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Transformations in Latin America and the Caribbean

Pachamama and Progress: Conflicting Visions for Latin America’s Future

Miners in Potosí, Bolivia set off sticks of dynamite as cold winter winds zipped through the city, passing street barricades, protests, hunger strikers and an occupied electrical plant. Continue reading

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Venezuelan Government: “Most Important” Drug Seizure in Four Years

The Bolivarian National Guard captured four tonnes of high purity cocaine in Guarico state yesterday morning. Continue reading

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Internet Usage Advances in Venezuela

In Venezuela, a nation with a population of about 27 million people,there are currently 9.7 million Internet users and 28.2 million mobile phone lines. Continue reading

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NYT Exploits Own Iraq Death Toll Denial to Trash Venezuela

It’s bad enough that the editors of the New York Times have refused so far to tell the truth about what we know about the magnitude of the death toll in Iraq as a result of the US invasion and occupation of the country since 2003, according to the standards that are used to describe human tragedies for which the U.S. government does not bear primary responsibility. Continue reading

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Bolivia seizes more ranch land from gov&39;t opponent

Bolivia has confiscated 280,000 more acres (115,000 hectares) of allegedly fallow or ill-gotten land as part of President Evo Morales’ drive to redistribute land to the poor, the government announced Thursday. Continue reading

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Does Washington want normal diplomatic relations with Venezuela?

While President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and the new President of Colombia, Manuel Santos met in Santa Marta, Colombia last Tuesday (August 10) and agreed to normalize relations after a fierce diplomatic fight, there are no indications that such détente is in the cards for Venezuela and the United States. Continue reading

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Water or Gold in Ecuador

Like many South American countries, Ecuador has long been an exporter of raw materials – from agricultural produce such as cocoa and bananas, to oil, which alone accounts for more than half of its annual earnings. Continue reading

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Correa Will Partly Veto Higher Education Law

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced he would partially veto a law on higher education recently passed by the National Assembly “to review the parts where we had to yield in the interest of consensus.”
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Potosí, Bolivia Protest: Resolved or Postponed?

On August 16, after 19 days of blockades and hunger strikes in urban Potosí and surrounding areas, Potosí civic leaders and MAS officials reached an agreement to end protests. Continue reading

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The Price of Fire in Bolivia: Reflecting on the Journeys of a Book

This summer the Spanish edition of my book The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia was published by Haymarket Books as El Precio del Fuego: Las luchas por los recursos naturales y los movimientos sociales en Bolivia. Continue reading

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