This is what we published this week at Global Voices Latin America: – Esto es lo que publicamos esta semana en Global Voices Latinoamérica:

Venezuela: Chaos in Amuay After Oil Refinery Explosion, Jessica Carrillo (Español aquí):
‘The action radius for the propane spheres explosion is devastating. The entrance to Judibana and everything surrounding it is destroyed.’ A gas tank explosion in Judibana, Falcón state, has left at least 24 dead and 86 injured. The reasons behind this accident are still unclear.

‘El radio de accion de la explosion de las esferas de propano es devastador. La entrada a Judibana y todo alrededor esta Destruida’. La explosión de un tanque de gas en Judibana, estado Falcón, ha dejado hasta el momento un saldo de 26 muertos y 86 heridos. Las razones que provocaron este accidente aún se desconocen.

Colombia: Former General Santoyo Admits Ties to Paramilitary Group, Lully Posada (Español aquí), English translation by Betsy Galbreath:
Retired general Mauricio Santoyo, former chief of security under ex-president Álvaro Uribe, pled guilty to having helped the paramilitary organization United Self-Defense of Colombia (AUC in Spanish). His confession has created a political scandal in Colombia.

El general retirado Mauricio Santoyo, ex jefe de Seguridad bajo el antiguo presidente Álvaro Uribe, se declaró culpable de haber ayudado a la organización paramilitar Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC). Su declaración ha generado un escándalo político en el país.

Ecuador on Alert Over Spewing Tungurahua Volcano, Alison Martinez (Español aquí):
The Tungurahua volcano has been spewing pyroclastic material and ash throughout this month, affecting thousands of families, crops, and animals. Scientists and citizens use Twitter and Facebook to inform about the Tungurahua’s activity.

A lo largo de este mes, el volcán Tungurahua ha emanado material piroclástico y ceniza, afectado a 3072 familias, 4329 hectáreas de pastos y cultivos y 5700 animales. Científicos y ciudadanos usan Twitter y Facebook para informar sobre la actividad volcánica del Tungurahua.

María María Acha-Kutscher: Peru’s Feminist Activist-Artist, Silvia Viñas:
Peruvian feminist, activist and visual artist María María Acha-Kutscher is using the Internet to share her work. From Mexico’s Frida Kahlo to Spain’s “indignadas” (outraged) and Russia’s Pussy Riot, Acha-Kutscher’s drawings reflect the life and struggles of female artists and activists from all over the world.

Costa Rica: “Was it My Fault I Was Raped, Because I Went Out at Night?”, Juliana Rincón:
With strength and courage, blogger SophiadelSol writes about her recent carjacking, abduction and rape as she was out at night with her boyfriend. In a society that blames victims for exposing themselves to danger, she bravely stands up for victims and places the blame on the society that allows these things to happen.

“Don’t Fear the Internet”: To Create is to Express Yourself, ONG Derechos Digitales, English translation by Silvia Viñas:
Creating, informing, and thinking differently have always been viewed with suspicion. In a new video, NGO Derechos Digitales encourages Internet users to “not fear the Internet” and to support an online environment that allows for the democratization of culture.

Argentina: Blogging in Welsh from Patagonia, Laura Schneider (español aquí):
The Argentine Patagonia was the first home of the Welsh migration that arrived in 1865 on the Mimosa steamboat. People from Wales and their descendants living in Argentina keep their culture and language alive through blogs and social networks.

La Patagonia Argentina fue cuna de las migraciones galesas que llegaron en el año 1865 en el vapor Mimosa. Los descendientes aun mantienen vivas sus tradiciones y el idioma galés a través de blogs y redes sociales.

Colombia: President and Indigenous Leaders Meet to Discuss Cauca ConflictLully Posada, English translation by Louella Mahabir (español aquí)
President Juan Manuel Santos met with the indigenous people of the Cauca to hear their grievances and to talk about the ongoing conflict in this department. Thousands of indigenous people came from several regions of the country with the intention of speaking with the President and to push an initiative of peace. The meeting ended without having reached substantial agreements.

El Presidente Juan Manuel Santos se reunió con los indígenas del Cauca para escuchar sus reclamos y dialogar sobre el conflicto en ese departamento. Al lugar de la reunión llegaron miles de indígenas procedentes de diversos lugares del país con el ánimo de dialogar con el Presidente y propiciar la iniciativa de paz. La reunión concluyó sin que se lograran acuerdos sustanciales.

Argentina: “I’m an Organ Donor and I Tell the World”, Laura Schneider (español aquí):
By donating a kidney to her goddaughter, singer Sandra Mihanovich has created awareness in Argentina about the importance of organ donation. Her example joins the campaign #SoyDonante (“I’m a donor”) on Twitter and the video “I’m a donor and I tell the world” on YouTube.

Mediante la donación de un riñón a su ahijada, la cantante Sandra Mihanovich ha creado conciencia entre argentinos sobre la importancia de la donación de órganos. Su ejemplo se suma a la campaña #SoyDonante en Twitter y al video “Soy donante y se lo digo al mundo” en YouTube.

Follow @gvamericalatina on Twitter to keep up with our coverage of the region.

Sígan a @gvamericalatina en Twitter para mantenerse al tanto de nuestra cobertura de la región.

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