Speculation arose last month that the international tribunal, (Icsid) from the World Bank was ready to hand down a ruling concerning Aguas del Tunari. Speculation also followed that the ruling wouldn’t be very favorable for Bolivia. As you may remember, the “Guerra del Agua” in Cochabamba forced the Banzer adminstration to scrap privatization plans for… Continue reading No Ruling on Aguas del Tunari Case Yet
A bomb rocks the Ministry of Defense in La Paz. Fortunately, the explosion took place at night and no one was injured. This was the latest explosion by dynamite in the last ten days. Other targets included a military installation and the television channel P.A.T., which current President Carlos Mesa was one of the founding… Continue reading Bolivia – Week in Review
…well, at least according to Dateline D.C. from this conservative Pittsburgh Live columnist. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, El Salvador, Uruguay and Venezuela all have socialist regimes. and apparently Bolivian politics is overrun by Commies. In each of these countries, old-time communist parties are flourishing. During the era of Bill Clinton, nothing was done… Continue reading Bolivia and Its Socialist Regime
Grocery shopping has never been high on my list of favorite activities. Every week or so I take the four-minute drive over to Shopper’s Food, mainly because it does not require one of those member cards, which makes me uncomfortable how the store can track your purchases. What I like most about my shopping trip… Continue reading International Grocery Shopping
The intersection of Avenida Heroinas and 25 de Mayo.
The St. Petersburg Times had a chance to chat with Goni, in one of his rare interviews. His overthrow still hurts. But a year later, “Goni,” as he is universally known, is philosophical about it. “When something as traumatic happens to you as happened to me, there’s one lesson you have to learn,” he said,… Continue reading Another Goni Interview
I’ll be having Thanksgiving dinner at my cousins’ house. After dinner, instead of watching football, we’ll be watching fútbol. Bolivar plays Liga Deportiva Universitario – Quito for the semifinals of the Copa Sudadmericana. Again, thanks to satellite TV, we’ll be watching the game live on Fox Sports en Español.
I ran across a great website: enlared.org, which provides great information regarding municipalities, legislation and other public information. Over the weekend, I am going to spend some time investigating. An example of some information I found: Monthly (Official) Salaries for the Mayor (2003): Santa Cruz: Bs. 20875 ($2,609 USD) La Paz: Bs. 19500 ($2,437 USD)… Continue reading Resource Webpage
A trancapecho street vendor in Tiquipaya.
National Team Captain, Luis Hector Cristaldo, tests positive for cocaine. He claims that the test results are false and is an attempt to discredit him, so that he is removed from the team once and for all. National Team goalkeepr, Leo Fernandez, does not return to Bolivia after last week’s game against Colombia. Instead he… Continue reading National Team Mess