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· November, 2006

Stories about Bolivia from November, 2006

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

  30 November 2006

On Tuesday night, the Bolivian Senate suddenly found itself with the needed quorum. Several opposition Senators had refused to meet in protest of several law proposals put forth by the ruling party MAS. Three substitute opposition Senators decided to attend the session to vote along government lines. Cries of foul...

Bolivia: Morales in the Netherlands

  27 November 2006

Miguel Buitrago describes Evo Morales’ upcoming travel plans as social unrest continues domestically: “Morales cannot stay outside Bolivia more than 5 days, since he does not have permission of Parliament to travel, he'll go on to the South America – Africa Summit in Nigeria. His final stop will be Cuba...

Peru, Bolivia: A Ride for the Climate

  24 November 2006

It has now been over a year since David of Ride for Climate first set off from California to ride throughout Latin America. Here are his latest batch of photos and stories from Peru and Bolivia.

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

22 November 2006

The Bolivian blog community webpage, Blogs de Bolivia [ES], has been at the center of discussion regarding the growing phenomenon of Bolivian blogs. Recently, it sought to find out the demographics of those visitors that frequent the page. Its survey found that by far, the two two categories were Bolivians...

Bolivia: Majority Vs. 2/3 Vote

  20 November 2006

Bolivia's constituent assembly had been at a deadlock over whether votes would be decided by majority or require two-thirds. A decision was reached/imposed this past weekend, reports Miguel Centellas, Jim Shultz, and Miguel Buitrago.

Bolivia: Constituent Assembly Consensus

  17 November 2006

Bolivia Rising translates a piece from La Razon about the political forces seeking consensus to resolve regulations for the Constituent Assembly which will rewrite the nation's constitution.

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

15 November 2006

Juancito Pinto was a little drummer boy, who had traded his drum for a rifle during the War of the Pacific of the 1880s. He perished at the hands of the Chilean army and his name is still synonymous with Bolivia’s long standing attempts to recuperate sovereign access to the...

Bolivia: Indigenous Political Participation

  14 November 2006

Bolivia Rising has translated an article by former Bolivian Minister for Hydrocarbons Andres Soliz Rada in which he articulates a “an indomestiza vision, which, ‘as opposed to traditional nationalism, rescues the potentials of those peoples oppressed for five centuries by internal and external colonialism, without denying, through mestizaje, Western or...

Bolivia, Chile: Sea Access and Silala River

  13 November 2006

Miguel A. Buitrago describes the marked improvement in diplomatic relations between Bolivia and Chile despite to delicate and long-standing issues of dissension. Otra Expresión (now located here [ES]) recently cited a survey [ES] by the Chile daily El Mercurio which found that 60% of respondents favored a solution in which...

Bolivia: 42 Regions

  6 November 2006

Miguel Buitrago criticizes a plan by the Bolivian government to add a political layer of 42 regional subunits between the country's nine departments and 327 municipalities. Miguel Centallas, however, argues that the new subunits might actually strengthen the municipalities. The two Miguel's have a useful discussion on the issue in...

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

  1 November 2006

What would happen with the fast approaching deadline that required all oil companies operating in Bolivia to renegotiate their contracts? This deadline was set in accordance to the decree of nationalization of the hydrocarbons that sought to give back ownership back to the state. Many speculated that the companies would...

Bolivia: New Contracts with Oil Companies

  1 November 2006

Gretchen Gordon takes a look at Bolivia's renegotiated contracts with foreign oil companies. Miguel Buitrago, posting a graph of the new agreements, writes: “I haven't looked at it in detail, but on the fly I am thinking, if the companies agreed to this conditions, if they agreed to keep investing,...

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