Bolivia: The Coming Continental Battle

Gerardo Szalkowicz A health worker sprays disinfectant near the bodies, that officers of the Special Force Against Crime (FELCC) transported to the ‘Hospital de Clinicas’, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in La Paz, Bolivia, July 27, 2020. REUTERS/David Mercado The Bolivian right, always protected from the North, is betting again on kicking…

They Shot Us Like Animals: Black November and Bolivia’s Interim Government

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE>> EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Following a disputed presidential election on October 20, 2019, Bolivia has endured a surge of human rights violations. On November 12, 2019, Jeanine Áñez Chavez became Bolivia’s interim president with the mandate of restoring peace and calling new elections. Under her administration, however, state-sponsored violence, restrictions on free…

Bolivia: “Beyond the Elections We Must Recover the State”

Carlos Aznarez The situation in Bolivia is still hot, especially after the decision of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to postpone the elections announced for early September until October 18. It is within this context that we interviewed Antonio Abal, who was a consul in Argentina and an astute analyst from the revolutionary left of his…

Bolivia, a Devastated Country

Funeral home workers wearing full protective gear as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, carry the coffin of a man, whose death was not related to COVID-19, into the General Cemetery in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) Bolivia has surpassed the 61,000 person barrier of Covid-19 with…

Bolivia Suffers Devastating Effects of Pandemic and Political Instability

Guido Vassallo With contagion rates reaching record highs on a daily basis, the health situation is worsening with hospitals in major cities in a state of emergency. Meanwhile, the persecution of MAS continues unabated. The situation that Bolivia is currently undergoing after the coup d’état of November 10, 2019 continues to add new and dramatic…

Bolivia’s Struggle to Restore Democracy After OAS Instigated Coup

Frederick B. Mills, Rita Jill Clark-Gollub, Alina Duarte On October 21, 2019, the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a fateful communique on the presidential elections in Bolivia: “The OAS Mission expresses its deep concern and surprise at the drastic and hard-to-explain change in the trend of the preliminary results revealed after the closing of…

NYT Acknowledges Coup in Bolivia While Shirking Blame for Its Supporting Role

Camila Escalante The New York Times (6/7/20) declared that an Organization of American States (OAS) report alleging fraud in the 2019 Bolivian presidential elections—which was used as justification for a bloody, authoritarian coup d’etat in November 2019—was fundamentally flawed. If the New York Times (6/7/20) has had second thoughts about its coverage of the 2019…

Bolivia’s Interim President Jeanine Áñez Is Waging a War on Women

Cindy Forster Self-proclaimed “interim president” Jeanine Añez, with a bible in hand on November 12, 2019. Jeanine Áñez is a woman president in a world with very few of them. She has exercised national power in Bolivia for eight months as the de-facto chief of state following the coup d’état against Indigenous president Evo Morales….

Elections in Bolivia: The Right Unites in An Attempt to Stop MAS

The former president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales, reported this morning that on instructions from the US and in view of the imminent victory of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) in the first round, the candidates of the Bolivian right wing, Carlos Mesa and Jeanine Añez, agreed to get “together” in the…

The Paranoid Style in Bolivian Politics

Forrest Hylton When I reported on Bolivia last November, the military had recently massacred dozens of citizens, mostly of Aymara descent. Friends of mine in La Paz were in hiding or exile. The coup government of Jeanine Añez was waging open war against journalists and members of (Movement for Socialism) MAS, Evo Morales’s party, which…