Bolivia Links for 2006-10-14

Bolivia Links for 10.10.06

Via Guccio’s page, where he said “This sequence of pictures is not from Irak. Those are from Huanuni (Bolivia).” Truly the area around the mine is a forgotten part of Bolivia and a far cry from the modernities of the urban centers.

The Mexican professor and “sometimes advisor” to Hugo Chavez, according to the Internatonal Herald Tribune, wrote this “article” regarding the forces and groups involved in this alleged plot, which appeared in the Bolivian paper El Mundo. Naturally, Chavez provided his two cents on the matter.

LR: Vice-Minister, of the 3,200 hectares that come from the cato of coca and are permitted in the Chapare, what percentage do you think goes to the Sacaba market and how much has another destination?

FC: According to the reports, between 50-60% of he coca goes to the legal market. Unfortunately the rest..well narcotrafficking still absorbs the excess coca, the Government, and we must be honest and with much responsibility, we cannot deny the illegal business. We must adjust our policies of interdiction. For example, we must fulfill President Morales’ line of ‘zero cocaine’.

LR: So you are saying that part of the coca produced in the Tropics of Cochabamba goes toward narcotrafficking?

FC: We must say so, and we cannot cover the sun with a finger. We must be responsible as a State and reiterate, when there is still poverty, narcotrafficking will still prevail.

Bolivia Links for 10.08.06

This is a new addition to this blog in an attempt to revive its usefulness. Since I read and find new pages about Bolivia on a daily basis, I’ll try to add these links on a semi-daily basis.

This video doesn’t quite have the same raw effect that the original, and now unavailable “All Your Base..” video. The extended remix tries to add a little bit too much at the end, but it is still quite an interesting find.

I really wish I had the time and the patience to translate my original English summaries for Global Voices Online. Miguel E. from El Forastero, who recently moved to Columbus, OH continues to do a fine job and provides a great service.

A brilliant cartoon parodying the “Todos Hacia la Consitutyente” campaign, but touches on a serious matter on the minds of many Bolivians – civil war. Cuevas’ blog is one of the best because it says a lot more with images than I could ever say with my written ramblings.