Category: Bolivia

Federico Fuentes: From Bolivia, a Trade-Union Appeal for International Anti-Capitalist Solidarity

As a follow-up to the June summit meeting of the G77 + China leaders, held in Santa Cruz, the Bolivian government and the Bolivian Workers Central (COB) sponsored an “Anti-Imperialist International Trade Union Conference” in Cochabamba, June 30-July 2

Leonidas Oikonomakis: “What a Monster We Created!”

Faced with international pressure to reduce coca production, Morales is increasingly cracking down on the poor cocaleros who once voted him into power

Emily Achtenberg: For Abortion Rights in Bolivia, A Modest Gain

The TCP ruling is the latest in a growing trend of judicial and legislative actions that are reducing barriers to legal abortion in Latin America

Leonidas Oikonomakis: ‘We made Morales president, but we were misled’

Rather than prosecute those responsible for torture, rape and murder during Bolivia’s dictatorships, the government persecutes those who demand justice

Alfredo Rada: Bolivian Government Authorizes Workers To Take Over Closed Or Abandoned Firms

On October 7, President Evo Morales issued a government decree that allows workers to establish “social enterprises” in businesses that are bankrupt, winding up, or unjustifiably closed or abandoned. These enterprises, while private, will be operated by the workers and qualify for government assistance. Morales issued Supreme Decree 1754 at a ceremony in the presidential Read more…

Yakov Rabkin: Lessons From The Travails Of The Bolivian President

The episode with the Bolivian president’s plane exposes almost as many truths as Snowden’s revelations. These truths are just as conveniently hidden from public sight. The question remains, of course, if the public really wants to know them. It may well be that developed democracies rely on the consent of people who, as the Psalmist Read more…

Federico Fuentes: Bolivia: Nationalisation Puts Wealth In Hands Of The People

Bolivia is demonstrating to the world why nationalising natural resources is a crucial first step for any government seeking to put people and the environment before profits. On May 1, 2006, less than four months after becoming president, Evo Morales decreed the nationalisation of the country’s gas reserves. This move restored state control over the Read more…

Jérôme Roos: In Bolivia, Morales Faces A Challenge From Below

The quasi-socialist government of Evo Morales in Bolivia is facing a popular challenge from below. Since May 6, tens of thousands of striking miners, teachers and health workers have been marching through the streets of major Bolivian cities, clashing with riot police, paralyzing traffic, and confronting government officials in front of ministry buildings. A group Read more…

Evo Morales: Evo Morales’ Historic Speech At The Isla Del Sol

On December 21, at a solstice celebration in Lake Titicaca, high in the Andes, Bolivian president Evo Morales introduced the “Manifesto of Isla del Sol.”  His talk, translated below, includes the full text of the manifesto. “Vivir Bien” has long been a key element in Morales’ political philosophy. The phrase literally means “living well,” but its meaning Read more…

Nil Nikandrov: The U.S. Prepares For Military Action In Bolivia

The scandal over the “scientific team from the USA” broke out, despite attempts by the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia to kill it off. In June 2012, a team of team of specialists numbering 50 people came to the country, ostensibly to study the adverse effects of high altitude on humans and their capacity for rapid Read more…

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