Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bolivia News Quiz

Okay readers, here is a little experiment to see which of you has been paying most attention to news events in Bolivia over the past week.

Below is a set of questions. Try your luck! We look forward to your answers in the comments section below and we will post the correct answers here next week.

1. Which leading candidate for the Presidency of Bolivia this past week declared his intention to shut down the U.S. Embassy in La Paz and convert the white granite building into a new public university for campesinos and others traditionally excluded from higher education?

2. Why were the streets of Cochabamba dirtier than usual this week?

3. What announcement was made this week with respect to debates in the upcoming Presidential election?

4. Why did the following two numbers become significant in Bolivian politics this week: 47 and 17?

5. What crisis do parts of Santa Cruz and the Altiplano share this year?

6. Why did the government of Paraguay get ticked off at the Government of Bolivia this week?

7. Who did President Morales invite to Bolivia to see the dancing of the Diablada (above) at Carnival in Oruro?

17 Comments:

Anonymous Bolivia Libre said...

Let’s see:
1) Hugo Chavez, hidden under his puppet candidate Evo Morales; that was a given.
2) Because the administrative branches of departmental government of Cochabamba are run by maSSist partisans, who love to live in the filth.
3) The Evo will not debate anybody since he isn’t capable to do it, imagine him trying to make sense of his hate and insecurities in a debate. The regime’s copula isn’t even accepting a debate with el “Mallku”, since he wants to do it in aymara and Evo cannot speak any of the languages of the country properly or without insulting somebody.
4) 47 is easy, is the number Bolivia got among 48 Latin America countries regarding Democracy Development according to the prestigious, and progressist, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Germany. Interesting thing they mention Bolivian fight towards democracy plummet in the last 4 years, more or less the amount of time the Democracy Center become a little better know with their “water war” participation. The 17 was a tricky one. It has to do with the number of persons the maSSist regime directly assassinated to keep their propaganda agenda running, there where only 14 but Jim was up to date in the news and he knows now that the Hungarian government has defined the killing of the 3 people in Hotel Las Americas in Santa Cruz a political assassination and not a fire fight among Bolivian police and a band of desperados.
5) maSSist colonization, “El Principe” style (by Machiavelli). Linera’s favorite book by the way, and the only one he appears to have understood something from.
6) Lies about Bolivia not going into an arms race.
7) Himself, since he doesn’t need to buy a mask to participate.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Manfred Reyes Villa in Achicachi, picked up by a radio reporter he didn't know was there. Priceless!

2. Protests against something.

3. Not gonna be any.

4. Got me on that one.

5. Elections!

6. Bolivia wants to play Paraguay's national team at 13,000 feet.

7. Barak Obama

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bolivialibre and his entourage of hate are truly myopic. Under Evo –the former llama herder, sugar cane harvester etc., - Bolivia has moved beyond the colonial time warp it has been stuck in since its “independence”. He has put all of Bolivia’s former presidents and “diplomats” to shame and revealed them to have been incompetent wannabes.

Why is Bolivialibre angry? He is angry because a “campezino” is doing better than him.

Who is Bolivialibre? A wannabe political analyst stuck somewhere between hate and envy.


Franco
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Question # 8
Why did Moody’s lift Bolivia’s government bond rating?

Answer,

“Moody's Investors Service on Monday upgraded Bolivia's government bond rating, as the economy has shrugged off the global downturn, while debt levels are lower and political tension has subsided.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090928-712403.html

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You conveniently left out the larger picture in the article, Franco baby.

-"...benefits of external debt forgiveness have significantly improved most of Bolivia's credit metrics..." Translation: The supposedly most antiimperialist and sovereign government in the history of Bolivia begged and wept and crawled to the same imperialists it hates to have its debt reduced, which helped it weather the financial crisis. Gotta thank the imperialists for their humanitarian tendencies!

-"The country may struggle to keep this up given very low investment ratios." Translation: Uh-oh! Scare the imperialists who come to plunder and rate the nation and the economy will go south of the toilet.

"But medium- and long-term concerns about political stability and economic development will continue to constrain the ratings unless they are addressed." Translation: This economic boon is just for the short term. Debt forgiveness and high prices of commodities (plus still "neoliberal" monetary policy) Bolivia sells has helped it weather this financial crisis.Bolivia hasn't solved its poverty, corruption, unemployment, narcotrafficking, capital and human flight out of the country, etc.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""But medium- and long-term concerns about political stability and economic development will continue to constrain the ratings unless they are addressed." Translation: This economic boon is just for the short term. Debt forgiveness and high prices of commodities (plus still "neoliberal" monetary policy) Bolivia sells has helped it weather this financial crisis.Bolivia hasn't solved its poverty, corruption, unemployment, narcotrafficking, capital and human flight out of the country, etc."
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Boli,
Your translation/ analysis dark as usual, it forecasts the worst. But, I am not surprised because you are stuck somewhere where light has never reached.

Evo is fighting an ensconced group of retrogrades (e.g. the colegio de abogados, a justice system riddled with patronage, secessionists, "patriots"/ "impresarios" like Marinkovic & Doria Medina, etc.) whose sole intention is to get the state piggy bank back into their hands.

The latest "media" attacks by the "opposition" is making use of the poverty theme and the "autoritario" theme to discredit Morales but in the end he will weather this storm, just as he weathered the putsch by the "civicos" of the Media Luna.

He will win the reelection and people like you, analysts stuck between envy and bigotry, will continue to lament and long for the happy days of Banzer, Goni and their ilk.

Franco

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You haven't disputed one single word of the facts I've presented, Franco baby.
You selectively chose a quote you like from an article that praises Bolivia's handling of the economy in the short run. Yet you go bananas when quotes from the same article damning its handling of the economy in the long run is presented. You can't have it both ways.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bolivia last in the Democratic Development Index among 19 Latin American nations. The table almost looks like the final Latin American qualifying positions to the World Cup.

http://www.idd-lat.org/IDD2009.htm

Yay Morales!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok. Boli, you win. In your mind you always win.

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How about that other winner that wrote the following:

“Bolivia last in the Democratic Development Index among 19 Latin American nations.”

That list generated by the German “think thank” Konrad Adenauer Stifung is being waved all over Bolivia as a condemnation of Morales but how serious is a list that has Honduras as number 11 on “the Democratic Development Index”.

It is even funnier to see Mexico at number 5.

Franco
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“Honduras, already poor, sinks further after coup”

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g6TLCMab1wj-1w4n4b3rvKOLIC2QD9BBOS700

“Documentary exposes Mexico's "medieval" courts”

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN15306311

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Bolivia Libre said...

Francoestein del maSSismo, it is so pathetic how your kind, politically speaking, is so tick off when people that don’t think like you express their opinion. You are as mentally persecuted as your lord Evo Morales, which never harvested anything but coca in his life, so much that you think that the anos that write kicking your lame words are me, like if this will be a battle between you, the protector of the neo indigenous and me.

Well, sorry to tell you dude, I am no ano, and I am currently and was after my previous participation out of the country and just read this blog a few minutes ago; so there are other freedom fighters out there kicking your balls, from my part, you are welcome in keeping loosing your sleep thinking about a Bolivia Libre from maSSist zealots like you.

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boli and Frank
You forgot to mention Evo is also a self proclamed pedophile.
Can't wait to see what comes from his ALBA love fest with the Cuban regime. The Castro bros that make Banzar look like a panzy.

1:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Kiss my Ass
2. Kiss my Ass
3. Kiss my Ass
4. Kiss my Ass
5. Kiss his Ass
6. Kiss your Ass
7. Happy Hanukkah

3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Index of Democracy finds Bolivia, worldwide, in 75th place as a "flawed democracy" for 2008.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index

FreedomHouse describes Bolivia as "partly free," which is like saying it's one step away to be joining the armpit nations of the world as North Korea, Sudan, and Congo.

http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=22&year=2008&country=7356

Same thing with the Bertelsmann Transformation Index. Morales continues to flush Bolivia down the drain of corruption, poverty, and autocracy.

http://www.bertelsmann-transformation-index.de/104.0.html?&L=1

Hip hip hooray Morales!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous He Dicho said...

3. They will be shallow, media-driven, sound-byte-sized, or they will not be at all!

5. In electoral times, some Crucenhos and some altiplano residents take it upon themselves to harass and intimidate those who would vote for a different option.

7. Alan Garcia??? Show'im what's a real beer and a real Diablada?

Franco that IS hilarious, Honduras is higher than Bolivia in democratic development. Yup. Even for the Boliva Libres and Mojito Cubanos who are glad "Chavez" got "pushed back" in that COUP that's gotta sound rich, right?

And Mexico, well hey I'm not surprised, apparently they convinced a majority of the population that no fraud occured in 2006 (like 1989, which ushered in narcothug Salinas Gortari),that violent repression of social movements in Oaxaca and assassination of U.S. American journalists, along with attempts to overrun the autonomous Chiapas indigenous communities on the absurd and cynical (coming from who it comes, the narco-government of Mexico) charges of planting marijuana, and basically having a civilian population stuck between armed to the teeth narcos and corrupt military in Juarez.... I will take Bolivia's democratic development any day. Our soccer team is a different story.

Digan lo que digan the left, the right, or the German think tank bureacrats!!!!

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh...sure Honduras is more democratically developed than Bolivia! The Honduras autocratic wannabe was ordered to be deposed by the representatives of the people----Congress! uh-oh!

With Bolivia it's another matter. In a matter of a couple of years 1 democratically elected president (Goni) and his vicepresident a couple of years later (Mesa) were forced out by a bunch of drunk hordes.

I'll take Honduras strict adherence to the rule of law over Morales' my-way-or-the-cocaway approach anytime.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Well, sorry to tell you dude, I am no ano, and I am currently and was after my previous participation out of the country and just read this blog a few minutes ago; so there are other freedom fighters out there kicking your balls, from my part, you are welcome in keeping loosing your sleep thinking about a Bolivia Libre from maSSist zealots like you."

Anger management anyone? This fellow needs help.

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading all these posts... Bottom line is that Bolvia is a mess... previuous corrupt right wing governments sucked, Evo and his corrupt left wing regime sucks.
Left, right, or center .... it sucks

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suckerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

8:03 AM  

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