Category: Bolivia

The Horizon of Evo Morales’ Long Decade in Power: Implications of Bolivia’s Referendum Results

The Horizon of Evo Morales’ Long Decade in Power: Implications of Bolivia’s Referendum Results

By Benjamin Dangl Published on February 25, 2016 Source: Toward Freedom Photo by William Wroblewski Bolivian President Evo Morales lost the referendum last Sunday that could have given him the ability to run for re-election in 2019. The margin was small, but the implications are huge: Bolivia’s longest standing and most popular president finally has…

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Bolivia’s Contested Process of Change: Views From a Regional Election

Bolivia’s Contested Process of Change: Views From a Regional Election

By Benjamin Dangl Published on March 31, 2015 Source: Toward Freedom A fist fight broke out in a local campesino union office in La Paz one afternoon last April while I was waiting to interview the union’s leaders. The fight was over how funds for government-supported projects were spent. Last week, at a campaign rally for an…

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Bolivia: A Country That Dared to Exist

Bolivia: A Country That Dared to Exist

By Benjamin Dangl Published on March 19, 2015 Source: TeleSUR English In 1870, Bolivian dictator Mariano Melgarejo offered an English diplomat a glass of chicha – a corn-based beer consumed for centuries in the Andes. The diplomat refused the drink, asking for chocolate instead. A short-tempered Melgarejo responded by forcing the Englishman to drink a vast…

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Decolonizing Bolivia’s History of Indigenous Resistance: An Interview with Elisa Vega Sillo

Decolonizing Bolivia’s History of Indigenous Resistance: An Interview with Elisa Vega Sillo

By Benjamin Dangl Published on February 24, 2015 Source: TeleSUR English Shortly after the October 12th elections last year which granted President Evo Morales a third term in office with over 60 percent of the vote, I visited the government’s Vice Ministry of Decolonization. The Vice Ministry is the first of its kind and a center for the administration’s…

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The Power of the Spectacle: Evo Morales’ Inauguration in Tiwanaku, Bolivia

The Power of the Spectacle: Evo Morales’ Inauguration in Tiwanaku, Bolivia

By Benjamin Dangl Published January 29, 2015 Source: Toward Freedom A caravan of buses, security vehicles, indigenous leaders and backpackers with Che T-shirts wove their way down a muddy road through farmers’ fields last Wednesday to the pre-colonial city of Tiwanaku, where Bolivian President Evo Morales was ceremonially inaugurated into his third term in office.…

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Beyond Evo Morales’ Electoral Victory: A View from La Paz

Beyond Evo Morales’ Electoral Victory: A View from La Paz

By Ben Dangl Originally published on October 17, 2014 Source: TeleSUR English The sun shone brightly in La Paz, Bolivia on election day this past Sunday. The cars and buses that usually fill the winding streets were prohibited for the day in order to prevent people from voting more than once in different locations. As a…

Elections in Bolivia: Interviews with Voters in the Streets and at the Polls

Elections in Bolivia: Interviews with Voters in the Streets and at the Polls

By Ben Dangl Originally published on October 12, 2014 Today Bolivia went to the polls for a general election which is expected to grant victories to President Evo Morales and many other politicians in his Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) political party. (Update: Evo Morales has declared victory for a third term in office.) Below is a collection…

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Photo Essay: Thousands March in El Alto, Bolivia Demanding Justice for 2003 Gas War Massacre

Photo Essay: Thousands March in El Alto, Bolivia Demanding Justice for 2003 Gas War Massacre

By Benjamin Dangl Published on October 19, 2014 All photos by Benjamin Dangl Thousands of people marched in El Alto, Bolivia on Friday, October 17th to demand justice for the 2003 massacre of over 60 people during the country’s Gas War under the Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (Goni) administration. Sanchez de Lozada is currently living freely…

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Bolivia: Has Evo Morales proven his critics wrong?

Bolivia: Has Evo Morales proven his critics wrong?

By Ben Dangl October 12, 2014 Source: Al Jazeera English Evo Morales will most likely be re-elected today because he is a better alternative than his neoliberal predecessors and their contemporary counterparts. Morales’ presidency is historic for a number of reasons. Consider the fact that before the 1952 National Revolution, indigenous people weren’t even allowed…

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Why Evo Morales Will Likely Win Upcoming Elections in Bolivia

Why Evo Morales Will Likely Win Upcoming Elections in Bolivia

By Ben Dangl October 7, 2014 Buses charged through downtown La Paz, Bolivia, honking horns and belching exhaust, as street vendors hawked ice cream and cell phones. I walked past corner stores selling mining equipment, and climbed the steps to the central offices of the Bartolina Sisa indigenous and women farmers’ organization, a close ally…

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