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The Bolivian Coup Overturned

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On October 20, 2020
The problem with coups, if you are on the side of hating democracy, is that you have to be willing to kill your opponents in order to obtain power. Coups usually happen when the wealthy and armed don’t like the results of democracy. In Bolivia, the coup that overthrew Evo Morales was one of the […]

The Bolivian Coup

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On February 28, 2020

Evo Morales made a lot of mistakes in his last year in power in Bolivia, especially seeking to rewrite the Constitution to keep himself in power. But the coup that overthrew him was based upon the law

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Bolivia: The White Revenge

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On November 16, 2019
Now that we are figuring out just what has happened in Bolivia, it’s predictably a right-wing white coup supported by the military, ready to get revenge against the Native majority. In the days since the ouster of Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first Indigenous president, deep ethnic tensions that have long divided the country have erupted, complicating […]

Evo Morales Resigns

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On November 10, 2019

Evo Morales has resigned in the face of military pressure and protests over his unwillingness to leave office. There are going to be lots of hot takes about this from the left and from the right (and

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The First City of Capitalism

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On April 5, 2016
The Guardian has been running an interesting set of stories on world cities. This one highlights Potosí, the Bolivian silver city I have been utterly fascinated by ever since visiting it in 2008. Potosí created great Spanish wealthy but at a huge cost in human lives. Potosí was “the first city of capitalism, for it […]

Condors

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On May 10, 2015

This is a good piece on the problems facing the Andean condor, the world’s second largest bird. Basically, even though condors, like other vultures, do the ecosystem a tremendous amount of servi

Ochs

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On April 19, 2015

This is a pretty intense story about how Phil Ochs was caught up in the repression of artists and leftists in Latin America in the early 1970s and how closely he came to being disappeared in Bolivia l

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Victor Paz Thomas Field’s new book on the Alliance for Progress in Bolivia demonstrates just how comfortable America’s Cold War foreign policy establishment was with dictatorship as its preferred method of rule in Latin America. Assuming that Latin America needed American-driven development more than anything else and that communists were both anathema to American foreign […]

Cerro Rico

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On September 18, 2014

The Cerro Rico silver mine in Potosí, Bolivia was the source of much Spanish wealth after the brutal colonization of the Americas. Although the Incas engaged in some small-scale mining there, the Spa

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