Uruguayan-Spanish journalist, editor, and blogger. Currently living in Chile, tweeting in English and Spanish under @silviavinas, and blogging on silviavinas.com
Latest posts by Silvia Viñas from July, 2010
Nicaragua: 2.0 Meeting of Blogs and New Media in Managua
On August 12 and 13 the event 2.0 Meeting of Blogs and New Media (2.0 Encuentro de Blogs & Nuevos Medios) will take place in Managua, with the participation of communication and new media experts from various countries in the region, including some Global Voices authors.
Peru: Songs to Celebrate the Independence
On July 28 and 29 Peruvians celebrated their independence festivities. Juan Arellano from Globalizado published a post [es] with a song that seems to summarize what being Peruvian is all about. He later published another post [es] with more songs. Both posts represent a summary of some of the musical...
Costa Rica: 60 Years of the Female Vote
Harolds Blog mentions [es] that 60 years ago, on July 30, 1950, women in Costa Rica were allowed to vote for the first time. Today, Costa Rica has a female president, Laura Chinchilla.
Mexico: Mexone, the Most Advanced Humanoid Robot in Latin America
Hugo Torres writes [es] about a story that he says the Mexican mainstream media is not paying attention to: Mexico has the most advanced humanoid robot in Latin America, and its name is Mexone.
Uruguay: Dead Fish in Uruguay River
Dead fish have appeared in the Uruguay River (Rio Uruguay in Spanish), and the blogger from Opinemos Hoy [es] doesn't believe the reports that say the fish have died because of the cold weather; this blogger says he is tired of lies, and that the fish are dying because of...
Chile: Controversy Over Pardon Proposal by Catholic Church
The Chilean Catholic Church has announced a proposal regarding the need to pardon certain people convicted of crimes on humanitarian grounds. The proposal has sparked debate on the Chilean blogosphere, as the original request could have included a pardon for those convicted of human rights abuses during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship.
Guatemala: Engineers Work on Green Technology
A blogger for Interactiva Web writes [es] about a group of Guatemalan and North American engineers who are working on technology to help the environment. The group is called Xela Teco [es].
Panama: Slang and Colloquialism Dictionary
The blog Así es mi país: Panamá shares [es] a list of Panamanian slang and colloquialisms with their corresponding definitions.
El Salvador: San Salvador Named Ibero American Culture Capital of 2011
San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, was named the Ibero American Culture Capital of 2011 [es] by the Union of Ibero American Capital Cities (UCCI) [es]. Roxana Ellerbrock shared the news through one of her social networks and received mixed feelings: some were happy and others criticized the decision; she...
Honduras: Criminal Rule
Aaron Ortiz is critical of the government's approach to fighting crime, and shares his sister's experience: “Just last night, armed robbers broke into my sister’s house and pointed a gun at my nephew and niece. My brother in law, and his mother arrived minutes later and were also robbed.”
Venezuela: Indigenous Yukpa Protest Outside Supreme Court
Venezuelan Analysis reports: “Over 80 Yukpa indigenous Venezuelans are protesting in front of Venezuela's Supreme Court in order to demand a ruling on whether three arrested Yukpas can be judged under indigenous law rather than the national legal system, in the wake of a conflict over land demarcation.”
Central America: Traveling on a Fellowship and Blogging About it
The blogger from Antigone Wanders is traveling Central America for three months, going through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In her latest post she talks about her experience crashing a meeting of “Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular (FNRP), the Honduran resistance”, she goes on to give the...
Panama: Questioning Strength of Panamanian Democracy After Protests Against Law 30 and Martinelli
Pilar Chato writes [es] for the blog Oye about the recent violent protests by banana plantation workers in Bocas del Toro that lasted nine days and, as she reports, left “700 detained, hundreds injured and various dead.” She goes on to say that protests against the government of Ricardo Martinelli have escalated:...
Mexico: Women Sent to Jail in Guanajuato for Spontaneous Abortions
Ximena Vega reports [es] on the ongoing incarceration of women who go through spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) in Guanajuato; she writes that women who have abortions (spontaneously or otherwise) can get an average of 27 years in jail. This has been going on for years, as an article from Human Rights Watch from 2006...
Peru: Peruvian Chicken Day
Globalizado informs [es] his readers that July 18 is Peruvian Chicken day (“pollo a la brasa” in Spanish). It is the first time that Peruvians celebrate this day in honor of a dish which the National Institute of Culture considers one of the culinary specialties of Peru. The blogger includes...
Chile: How to Fight Poverty
A recent Casen survey revealed an increase of 1.4% in poverty in Chile; that means that “just over 355 thousand people reached the poverty line for the first time in 2009,” as explained by The Pulse. In response to the survey, the bloggers from de la República [es] uploaded a...
Guatemala: Foundation Talita Kumi Helping Women in Rural Communities
Cobán Galería Fotográfica posts [es] images and information about a foundation called Talita Kumi. The blogger highlights how the foundation teaches young women technical skills they will later use to help in the development of their community.
Bolivia: Interview with Argentinean Blogger and Journalist
Alberto Medrano shares [es] his email interview with Dady Rubio, an Argentinean journalist and blogger [es]. In the interview Rubio answers questions about Argentina and its bicentennial celebration, but also about Bolivia, blogging and the Internet in Latin America.
Paraguay: Tourism Websites for Each Department
The blog Camino al Paraguay lists [es] the travel and tourism websites of all the departments of Paraguay; each website provides important information for those who want to explore what that specific department has to offer.
Venezuela: Documents Reveal US Funding to Venezuelan Media
Eva Golinger writes: “US State Department documents declassified under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) evidence more than $4 million USD in funding to journalists and private media in Venezuela during the last three years. This funding is part of the more than $40 million USD international agencies are investing...
Mexico: Interview with Migrant Worker from Michoacan
Hugo Torres shares [es] his interview with Ricardo, a 24-year-old migrant worker from Michoacán who moved to the United States when he was 19. He asks Ricardo everything from what it's like to cross over to the United States, how much money he makes at his job, and what he...