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Jorge Jorquera: New Strike Looms in Bolivia

With a new indefinite strike looming, Bolivia is on the verge of its third national uprising since February last year. That uprising brought hundreds of thousands of workers and peasants into the streets, but failed to resolve the political and economic crises facing the country. President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada survived the February uprising only Read more…

Douglas j. Buege: The Crandon Mine Saga

T he bitter 27-year battle over the unpopular proposed Crandon mine is over. Two Wisconsin Native American tribes combined forces to purchase mineral rights to an estimated 55 million tons of zinc- and copper-laden ore, and the land containing these minerals, from Northern Wisconsin Resources Group LLC (NWRG).  On October 28, 2003, the Forest County Read more…

Forrest Hylton: Chonchocoro

During Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada’s first administration, which emphasized the importance of foreign investment for Bolivian growth and development, Yerko Kukoc was Prefect of Potosí, and thus presided over the massacre, in November and December 1996, of eleven miners and community peasants in Amayapampa and Capasirca, which was carried out to protect the investments and Read more…

Adolfo Gilly: The Prisoner and the Presidents

[translated by Forrest Hylton] At the meeting in Monterrey, the president of the United States prepares to “squeeze” Latin American governments, perhaps much more so on political than on economic terrain. In an electoral year, the spectacle occupies politics.  “Narcoterrorism” will be a recurrent theme. In this moment, one of the small pieces in this Read more…

A.k. Gupta: The Great Iraq Heist

Forget for a moment about quagmire, the growing heaps of U.S. and Iraqi dead, and the rebellious population. George Bush, Paul Bremer, and gang have pulled off the biggest heist in history. They and no one else own 100 billion barrels of crude oil—a windfall of at least $3 trillion—along with the entire assets and Read more…

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Evo Morales: Legalizing the Colonization of the Americas

This interview took place a month after Bolivia’s Gas War, a massive social uprising against the proposal to export the nation’s gas to the US through a Chilean port. Bolivia has the second largest natural gas reserves in Latin America. Instead of selling these reserves to the US for a meager sum, many protesters demanded Read more…

Saul j. Escalera: Bolivia for Americans

John Doe is a young and determined Texan who has established himself in the Panhandle region of his state.  His dream to have land for agriculture has been fulfilled and he and his family (wife and two children) are owners of 500 acres of good arable land, but there is not enough water because the Read more…

Jeff Mclellend: How Militant Civil Disobedience Brought Down The Bolivian Government

“La protesta es una mujer de fierro sin partido ni caudillo” Teeming with tens of thousands of angry protesters and shaking from the resounding blasts of dynamite, the streets of La Paz on October 18th were the scene of a dramatic climax to the past 6 weeks of mounting protests. Multiple marches had descended from Read more…

Forrest Hylton: Popular Insurrection And National Revolution:

“Slave driver/ the table has turned/ Catch a fire/ you’re gonna get burned” Bob Marley On October 17, the Day of National Dignity—which commemorates the greatest achievement of socialist martyr Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz: the nationalization of Gulf Oil in 1969—former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, his family and inner circle (Minister of Defense Read more…

Dannah Baynton: The US Response To Bolivia And Venezuela: A Study In Opposites

Hoping for consistency from the Bush administration is something like playing the lottery: You play the game, but deep down, you know you’re going to lose. But even for this administration, the U.S. response to recent events in Bolivia and Venezuela reveals cynical and transparent contradictions. Last year on April 11, President Hugo Chávez of Read more…

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