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Blog from Bolivia

  • The Blog from Bolivia Really is Over

    This is (honestly) the very last post that will ever be published in the Blog from Bolivia. The Blog ran from 2004 – 2010. In the 600+ posts published in this archive you will find a wide variety of reporting, analysis, commentary and personal reflection on globalization vis a vis Bolivian society, politics, economy, environment […]

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

    Dear Friends, Over the past few days we have received many emails from friends outside of Bolivia, long-time supporters of the struggle for social justice here, asking for our opinion and analysis about the turbulent events of the past week. In particular, people want to understand what led to the government’s violent repression on Sunday […]

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  • The End of the “Blog from Bolivia”

    Dear Readers: It was almost six years ago, in December 2004, that we began this “Blog from Bolivia.” Today is our last post. The Democracy Center, and I, first began writing about Bolivia a decade ago as the streets of this city where we live exploded in the now famous Cochabamba Water Revolt.  Despite the […]

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  • Rationalizations for Bigotry: A Recent History

    1942 It isn’t that I think that all Americans of Japanese descent are bad people.  It is just that we are at war and can’t take any risk, so they and their children just have to be taken from their homes and put in camps until the war is over. 1948 It is not that […]

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  • A Day Without Cars

    Hey San Francisco and Portland, hey Boston and New York.  Brag if you will of your new bicycle lanes and bike lending programs.  Boast of your Critical Masses choking the streets with two-wheelers and showing the car what’s what.  Look down your noses if you wish at lowly Cochabamba with its population of squeaky used […]

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  • New Documents Bring to Light the U.S. Role in One of Bolivia’s Bloodiest Dictatorships

    Readers: This week marks the anniversary in Bolivia (August 22, 1971) of the coming to power of one of the nation’s most brutal dictatorial regimes – the coup led by General Hugo Banzer.  Abroad the coup is a little known event, a blip in a blurry history of a nation that famously suffered so many […]

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  • An Activist from the North Looks at Bolivia’s Social Movements

    Readers,  Week after week a parade of foreigners comes through Cochabamba seeking some sort of wisdom about Bolivian “social movements.”  Academics, journalists and others come drawn to the sense that in some way Bolivians have taken democratic matters into their own hands from the ground up.  They come to seek it out the way Ponce […]

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  • Bolivia’s Child Workers: Their World Through their Eyes

    One of the sights that many first time visitors to Bolivia mention when they come here is the legion of child laborers on the country’s streets.  It is a hard fact of life, not in Bolivia, but in almost any impoverished nation in the world.  Small girls walking from café to café selling gum.  Boys […]

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  • Immigrants on the Brink in Arizona and Some Suggested Reading

    Readers, As you can tell I am spending these winter weeks in Cochabamba doing a good deal more reading than writing (as it should be sometimes) and I want to draw your attention to an important article written by a friend, William Finnegan of the New Yorker. This week marks the date when the state […]

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  • My Article in NACLA: Latin America Finds a Voice on Climate Change – With What Impact?

    For those of you interested in the ongoing debate over climate change leading up to the next UN summit in Cancun in December, here is a link to my article published in the current issue of NACLA. Latin America Finds a Voice on Climate Change – With What Impact? The people of the planet, in […]

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