Last Thursday, the Bolivian Foreign Minister announced that Bolivia will no longer seek access to the sea through multi-lateral means. You may remember President Carlos Mesa’s obsession with bringing up the subject at every international forum, conference, and at the United Nations. Per the request of Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, which Mesa previously discounted, these… Continue reading Foot in the Door Technique?
Not all Bolivian music is zampoñas and charangos. Some of my favorite Bolivian music comes from Southern Bolivia. Specifically from the Gran Chaco region, Chacarera features fiddles and pounding bass drums. One of the best artists is Yalo Cuellar, born in Yacuiba. Here are a couple of mp3s (right click and save). Yalo Cuellar –… Continue reading Yalo Cuellar and La Chacarera
Read the Center of International Policy Colombia Program blog. After reading the aforementioned book about Colombia, I realized I knew next to nothing about that troubled country. Obviously there has to be something historical that we can learn from Colombia (from a Bolivian standpoint). It is a very good blog that recently started in October.… Continue reading Colombia Policy Blog
In a unexpected turn of events, MAS candidate for the Cochabamba mayorship, Gonzalo Lema resigned his position and is formally leaving MAS. After pledging to respect the top vote getter, he was criticized by MAS leader Evo Morales. Lema, as the 2nd place vote getter, legally could have sought the mayor chair. Then, he clarified… Continue reading Lema Quits City Council
During my massive airport time, I finished reading the book “More Terrible Than Death” by Robin Kirk. One of the individuals in the book, a Colombian human rights worker who was killed had a favorite poem. It was called “No te salves” by the Uruguayan Mario Benedetti.
Just like the popular Mexican wrestlers on Saturday afternoons, a group of men and women from El Alto have been making a living putting on a wrestling show. Some women have been performing for nearly twenty years and some challenge men. The most popular wrestlers are the women, dressed in the traditional cholita garb, complete… Continue reading Bolivian Wrestling Federation
The pressure on Bolivia to sign a treaty with the United States granting immunity to American soldiers is not sitting well with Evo Morales: “Aprobar (ese tratado por el que presiona Washington) es como decir que nosotros somos como animalitos, que nos matan nomás”, alegó Morales luego de advertir: “Si es necesario hay que incendiar… Continue reading Firestarter