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Silvia Viñas · July, 2012

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 July, 2012

Latin America: Is 2012 the ‘Year of the Woman” at the Olympics?

The Americas Quarterly blog points out that although there is still a lot to do to end gender discrimination at the Olympics, “for the first time in history, every country...

Guatemala: Mining Community Organizes Peoples’ Health Tribunal

For years, the community of San Miguel Ixtahuacán in Guatemala has been denouncing the negative consequences of Goldcorp's Marlin gold mine. On July 14 and 15, members of the community...

Guatemala: Microsoft and the University of San Carlos

Blogger Josue Ortega [es] attended a university event which invited students to develop a project to help communities with very little access to technology. However, students were told to develop...

Peru: Environmental Journalist Detained in Cajamarca

Juan Arellano reports [es] in his blog that the “environmental journalist Jorge Chávez Ortiz, known on Twitter as @chavezwar [es], has reportedly been detained a few hours ago in Cajamarca....

Argentina: The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Olympics

Lillie Langtry from the blog Memory in Latin America explains that the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo are getting into the spirit of the Olympics by “asking various Argentine...

Colombia: The Environmental Heritage of the Country is Threatened by Mining

Through her Facebook profile, Carla Bajonero shares her concern regarding mining in Colombia [es]. In her opinion, mining only leaves behind “pollution and laughable earnings.” She then asks: “What happens...

Paraguay: Citizens Reject Rio Tinto's Aluminium Smelter Project

The blog Interparaguay [es] shares several videos on a project headed by Río Tinto Alcan to build an aluminium smelter in Paraguay. In the last video, Mercedes Canese, Vice Minister...

Peru: President Humala ‘Reshuffles’ Cabinet

Bloggings by Boz comments on President Ollanta Humala's “cabinet shuffle”: “Oscar Valdes is out; Juan Jimenez is in as Peru's new prime minister. Humala also named new ministers for Interior,...

Paraguay: Tweets for Federico Franco on his Birthday

E'a [es] aggregates tweets dedicated to Federico Franco on his birthday. Federico Franco is the new President of Paraguay after Fernando Lugo was removed from office on June 22, 2012....

Colombia: A Lab for Social Sciences

Blogger Luis Ángel Pérez writes about wanting to create a lab for Social Sciences, just like there are labs for chemistry or physics. He imagines the lab [es] with many...

“Copy, Paste, Create”, a Free Online Book in Spanish on Open Culture and Piracy

Venezuelan writer, lawyer and Global Voices contributor Marianne Díaz Hernández has published the first installment [es] of her book “Copy, Paste, Create: Why I defend piracy and think that open...

El Salvador: President Funes Airs First Weekly Radio Program

“Conversando con el Presidente” (Talking with the President”) is a “weekly radio call in program to let citizens call and talk to their president,” as Tim's El Salvador Blog explains....

Colombia: “We are going to end with darkness in Congress”

On Facebook the Primary Constituent movement [es] is calling [es] for a gathering at Plaza de Bolívar (Bogotá's main public square) to protest corruption of politicians and demand that Emilio...

Bolivia: TIPNIS Marchers Return Home After Vigil in La Paz

Emily Achtenberg from the blog Rebel Currents updates readers on the indigenous people who once more marched towards La Paz to protest the project to build a road through the Isiboro...

Ecuador: Juggling Work and Motherhood

In her blog Lunas Azules (“Blue Moons”), Silvana Tapia writes [es] about juggling work and motherhood. You can find more posts about parenting under a tag [es] in her blog...

Chile: Citizen Campaign Seeks to Eliminate Tax on Books

A citizen campaign to remove the value added tax ("IVA" for its initials in Spanish) on books in Chile has sparked an online debate. Netizens are sharing their views in...

Mexico: Berkman Center at Harvard University Hosts Webcast on ‘Narcotweets’

On July 10, at 12:30pm ET, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University will host a webcast titled “Narcotweets: Reporting on the Mexican Drug War using Social...

Chile: Homeless in Santiago

In Santiago, Chile, as in many other cities around the world, winter can be a deadly season for the homeless. Through photography, Demotix contributor Alejandro Rustom exposes the reality of...

Peru: Three Dead and Several Injured in Clash in Cajamarca

Clashes during anti-mining protests in Cajamarca have left at least 3 people killed and 20 injured. Global Voices recently reported on a prolonged strike against mining activities carried out in...

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