Evo Morales Enacts New Bolivian Constitution, Appoints Women to Half of Cabinet Seats
By Mariela Rosario | 01/25/2010 - 10:57

After easily winning reelection in Dec. 2009, Bolivian president Evo Morales was sworn in to serve his second term over the weekend. With the mandate Morales received from the overwhelming majority of Bolivian voters who gave him a new five-year term, Morales immediately implemented big changes.

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Evo Morales Raves About "Avatar"
By Mariela Rosario | 01/13/2010 - 10:50

James Cameron's latest blockbuster film, Avatar, tells the story of the nature loving N'avi warriors who live on the lush planet Pandora and are fighting to keep foreign corporations from exploiting their natural habitat. Although the film depicts an all too familiar Hollywood story of a White man rescuing a primitive, indigenous population (see Dances With Wolves, The Last Samurai, etc.), Bolivian president Evo Morales has praised the movie's message of nature preservation.

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Dengue Fever Epidemic Spreads Across South America
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 05/18/2009 - 13:15

Hundreds of thousands of people have been sickened by dengue fever in South America this year, and more than 70 have died, the Miami Herald reports. "This is the largest epidemic in many years," said Dr. Eddy Martinez, the director of epidemiology for Bolivia's Ministry of Health in the capital city of La Paz.

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Is Slavery Still Alive in Bolivia?
By Yuliana Gomez | 05/14/2009 - 19:00

A senior United Nations official recently led a mission to the eastern lowlands of Bolivia to investigate the alleged use of slavery among some wealthy landowners and the Guarani indigenous workers they have toiling on their land—and returned horrified. "We are very scandalized by what we've seen.

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The Fighting Cholitas
By Angie Romero | 03/17/2009 - 17:45

As obsessed as I am with Mickey Rourke’s performance in The Wrestler, a group of indigenous, multilayered skirt-wearing female wrestlers in Bolivia tops that by, like, 100 percent. I’m talking about the documentary Fighting Cholitas, by producers Mariam Jobrani, Kenny Krauss, Teresa Deskins, which has already won several film festival awards and is available on DVD today.

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Evo Morales Expels American Diplomat from Bolivia
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/10/2009 - 16:25

BBC News reports Bolivian president Evo Morales has expelled US diplomat Francisco Martinez, a political officer at the US embassy in La Paz, for having ties to violent opposition groups. This comes only six months after he expelled US ambassador Philip Goldberg for "conspiring against democracy" and encouraging Bolivia's break-up. "Today, I've decided to declare Francisco Martinez... persona non grata," Morales said at a press conference in La Paz.

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Iran Giving Millions in Aid to Bolivia
By Mariela Rosario | 02/10/2009 - 17:53

Bolivia and Iran have seemingly litle in common but immense expanses of desert and natural gas reserves. But that hasn't stopped the controversial Islamic nation from reaching out to extend it's diplomatic relations across Latin America.

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World Looks To Bolivia for Alternative Fuel
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 02/03/2009 - 14:47

Carmakers everywhere are aiming to decrease their dependence on foreign oil in the race to build the next generation of hybrids or electric cars. The only problem is that nearly half of the world’s lithium, the mineral needed to power the vehicles, is found in Bolivia. And Bolivia is in no hurry to share their resource with the Japanese, European and U.S. corporations that have been circling like hawks.

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Dengue Fever Spreads Across Bolivia
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 02/02/2009 - 13:02

A dengue fever epidemic is spreading over much of Bolivia, causing a national health emergency. At least three people have died in what health officials are calling the worst outbreak of the disease in 22 years. Medical resources are so scarce that doctors are forced to turn away patients who aren’t yet in critical condition.

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Bolivians Approve New Constitution, Empower Indigenous Groups
By Mariela Rosario | 01/26/2009 - 18:00

Bolivians recently passed a referendum on a new constitution which would empower the indigenous population of the country. Bolivian President
Evo Morales, an Aymara Indian and the first indigenous person ever to serve in the highest office of a South American country told crowds that had gathered in front of the presidential palace in La Paz, "The colonial state ends here. Here we begin to reach true equality for all Bolivians."

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