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Site Administrator: Bolivian Government Falling Apart

After a more than a month of intense protests against the exportation of Bolivia’s gas to the US through a Chilean port, many protesting sectors are focusing their demands solely on the resignation of their president, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada. Bolivia’s president is currently left with support from only one coalition party, MIR, the armed Read more…

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Justin Podur: Q & A on Bolivia

What is happening in Bolivia? A massive popular mobilization is demanding the resignation of the President, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, and several ministers, including the Minister of Defense.  On October 16 hundreds of thousands of demonstrators filled the main square in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital.  The presidential palace, guarded by tanks and trenches, is surrounded Read more…

Forrest Hylton: War And Peace In Bolivia

“Like animals they kill us.  They come to surround us with planes and helicopters and tanks; not even animals are killed like this, there are children here …yet they’re entering people’s houses, to look for leaders.  Here’s the proof–the bullets….”                                                                Aymara woman from Rio Seco, El Alto Since October 12, at least fifty-nine civilians Read more…

Gustavo Guzman: A fictitious president in Bolivia

[Translation by Tom Kruse] Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada is, still, the President of Bolivia.  But viewed from the perspective of popular wrath, he is a president dressed in death and, politically, a President without a Vice-president.  Substantively Sánchez de Lozada is a President who survives, in terms of real power, thanks to the support of Read more…

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Site Administrator: Thirty Killled in Gas War

In the past three days, in the city of El Alto, a prolonged confrontation between security forces and protesters resulted in thirty dead over one hundred wounded, the great majority from bullet wounds. Protesters in El Alto have been maintaining the most intense road blockades in the country for weeks, cutting off the main route Read more…

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Ben Dangl: Divisions Deepen in Bolivia’s Gas War

An intense series of road blockades, protests and strikes continue to gain momentum across Bolivia as new sectors enter the movement against the exportation of the country’s gas to the US. The geographical and political diversity of the groups involved in the movement makes it difficult for them to coordinate their efforts and demands. Furthermore, Read more…

Forrest Hylton: Bolivia: Crisis And Opportunity

Describing the rising tide of mobilization against his government, Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez Lozada—known in a previous incarnation as “the most intelligent neoliberal” in Latin America—put it succinctly: “They want to govern from the streets, not from parliament and within our institutions.” That being the case, Sánchez de Lozada has militarized the highways and city Read more…

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Ben Dangl: Bolivia’s Gas War

A new cycle of conflict has developed in Bolivia as worker unions, coca farmers and ordinary citizens unite to prevent the sale of the nation’s gas reserves to the United States through a Chilean port.  In a country whose economic identity has been strongly shaped by U.S. pressure in the war on drugs and IMF Read more…

Adam Horowitz: U.S. Plans To Reshape the Iraqi Economy

O n May 1, 2003 the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bush administration has “drafted sweeping plans to remake Iraq’s economy in the U.S. image.” According to this report, the U.S. is planning to privatize state-owned enterprises, create a modernized Baghdad stock exchange, a reformed central bank, and rewrite the tariff and tax code Read more…

Gregg Mosson: Bush’s Environmental Record

T he Bush administration began its term in office by appointing industry officials and legal allies to the U.S. government’s top environmental protection offices. Since then it has pursued a strategy of opening public property to development. Current Interior Secretary Gale Norton once worked for the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a think tank promoting commercial Read more…

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