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Silvia Viñas · May, 2011

Uruguayan-Spanish journalist, editor, and blogger. Currently living in Chile, tweeting in English and Spanish under @silviavinas, and blogging on silviavinas.com

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Latest posts by Silvia Viñas from May, 2011

Bolivia: Do Massive Religious Images Promote Tourism?

Luis Ramos in Citizen of La Paz [es] writes about two projects in Bolivia to build “the largest religious statue in the world” and asks: “can religious images alone promote...

Chile: 5 Great Moments of Chilean Hip-Hop

Music blogger Roberto Carreño lists “5 great moments of Chilean hip-hop” [es]. He includes a brief description and a video of each song.

Mexico: Blogger Interviews Teacher Who Sang to Students During Shooting

Martha Rivera Alanis, the teacher who sang to her students during a shooting in Monterrey, México was given an award for her bravery. In an interview with Regioblogs [es], Martha...

Mexico: ‘Información Cívica’ Summarizes Week in Civil Society

David Sasaki in Información Cívica explains they will “begin publishing weekly summaries of what Open Society Foundation partners in various countries around Latin America are sharing via their websites, blogs,...

Uruguay Implements Argentinean Initiative ‘I read this book’

In Pires Mios [es], Macarena announces that the initiative ‘I read this book’ (in Spanish: “yo leí este libro”) that began in Argentina is now being implemented in Uruguay. On...

Honduras: Former President Manuel Zelaya Returns

Ousted president Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras from exile nearly two years after he was removed from office through a coup. Bloggers report on the atmosphere before and after his...

Peru: Protests Against Mining Projects in Puno

Juan Arellano, Global Voices author and Spanish Translation Manager, blogs [es] about an indefinite strike the Aymara community began 20 days ago against mining projects in Puno.

El Salvador: Problems After Change in Propane Gas Subsidy

El Salvador from the Inside explains the controversy over a change in the propane gas subsidy which was meant to help the poor. The subsidy is now “tied to your...

Mexico: Gun Trafficking in the Southern Border

In Vivir México [es], Ximena Vega blogs about gun trafficking in Mexico's southern border, an issue that has been shadowed by the problems in the northern border with the United...

Venezuela, the USA and their ‘Oily’ Co-Dependence

“The current flap between the United States and Venezuela, where the U.S. is imposing sanctions on PDVSA, almost immediately brought up the elephant in the room: co-dependency,” Greg Weeks argues...

Guatemala: Voters Register for Upcoming Elections

Antigua Daily Photo posts a picture of a registration booth in City Hall in Antigua, Guatemala: “This is an election year in Guatemala and the Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) is...

Peruvians Say No to Fujimori in ‘March for dignity, Fujimori never again! #26m’

Global Voices author and Spanish Translation Manager Juan Arellano is updating a Storify post [es] on the developments of “March for dignity, Fujimori never again! #26m” taking place in Lima...

Honduras: ‘Golpista’ Rhetoric Continues as Country Prepares for Zelaya's Return

In PULSE –“a collaborative political weblog”– Belén Fernández sheds some light on the current situation in Honduras: “Earlier this month, a Honduran court dropped remaining corruption charges against Zelaya, who...

El Salvador Gets its Share of WikiLeaks Cables

Tim from Tim's El Salvador Blog reports that online news site El Faro has started releasing WikiLeaks US diplomatic cables related to El Salvador. Follow Tim's blog for future posts...

Venezuela: Fee Hikes for the Caracas Metro and the Bolivarian University

Setty writes about recent price hikes that, he argues, are getting little attention: “The Caracas Metro is tripling its fares, from 0.50 bolivars to 1 bolivar in June and 1.50...

Mexico: Teacher Protests in Oaxaca Continue

“Fourteen thousand schools shut down in Oaxaca. 1.3 million students left without school, as their teachers are continuing their actions against the state government of Oaxaca, protests that appear increasingly...

El Salvador: Poll Results Show 65% Approval for President Funes

In Central American Politics, Mike points out that although May poll numbers show “65% of San Salvador's residents approve of the job that [President Mauricio Funes] is doing” his party,...

Colombia: The Reasons Behind the Floods

Lorenzo Morales blogs for Americas Quarterly about ‘the reasons behind’ massive floods during Colombia's rainy season: “Unpredictable forces of nature are in play in Colombia’s current disaster. No one can...

Panama: Remembering Raúl Leis

On April 30, sociologist, writer and committed member of Panamanian civil society Raúl Leis passed away. His death has left a void and also a place full of fond memories...

Colombia, El Salvador: Outlook for Coffee Exports

“How many of you know where your coffee comes from? And does it make a difference to you?” asks Colleen O'Brien in a post about the outlook for coffee exports...

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