Category: Resource Wars

Profiting from America’s Longest War: Trump Seeks to Exploit Mineral Wealth of Afghanistan

Profiting from America’s Longest War: Trump Seeks to Exploit Mineral Wealth of Afghanistan

By Benjamin Dangl Published on October 13, 2017 Source: Toward Freedom Mining lapis, a semi-precious stone, in Afghanistan. October 7th marked sixteen years since the start of the US War in Afghanistan – America’s longest war. In an effort to justify the continued and expanded presence of US troops in the country, President Trump is…

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Masters of War: Senate Defense Budget Set to Exceed One Third of Global Military Spending

Masters of War: Senate Defense Budget Set to Exceed One Third of Global Military Spending

By Benjamin Dangl Published on September 22, 2017 Source: Toward Freedom American troops stand next to a burning oil well at the Rumayla oil fields March 27, 2003 in Rumayla, Iraq. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that…

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More Than Just a Leaf: Bolivian Coca as a Natural Resource

More Than Just a Leaf: Bolivian Coca as a Natural Resource

By Benjamin Dangl October 13, 2007 Leonilda Zurita Drying Coca I met up with coca farmer Leonilda Zurita and her colleague Apolonia Sánchez in the Chapare town of Eterazama, Bolivia. Both of them wore the wide, pleated skirts and white, wide-brimmed mesh hats common to indigenous women in the Chapare. Zurita, a motherly but fierce…

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Land as a Center of Power in Bolivia

Land as a Center of Power in Bolivia

By Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 07 December 2006 Silvestre Saisari, a bearded, soft-spoken leader in the Bolivian Landless Workers’ Movement (MST), sat in his office in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The building was surrounded by a high cement wall topped with barbed wire. It looked like a military bunker. This made sense given the treatment Saisairi and…

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Tin War in Bolivia: Conflict Between Miners Leaves 17 Dead

Tin War in Bolivia: Conflict Between Miners Leaves 17 Dead

Written by April Howard and Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 10 October 2006 “Something that should have been a blessing for the country has been turned into a curse.” – Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro García Linera October 7th was supposed to be a day of celebration for the Virgin of Rosario, the patron saint of miners. Yet…

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Between Electoral Theater and Revolution: Bolivia Looks Toward Rewriting its Constitution

Between Electoral Theater and Revolution: Bolivia Looks Toward Rewriting its Constitution

By Benjamin Dangl Friday, 07 July 2006 Before Evo Morales won a landslide victory in the Bolivian presidential election on December 18, 2005, one of his key campaign promises was to organize a constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution. The election for representatives to that assembly took place on Sunday, July 2nd in tandem with…

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Bolivia’s Trial by Fire

Bolivia’s Trial by Fire

By Benjamin Dangl Wednesday, 11 January 2006 After winning a landslide election victory on December 18th, Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales announced plans to nationalize the country’s gas reserves, rewrite the constitution in a popular assembly, redistribute land to poor farmers and change the rules of the U.S.-led war on drugs in Bolivia. If he follows…

An Interview with Evo Morales: Legalizing the Colonization of the Americas

An Interview with Evo Morales: Legalizing the Colonization of the Americas

December 2, 2003 By BENJAMIN DANGL Cochabamba, Bolivia This interview took place a month after Bolivia’s Gas War, a massive social uprising against the proposal to export the nation’s gas to the US through a Chilean port. Bolivia has the second largest natural gas reserves in Latin America. Instead of selling these reserves to the…

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An Uncertain Peace in Bolivia

An Uncertain Peace in Bolivia

October 25, 2003 By Benjamin Dangl and Kathryn Ledebur Bolivia’s conflicts regarding the proposal to export the nation’s gas to the US through a Chilean port proved to be the spark that fueled a much larger fire of national discontent.  Arising from the din of the Gas War were demands for clarity in coca eradication…

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