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30

Dec

Interactieve video

Hierboven zie je het resultaat van mijn eerste interactieve video. Met Popcorn Maker van Mozilla kun je teksten, foto’s, kaarten en links toevoegen aan je films, om die meerwaarde te geven. Een interessante innovatie voor de (internet)journalistiek, lijkt me.

Ik kwam erop via dit artikel:

(…) the online video experience has lacked the infinite and enriching possibilities that the Web has to offer, since it allows little or no interaction with the viewer, almost like plain old TV. A new tool aims to change that. Mozilla’s new Popcorn Maker allows users to add layers of content to video and make it more interactive.

20

Jul

Gifts for TIPNIS, 10 days before ‘consulta’

President Evo Morales has visited the TIPNIS indigenous region yesterday, bringing presents like mobile phone connections, solar panels, school supplies and radio equipment, according to Bolivian newspaper Página Siete today. He even brought some football players who were part of the Bolivian slection in the World Cup of 1994.

Ten days before the consultation process - a sort of referendum, stretched out for weeks - on whether or not to build a highway through the Amazone territory, Morales came to defend the referendum. “I have not come to campaign, but to defend the consultation process because it is a right of the indigenous peoples”, Morales said according to the newspaper.

The arrival of the march against the highway in La Paz, at the end of last month

In related news, 15 members of the Bolivian parliament will travel to TIPNIS this weekend to work as electoral observers. All 15 are members of the governing MAS party.

More about TIPNIS.

15

Jul

Bolivia news update

What has happened in Bolivia in the past days, while I was out on a reporting trip in the Salar de Uyuni and Challapata? Two news items stand out:

Nationalization of Canadian mining company

"Bolivian President Evo Morales has revoked the mining rights of Vancouver-based South American Silver Corp., the latest blow to foreign miners operating in Latin America amid a growing wave of resource nationalism.The decision to expropriate the Canadian company’s Malku Khota silver mine was the second for Bolivia in a month, highlighting the increasing risks to developing mining and energy assets in the mineral-rich region." (Globe and Mail)

"Bolivia is willing to compensate South American Silver Corp for revoking its concession on the Malku Khota project, but it will be far less than the $16 million the company says it has invested, the country’s vice president said on Thursday." (Reuters)

TIPNIS protesters leave La Paz and go home

"Following a two-week vigil in La Paz, frustrated lowland indigenous marchers have decided to return to their native communities. (…) The protesters were welcomed warmly by the citizens of La Paz but treated with a combination of hostility and indifference by the government of indigenous president Evo Morales. (NACLA)

09

Jul

Morales opnieuw herkozen als leider cocaboeren

De Boliviaanse president Evo Morales is dit weekend herkozen als hoofd van de federatie van cocaboeren. Morales is sinds 2006 president van Bolivia, maar heeft nooit zijn functie als leider van de Coordinadora de las Seis Federaciones del Trópico de Cochabamba opgegeven.

In de stad Cochabamba werd Morales gisteren voor de negende keer gekozen als leider van de organisatie, zo meldt het Boliviaanse dagblad Página Siete vandaag. Zijn nieuwe mandaat duurt tot 2015. Hij is al leider van de federatie sinds 1996.

Dubbele pet

De dubbele pet van Morales levert hem wantrouwen op van tegenstanders van de bouw van een snelweg door het Amazonegebied TIPNIS. De nieuwe weg, die volgens onderzoek grote delen bos in het TIPNIS zou vernietigen, komt cocaboeren goed uit. Critici denken dan ook dat de loyaliteit van Morales jegens de cocaleros, die de snelweg graag willen, de reden is dat de president het plan wil doordrukken.

Demonstranten die de snelweg door TIPNIS willen voorkomen, kamperen al meer dan een week in het centrum van La Paz, waar ze eind juni arriveerden na een protestmars van ruim twee maanden.

De BBC meldt over Morales’ herbenoeming:

Mr Morales urged growers meeting in the central city of Cochabamba to work for better control of coca leaf production. This would help silence accusations that coca growers are involved in drug trafficking, Mr Morales said. He has long campaigned for a UN ban to be lifted on coca chewing, saying it is part of Bolivia’s heritage.

06

Jul

Het TIPNIS-protest is nog niet voorbij. In La Paz kampeert een groep demonstranten die tegen de aanleg van een snelweg zijn door het TIPNIS-gebied in de Boliviaanse Amazone. Vanmiddag houden ze een mars ter ere van kinderen die volgens hen gisteren slachtoffer werden van politiegeweld.

Het TIPNIS-protest is nog niet voorbij. In La Paz kampeert een groep demonstranten die tegen de aanleg van een snelweg zijn door het TIPNIS-gebied in de Boliviaanse Amazone. Vanmiddag houden ze een mars ter ere van kinderen die volgens hen gisteren slachtoffer werden van politiegeweld.

05

Jul

Bolivia news update

I’ve been away for a couple of days to the Bolivian jungle, without any internet access. A quick update on Bolivian news of the last few days:

Conflict over Canadian mining company worsens: more hostages

"Quechua Indians in Bolivia’s southern highlands have seized three more local employees of a Canadian mining company in a dispute over what may be one of the South America’s biggest silver deposits. (…) Saying they are worried about environmental damage, the Indians are demanding the company halt exploration of what the company calls one of the world’s largest undeveloped deposits of silver, indium and gallium." (AP)

Concerns over possible H1N1 outbreak

"An epidemic of H1N1 flu has infected almost 900 people and claimed 11 lives in Bolivia, health officials said Tuesday.Although most of the cases occurred in the last few weeks, the outbreak does not rise to the level of a national epidemic, officials said. (…) Bolivia’s current outbreak has primarily affected young children, the elderly, and those whose systems are already weakened by illness or chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Eight of the deaths were identified in the department of La Paz department, while the remaining three were in the eastern department of Santa Cruz." (AFP)

TIPNIS: Agreement on consultation process

"On July 3 representatives from some communities within Bolivia’s National Park and Indigenous Territory Isiboro Secure (TIPNIS) signed an agreement with the government for a consultation process within the park regarding a highway that would cut through the area.According to State news sources, about 70 percent of the 63 local representatives from communities within the park attended yesterday’s meeting and agreed that a consultation can take place. (…) Fernando Vargas is president of the TIPNIS Subcentral, and leader of a 2-month march against the road whose participants are currently camped near government offices in the city of La Paz. Vargas did not participate in the meeting, telling La Paz-based daily La Razon that the government seeks to splinter people from the TIPNIS on the road issue, and that the marchers have demands that need attention from the government. (Indian Country)

Coach Bolivian football team quits

Bolivia coach Gustavo Quinteros resigned on Tuesday following his club’s poor play in World Cup qualifying. (AP)

28

Jun

After two months of marching, those against the plan for a highway through the Bolivian Amazon, arrive in La Paz.

27

Jun

One of many many banners defending TIPNIS today in La Paz.

One of many many banners defending TIPNIS today in La Paz.

Het is net de intocht van sinterklaas, maar dan politiek. Een deel van de binnenstad is volgelopen met de demonstranten die geen snelweg door de Amazone willen. Het zijn er een stuk meer dan degenen die de hele protestmars hebben gelopen die twee maanden geleden begon.

Het is net de intocht van sinterklaas, maar dan politiek. Een deel van de binnenstad is volgelopen met de demonstranten die geen snelweg door de Amazone willen. Het zijn er een stuk meer dan degenen die de hele protestmars hebben gelopen die twee maanden geleden begon.

Today the protesters that are part of the march in defense of the TIPNIS indigenous area are due to arrive in La Paz. They have marched for two months from the Amazonian town of Trinidad. In La Paz a protester yesterday tied himself to a tree (above) at the Plaza Murillo, the central square where the president has his office. Elsewhere in the city, at the Plaza San Fransisco, a vigil has been held for the march for the past weeks. It has served as an information center, and a place where TV journalists like the ones on the photo can interview angry supporters of the march.