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A dónde va Nicaragua

Me resulta ya muy difícil permanecer callado acerca de los últimos acontecimientos que se suceden en Nicaragua. Por prudencia y por no “defraudar” a ciertas izquierdas me he limitado a pronunciarme en círculos muy cercanos. Pero siento que es hora de hacerlo públicamente. Para mí, es doloroso reconocer la deriva autoritaria de Daniel Ortega y su gobierno. No en vano, me vinculé a la solidaridad con la revolución sandinista a finales de los setenta, he viajado a ese país del que me siento parte, no menos de 25 veces, llegando a vivir y trabajar un tiempo como periodista, y me siento sandinista intelectual y sentimentalmente.

https://confidencial.com.ni/a-donde-va-nicaragua/

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Posted by on July 6, 2018 in South America

 

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El ecosistema Wifi

Dybala es el tipo –le dice Jordan a Daniel, su compañero de negocios, justo antes de que un chiflido lo interrumpa.

Se pone de pie de un salto y busca con la mirada. A media cuadra, un hombre lo espera en una moto eléctrica recién parqueada en una de las esquinas del Parque Coyula, ubicado en las calles 19 y 30, municipio Playa, La Habana. Jordan va hacia él, no sin sigilo. Luego ocurre un canje. Rápido, sin palabras.

Con tres CUC en el bolsillo, Jordan vuelve a lo suyo. Hace dos años, desde que el gobierno instalara en el parque Coyula una zona wifi, Jordan comenzó a revender tarjetas de conexión Nauta, a sabiendas del riesgo que implica tal ilegalidad. Su rutina arranca en la glorieta, junto a Daniel, quien se encarga del negocio cuando por alguna razón él no está.

https://www.revistaelestornudo.com/el-ecosistema-wifi/

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2018 in South America

 

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Venezuela’s new bitcoin: an ingenious plan or worthless cryptocurrency?

Is Venezuela’s new cryptocurrency an ingenious plan to evade U.S. sanctions? Or will it turn out to be a South American shitcoin?

That is the question facing Venezuela as it prepares for the pre-sale of its new bitcoin-like digital currency called the petro.

The launch on Tuesday comes amid a deep economic crisis and a crackdown on democratic freedoms that have left President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist government politically isolated and cut off from most international financing.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/19/venezuelas-new-bitcoin-n-ingenious-plan-or-worthless-cryptocurrency

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2018 in South America

 

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Prohibido votar por una indígena

El 14 de febrero una camioneta recorría el desierto de Vizcaíno en Baja California Sur. Daban las 3:30 de la tarde, después del almuerzo, bajo un calor intenso, en la Carretera Federal 1, que carece de curvas y adormece peligrosamente. Todo conspiraba a favor del riesgo, pero la caravana no podía detenerse.

https://www.nytimes.com/es/2018/02/24/opinion-villoro-marichuy/

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2018 in South America

 

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El Ejército siembra la incertidumbre en las favelas

Son las once de la mañana de un viernes que debería ser uno más en la Vila Kennedy. Por las calles de esta favela de Río de Janeiro se ve a un barbero, navaja en mano, unos jóvenes cruzando la calle, de la mano o en bici, y a unos jubilados en la terraza de un establecimiento dándole a la cerveza o jugando al billar. Y, en mitad de todo ello, fusiles y carros de combate.

Es la nueva normalidad de esta y otras favelas desde que el presidente del país, Michel Temer, firmara el pasado 16 de febrero un decreto que dejaba en manos del Ejército la seguridad del Estado de Río de Janeiro. Aquello era una respuesta a la incontenible espiral de violencia que había consumido al tercer Estado más poblado de Brasil, sobre todo su capital, un lugar donde en 2017 fueron asesinadas 6.731 personas (40 homicidios por 100.000 habitantes, según datos oficiales).

https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/02/25/actualidad/1519594746_323035.html

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2018 in South America

 

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The overreaction to Oxfam’s failings is part of a deeper and more damaging malaise

The news agenda is dominated by melodramatic scandals that act as simplified versions of reality in which roles are allocated to accusers, victims, perpetrators and those condemned for failing to prevent wrong-doing. A few scandals are rooted in reality, such as those focused on Harvey Weinstein or Jimmy Saville, but others are becoming ever more exaggerated or phoney.

The media knows a good story when it sees one, regardless of whether it is true or false. It is interesting how the same characteristics crop in each scandal, however different they might at first appear: the most dubious sources of information are treated as credible; these sources gain the status of “victims” whom it is forbidden to criticise; the accusations against the person or institution under attack are vague, multiple and toxic; the trivial or shaky nature of the original crime is forgotten as the scandal is spiced up with claims of a cover-up, something which can never be wholly disproved even by the most thorough going disclosure.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/oxfam-sex-scandal-haiti-prostitutes-cholera-worse-a8224946.html

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2018 in South America

 

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If you care so much about Haitians you should be asking why Oxfam was there in the first place

The earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January 2010, killing 220,000 people, produced a terrible and disgusting failure by those who came from abroad to help the survivors. Among these were UN soldiers from Nepal, which was then in the middle of a cholera epidemic, who brought the disease with them and allowed it to enter the rivers that provide Haitians with their drinking water.

Cholera, previously unknown on the island, killed 7,568 Haitians over the next two years, though the UN denied responsibility for the outbreak. This was despite a report by its own experts in 2012 that showed that the spread of cholera downstream from the Nepalese soldiers’ camps was predictable and avoidable. It was only in 2016 that the UN finally accepted responsibility for starting the epidemic, though it claimed legal immunity and refused to pay compensation.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/oxfam-prostitution-scandal-haiti-aid-workers-why-there-abuse-charity-a8214316.html

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2018 in South America

 

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Depois da guerrilha, outra guerra

Luis Fernando Ospina caminha pelo centro de Medellín cumprimentando aqueles com quem cruza o olhar: o vendedor de celulares, o verdureiro, o idoso que espalha livros usados no chão, o segurança. Ele puxa papo, mesmo sem conhecê-los, mas a interação dura pouco. Desde que foi ameaçado de morte e obrigado a deixar a zona rural do povoado de San José de Apartadó, em fevereiro passado, o ativista social de 46 anos, baixo, pele clara e cabelos negros foi perdendo um a um todos os lugares onde se encaixava.

http://piaui.folha.uol.com.br/depois-da-guerrilha-outra-guerra/

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in South America

 

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The Guardian view on Oxfam: time to learn, not destroy

On 12 January 2010, a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. One of the poorest countries in the world, it was utterly unprepared. Roads and bridges, hospitals and government buildings as well as thousands of homes collapsed or were severely damaged. At least 220,000 died – including more than 100 aid workers already in the country – and as many again were injured. Scores of aid agencies with hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of relief raced to bring help, each agency hastily recruiting hundreds of extra workers. Among these men and women of goodwill who were dispatched to organise medical help, to inoculate, feed and protect the thousands of vulnerable people were seven Oxfam employees who, it has now emerged, spent their time off procuring young, possibly underage, girls and women for sex. It is likely that some of their victims were reliant on the aid Oxfam provided, with donations collected on street corners and jumble sales in Britain. The enormity of employees of an organisation dedicated to ending poverty, hunger and social injustice hosting sex parties said to be of Caligulan proportions amid the wreckage of a humanitarian catastrophe is what turns a scandal into a crisis that could damage the whole UK charitable sector.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/12/the-guardian-view-on-oxfam-time-to-learn-not-destroy

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in Europe, South America

 

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¿Quién es “Él”?

Cuando los colombianos leían sobre acoso sexual en Hollywood, se deleitaban con el morbo que esos temas despiertan. Eso produjo un debate sobre cuál es la frontera entre el coqueteo y el acoso, que no ha sido resuelto hasta la fecha. Pero pocos anticipaban que esa ola pudiera llegar al país y no en relación con el mundo de la farándula, sino con el de la política.

http://www.semana.com/nacion/articulo/claudia-morales-no-revela-el-nombre-de-su-violador-y-sugieren-que-es-alvaro-uribe/554944

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in South America

 

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