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Venezuela Decoded, Making Sense of Conflicting Accounts

Back in February 2014, Venezuelan journalists Mary Avilés, Ana María Carrano and Martín Quiroga, currently living in Silicon Valley, were frustrated with trying to find out what was really happening back home. After first protests that month, Twitter had become the last independent channel for information and everyone was using it — the government, the opposition officials, journalists and citizens. At the rate of 1,000 tweets per hour, their contradictory reports parrying on cell phone screens and it was hard to figure out who to believe.

Avilés, Carrano and Quiroga are or have been John S. Knight Foundation fellows. Along with Douglas Gómez, Ana María Carrano's husband, after intense weeks, and having recruited some additional team members, they rapidly built and launched Venezuela Decoded, an online platform to help people make sense of conflicting accounts about that country’s ongoing civil unrest that have been flooding social media:

What I hope for Venezuela Decoded is to became a reference site for international audience and media about the Venezuelan conflict, a kind of a landing page,” Aviles said. [...] “I believe we can contribute leveraging the power of social media in journalism.”

Inspired by Syria Deeply, the team recently applied for a Knight Foundation News Challenge grant to help fund their efforts. You can see their proposal here.

6.2 Earthquake Hits Nicaragua

A powerful 6,1 earthquake hit Nicaragua on Thursday, April 10, 2014. There were reports [es] of injured people and collapsing of houses as a result of the movement.

The epicenter was located at 20 kilometers North of the capital city Managua, close to Apoyeque volcano, at 10 kilometers depth. In Twitter, users reported aftersocks and suspension of school activities:

Five aftershocks after powerful 6,2 earthquake in Nicaragua: MANAGUA, Nicaragua.- At least…

Schools activities suspended in Managua and León due to the earthquake.

Analyzing Election Results in El Salvador

On the blog on World Policy website, author Jamie Stark analyzes the March 9, 2014 election results:

A recount confirmed a thin margin for the governing left-leaning [Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front] F.M.L.N. by 6,000 votes of the nearly 3 million ballots cast. Arena [Nationalist Republican Alliance] claimed the winners had a biased bureaucracy to benefit a ruling class – an old allegation from the former F.M.L.N. rebels. [...] But Arena’s commercials, speeches and legal accusations of electoral fraud cast a shadow of doubt over the next presidency before it even begins.

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Just 22 years out from the Civil War, searing political partisanship no longer begets violence. Peace has triumphed over threatening echoes from the past.

PHOTOS: Protests in Caracas, April 1

Website PRODAVINCI posts nine pictures by Andrés Kerese taken during protests in Chacao, one of the subdivisions of the metropolitan district of Caracas, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Chacao

Photo by Andrés Kerese, used with permission.

Costa Rica: “God Bless your X”

On Sunday, April 6 2014, Costa Rica held the run-off to elect a new president [es]. After governing party's candidate Johnny Araya retired his campaign, the whole process lost intensity, and abstentionism was a threat.

Making an analogy with football soccer [es], website Costa Rica Azul says:

Con su equis, este domingo, en la papeleta usted elige al nuevo director técnico, quien nos guiará en el campo de juego, será el encargado de motivarnos, dar el ejemplo, marcar la ruta, indicar dónde debemos reforzar, cuidar la marca y escuchar para comprender lo que vivimos quienes estamos en el terreno de juego.

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¡Reinventemos el futuro! ¡Dios bendiga a Costa Rica!

With your X, this Sunday on your voting ballot, you choose the new trainer, who will guide us in playing filed, who will be in charge of motivating us, who will be an example, show us the path, indicate us where to strengthen, who will take care of determining the course and listen to understand what are we going through, those of us who are in the field.

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Let's reinvent the future! God bless Costa Rica!

Coming Soon! Rising Voices Microgrants for Amazon Communities

Amazon Peru, photo by Pearl Vas  (CC BY 2.0)

Amazon Peru, photo by Pearl Vas (CC BY 2.0)

Rising Voices will be launching a microgrant competition next month for digital citizen media projects in the Amazon region which is home to many indigenous communities. Thanks to Avina Americas, Fundación Avina, and the Skoll Foundation, we'll be offering this support with ongoing mentorship from the Global Voices community.

Read more about the project on Rising Voices and register your interest here.

Citizen media has played an important part in many cultural, political, social and environmental struggles in the region. See some of our past coverage of Amazon communities on the special coverage page: Forest Focus: Amazon.

VIDEO: ‘Happy’ in El Salvador

Salvadorans have created their own version of the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Blogger Mildred Largaespada praises the video on her Facebook page [es]:

It's beautiful. And yes, as in real life, this is also real: During most of the day, women and men of El Salvador are happy rather than distressed by the bad news that some media outlets report and pretend to make more real than the reality this video shows.

The video was uploaded by YouTube user El Salvador Happy:

Amnesty International: ‘Spiral of Violence a Threat to Rule of Law in Venezuela’

Amnesty International has released a report which documents “allegations of human rights violations and abuses committed in the context of the massive public demonstrations since early February.”

“The country runs the risk of descending into a spiral of violence unless steps are taken to bring the conflicting parties around the table. This can only happen if both sides fully respect human rights and the rule of law. Unless this happens, the death toll will continue to rise with ordinary people bearing the brunt,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

According to the report, 37 people have died and over 550 have been injured:

According to figures released by the Office of the Attorney General on 27 March 2,157 have been detained during the protests. The vast majority has been released but continue to face charges.

You can read the complete report [es] in the Spanish-language version of the Amnesty International website.

Delayed Construction Works in Brazil Fuel “(un)Happy” Video

The contagious feeling triggered by Pharrell Williams’ viral music video “Happy” inspired citizens of Porto Alegre, Brazil, to take advantage of the fact that their city holds the Portuguese word for “happy” in its name — but rather to express what's making them unhappy.

The video shows people dancing joyfully in front of delayed construction works for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Watch “Porto (un)Happy” below with captions in English:

Published on March 25, the video has already been watched over 250,000 times. Its creators use the Facebook page Porto un-Happy to promote the hashtag #MudaPOA (Change, Porto Alegre), as well as to collect mentions in the media and to clarify [pt]:

Nosso protesto NÃO é contra a Copa, e sim contra o atraso nas obras e o pouco caso com a população!

Our protest is NOT against the World Cup, but against the delayed construction works and the lack of care towards the population!

On the map We Are Happy From, you will find a video version created by the city's public administration. The video presents a very positive perspective, but it has been less popular, with 50,000 views.

Global Voices also reported on the ironic version of “Happy” from Rio de Janeiro.

Massive Online Campaign to Free Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera

Photo from Facebook page 32xOscar.

Photo from Facebook page 32xOscar.

The international campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is asking people from all over the world to contribute in making the hashtag #freeOscarLopez a trending topic tomorrow, April 1st. Tweets should also include U.S. president Barack Obama's handle @BarackObama.

This year, López Rivera will have been imprisoned in the United States for 33 years on charges of “seditious conspiracy.” López Rivera, 70, is a fighter for the independence of Puerto Rico, a colony of the United States. Politicians, artists, and many people across different ideologies have united to ask the president of the United States, Barack Obama, to pardon López Rivera, who has been called the longest held political prisoner in the western hemisphere. For more information on Oscar López Rivera, see Facebook pages 32 X Oscar [es] and Free Oscar López Rivera Now.

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