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Stephen Cairns

Growing up in the south (Georgia, United States), I am now enjoying a whole different type of “south”. After cutting my teeth on Spanish through Central America, I taught English in Ecuador. Now I work in Bogotá, Colombia.

My interest in the Latin American region and the Spanish language led me to Global Voices. Global news distribution and actual reaction by people (or blogs) on the ground make this site enjoyable and educational to read.

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Latest posts by Stephen Cairns

21 April 2011

Chile: Nurse Expedites Organ Transport Using Twitter

Cristina Bizama, a nurse at Talca hospital in Chile, has devised a way to speed up the transport of organs from the city of Talca to the capital, Santiago, some...

12 April 2011

Colombia: Citizens Reject Proposal to Reform Higher Education Law 30

Colombian President Santos' proposal to reform the Higher Education Law 30 has not been received well. Despite some accepting it, the loudest voices heard, online and in the streets, have...

1 February 2011

Peru: Gay Marriage Becomes Presidential Election Issue

Same-sex marriage has been debated for some time, and its possible legalization has become a part of the election platforms of presidential candidates in Peru. This follows the rejection of...

24 January 2011

Chile: Citizens respond to natural gas crisis in Magallanes

The announcement to raise natural gas prices in the southern region of Magallanes in Chile generated an immediate reaction from citizens that forced the government to modify the measure. Protests,...

19 January 2011

Panama: Fire in Youth Prison Sparks Controversy

A fire in a correctional facility for juvenile offenders has generated all types of reactions on Twitter and Panamanian blogs. The police officers involved are trying to defend themselves and...

24 December 2010

Dominican Republic: Demanding 4% of National Budget for Education

In the Dominican Republic there is a heated debate about the quality of education that focuses on the fact that the General Law of Education establishes that annual public funding...

13 December 2010

Nicaragua-Costa Rica Conflict, Revisited: Part II

This is the second part of a walk-through of the Nicaraguan and Costa Rican blogospheres discussing the recent border dispute between the countries. The conflict, which started November 2nd, has...

3 December 2010

Colombia: Floods in Riosucio, Chocó

The recent winter weather in Colombia has been picked up by traditional media and social networks are talking about the flooding, landslides and uprooted trees happening there. The national news...

15 November 2010

Colombia: Twitter Users Report On Clashes Between Armed Groups in Medellín

On the night of November 9th, in the Manrique Santa Inés sector of Medellin, Colombia, several loud shots were heard that the majority of inhabitants associated with gunfire. Quickly Twitter...

9 November 2010

Chile: Students Walk More Than a Thousand Kilometers for Public Education

Three Chilean university students began walking this past September 30th. They walk for Chilean education and will cover more than 1000 km through Chile until they arrive in Santiago, the...

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