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

September 16, 2008 Benjamin Dangl 0

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Upon arriving in Santiago, Chile on September 15 for an emergency meeting of South American heads of state, Bolivian president Evo Morales said, "I have come here to explain to the presidents of South America the civic coup d’etat by Governors in some Bolivian states in recent days." The conflict in Bolivia and the subsequent meeting of presidents raise the questions: What led to this meltdown? Whose side is the Bolivian military on? And what does the Bolivian crisis and regional reaction tell us about the new power bloc of South American nations? […]

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Peru: Piura Votes, A Dangerous Precedent

September 16, 2008 Jennifer Moore 0

One year ago today, a local vote was held concerning possible mining activity in three highland districts in northwestern Peru. The referendum drew thousands of peasant farmers, many of whom traveled for the best part of a day by horse, truck or on foot. […]

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Uruguay: The Politics of Recent History

September 15, 2008 Joshua Frens-String 0

Today, as Uruguay finds itself governed by the first non-traditional party in its history, composed of parties once repressed by authoritarianism, very distinct questions and contemporary considerations stimulate the reconstruction of an era now part of the historical past. […]

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Bolivia: Deaths in the Amazon

September 13, 2008 Franz Chávez 0

(IPS) – The Bolivian government declared martial law in the northern province of Pando after as many as 15 indigenous supporters of President Evo Morales were killed by rightwing protesters near the town of Cobija. […]

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