Bolivia’s Bonds Sell in US

2 November 2012 no comments

Bolivia’s foreign currency reserves have surpassed 13.7 billion dollars, marking a new high for Bolivia’s national savings. The government explained that part of this growth has been due to Bolivia issue sovereign bonds in the US stock market. Economist Julio Alvarado expressed caution about this new reserve figure, explaining that since Bolivia’s external and internal [...]

Gold Mining Leaves Deforestation and Mercury

20 September 2012 no comments

The Coordinator of the Environment, Mining and Industry Foundation (MEDMIN), Félix Carrillo, explained to the press recently that the worst environmental impacts are actually not the widespread use of mercury but deforestation caused by gold mining in the Amazon. Where before miners had only been able to afford panning for gold in rivers, many now [...]

43% of Bolivian Glaciers Gone

5 September 2012 no comments

The Hydrological and Hydrology University in Bolivia has completed a study of 400 glaciers in the country and determined that they have retreated by 43% because of climate change since 1980. The study was based on satellite images in collaboration with the National Climate Change Program. Principle investigator Edson Ramírez studied glaciers of less that [...]

98% of Rapes Go Unprosecuted

21 August 2012 no comments

A recent legal study in Cochabamba by the Judicial Office has found that of all the rape cases brought to police, only 2% result in successful criminal trials. 34% of rape cases never go beyond the police report, a further 27% are rejected by judges, 5% are ruled null, and all but the remaining 2% [...]

State Mining only 5%

20 August 2012 no comments

A Mining Ministry study has shown that in Bolivia, state-run enterprises only generated 5% of Bolivian mineral production value and the private sector was responsible for 95% in the first semester of 2012. Of $1,832,000,000 in legally declared mineral exports through June, only $93,000,000 belonged to the state, leaving $820 million to medium-sized private mines [...]

Angry Mob Burns 2 Brazilians Alive in Revenge

15 August 2012 no comments

An angry mob burned two Brazilians alive in San Matías, Santa Cruz as Bolivian police and military forces looked on last night. The two Brazilians were thought to have murdered three Bolivian youths on Monday. Brazilian Rafael Max Díez was being held in a police jail cell in San Matias and along with  supposed accomplice [...]

Evo Signs University Laws

14 August 2012 no comments

President Morales signed 3 bills into law yesterday in Sucre at the Universidad Gabriel René Moreno, de Santa Cruz to benefit Bolivian university students. One law guarantees public universities up to 8 percent of the Direct Hydrocarbon Tax for educating rural youth and 5% for cultural and sporting activities, another provides thesis work for students [...]

Bus Robbers Arrested

13 August 2012 no comments

Police say that they have captured members of the band of robbers that attacked two buses on the La Paz – Apolo route on the night of July 21st that left one passenger dead and eight injured. Bus robbery is a rare event in Bolivia where pickpocketing, and traffic accidents are the most common threats [...]

Health Ministry: 24% of Bolivians Obese

7 August 2012 no comments

The Bolivian department of La Paz has the most obese people in Bolivia at 3,387 of clinical obesity, Cochabamba (2,211 cases), ahead of Santa Cruz (2,032), and Chuquisaca (812 cases). Up to 2012, the Bolivian Health Ministry considered obesity to be an aesthetic problem but now classifies it as a disease with a distinct pathology. [...]

TV Reporter Arrest Warrant Controversy

2 August 2012 no comments

The Oruro Public Ministry has cancelled an arrest warrant for popular TV presenter Milena Fernández. Officials had issued the warrant after Fernández described Oruro as “fetid” during an interview on the program “Brújula.”  Officials say that the only reason that they are cancelling the warrant is because Fernández had not been personally notified about the [...]

Jindal Abandoning Bolivia

17 July 2012 no comments

Jindal Steel Bolivia, a subsidiary of the giant multi-national Jindal Group of India, has announced it will be abandoning its share of the largest iron ore deposit in the world, El Mutún, and breaking off its contract with the Bolivian government after months of fractious dialogue. Jindal announced that it will be initiating international arbitration [...]

Morales Plans El Alto Gondola

16 July 2012 no comments

President Morales passed a law this Sunday to construct a gondola from La Paz to El Alto as part of La Paz’s 203rd anniversary. Morales asked for the cooperation of ground transport workers who have initiated strikes and roadblock when the government has attempted to improve transportation by building trains or subways in the past. [...]

Mentisan turns 75

11 July 2012 no comments

Mentisan was invented 75 years ago in Bolivia in 1937 and is now one of the few Bolivian products that is trusted and used worldwide.  Mentisan is a lip and skin balm with menthol, eucalyptus and other soothing properties known for its usefulness in fighting colds and respiratory issues. Mentisan is made by  Droguería INTI [...]

Government Agrees to Nationalize Mine, Not Prosecute Kidnappers, and Pay $1150 for Death

9 July 2012 no comments

Labor Minister, Daniel Santalla, has reached an agreement with the indigenous villagers of Mallku Q’ota whereby all of their demands will be met including the renunciation of a mining contract to the Canadian company South American Silver. The government also agreed not to press charges against anyone involved in the beating, kidnapping and hostage-holding of [...]

Respected Jesuit Albó Denounces Evo’s TIPNIS highway

6 July 2012 no comments

Respected Jesuit author and priest, Xavier Albó, said that the Morales government is using a strategy of deception and confrontation to wear down indigenous groups and validate his meeting with 45 supposed leaders of the area who agreed to a vote on building a highway through the TIPNIS national park. “It’s clear that when Morales [...]

5 Employees of Canadian Company Held Hostage

5 July 2012 no comments

A government commission is on its way to meet with villagers of Mallku Khota in Northern Potosi who are holding five employees of the Canadian company South American Silver. Two of the employees have been allowed to contact their families and have asked for medical aid because one has renal problems and the other has [...]

Government Excludes TIPNIS From Dialogue and Accord

4 July 2012 no comments

The Morales government has made an agreement with illegal colonists of the TIPNIS area to hold a referendum on whether to construct a highway through the national park. The IX TIPNIS marchers who walked all the way from their home near Beni were not invited to meet or dialogue with the government an have rejected [...]

Singer Luis Rico Urges Morales to Meet with TIPNIS

2 July 2012 no comments

The famous Bolivian folk singer Luis Rico gave a rare radio interview in which he urged President Morales to meet with the TIPNIS marchers. Rico read a “Humanitarian Entreaty” urging Morales to meet with the indigenous marchers andto  stop threatening to build a highway through their protected Amazonian homeland. He dedicated the song “Courage” to [...]

Aersosur Investors Struggle to Revive Airline

29 June 2012 no comments

The US investor Wiliam Petty will present a reformed plan to bring Aerosur out of bankruptcy tomorrow after the government rejects his first offer. “The government has given us new points to include in the planes. Tomorrow we’ll work hard but [Aerosur workers] should sleep easy, we will work through tomorrow to salvage the situation [...]

Bolivian Wines May Have Higher Antioxidants

10 June 2012 no comments

A study by a group of scientists from Tarija’s Universidad Juan Misael Saracho has shown that wines from this region have up to 10 times more resveratrol than common wines according to lead researcher Marco Taquichiri. These results have not yet been reproduced independently nor published in a peer reviewed journal. Resvertrol is an antioxidant [...]