Bolivian Twitter users were arbitrarily arrested by the police for taking photographs of historic buildings. Bolivian netizens came to their defense immediately after being alerted by a tweet.
Spain Is Not Very Happy
According to a study by the Carlos III University in Madrid, Spaniards rank 49th out of 112 countries in happiness .
Spanish Government's Complaint Box Causes Boomerang Effect
Why has the Spanish government's "complaint box" caused such controversy? Elena Arrontes explains.
“#LaSegundaYaTal,” Another Significant Contribution to Twitter by the Spanish Government
On Friday, June 28, at an appearance following a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Spanish President Mariano Rajoy coined a new expression that was trending on Twitter within an hour. "La segunda ya tal" ["the second already... such"] has become an Internet classic, working in almost any situation.
Panama President Levels Dirty Accusations Against Journalist on Twitter
The president called a journalist who wrote an article about his electricity-related business dealings a "sexual harasser" and "crooked" (accepting bribes or blackmail). The social networks reacted in a variety of ways.
Dominican Catholic Church Sues NGO for Sexual Education Campaign
The Catholic Church filed a claim against the Dominican Association for Family Welfare (Profamilia) to withdraw their advertising campaign, "Your sexual and reproductive rights are human rights."
King of Spain's Swiss Bank Accounts No Longer a Secret
The latest scandal to hit the monarchy has exposed the existence of various Swiss bank accounts under the names of the king of Spain and other members of the royal family, with a total balance of more than 4 million euros.
Peru: Four Years of Uncertainty for Defendants in ‘Baguazo’ Clashes
Almost four years after clashes in Bagua left an official death toll of 34 (including 23 policemen), the legal status of 53 indigenous men indicted in the death of 12 police officers remains unresolved. In this post we look at the latest developments in the case.
Powerful Union Leader “La Maestra” Arrested in Mexico
The arrest of union leader Elba Esther Gordillo for money laundering has caused a stir in Mexico. "La Maestra" is already behind bars at the Santa Martha Acatitla Social Rehabilitation Center in the outskirts of Mexico City.
Latin America: Pope Resigns – Hope, Humour and Speculation Follow
The announcement of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI from the papal throne, or, more specifically, the Supreme Pontificate of the Catholic Church, took the world by surprise on Monday, February 11, 2013.
Twitterer Called to Testify in Spain for Gramsci Quotes
A Twitter user and activist with the 15M "indignant" movement, @almu_en_lucha, has been called to testify before the Spanish police's Technology Crime Squad regarding the content of some of her Tweets.
Borinquen Brass Play Music in Every Corner of Puerto Rico
The brass wind ensemble Borinquen Brass has 13 members, including a percussionist, and six years of experience giving free concerts in Puerto Rico. The ensemble's endeavor is to offer a valuable community and educational service to audiences that otherwise wouldn't have access to this kind of music.
Plástica Magazine Shines Spotlight on Independent Spanish-Language Music
Plástica is an international journal specializing in the independent Spanish-language music scene. More than just a magazine, Plástica is a project that focuses on high quality, creative music. Its main goal now is to expand its readership beyond a digital audience, which is why they will launch the first paper edition of the magazine in 2013.
Ecuadorian Blogger Paúl Moreno is Freed
Ecuadorian blogger Paúl Moreno had been arrested on November 30, 2012, on charges of fraudulent access to computer systems and databases, after he demonstrated that the government website datoseguro.gov.ec lacks adequate security mechanisms for obtaining data on its citizens. Moreno was released on December 3.
Television Network Telecinco Sues Blogger in Spain
Pablo Herreros, the blogger who a few months ago successfully got sponsors of a television show to pull their advertising until TV executives committed to more ethical behavior, was sued by the TV channel Telecinco. After an uproar surfaced mainly through social media networks, Telecinco has withdrawn their suit.
Mapa76: Database Journalism Reveals Abuses of the Argentine Dictatorship
Paula Gonzalo of Periodismo Ciudadano (Citizen Journalism) highlights the work of Sandra Crucianelli in the field of database journalism and the Mapa76 project, a map that compiles information about the victims of human rights abuses during the dictatorship in Argentina (1976-83).