Stories about Bolivia from March, 2009
The Regional Worker´s Organization in El Alto, Bolivia announced plans to release “black list” of those people and institutions that should be expelled from the city. Mario Duán of Palabras Libres [es] is worried about this precedent.
Juan Angel Tapia of El Miroscopio [es] visits La Vendimia in the Calamuchita region of Tarija, Bolivia. This fair celebrates the important grape harvest used in the wine industry famous in this part of the country.
“Is access to clean, safe water for drinking a basic human right? Why? or Why not?”. That is the question One Take is asking for you to answer in your own language, recording it on a video no more than 2 minutes long, uploading it on their site and on DotSub and having it subtitled in at least 1 other language. Just this month, world leaders met in Istambul, Turkey at the World Water Forum to have this discussion, and although they aren't sure what the result will be, it is our chance to show what we believe about this issue, and make our voices heard.
Miguel Buitrago of MABB takes a look at the 2009 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, and which the Bolivian government is complaining about the stance taken by the United States against the country. He writes which country has more to lose with any stop in international cooperation.
Foreign tourists had been visiting the inside of the San Pedro prison [es] in La Paz, Bolivia until an investigation put a stop to the unusual attraction writes Willy Jordan.
“One of the first things they teach you in school is that we lost the ocean on March 23, 1879. Well they don't they say we lost it, but they say the Chileans stole it,” writes Vania Balderrama of Capsula del Tiempo [es] about the reasons behind the Day of...
Rivalries in Argentine football can become quite heated. The battles on the field often spill over into the stands, as club supporters clash with one another. It is not always physical violence that marks the conflict between supporter groups. Chants, songs, and signs can be directed at the opposing team and supporter groups. In some cases, these messages contain racist or xenophobic overtones, which is what happened when the fans from the team Independiente mocked their rival Boca Juniors for the large number of Bolivian and Paraguayan immigrants in their fan base.
Miguel Esquirol of El Forastero [es] reviews the new documentary “One More Day” about Bolivian emigrants who have left their country in search for greener pastures.
The Second Secretary of the US Embassy in Bolivia has been expelled by the government of Evo Morales. Willy Jordan writes that this is not the first time that relations involving diplomatic officials have run into difficulties [es].
Bloggers from across Latin America also commemorated International Women's Day with posts about the day which is celebrated every March 8 throughout the world. Some also took the opportunity to reflect on some of the issues facing women, but also featured initiatives that are working to alleviate some of these problems.
The blogger at A Pesar de Ser Abogado [es] writes about the the fired public health official in Sucre, Bolivia, who demonstrated his lack of knowledge about HIV and AIDS during a media interview, including saying that one can contract the virus through the use of a public telephone.
Erika Pinto of Alkolica [es] asks, “why is it so hard to find new leaders in Bolivia?” and analyzes some of the potential opposition candidates who may run in the upcoming presidential elections in December 2009.