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 November, 2012
Ecuadorian Blogger Paúl Moreno Detained
Ecuadorian blogger Paúl Moreno (@paulcoyote) [es] was detained [es] on charges of fraudulent access to computer systems and databases, after publishing a post [es] where he explains how he accessed the information of President Rafael Correa to show the vulnerability of the site www.www.datoseguro.gob.ec [es]. Twitter users have set up...
Why Have Honduras Expats Stopped Blogging?
Laurie Matherne from Honduras Gumbo shares three theories about why expatriates in Honduras have stopped blogging: it's too dangerous, the economic crisis has forced many to leave, and those who stay “are forced to live in near chaos.”
Candidates Gear up for Ecuador's 2013 Presidential Election
While the reelection of [President] Rafael Correa may seem to be a foregone conclusion, the eight candidates competing for the office point to the ongoing fragmented and volatile nature of Ecuadorian politics. Marc Becker writes about Ecuador's upcoming presidential elections scheduled for February 17, 2013. Read more of his analysis...
“8 out of 10 Earthquakes Prefer Chile”
Whenever I feel a quake in Chile, one of the first things I do is go on twitter … mainly to laugh. Yes, that is how used to them we are. Rob from the blog South America writes about the recent “swarm of quakes” in Chile and how netizens react...
Honduras’ Presidential Candidates for 2013
On Sunday, November 18, 2012, three Honduran political parties (Liberal, National, and Libre) chose their presidential candidates for next year's election. Blogger David Moran from El Catracho [es] writes about Sunday's elections and the country's electoral system: For common Hondurans it's about choosing between a known evil and the evil...
Nicaraguan Blog Contest Focuses on Human Rights
Hagamos Democracia (“Let's make democracy”) invites netizens to participate in the “Let's make a blog” contest, which aims [es] to, encourage in Nicaragua the creation of communication spaces that inform and express citizens’ views about human rights.
An Invitation to Discuss Reforms to Costa Rica's Cybercrime Law
Ticoblogger invites [es] netizens to discuss [es] proposed reforms to Costa Rica's Cybercrime Law. The site calls on bloggers, Twitter users and blog readers to analyze and report any errors in different proposals to reform the law. Participants can leave a comment on the site or send their posts to...
Latin American Youth Against Corruption
Andrea Arzaba shares a video where she interviews Latin American youth leading projects in favor of transparency and accountability. These young leaders participated in the Third Global Voices Against Corruption Forum, organized by the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network (GYAC) in Brasilia, Brazil on November 5 and 6.
Interview with Salvadoran Indigenous Leader
“Our philosophy as indigenous peoples is to have our land, as she is our mother”, Shandur says. “We need to have our land, to have our fruit, rather than money.” Robin Llewellyn interviewed Salvadoran indigenous leader Shandur Kuátzin Makwilkali for Intercontinental Cry. Shandur is the President of the National Federation...
Blogging the Earthquake's Aftermath from Huitán, Guatemala
The blog for the community library Mi Nuevo Mundo (My new world) from the Huitán village has been sharing photos and reports of the aftermath of the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that shook Guatemala's Pacific coast on November 7, 2012.
Blogging Contest Focuses on Child Development
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced its first contest for bloggers, which will focus on issues related to child development.
Colombian Hip-Hop Artists, Victims of Medellín's Wave of Violence
Residents of Colombia's Comuna 13, a neighborhood in Medellín infamous for its high levels of insecurity, are mourning the deaths of two well-known hip-hop artists who were killed in the last two weeks, as a wave of violence continues to target artists, youth and cultural organizations that promote peace.
Ecuador's President Correa Runs for Reelection
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa announced that he is running for reelection in the upcoming February 2013 elections. Bloggings by boz argues that there are three issues that matter in this election: the economy, citizen security, and personality: At the moment, Correa has an advantage on the economy and personality. The...
U.S. Policy Toward Latin America After the Election
How will Barack Obama's re-election affect U.S. policy toward Latin America? The realistic answer is that policy will not be affected greatly, and the change that occurs will be related more to domestic constituencies than foreign ones. […] In short, at this point we don't have any reason to believe...
Chile at the Internet Governance Forum 2012
Claudio Ruiz blogs [es] about the Internet Governance Forum and Chile's scant participation: there are only two Chileans attending the forum, and both represent civil society.
Red Alert in Guatemala After 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake
Reports on the damages caused by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit off Champerico on the Pacific coast of Guatemala are coming in quickly on Twitter. Netizens are sharing photos and reports with the hashtags #TemblorGT, #TiemblaenGuate, #TerremotoGT, #FuerteSismoGT, #TiemblaenGuate and more.
Bolivia's Ruling Party: A Growing Presence on Twitter?
Global Voices contributor Pablo Andrés Rivero monitors how politicians in Bolivia use Twitter. In his latest report on his blog [es] he shows that members of the ruling party (MAS, Movement for Socialism) have started to participate more on Twitter and are growing their list of followers on that social...
Covering Nicaragua's Municipal Elections via Storify
Citizen journalism site Huella Libre [es] put together a Storify post [es] on Nicaragua's municipal elections, which were held on Sunday, November 4. The post curates news articles and citizen reports from before, during, and after the elections.