Category: Politics

Latin America Changes: Hunger Strikes in Bolivia, Summits in the Caribbean

Latin America Changes: Hunger Strikes in Bolivia, Summits in the Caribbean

Written by Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 16 April 2009 After Bolivia beat the Argentine soccer team led by legendary Diego Maradona by 6 to 1, Maradona told reporters, “Every Bolivia goal was a stab in my heart.” Bolivia was expected to lose the April 1 match as Argentina is ranked as the 6th best soccer team…

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New Versus Old Right in Paraguay’s Presidential Election

New Versus Old Right in Paraguay’s Presidential Election

Written by Benjamin Dangl and April Howard Wednesday, 20 February 2008 Source: NACLA Report on the Americas Blanca Ovelar Now that much of Latin America has shifted to the left, Paraguay remains a key Washington ally. The country’s political landscape continues to be dominated by the Colorado Party, which has been in power for 61…

Dissecting the Politics of Paraguay’s Next President

Dissecting the Politics of Paraguay’s Next President

Written by April Howard & Benjamin Dangl Friday, 11 April 2008 Candidates Blanca Ovelar, Fernando Lugo & Lino Oviedo Fernando Lugo, a bearded, left-leaning bishop is expected to win Paraguay’s historic presidential election on April 20th, upsetting a 60-year rule by the right wing Colorado Party. While escaping the heat of the Paraguayan sun by…

Decolonization’s Rocky Road: Corruption, Expropriation and Justice in Bolivia

Decolonization’s Rocky Road: Corruption, Expropriation and Justice in Bolivia

By Benjamin Dangl March 14, 2009 El Alto Anniversary Event. Photo: Quintana/ABI Over 3,000 Bolivian and Peruvian indigenous activists recently marched in El Alto in commemoration of the March 13th, 1781 siege of La Paz, Bolivia launched from El Alto by indigenous rebels Tupac Katari and Bartolina Sisa. The siege was against Spanish rule and…

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Bolivia: After Rallies for New Constitution, Morales Nationalizes Oil Company

Bolivia: After Rallies for New Constitution, Morales Nationalizes Oil Company

By Benjamin Dangl Saturday, 24 January 2009 On Thursday, January 22, the last day of campaigning for the new constitution before the document is set to a vote on Sunday, January 25th, representatives from Bolivia’s diverse social movements convened in downtown La Paz. The rally, located in the Plaza Murillo, marked the end of over…

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Spilling Ink Instead of Blood: Bolivia Poised to Vote on New Constitution

Spilling Ink Instead of Blood: Bolivia Poised to Vote on New Constitution

By Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 22 January 2009 Dozens of marches and rallies in support of Bolivia’s new constitution, to be voted on this Sunday, have filled the streets of La Paz in recent days. On Tuesday, at a rally for the constitution and to celebrate Venezuela’s donation of 300 tons of asphalt to the city…

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¿Sí o No? Bolivians Mobilize for National Vote on New Constitution

¿Sí o No? Bolivians Mobilize for National Vote on New Constitution

By Benjamin Dangl Monday, 19 January 2009 In the morning on Sunday, January 18, after a heavy rain fell on La Paz, Bolivia, the sun came out, drying the umbrellas of thousands of marchers winding through the city streets. The mobilization was in support of a new constitution which is to be voted on this…

Bolivia: Congress Approves Referendum on Constitution

Bolivia: Congress Approves Referendum on Constitution

By Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 23 October 2008 After months of street battles and political meetings, a new draft of the Bolivian constitution was ratified by Congress on October 21. A national referendum on whether or not to make the document official is scheduled for January 25, 2009. “Now we have made history,” President Evo Morales told supporters…

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The Machine Gun and The Meeting Table: Bolivian Crisis in a New South America

The Machine Gun and The Meeting Table: Bolivian Crisis in a New South America

By Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 16 September 2008 On Monday, September 15, Bolivian president Evo Morales arrived in Santiago, Chile for an emergency meeting of Latin American leaders that convened to seek a resolution to the recent conflict in Bolivia. Upon his arrival, Morales said, “I have come here to explain to the presidents of South…

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