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Silvia Viñas · August, 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 August, 2011

International Blog Day in Latin America

Several bloggers in Latin America are sharing their thoughts on blogging during this year's Blog Day, like Juan Edgardo Lezcano [es] from Paraguay and Julio Córdoba [es] from Costa Rica....

Costa Rica: Bloggers on Anti-Tobacco Law

Blogger ‘El Chamuko’ from El infierno en Costa Rica [es] and María Luisa Ávila [es] comment on the anti-tobacco law that is up for debate in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly....

Chile: Mapuche Youth Takeover Municipal Building

Katie Manning from Mi Voz reports that forty Mapuche teenagers have staged a takeover –toma in Spanish– in Ercilla: “Since August 19, the 11-to-17-year-olds occupied the town’s government center. They’re...

Latin America: Remembering the Missing on the International Day of the Disappeared

August 30 is the International Day of the Disappeared; The Latin Americanist blogs about current cases of disappearances in Mexico and Argentina.

Ecuador: Journalist Sentenced to Prison for Defamation Flees Country

The Knight Center's Journalism in the Americas Blog reports that Emilio Palacio, a journalist from newspaper El Universo “sued for criticizing President Rafael Correa, arrived in the United States Wednesday, Aug....

Bolivia: Aymara Women Working as ‘Voceadoras’ in El Alto

Alberto Medrano shares two videos of Aymara women in El Alto working in minibuses as voceadoras: women who announce the vehicle's route and collect the passengers’ money. Cristina Quisbert blogged...

Argentina: People in Buenos Aires March in Support of Teen Killed in Chile Protest

Sixteen-year-old Manuel Gutierrez was shot on Thursday, August 25, during clashes between protesters and police in the second and final day of a national strike in Chile. He died the...

Mexico: Searching for Victims of Casino Attack via Twitter

Global Voices author Issa Villarreal put together a Storify post showing how family and friends of the victims of the Casino Royale attack in Monterrey are using Twitter to search...

Paraguay: Images of a Weekend in Iturbe

Cazador de Instantes posts a photo essay of a weekend in Iturbe, Paraguay.

Colombia: #ColombiaisBeautiful vs. Hollywood

Lina Salazar in the Americas Quarterly blog comments on the movie Colombiana “(yet another) movie in which Colombia is portrayed as a land of cocaine, crime and armed insurrection”. She...

Mexico: 61 Die in Attack on Casino in Monterrey

On Thursday, August 25, gunmen set the Casino Royale in Monterrey on fire. Gancho reports on the latest death toll and briefly explains what was behind this attack: “Sixty-one people...

Colombia: ‘Blank Vote, Worthy Vote’

Colombians are invited to cast blank ballots in the regional and local elections to be held on October 30, 2011 through the video “Blank vote, worthy vote” by NachoVelezJim on...

Uruguay Celebrates Independence Day

Today, August 25, Uruguay is celebrating 186 years of its declaration of independence. Federico Lorenzo shares [es] today's Google doodle on the search engine's Uruguayan version, and comments on the...

Peru: Ripley Department Store Workers Maintain Demands

Ripley Peru union workers have announced that they will not give up their demands [es] for an increase in the basic monthly salary to 350 nuevos soles [es] (around US...

Peru: 7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Jungle Region

Juan Arellano –Global Voices author and Spanish Translation Manager– is updating a Storify post [es] with Twitter reactions to a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the Peruvian jungle near the border...

Chile: Citizen Reports about National Strike on Google Maps

Mi Voz has set up a map on Google Maps [es] with citizen reports about the national strike taking place on August 24 and 25 throughout Chile.

Chile: Explaining the ‘Chilean Revolution’

Setty, a journalist living in Chile, explains ‘the Chilean revolution': “Chile is supposed to be the stodgy, conservative, institutionality-respecting corner of South America, where nothing ever happens. But this is...

Peru: Congress Passes Law Requiring Prior Consultation With Indigenous Peoples

The Peruvian Congress unanimously approved the ‘Prior Consultation Law‘ for indigenous or native peoples (“Ley de Consulta Previa a los Pueblos Indígenas u Originarios“[es] in Spanish), which establishes the mandatory...

Chile: Artists Protest at UNESCO Headquarters in Support of Students on Huger Strike

Artists protested peacefully outside the UNESCO headquarters in Santiago in support of students on hunger strike. El Mostrador reports [es] that 4 musicians entered the building to deliver a letter...

Honduras: A Call to Protect the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

Oscar Alberto at MelWars condemns [es] the deforestation and illegal logging taking place in the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, a rainforest recently added to the UNESCO's World Heritage ‘danger list‘.

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