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Blog from Bolivia

  • Latin American Perspectives, the Bolivia Issue – A Review

    Dear Readers: July has come to Cochabamba with its cold weather and for me, some time away from work.  For those of you thirsty for Bolivia analysis, we bring your attention to a serious work, the current issue of the journal Latin American Perspectives, which is dedicated to an analysis of: “Bolivia Under Morales.” Much […]

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  • Bolivia, Afghanistan and Lithium

    Ever since the New York Times published its report on the “discovery” of huge lithium reserves in Afghanistan two weeks ago, everyone from energy analysts to conspiracy buffs have all been atwitter (and a Twitter as well). The Times described an internal Pentagon memo that estimated that the embattled nation partially occupied by US troops […]

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  • For Our Friends Headed to the US Social Forum in Detroit

    Readers: This week in Detroit tens of thousands of progressive activists from around the U.S., and the world, will be gathering in Detroit for the U.S. Social Forum, and the Democracy Center will be there as well.  If you are also in Detroit for the Forum this week, join us Wednesday for two workshops being […]

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  • Going Back to My Pueblo

    I’m sitting by the right-hand window of an Amtrak train headed from Northern California to Southern, back to the land of my birth.  A conductor in a blue coat two sizes too small checks our tickets.  Kids run in the aisle back toward the dining car in search of cans of Coke.  In Bolivia they […]

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  • BP and the Environment: The Bolivian Connection

    Readers: I am in the U.S. again this month, for a long mix of work meetings, conference talks, and as much as possible, time with my family and friends.  And as anyone here knows, the airwaves are filled with the agonizing story of the BP geyser of oil spewing out of a mile-deep well in […]

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  • In Search of a Strategy: A Climate Summit Comes to Bolivia

    Readers: It has been a month now since more than thirty thousand climate change activists descended on the small Bolivian village where I live, Tiquipaya. And a month has been time to think more about the question that has lingered with me since the “People’s Summit”: Where is the strategy? This post, based on the […]

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  • Bolivia and its Lithium: Can the ‘Gold of the 21st Century’ Lift a Nation out of Poverty?

    Bolivia and its lithium – it is an emerging tale that has begun to capture the interest of journalists and the public alike. The New Yorker, the New York Times and other top-level journals have all come to Bolivia to examine what it means when the most impoverished nation in South America sits atop of […]

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  • Morales and Bolivia’s Unions: Is the Romance Over?

    Readers: Since the first arrival of Evo Morales to the Bolivian presidency in 2005 with a lopsided and historic majority, one of the ongoing questions has been – Who will genuinely challenge him? In the early stages that challenge came from the anemic remaining national opposition let by PODEMOS and his 2005 opponent, former President […]

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  • Bolivia’s Climate Summit: “The People’s Agreement”

    Readers: This week, with the People’s Summit on climate change wrapped-up and gone (and Tiquipaya returned to its normal people-to-cows ratio), the Democracy Center has had an opportunity to begin looking more deeply at what happened last week – at what messages have come out of the Summit and at what impact it might have […]

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  • Bolivia’s People’s Summit on Climate Change: Day Two

    Update, Sunday April 25: The Democracy Center team is still in recovery from the People’s Summit on Climate Change that left town in a flourish on Thursday. In the Blog posts below you will find a wide variety of material on the summit, ranging from my Democracy Now interview, to video interviews with participants, to […]

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