TINPIS conflict continues in Bolivia (NACLA)

Flag bearers at front of TIPNIS march (credit: Dario Kenner)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, 27 August 2013 On August 6, the 188th anniversary of Bolivian independence, a traditional day of festive celebration was transformed into an act of protest by indigenous groups in the Amazonian department of Beni, who demonstrated in the capital city of Trinidad with hands tied behind their backs and mouths covered … Continue reading

Gas, Mother Earth, and the Plurinational State of Bolivia (NACLA)

President Evo Morales at rally 12 October (credit: Dario Kenner)

Gas, Mother Earth, and the Plurinational State: Vice-President García Linera Embodies Bolivia’s Contradictions Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, 21 June 2013 Lately, Bolivian Vice-President Alvaro García Linera has seemed to embody, in living form, the growing contradiction between his government’s international championship of environmental and indigenous rights, and its vigorous domestic pursuit of … Continue reading

Bolivia: TIPNIS Road On Hold Until Extreme Poverty Eliminated (NACLA)

First anti TIPNIS road march on its way to La Paz in October 2011 (credit: Dario Kenner)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, 25 April 2013 Bolivian President Evo Morales has promised to eliminate extreme poverty in the Isiboro-Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), before taking any further steps to design, fund, and build the controversial highway that would bisect the reserve. The decision is expected to put the highway … Continue reading

Bolivia news briefing (BIF)

Bolivia Information Forum

Bolivia Information Forum, Link to briefing covering December 2012 to January 2013 1. Conflicting reports as TIPNIS consultation ends The controversy over the proposed construction of a highway through the TIPNIS indigenous territory and national park looks set to continue after several reports into the recent consultation on the project offered very different conclusions. According to the … Continue reading

Battle of Reports Sustains Bolivia’s TIPNIS Conflict (NACLA)

Travel in the TIPNIS (credit: CIDOB)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, 18 January 2013 While President Evo Morales decrees that Bolivia’s TIPNIS conflict is resolved, conflicting reports issued by the government and religious and human rights groups over the past few weeks have served to extend the controversy over the proposed highway that would bisect this indigenous territory and national … Continue reading

Bolivia: End of the Road for TIPNIS Consulta (NACLA)

Supporting the road, but not through heart of TIPNIS (Credit: El Diario)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, 13 December 2012 December 7 marked the formal conclusion of the Bolivian government’s controversial consultation process with communities in the Isiboro-Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), to determine the fate of a proposed highway that would bisect their ancestral lands. [Vice President García Linera welcomes support for … Continue reading

Planned highway in Bolivia still causing problems

Community inside the TIPNIS national park and indigenous territory

Sara Shahriari, Deutsche Welle, Link to original article, 28 November 2012 As the consultation process reaches its end Sara Shahriari examines what has happened over the last few months in relation to the controversial road the Bolivian government wants to build through the TIPNIS national park and indigenous territory. Shahriari explains how the consultation process has taken place … Continue reading

Bolivia: New Road Contract Ramps Up Stakes in TIPNIS Conflict (NACLA)

Resistance to consultation process in the TIPNIS (credit: La Razón)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, 20 October 2012 On October 6, Bolivian President Evo Morales signed a new construction contract for the first segment of a controversial highway that would bisect the TIPNIS Indigenous Territory and National Park, ramping up the stakes in the conflict as indigenous resistance and community divisions continue. [3 segments of … Continue reading

TIPNIS Divided as Some Communities Block Government Road Consultation (ICT)

Marchers protesting TIPNIS road in October 2011 (Credit: Sara Shahriari)

Sara Shahriari,  Indian Country Today, Link to original article, September 19, 2012 More than fifteen communities in the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park, known by its Spanish acronym TIPNIS, are blocking government access to their towns. The Bolivian government is carrying out a consultation process with indigenous groups within the park regarding a long-contested road project … 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

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