Category: Bolivia

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Patrick Bond: Ghana’s hydro-class struggles

Bond ACCRA — Notwithstanding the horrific soccer stadium disaster in which at least 165 people were killed in a police-incited stampede on May 9, the past week offered signs of genuine hope in Ghana. I’ve been privileged to witness a careful regrouping of the country’s former revolutionary student/community movement, which is strengthening its political base Read more…

: Profits Over People: The FTAA’s Negative Impacts on the People of the Western Hemisphere

  Recently, the leaders of thirty-four nations in the Americas, representing every country except Cuba, gathered to discuss the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a proposed trade agreement encompassing 800 million people and eleven trillion dollars (Handelman, 24). However, they were not alone. They were joined a few miles away by more than Read more…

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Robert Naiman: Debt Cancellation, Not Corporate Trade Deals, Would Help the Poor

Naiman The verbal flubs of President Bush in Quebec City were widely reported to the amusement of the educated. He referred to the language of Mexico (Spanish) as "Mexican" and called the Canadian leader "amigo" (rather than using the French "ami.") Attention to these "dumb" things that President Bush said overlooked something truly dumb he Read more…

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Patrick Bond: The African grassroots and the global movement

Patrick Bond In a ZNet commentary last month, Noam Chomsky observed South-South-North alliances "taking shape at the grassroots level–an impressive development, rich in opportunity and promise, and surely causing no little concern in high places." I want to firmly endorse this trend and today reflect upon some tangible evidence of activism, visible from even my Read more…

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Enigma of Chavez

[Translated by Mark McHarry] On December 6, 1998, Hugo Chávez won the presidency of Venezuela, his sixth consecutive election victory. Who really is this man who has awakened as many hopes as fears? With his characteristic style, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude narrates the fateful political biography of Hugo Chávez. He concludes Read more…

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Saul Landau: Pinochet naked — at last!

Saul Landau Picture Homer Simpson’s boss, naked, a scrawny figure bent with age, covering his genitals with his general’s hat. The caption: "You’ve stripped me, but don’t take my hat!" Augusto Pinochet, former President, Generalissimo, King of the world, now naked, stripped of immunity. The Chilean Supreme Court has removed the imperial armor that has Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Lessons — and Hope — from Kerala

R. Shalom     Earlier this month, the World Bank issued a report declaring that global poverty has been increasing. "Today, countries that until recently believed they were turning the tide in the fight against poverty are witnessing its re-emergence along with hunger and the human suffering it brings," declared World Bank president James Wolfensohn. Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Biotechnology and the Commodification of Life

The U.S.government’s aggressive advocacy for the biotechnology industry, and its potentially disastrous agenda of reshaping world agriculture, has finally made international headlines. At the end of February, representatives of 163 nations met for a week in Cartagena, Colombia for what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations toward an international protocol on the Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: To be like them

[Translated by Francisco González] Dreams and nightmares are made of the same stuff, but this particular nightmare claims to be the only dream we are allowed to have: a development model that scorns life and worships things. Can we be like them? Such is the promise of politicians, the goal of technocrats, the fantasy of Read more…

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