Sunday, February 14, 2010



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Bolivia Opening Seville Consulate

On February 14th Bolivia's ambassador to Spain Carmen Almendra announced to Red Erbol that next week Bolivia will be opening a consulate in Seville largely to attend to the needs numerous Bolivian ex-patriots working there. 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Estimated 100,000 tourists at Carnaval in Oruro

On February 13th, Bolivian Vice-Minister of Tourism Iván Cahuaya told the press today that they are expecting to receive around 100,000 tourists from all different continents, South America, and Bolivia that will generate 28 million dollars for the Oruro economy. On a national scale the Oruro Carnaval is expected to generate some $100 million dollars for the Bolivian economy.

Ex-Miss Universe Inaugurates Samsung Store in Cochabamba

The 1987 Miss Universe Cecilia Bolocco presided over the inauguration of Samsung's first store in  Cochabamba.

MAS gives Evo Absolute Power to Name Judges

February 12th, the Movement to Socialism controlled senate has passed a bill called the "Ley Corta" or "Short Law" that allows President Evo Morales to name interim judges to fill any vacancies including those on the Supreme Court and Constitutional Tribunal.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Communities Lose 100% of Crops to Drought

While much of the country is struggling under punishing rains and flooding, three communities in the departments of Chuquisaca and Santa Cruz are facing a loss of 100% of this season´s crops due to drought.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


This Wednesday, February 10th, the Bolivian Space Agency was born in order for Bolivia to launch its own national satellite, the Tupac Katari, that will cost up to $300 million dollars that Bolivia plans to borrow from China who will be launching the satellite

Government Accuses Patzi of Lying

On February 10th, Bolivian foreign minister David Choquehuanca lambasted La Paz mayorial candidate Felix Patzi for lying to the press regarding his recent arrest for drunk driving and resisting arrest.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

NGO Profile: Eco-Bolivia/Madidi Travel

Eco Bolivia is one of the oldest and best-known conservation organizations in Bolivia. Their work focuses on the conservation in the Madidi National Park region of the Amazon Rainforest and the sustainable development of communities in the region.

Cases of Dengue Fever Double after Flooding

Today the Ministry of Health announced that cases of dengue fever had doubled to 43 confirmed cases of the disease.

Authorities Seize More Than $200,000 in Illegal Animals

Between December 2009 and February 3, 2010 Bolivian authorities intercepted shipments of illegally captured endangered animals valued at over US$200,000.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Community Justice: Patzi must make 1000 bricks, Refuses to Resign for Drunk Driving Despite Evo Insistence

Indigenous and Farm leaders have validated Aymará sociologist and ex-education minister Félix Patzi as their choice for governor of La Paz despite his recent arrest and confession to charges of drunk driving and fleeing arrest.

Bolivia Announces Climate Summit April 20-22

Bolivian Chanciller David Choquehauanca announced Monday, Febraury 8th, that Bolivia is inviting all the people and governments of the entire world to a climate change conference from April 20-22 in Cochabamba in response to the failed Copenhagen summit in 2009.  

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bolivia Weekly Episode 6 Podcast: Week of February 7th, 2010

Headlines: Bus drivers declare a strike to protest a new law against drunk driving, Devastating floods submerge entire villages in the Bolivian Amazon, Carnaval begins in Oruro, Evo Morales decrees a harsh new law against drunk driving, Bolivia accepts 88 Haitian refugees temporarily,  Ex-President Paz Zamora is charged with vehicular homocide, and the first Bolivian convicted under the new drunk driving law is controversial Movement to Socialism party member Felix Patzi. 

Classes Began Monday in Bolivia with “Regionally Modified School Calendar”

Some Bolivian schools began their school years last Monday with a modified or partial schedule of classes due to floods or other unavoidable issues, explained Deputy Minister of Scholastic Education, German Jimenez.

Health Officials in Sucre Present Pre-Carnaval Health Fair

In an attempt to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS and other revelry-related health hazards during this year’s Carnaval, health officials in Sucre presented a Preventive Health Fair in Bolivar Park, beginning last Friday.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Music Festival Begins Carnival in Oruro

In a celebration mixing music, culture, and politics, the 9th Annual Music Festival in Oruro kicked off the week-long Carnival festivities. 6,000 musicians and more than 5,000 spectators, including President Evo Morales and Culture Minister Zulma Yugar, attended the 2 1/2 hour-long opening procession.

Indigenous Groups Criticize Evo & Bureaucracy

Several different indigenous groups over the past week have denounced Evo Morales and the MAS government as overly bureaucratic and only representing the interests of large Andean indigenous groups. 

Flooding Worsens: 11 Dead, over 100,000 Fleeing

Bolivia's Civil Defense reported February 6th, that some 28, 000 families (thus over 100,000 individuals) have been displaced by flooding and natural disasters during this particularly harsh rainy season and 11 deaths have been reported so far. 

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Cosmos Company Begins Operation After Suspension

The Vice-Minister of Transportation Spokesperson Emilio Rodas accredited 36 Cosmos drivers out of a total of 78 for complying with the strict new professional driving rules establish under Supreme Decree 420. 

Supermodel MAS Governor Candidate Helps Flood Victims

Evo Morales' Movement to Socialism (MAS) party candidate for governor of the state of Beni, British-Bolivian Supermodel Jessica Jordan (24), personally delivered aid to flood victims near the city of Trinidad on January 29th.

National Lottery Corruption Scandal of 64 Million

Nardi Suxo, Anti-Corruption and Transparency Minister, has denounced a 64 million dollar fraud scheme in the Bolivian National Lotery (LONABOL).

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bolivia Irked by Brazil Condescension

Bolivian politicians have delivered a curt response to Brazil's somewhat condescending stance on the

Bolivian Men and Women in Unique Celebration: Dia de Compadres & Comadres

Yesterday, February 4, Bolivians in several departments celebrated Jueves de Compadre, a male-only

Bolivia Accepts 88 Haitian Refugees

Bolivian Immigration confirmed that as of January 27th Bolivia has admitted 88 Haitian refugees who are

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Buses Declare 48 Hour Strike to Protest New Drunk Driving Law

On February 3rd the Bolivian Drivers Confederation has declared a 48 hour nationwide bus strike

Ex-President Zamora Charged With Vehicular Homocide

Taxi driver Juan Bautista Castrillo died in the San Juan de Dios hospital on January 27th from

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Lula Affirms Bolivian Gas Contracts, Cites Solidarity

President Lula of Brazil re-affirmed his committment to natural gas purchasing contracts with Bolivia despite

Ex-Education Minister Patzi is 1st Bolivian to Lose Driver's License For Life Under New Law

On February 4th the Sacha Llorenti, the Minister of Government announced that the national police have

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Peru-Bolivia Border Conflict over Gold Smolders

There is an ongoing standoff on the Bolivia-Perú border in the Amazonian part of the La Paz state along

Evo Asks Citizens to Each Plant a Tree

Wednesday, February 3rd, President Evo Morales asked Bolivians to defend the Pachamama or "mother

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tough New Traffic Law. Traffic Deaths Double in 10 Years.

After 80 highway deaths in January due to multiple egregious bus accidents involving high speeds,

Hail Destroys 60% of Village's Crops

On february 2nd a powerful hail storm devastated 60% of the potato and fava bean crops of the small

Monday, February 1, 2010

Bolivia Weekly Episode 5 Audio Podcast January 2010

Hear all the news from Bolivia in Episode 5 for the week ending Jan 31st 2010.


In an age when seeds are patented, crops are genetically engineered to be dependent on fertilizers, and

Four of Every Ten Students Victims of Intimidation

According to a recent study by NGO Association of Vital Voices, four out of every ten Bolivian students

Enthusiastic Youth Open Bicentennial Carnival

In Cochabamba, more than 40 dance groups oozing with talent, youth and creativity opened the

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Two Million Students Return to School, Educational Technology Revolution

More than two million Bolivian youths head back to classes this Monday in all nine of Bolivia’s states.

IMF Projects 4% for Bolivia in 2010

 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted a 4% rise in Bolivia's GDP for 2010 largely thanks

Bolivian Director Wins 2 Sundance Awards

Bolivian Director Juan Carlos Valdivia won 2 awards at the Sundance Film Festival for his picture

"Zona Sur" yesterday in Park City, Utah.  "Zona Sur" is a commentary on the upper class of La Paz and the effects of political changes that they are feeling. "Zona Sur" won "Best International Drama" and "Best International Script".  The film's description from Sundance is below:

Nestled in the lush valley of La Paz, Bolivia, the upper-class suburb of Zona Sur has sheltered the country’s wealthy elite for many years. Here, in an adobe-tile-roofed castle, a statuesque matriarch reigns over her spoiled progeny and her Indigenous Aymaran butler. But all is not what it seems. As the mother fights with her oversexed son and clashes with her petulant daughter, her six-year-old son rambles the rooftops unnoticed. Decline hangs in the air, and the threat of aristocratic privileges changing hands signifies a new chapter of a prickly and ill-fated class war.

Juan Carlos Valdivia’s revolving camera poetically articulates the devolving drama while exposing the bubble of decadence in which the bourgeoisie exist. With the recent reelection of Bolivia’s first Aymaran president, the long-suppressed Indigenous people are rising up to reclaim their homeland, and Valdivia returns to Sundance (Jonah and the Pink Whale—Sundance Film Festival 1996) with a crystal vision of the change taking place in his native country. 

3 Brutal Killings near Cochabamba

Police responded to emergency calls  at 5:30AM in the Calvario de Quillacollo neighborhood on the

Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Mining Minister: We'll Respect Private Investments

Bolivia's new Mining Minister Pimental assured private companies that their capital is safe in Bolivia

Head on Bus Crash: 12 dead 91 injured. Drivers Union Rejects Penalties, Threatens Blockades

Twelve people were killed and a further 91 injured on January 30th when 2 buses crashed head-on at night

Morales Accuses NGOs of Spying

 In Tarija on January 29th Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized NGOs, saying that some "are the 5th

Mining Minister Resigns After 1 Week in Office

President Morales made it clear that he believes that Milton Gómez who he appointed as Minister of

Friday, January 29, 2010

72 Homes Destroyed in La Paz Landslide

At 4:30AM on January 28th 72 houses were slowly swept away in a landslide in the Huanu Huanuni area

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Police Bust "Cocaine MegaLab" in Santa Cruz

On January 27th the Bolivian equivalent of the DEA called the FELCN captured a large and

New Higher Lithium Reserves Estimate

On January 27th Bolivia's Director of Natural Evaporative Resources Saúl Villegas announced that he believes that Bolivia's actual lithium reserves are two times larger than

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bus Crash Kills 5, Driver Blind Drunk, 24, No License

A bus loaded with 50 people left from Santa Cruz broke almost every law regarding transportation safety and the trip ended in a horrific accident that left 5 dead and 43 injured. The driver, 24 year old