The Search for Snowden and Obscene Assaults on Sovereignty

The Search for Snowden and Obscene Assaults on Sovereignty

This piece originally posted in Black Star News. Apparently the phrase “blood is thicker than water” also compares to the Imperial ties that bind NATO, where the history of European colonial collusion runs thicker than internationalist ethics and treaties. The recent...
Our Unscientific Drug Control Regime

Our Unscientific Drug Control Regime

It is said that drugs – be they natural or synthetic, legally prescribed or illicitly consumed – and poisons only differ in dose. Indeed, today’s drugs vary tremendously in the personal and interpersonal harm they are wont to cause, from the largely...

Bolivian President Morales Bows to Pressure and Cancels Amazon Highway

Bolivian President Evo Morales announced that he would rescind the contract awarded to Brazilian company OAS to build a road through the Amazon rainforest. This is the most recent complication in the production of the three-part road, intended to link Brazilian ports...
Travel Writer Michael Jacobs Does Justice to the Andes

Travel Writer Michael Jacobs Does Justice to the Andes

For those who have travelled extensively throughout South America, the astonishing majesty of the continent’s Andean mountains is surely etched in the imagination. From the lush jungles in northern Colombia and the lunar salt plains of the Bolivian heartland, to...

Bolivia After the Storm

It was caused by an excessive increase in the price of fuels. The event demonstrates the difficulties of entering into a truly alternative mode of development, but it also reveals the limits of the Bolivian government’s stated effort to re-establish and...
U.S. Renews Anachronistic Campaign to Stamp Out Coca Leaf Chewing

U.S. Renews Anachronistic Campaign to Stamp Out Coca Leaf Chewing

(Pictured: Bolivian President Evo Morales wields coca leaf.) Just one month after President Obama announced that the U.S. would finally sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, U.S. officials are already violating the spirit – and the letter...
Creating Cultural Bridges: The Art of Edgar Endress

Creating Cultural Bridges: The Art of Edgar Endress

Chilean-born Edgar Endress is a Virginia-based artist, professor, and founding member of the Floating Lab Collective. Endress’ work stresses a context-dependent blend of media that both forges and illustrates an integration of art and social engagement. For...

Deflating Bolivia Hyperbole in the United States

In many ways, perceptions of Bolivia in the United States resemble a Rorschach test on which to project one’s fears, dogmas or utopian visions. In reality, Bolivian political and social dynamics are complex, constantly shifting, and impossible to force into...
Book Event: Globalization on the GroundWhat Bolivia Teaches Us

Book Event: Globalization on the GroundWhat Bolivia Teaches Us

As the U.S. enters a new political era, what can we learn from one nation´s battle to define its own way forward in a globalizing world? Jim Shultz and Melissa Crane Draper of the Democracy Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia will share lessons from the book Dignity...

Bolivia and Latin America: New Actors for New Times

The Institute for Policy Studies, the Washington Office on Latin America, and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns cordially invite you to a seminar Bolivia and Latin America: New Actors for New Times featuring Reverend Michael J. Gillgannon Missionary Priest of...

Chomsky on the Rise of the South

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On January 15, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in U.S. policy toward regional challenges to U.S. power. In the second part of this two-part interview, Chomsky also discussed...
Why Bolivia Matters

Why Bolivia Matters

Bolivia’s National Palace is a classic colonial building that sits on the pigeon-filled Plaza Murillo in downtown La Paz. It’s more often called the “Palacio Quemado” or “Burned Palace” because it’s been set on fire repeatedly...

Bolivia’s Charge to the Left

With presidential elections in Bolivia on Sunday, Washington is buzzing with talk that another Latin American country may be “lost.” Evo Morales, a former president of Bolivia’s coca-growers’ union and the leader of the Movement Toward...