By Grace Bastidas | 03/07/2011 - 14:00
Carnival kicked off this weekend, which means it’s time to let loose before Lent rolls around. Not that you have to be Catholic to indulge in a little church-sanctioned debauchery. Hedonists of all stripes can party at celebrations all across Latin America. Just pick your destination.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/01/2011 - 17:15
The new trailer for Gael Garcia Bernal's Goya nominated film Even the Rain came out and the film looks pretty riveting. We're thinking it really deserved those 13 nominations! The film is a tense drama about a filmmaker (Bernal) who goes to Bolivia to shoot a film about the Spanish conquest of America. The film crews travels coincide with the Cochabamba Water Wars in 2000, which throws their film into chaos and begins to blur the line between reality and fiction as the exploitation of indigenous people has continued for hundreds of years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.