Bolivia’s child workers unite to end exploitation (The Guardian)

Child labor in Bolivia. Shoe-Shine Boy (credit: Alberto's, Flickr creative commons)

By Sara Shahriari for The Guardian. Link to original article, 27 November 2012 Shining shoes, mining and herding animals among the many jobs done by an estimated 750,000 children between five and 17 Rodrigo Medrano Calle is a Bolivian labour leader who meets and lobbies top government officials for his constituency’s rights. That’s not surprising in a country … Continue reading

Victims of Bolivian dictatorships protest impunity and lack of compensation (AIN)

The Platform marching with COB; “Platform of Advocate Against Impunity and for Justice and Historical Memory of the Bolivian Dictatorship Survivors” (credit: Gonzalo Ordoñez for AIN)

By Andean Information Network. Link to original article, 16 November 2012 [“The wounds caused by the dictatorships remain…” Photo credit: Gonzalo Ordoñez for AIN] Bolivia has had more military coups than any other nation in the world.  Hugo Banzer (1971-1978) and Luis García Meza (1980-1981) were the most notorious Bolivian dictators in the Twentieth Century.  More than 30 years … Continue reading

Bolivia Returns to the Global Bond Market (NACLA)

Speech by President Evo Morales (credit: Dario Kenner)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, 2 November 2012 Bolivia returned to the international credit markets last month after an absence of nearly a century, selling $500 million in 10-year bonds at an interest rate of 4.875%. The country’s last global bond sale was in the 1920s, to finance expansion of the national railway … Continue reading

Against Impunity in Bolivia’s TIPNIS Conflict: Ex-Defense Minister Speaks Out (NACLA)

(Sacha Llorenti takes UN oath. Credit: Angel Llanes, La Razón)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, September 14, 2012 Almost a year after resigning as Bolivia’s Defense Minister, Cecilia Chacón has broken her silence to question President Evo Morales’ recent appointment of ex-Interior Minister Sacha Llorenti as ambassador to the UN—an act which, she says, signifies impunity for those responsible for the police repression of lowland … Continue reading

Bolivia: TIPNIS Consulta on Hold, Communities Reject Militarization (NACLA)

TIPNIS consulta brigade arriving (Credit: Iván Paredes, La Razón)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, August 31, 2012 Five days past its official deadline and with less than half the communities polled, the consultation process on the Bolivian government’s proposed highway through the Isiboro-Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS) has ground to a halt, amidst continuing controversy and local resistance. Meanwhile, tensions … Continue reading

Women In the Forefront of Bolivia’s TIPNIS Conflict (NACLA)

Lowland indigenous women on TIPNIS march (credit: La Razon)

Bolivia Diary was created by Dario Kenner. This article was written by Emily Achtenberg for the NACLA blog. ——————————————————————————————————————————— Emily Achtenberg, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, August 17, 2012 In the ongoing struggle against the Bolivian government’s plan to build a highway through the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), lowland indigenous women have been on the front lines. … Continue reading

Prison Detainees in Bolivia: Bad Fruit of a Slow Judiciary System (AIN)

Overcrowding in Bolivian prisons

Bolivia Diary was created by Dario Kenner. This article was written by Andean Information Network. Background article by Bolivia Diary from March 2012: Murders in El Alto spark debate on Bolivian Justice system. —————————————————————————————————————————— Written by the Andean Information Network. Link to original article. 15 August, 2012. On June 3, 2011, the Bolivian antidrug police … Continue reading

Bolivia: TIPNIS Marchers Return Home, Pledge to Resist Government Consulta (NACLA)

Second TIPNIS march entering city of La Paz (credit: Dario Kenner)

Bolivia Diary was created by Dario Kenner. This article was written by Emily Achtenberg for the NACLA blog. ——————————————————————————————————————————— Bolivia: TIPNIS Marchers Return Home, Pledge to Resist Government Consulta Emily Achtenberg, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, July 13, 2012 Following a two-week vigil in La Paz, frustrated lowland indigenous marchers have decided to return … Continue reading

Second TIPNIS march arrives in La Paz

Second TIPNIS march arrives in La Paz (credit: Dario Kenner)

28 June 2012 Dario Kenner, La Paz Updates on Bolivia: https://twitter.com/dariokenner Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BoliviaDiary For the second time in 8 months a march by representatives of indigenous movements arrived in La Paz to demand a road does not cut through the TIPNIS indigenous territory and national park. There were definitely fewer people yesterday compared to when the first … Continue reading

Second march against TIPNIS road nears La Paz

First march in defence of the TIPNIS, October 2011 (credit: Dario Kenner)

11 June 2012 Dario Kenner, La Paz Updates on Bolivia: https://twitter.com/dariokenner Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BoliviaDiary The second march against the TIPNIS road project is currently in Caranavi, around 200 km from La Paz. The marchers, who represent indigenous movements from the TIPNIS, the Amazon and Andean highlands, set off at the end of April and have already covered around 400km. Movements … Continue reading

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