Green dreams of hope

This was intended to be an online diary of my experiences as a volunteer in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. It has become a compilation of news, videos and images about cooperation and social issues.
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Poema que todo viajero debería sentir como parte de sí mismo.

Gracias a mi amigo Patrick por descubrirmelo.


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 20 May 2013
Recovery efforts continue one month after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan Province of china on 20 April 2013. The disaster killed 196 people and injured more than 12,000 while dismantling homes and major infrastructure.

Pictured: A displaced woman and her daughter seek temporary shelter in Boaxing County. Home to 60,000 people, the county suffered damage to over 60 per cent of its buildings.

©UNICEF/Zhao Heting

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Why to date a boy/girl who travels!?!
Benefits of hanging out with travelers by Lena Desmond.
If you find a love who travels the world, your life will change. Let yourself go with the flow!

Lena Desmond, inspirada en artículos como “Date a girl who reads” or “You should date an illiterate girl” ha descrito in “an overwhelming way” por qué salir con una persona que viaja.

Bella narrativa sobre cómo ven la vida las personas que viajan y por qué es bueno rodearse de ellas. Guiño especial al respeto a la libertad y el espacio personal del otro, valorando en particular la independencia y el entendimiento.


After reading Adam Welz’s take down, “Bloodthirsty “factual” TV shows demonize wildlife,” of the Discovery Planet’s animal killing TV show, Yukon Men, I did a little bit of research. The City of Tanana, where the show is filmed, is absolutely not the secluded, dangerous place as the Discovery Channel advertizes. The town has never been “attacked” by bears, wolves, wolverines, lynx, etc., as the show will have you believe. Still, each type of these animals is gunned down for your viewing pleasure.

The City of Tanana (above) is small, no doubt. But it is not a remote outback full of danger.

Above, a TV show character uses an AK-15 semi-automatic (rather than a hunting rifle) to kill a wolf.

Local Alaskans posting in various wilderness and hunting forums are calling Discovery’s ‘Yukon Men’ a joke, full of lies and exploitation. They even make fun of the choices of guns that the characters in the show use (no local hunter, they say, uses an AK-15 to shoot animals in Alaska).

One man wrote that, unlike actual remote villages, the City of Tanana has a burger joint, functioning utilities, and cell phone, internet, and satellite services, making it far from “remote” and hardly dangerous.

I dug around and found other interesting facts that belie the Discovery Channel’s claim that the town is a dangerous remote outback. Tanana has schools, an agricultural extension of the University of Fairbanks, annual foot and dog-sled races, and even family and emergency services provided by the Tanana Chiefs Council (this is in addition to services provided by the State of Alaska).

Indeed, Tanana even has its own airport, with over 3,000 flights per year (see #516). The airport has a webcam, radio towers, and weather stations. This is not remote. Nor are provisions hard to obtain - twice daily a plane lands with food, fuel, mail, visitors, and materials.

Learning from and enjoying the wilderness is one of the greatest privileges we Americans enjoy. Creating a false myth that nature is scary is not what we need, especially now with so many people unhealthy from increasingly sedentary lifestyles. In my opinion, Discovery needs to set the record straight. They need to refocus on educating viewers of the deep importance of our dwindling natural resources. They need to do this rather than exploiting animals and creating fear all for a quick buck.


Burma: Telecoms Risk Complicity in Surveillance, Censorship

International telecommunications companies risk being linked to human rights abuses if they enter the Burmese market before adequate protections are in place. Burma’s human rights reforms thus far have been inadequate, including in the Internet and telecommunications sector, so companies entering the country should adopt robust safeguards to prevent and address any abuses linked to their operations.

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Photo: A worker uses a mobile phone in Burma, where the government plans to increase mobile access to 50 percent in three years. © 2013 Reuters

La fotografa estadounidense Jamie Moore y su hija Emma han realizado una sesión en la que la pequeña de 5 años rinde homenaje a algunas de las mujeres más influyentes de la historia y en especial de los movimientos progresistas y feministas.

Bellas composiciones y un guiño a la mujer lejos de clichés machistas y tradicionales impuestos desde la niñez.

Nada de fotografías con Barbies o personajes de Disney.

"Make it happen" a new approach to fundraise the organizations actions to fulfill their cause. Providing direct aid to those affected by natural disasters. Sounds good, doesnt it?

Nice tshit btw :)

Good luck guys!


Natural Disasters affect millions of people each year, many losing their homes and sources of income. Buying this shirt provides much need on-the-ground rebuilding support to the people that need it most.

Click here to grab your shirt and help us raise as much money as possible for this amazing cause!

Los productos con etiqueta Fair Trade/Comercio Justo están de moda. Su demanda en alza. ¿Se trata de una tendencia? ¿Una industria más? 



On May 6, 2013, the death toll from the horrific collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh was recorded at 600 workers, making it the deadliest accident in the history of the garment industry. In light of this tragedy, the media is calling national attention to unethical labor practices…

Human Rights not being respected in Russia.

An approach to Putin´s governance for the last year.


Putin as President, One Year On

One year ago today, Vladimir Putin was sworn in for the third time as Russia’s president. He placed his hand on a copy of Russia’s constitution, saying, “I swear to protect and guarantee the rights and freedoms of our citizens.”

But Putin has not lived up to that oath as the Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on rights that is unprecedented in the country’s post-Soviet history.
In the past year, Russia’s government has passed numerous laws – often at breakneck speed – designed to lock down civil society. 

Several of the new laws aim to limit, or even end, independent advocacy. One restricts foreign funding for groups that engage in “political activities.” The law goes so far as to label these groups “foreign agents” – synonymous with spy and traitor in Russia. Another law essentially bans funding that originates in the United States for “political” groups and bans all groups that work “against Russia’s interests.” More laws restrict Internet content and impose limits, as well as harsh fines, on public demonstrations. In late April, Human Rights Watch released  a 78-page report,  “Laws of Attrition: Crackdown on Russia’s Civil Society after Putin’s Return to the Presidency,”  analyzing these changes.

Meanwhile, pro-government media runs propaganda depicting critics of the government as dangerous enemies.Russia’s government has also begun a nationwide campaign of invasive inspections of nongovernmental organizations. In recent months, inspections have targeted more than 250 organizations across Russia – including the Moscow offices of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Officials have harassed, intimidated, and even imprisoned political activists. 

Little more than a week ago a court declared that the election-monitoring organization, Golos, ran afoul of the “foreign agents” law, slapping it with a 300,000 rubles (almost US$10,000) fine.

The run-up to the upcoming Winter Olympic Games taking place in Sochi, Russia, has also been marred by rights abuses against Sochi residents and workers toiling on Olympic construction. Only a week ago, police and private security forces injured demonstrators protesting against the proposed construction of a power plant in a residential neighborhood.

The new laws and government harassment are pushing civil society activists to the margins of the law. The government crackdown is hurting Russian society and harming Russia’s international standing.

Photo: People attend a protest rally in Moscow, May 6, 2013.© 2013 Reuters