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Sources of Information on the TIPNIS Controversy

Here the Democracy Center provides our readers with a range of sources of analysis and reporting on the TIPNIS controversy.

Marchers protesting the highway arrive in La Paz. Credit: La Razon

For more than ten years the Democracy Center had as a main focus of its work the coverage of politics and social movements via our blog from Bolivia. This included our historic coverage of the Cochabamba Water War in 2000 and publication of our book Dignity and Defiance which recounts Bolivia’s challenge to neoliberal globalization. Our close focus on Bolivia ended in 2011 as the Center began to direct our work to supporting citizen activism on the climate crisis and anti corporate campaigning internationally. We marked the end of our reporting from Bolivia with an explanation on this Blog post.

Today the major issue grabbing global attention in Bolivia is the struggle of indigenous groups to prevent a highway being built through their land. As a service to our long-time readers we are offering a compilation of articles, multimedia presentations, declarations, and sources of reporting and analysis on the TIPNIS controversy.  

From the Democracy Center

An Open Letter to Our Friends About the Current Situation in Bolivia 

Protests Erupt in the US and Bolivia Targeting ‘Progressive’ Presidents Who Are Failing to Protect the Environment 

Important independent coverage and commentary on TIPNIS

From the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)

Check Emily Achtenberg’s ‘Rebel Currents’ blog for comprehensive coverage (in English)

From Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, US journalist based in La Paz, (in English):

In Bolivia, a battle over a highway and a way of life

Bolivia’s Long March Against Evo Morales: An Indigenous Protest 

Bolivia’s Eco-President: How Green Is Evo Morales?

The Bully from Brazil: South America’s superpower is shoving its weight around across the continent – and the natives aren’t exactly thrilled. 

From Upside Down World – Activism and Politics in Latin America (in English):

UDW’s archive of TIPNIS coverage

From writer and activist Carwil Bjork-James (in English)

Carwil without Borders blog 

From UK journalist Dario Kenner (in English)

Dario’s Bolivia Diary 

From Fundación Tierra

Archive of articles published in the Bolivian Press (EN ESPAÑOL)


Video by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky: ‘Bolivia’s Battle Over a Road and a Way of Life’ 

Photo essay by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky:  Rumble in the Jungle: As Brazil takes the lead in bringing infrastructure development to South America, indigenous communities are fighting for their way of life.  

International Declarations

  • Amnesty International (3rd May 2012)

Open letter to the authorities of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in the context of the dispute concerning the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS)


  • Amnistía Internacional – Declaración Pública (2 de agosto, 2012)

Amnistía Internacional observa con preocupación la realización del actual proceso de consulta a los pueblos indígenas en el TIPNIS y el potencial conflicto que esto pueda producir (EN ESPAÑOL)

  • Open letter from Amazon Watch et al

Sixty international environmental groups, led by Amazon Watch, signed a letter to Morales asking him to respect the marchers’ demands

  • Avaaz Petition

International citizen advocacy organization Avaaz launched a petition in support of the TIPNIS marchers

More in-depth analysis (EN ESPAÑOL)

From Sarela Paz:

El TIPNIS en el centro del interés global: Dos actores, dos modos de vida y un sector social en ascenso: los colonizadores

From Carlos Crespo

La lucha por el TIPNIS: Cuatro consideraciones (más otros artículos de Crespo)

Batalla por el TIPNIS: Apuntes sobre la consulta pública







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