Upside Down Notebook

Putting the street into the notebook. By Ben Dangl

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Entries from January 2009

Radio Interview with Ben Dangl on US Troops in Paraguay

July 28th, 2006 · No Comments

A radio station in Madison, Wisconsin (Wort FM 89.9) interviewed me recently regarding the US troop presence in Paraguay, the country´s landless movement and growing soy industry.
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Pink Floyd at the US Embassy

July 16th, 2006 · No Comments

Streets sweat dust. The dust turns to frozen mud at night. Car alarms keep the dogs company.
From my apartment I can see a training base for Bolivia’s National Guard, El Alto, Evo Morales’ house and the enormous US embassy. Each one represents some of the strongest forces battling over the direction of Latin America. The [...]

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Purple Drinks and Fried Cheese in La Paz

July 12th, 2006 · No Comments

A line of bodies pressed into each other on its way out of the café. The concrete floor had barred veins in it where the waste of each food stall oozed somewhere else. The cold of the plaza was blocked out by the body heat, stoves and flames of the cavernous market. Dizzying combinations of [...]

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Hip-Hop and Electoral Adventures in Bolivia

July 5th, 2006 · No Comments

The constituent assembly election and referendum on autonomy which took place on July 2 here in Bolivia has revealed many interesting things about the new Morales administration. It tells a lot about the relationship between the government and the country’s strong social movements. It also offers some suggestions about where this government might be headed [...]

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