December 28 marks Bolivia and much of Latin America’s version of April Fools Day (Día de los Inocentes). Newspapers from around the country try to show how cute that they can be by planting fake stories on their print and online versions. An example of a good joke was the sports story in Los Tiempos… Continue reading April Fools Day in December
Looks like the Bolivian government is getting into the “truth” business by creating the first state-run newspaper. According to ABI (the state’s information department), Evo Morales said: “Por primera el Estado tendrá su propio periódico y que difundirá cada día la verdad mediante los medios de comunicación”, señaló el Jefe de Estado.. “For the first… Continue reading Truthiness in the Media
From Rising Voices Application Deadline: January 18, 2009 Rising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices, is now accepting project proposals for microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for new media outreach projects. Ideal applicants will present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to communities that are poorly positioned to discover and… Continue reading Rising Voices Microgrant Funds – Deadline January 18, 2009
Snapped this picture (through a dirty windshield) of new offices of the new Bolivian state airline Boliviana de Aviación (BOA), which is set to take-off soon. Their central headquarters will be in Cochabamba, and will seemingly put LAB to rest permanently. From Wikipedia: The government says that it aims to “democratize air transport in Bolivia”… Continue reading Boliviana de Aviación in Cochabamba
It’s almost official. Former president Carlos Mesa will likely be one of Evo Morales’ chief rivals in the presidential elections tentatively scheduled for December 2009. Responding to questions by reporters in Lima, he said that if there will be elections (if and when the new Constitution passes), he will be a candidate. My early… Continue reading Carlos Mesa Ready to Throw His Hat into the Ring
By now, we all know about the expulsion of the Drug Enforcement Agency out of Bolivia. However, when Evo Morales and his drug czar and former coca leader Felipe Caceres went to check out their installations, they were “surprised” that the DEA took their sophisticated equipment with them. The nerve of the US for taking their property with… Continue reading DEA is Ordered Out of Bolivia, and What the?
The sounds of low flying planes, helicopters, and speeding ambulances filled the air of Cochabamba this morning. The volunteers of SAR – FAB (Rescue Service of Bolivia) sponsored a rescue simulation in response to an earthquake that hypotheticallly shook the city this morning. Earlier that morning, drivers of a couple of public transport lines blockaded… Continue reading Rescue Simulation in Cochabamba