Search Results for "Bolivia" : 5

by / on May 27, 2008 at 8:40 pm / in Cover Story, Issue, Latin America, Main Menu, World

Crisis Up Close

…r consciousness.” To knowing smiles around the room, sociologist Alberto Rivera provided me this introduction to Bolivian politics. After spending just over a month and a half in the country, this perception of a nation unable to define itself, tottering on the precipice between revolution and disintegration, seems accurate to me. For the first time in its history, the overwhelmingly indigenous majority in Bolivia elected an indigenous president…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

by In 2008, President Barack Obama had a clear idea for Latin American foreign policy. The Bush administration, distracted by events in the Middle East, had pursued a harmful hemispheric policy of blustering unilateralism and neglect; Obama, conversely, would pursue a “new partnership” with the Americas, one marked by cooperation and mutual interests. His subsequent election was heralded throughout Latin America as an opportunity to r…

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by / on April 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm / in Opinion, World

Dammed If You Do, Dammed If You Don’t

by Of the most controversial topics in Latin America today, few are as divisive as the politics of dam building. At the surface, it looks like a rather innocuous issue – surely not something that could pit the hoi polloi against the burgeoning bourgeoisie. But that is what has happened. After years of grassroots campaigns and Internet barrages of the celebrity-crazed media, the largest of these projects have been given the go-ahead – o…

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by / on March 24, 2012 at 11:59 am / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Umm… lo siento, no entender. No hablar español!

by Standing on the beach in Brazil, a Portuguese speaking country, my friends and I roll our eyes and strain to stifle our laughter as the family of American tourists behind us attempts to brush away a persistent beach peddler. How bad were they? Frankly, typing a tilde over the “n” in their pronunciation of español would be quite generous. As the joke goes, “What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you cal…

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by / on April 20, 2012 at 8:00 am / in Opinion, World

Contradicting Colombia?

by The somewhat grandiosely titled the “Summit of the Americas” (SoA) concluded this week in sunny Cartagena, Colombia. The regional meeting included 44 of the Western Hemisphere’s heads of state – with the awkward and controversial exception of Cuba. As we have learned to expect from these large-scale, feel-good summits, little was accomplished. The meeting ended without a formal joint declaration – which is not to say that it was ber…

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