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

In birthing rooms, Bolivia sees way to cut maternal deaths (CSM)

Mother and child on pro-TIPNIS march in La Paz (credit: Dario Kenner)

By Sara Shahriari for The Christian Science Monitor. Link to original article, 18 July 2013 This article looks at new maternal health initiatives that aim to “improve maternal and child health by incentivizing childbirth with trained health professionals, be it in a hospital or at home”. One of these policies is to make Bolivian hospitals delivery rooms more like … Continue reading

The Roots of Indigenous Governance and Conflict

Indigenous social movements march in support of President Evo Morales (credit: Dario Kenner)

This is a guest post by Danny Hirschel-Burns. He studies at Swarthmore College and blogs at The Widening Lens. The MAS party (Movimiento al Socialismo, or Movement toward Socialism), which dominates Bolivia’s current government, originated in a mid-1990s confluence of indigenous organizations. In 2005 MAS won its first presidential election, with candidate Evo Morales elected to the … Continue reading

Bolivia news bulletin (BIF)

President Evo Morales, Plurinational State of Bolivia (credit: Dario Kenner)

Bolivia Information Forum, Link to June 2013 new bulletin 1. Strikes and blockades organised by trade unions in pension protest After several days of strikes, protests and negotiations, President Evo Morales has withstood heavy pressure from Bolivia’s union confederation, the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), to raise pensions for miners and other sectors.   The COB demanded an increase to … Continue reading

Bolivia: USAID Out, Morales In For Re-Election Bid (NACLA)

President Evo Morales and Vice President Álvaro García Linera (credit: Dario Kenner)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, 11 May 2013 On May 1, President Evo Morales expelled USAID from Bolivia for allegedly fomenting divisions within the country’s social movements in order to destabilize his government. The announcement came just days after Bolivia’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that Morales can run for a third presidential term in … 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: The Unfinished Business of Land Reform (NACLA)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, 1 April 2013 Land reform in Bolivia, and the promise of land redistribution from wealthy latifundistas and agrobusiness elites to poor farmers and indigenous communities, has been a hallmark of President Evo Morales’s administration. Recent data from the National Agrarian Reform Institute (INRA) provide a useful picture of what the Morales government … Continue reading

New law mandates harsh penalties and broad services to address violence against women in Bolivia (AIN)

By Andean Information Network. Link to original article, 21 March 2013 On March 9th 2013 the Bolivian government passed a new comprehensive and progressive law to combat violence against women.  The law includes preventative measures, wide-ranging services to survivors of abuse, and severe penalties for violence against women.  The law represents a great advance from previous legislation, which … Continue reading

Extractive Industries in Bolivia (BIF)

Mallku Khota (credit: El Diario)

Bolivia Information Forum Read the Special Edition Bulletin on Extractive Industries, March 2013 1. Thinking about extractives: the contribution of Eduardo Gudynas Of those who have written about extractives and extractive industries in recent years, few have been more influential than Eduardo Gudynas, a Uruguayan researcher at the Centro Latinoamericano de Ecología Social (CLAES). The Bolivia Information Forum thought it useful to … Continue reading

Economic Growth with More Equality: Learning From Bolivia (NACLA)

Emily Achtenberg, NACLA, Rebel Currents, Link to original article, 15 February 2013 Until recently, conventional economic wisdom held that sustained economic growth in any society could only be achieved at the expense of income equality. Today, even free market disciples like The Economist recognize that these goals are not contradictory—and that growing inequality, in fact, is an impediment to … Continue reading