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Bolivia’s disabled march to La Paz

More social unrest has been brewing in Bolivia over the last month. This time a group of some 150 disabled protesters have marched 386 k.m. all the way from Cochabamba to confront Evo Morales’ government in La Paz. The march took … Continue reading

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#SI o #NO – the Bolivian referendum

On Sunday, Bolivians head to the polls again, this time for a referendum rather than an election. The country will decide whether or not they want Evo Morales, who leads a left wing socialist party, to be eligible for re-election in … Continue reading

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The Pope visits Bolivia

Pope Francis recently visited La Paz and Santa Cruz as part of an eight day whirlwind tour of South America’s poorest nations, although sadly he only spent about four hours in La Paz due to medical concerns regarding the high altitude. This is probably fair enough, … Continue reading

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Local Elections and Travel Restrictions

Another election weekend has just passed, this time for both regional governance and mayoral elections which are held simultaneously across the country. Evo Morales’ MAS (Movement Towards Socialism) suffered severe losses in key regions, most notably losing regional governance in La Paz … Continue reading

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Bolivians stage mass protest to bring back the Simpsons

Anyone familiar with Bolivia knows it is a nation of frequent protests and roadblocks. The people here take to the streets en masse to air their grievances of just about anything; from their right to drive while drunk to the name change of an airport in Oruro. … Continue reading

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Evo Wins Another Term

Much to no-one’s surprise, Evo Morales steam rolled his way to another election victory on October 12th, 2014. His party, Moviemento Al Socialismo (Movement Towards Socialism), was the favorite by far and secured 61% of votes to give Morales a third term … Continue reading

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Bolivia Legalises Child Labour

Last month Bolivia took the unprecedented step of legalizing child labor from the age of 10. This is now the only country in the world to allow children under 14 to legally join the work force. Why it’s bad The move … Continue reading

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Evo and Israel

Bolivia’s current president, Evo Morales, is somewhat of an anti-american far left socialist. He regularly criticizes the United States and once evicted their entire diplomatic mission during a disagreement over coca production. Unsurprisingly, he is also a prominent member of the Latin American … Continue reading

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Corruption in Bolivia

Like in most developing countries, corruption is a huge problem in Bolivia. Over here, it’s ingrained in every aspect of life. School beauty competitions are rigged in favor of the girl with the richest parents, university professors receive gifts in … Continue reading

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Bolivian Clocks to Run Backwards

As if Bolivia were not backwards already. Some creative government officials have decided that Bolivian clocks should run counter-clockwise, arguing the design of a clock was originally based on a sundial, which in the Southern Hemisphere runs counter-clockwise (clockwise in … Continue reading

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