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Chilean Campaign to Prevent Child Grooming Goes Viral

The Chilean Police campaign against grooming, in which adults earn the trust of minors online to later abuse them, has already reached more than 5 million views. It has become a success going way beyond the borders of the South American country, according to Verne website.

The video was published on Facebook to raise awareness among young people. It tells the story of a teenage girl who sets up a date with a guy she met on a social network. The man, who has been asking her for “sexy” pictures is older than she imagined. The video leads to think the girl was abused.

Augusto Schuster, a very popular Chilean teen actor and singer with a base of 270,000 Twitter followers, was part of the campaign. At the end of the video, which is also available on YouTube, Schuster questions kids: “How many of your social network friends do you really know? Grooming is not a game. It is abuse. Remember that on Internet, the pictures are not only yours, they belong to everyone.”

Groomers pretend to be teenagers to take advantage of minors on social networks, wining their trust little by little, then asking them for intimate images, or setting up meetings that can end up in sexual abuse. Besides the video, the Chilean campaign offers tips — and even a test — to help kids recognize dangerous behavior. Verne adds that the police are promoting the hashtag #todoscontraelgrooming (everyone against grooming).

Self-evaluation: Am I exposed to grooming?

1. I have a profile in more than one social network.

2. I have more than 250 friends on Facebook.

3. I have accepted friendships requests from people I don't know.

4. I have established strong ties with people I never met in person.

5. I have dated people I have never met on real life.

6. Have spoken on a webcam with strangers.

7. I have set up dates with people I met online.

8. I have taken pictures of myself on my underwear.

9. I have taken pictures of intimate parts of my body.

10. I have been asked to strip infront of a webcam or send intimate pictures.

11. I have been forced to send intimate pictures.

If you have answered YES to the questions:

1-5 You are vulnerable to be contacted by a groomer

6-8 You have probably been contacted by a groomer and you are at risk.

9-11 You have been a grooming victim.

At Least 30 People Killled After Heavy Rains in Chile

The heaviest rains to hit Chile's northern region in decades have costed the life of at least 30 people, according to the most recent report by the National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (known as Onemi), dated April 21.

At the time of writing the original post of this translation, a new victim was found.

LAST MINUTE: At Los Loros, the body of a new victim of the flood was found. This would be number 31.

On Global Voices, we reported about what has been considered the worst rain from the past 80 years in the Northern regions (mainly in Atacama and Antofagasta) when heavy rains caused the Copiapó river to overflow.

According to press releases, there are at least 59 people unaccounted for and 29.739 affected. Meanwhile, material damages go up to 2.000 completely destroyed homes. Over 6.000 have been severely affected, and another 11.000 have suffered minor damages.

Chilean Volcano Wakes Up After Four Decades of Inactivity With Violent, Spectacular Eruption

The Chilean government declared a state of emergency caused by the disaster in towns near the Calbuco volcano, in southern Chile and on the border with Argentina, after it erupted violently Wednesday.

The people of Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Frutillar in Chile and Villa La Angostura, San Martin de los Andes and Bariloche in Argentina were surprised by column of ash belched by the volcano. These areas are near the 2,015-meter-high volcano, which was dormant for 43 years ago.

After a second eruption at one in the morning on Thursday, the Chilean government established an exclusion zone of 20 kilometers around the volcano.

The Ministry of Interior and Public Security (ONEMI) of Chile reported on Thursday morning that 4,150 people were evacuated because of the incident, and so far there have been no fatalities.

However, the spectacular images of the eruption caught the attention of social media under the hashtags #Calbuco and #VolcánCalbuco, as shown in the following video from the Facebook page Todo Puerto Montt.

Calbuco is considered one of the three most dangerous volcanoes of the 90 that are active in Chile, as reported by the BBC.

Chile: Controversial Draft Law Anti Memes Lasted Less Than 24 Hours

A very short life had the controversial anti-meme draft law, announced on Thursday July 10 by Chilean congressman of Christian Democratic Party, Jorge Sabag, as informed on Chilean media. The goal of the prohect was to preserve “authorities’ dignity” on social networks. The project imposed fines for individuals who used the face of any State officer on a meme and even considered imprisonment for the user who created and shared this kind of images on cyberspace.

On a radio interview on 11, facing the questions and jokes generated on Facebook and Twitter, Sabag admitted the project: “Was a mistake, I didn't pay close attention to what my advisors had drafted (…). It's not worth it to keep on processing it.”

The news was soon after commented on Twitter:

Jorge Sabag (DC), remember his name so he's never elected again.

Sabag's advisors…

The Inca Road Is a New World Heritage Site

QhapaqÑam

Somewhere in the Qhapaq Ñam. Photo on Flickr by user Rainbowasi. CC BY-SA 2.0

For the first time in the 40 years of World Heritage convention, six countries united to submit a joint application to designate a cultural site as world heritage. Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru requested that the Incan Road be included as a cultural heritage site.

The announcement was made in the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in in Doha, Qatar.

The international body highlighted that the Inca Road “represents a very valuable shared legacy, almost 60,000 kilometers long”:

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru share a new cultural legacy site: #QhapaqÑan, Inca road system. Congratulations!

Blunt Pro-Abortion Campaign in Chile

The NGO Miles (Thousands) and the advertising agency Grey Chile are taking a provocative approach to showing the problem that thousands of women face in Chile with respect to abortion, using three fictitious tutorial videos that show the only legal way to have an abortion in the country.

The “advice” ranges from throwing yourself down the stairs to getting run over by a car.

Abortion is prohibited in Chile, which means that thousands of women have to resort to illegal means in order to abort. It is estimated that there are around 150,000 cases each year, some of which result in the death of the patient.

This campaign seeks to draw attention to this fact and persuade the Chilean government to approve the therapeutic abortion law that was rejected last February.

Warning before you click play: these videos contain graphic images.

A Chilean Real-Time Video App Launches at the Boston Marathon

The application RhinoBirdTV, developed by the Chilean Felipe Heusser, who founded the NGO Ciudadano Inteligente, allows users to share video experiences in real time. The makers of RhinoBirdTV hope their product will help facilitate a more democratic world by breaking down boundaries and connecting people through simple-to-distribute live videos.

RhinoBird.TV, imagen extraída de Twitter, utilizada con autorización

RhinoBird.TV. image from Twitter, used with permission.

RhinoBirdTV chose to launch its Android version on April 20, the day of the 119th annual Boston Marathon, allowing users to broadcast and receive live videos from the event, following the hashtag #bostonmarathon.

On Twitter, people welcomed RhinoBirdTV with enthusiasm and high expectations:

Far from the Marathon is a marvel made in Chile the USA.

Chileans in Boston are bosses. Enduring the cold and rain to support.

An Election Film Week in Lebanon to Say #NoToExtension of Parliament Term

What better than the seventh art to mobilize? In another effort to push for Elections in Lebanon and prevent an extension of the Parliamentary term #NoToExtension, Lebanese NGO Nahwa Al Muwatiniya (meaning Towards Citizenship) held an “Election Film Week”.

Six works from Chile, Iran, China, Ghana and the US, varying between documentaries and fiction are being screened between August 28 to September 2 at Cinema Metropolis (a theater promoting indie movies)  in collaboration with the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE).

On the Facebook Page of the event, where the programme is listed, the organisers note:

We have been struggling with a fragile democracy in Lebanon, ever since its independence. Today, more than in the darkest days of the civil war, the foundations of our democracy are at risk. But we’re not alone in this. The world is full of stories about the human struggle for self-determination and democratic participation. Broadening our perspective serves our effort to improve the quality of the political system in Lebanon. 

The films we picked share stories from different countries, all which portray the election process. Collectively, they reveal a combination of human values and ideals and the efforts politicians make to win an election.

To see a glimpse of the movies, check out the trailer posted on Nahwa Al Muwatiniya Youtube Page.

The current parliament extended its four-year stay for the first time in May 2013. And like a year before, various parties are supporting the move this time around under the pretext of security conditions.

The end of the parliamentary term comes amidst a period of turmoil in Lebanon. The country has lacked a president since May 25 after parliament failed to elect a new head of state and top officials could not reach political consensus. A general strike by syndicates demanding to approve a new enhanced wage scale for civil servants has threatened to paralyze the entire country. Lebanon has experience instability on both Syrian and Israeli borders after soldiers were kidnapped by members of Islamic militant organization ISIS.

Confessions of an Ex-Football Fan in Chile

On the blog section of Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, Gustavo Santander writes that he doesn't like football, even though he ends up watching the matches with his friends and sharing stories so much that someone told him once: “you know a lot for someone who doesn't like football.”

He explains there was once a time when he loved football and that the 1986 World Cup in Mexico was the first one he remembers to the fullest:

Quién sabe por qué ese 29 de junio (de 1986) se grabó en mi mente como un día inolvidable, el hecho es que si cierro los ojos, aún puedo ver al Loco (Carlos Salvador) Bilardo gesticulando como un demente al borde de la cancha, a (Nery) Pumpido volando como un poseso para atajar los tiros alemanes, a (Karl-Heniz) Rummenigge disparando pelotazos como si fuera un Pánzer de carne y hueso; a (Jorge) Valdano metiendo el segundo gol de Argentina y a mi padre abrazando a mi madre, besándola en los labios como si fueran dos adolescentes cuando el silbato del árbitro marcó el fin de ese encuentro, que no era el suyo, pues ese año aún ni sabían que su matrimonio estaba por jugar su tiempo suplementario.

Who knows why that June 29 (1986) is fixed in my memory as an unforgettable day, and if I close my eyes, I can still see (Argentinian coach Carlos Salvador) Loco Bilardo madly gesturing on the sidelines, (Argentinian goalkeeper Nery) Pumpido flying as if possessed to block the German shots, (German goalkeeper Karl-Heniz) Rummenigge taking shots as if he was a flesh and blood Panzer; (Argentinian player Jorge) Valdano scoring the second Argentinian goal and my father hugging my mother, kissing her on the lips as if they were two teenagers when the referee whistled to end the match that wasn't theirs, as that year they weren't even aware that their marriage was about to play in additional time.

Chile Will Build the Biggest Telescope on Earth

In Fotones Valley at Cerro Armazones in the Atacama desert, Chile, the construction for what will become the largest optical telescope in the world, with a diameter of 39 meters, are underway.

In 2010, the European Southern Observatory Board chose that location in the Chilean desert for the future E-ELT.2. It will be the most southern European telescope (known by its acronym E-ELT):

LIVE: Explosions at Cerro Armazones to set up the biggest telescope of the world.

Cerro Armazones houses an observatory with three telescopes, with diameters 1.5 meters, 84 centimeters and 41 centimeters, the results of a joint project between several Chilean and foreign institutions and the European Southern Observatory. Representative Fernando Comerón noted that “with E-ELT we are building a telescope for the 22nd century”. According to estimations, the works will go on for 10 years and the telescope will be fully functional two years later.

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