History & Politics

Casa Grande del Pueblo

24 Sep, 2018 | Rose Cocks

Photos: Rose CocksControversy and art inside the new government buildingVisible from any point across the skyline of La Paz, Bolivia’s new presidential building, the Casa Grande del Pueblo, looms over...

Voices From a University Protest

23 Jul, 2018 | Rafaela Alford

Photos: Poppy KoronkaContradictory narratives between media, State and peopleThe sounds of shouts, horns and flares accompanying bustling crowds, road blocks and picket signs often greet daily commute...

Al-Azar

23 Jul, 2018 | Robyn Kate Pollard

Photos: Marion JoubertThe talent of amalgamating art and politicsA spacious workshop with a large window overlooking the mountains, home to an array of paints, brushes, oils, pencils and hundreds of b...

Happy Birthday, Mentisan!

23 May, 2018 | Niahm Elain

Images: Niahm ElainBolivia’s beloved balm is turning 80A tin of Mentisan is as common in a Bolivian household as a bible in a hotel room. The menthol ointment was invented here back in 1938, which is...

Portrait of Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz, a symbol of Bolivia’s fight for democracy

22 Nov, 2017 | Adriana Murillo

Illustration: Hugo L. CuellarIn the 1980s, during the dictatorships of Luis García Meza and Luis Arce Gómez, many important leaders and figures of Bolivian civil society were disappeared or assassinat...

Partido Obrero Revolucionario

22 Nov, 2017 | Charles Bladon

Photo: Adriana MurilloThe old guard of Bolivian TrotskyismSince 1825, there have been 88 governments in Bolivia, with an average of 2.2 years per government. Chronic political instability has become s...

Fifty Years After Che

22 Nov, 2017 | Matthew Grace

Photos: Adriana Murillo and Charles BladonGuevara’s Bolivian Legacy—and Its ContradictionsOn October 9, 1967, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, famed Marxist revolutionary, was executed by the Bolivian military...

Stepping Into the Spotlight

19 Jul, 2017 | Yasmin Rufo

Bolivia takes centre stage on the UN Security CouncilOn 7 April, the Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations, Sacha Llorenti Solíz, condemned the United States’ ‘unilateral attack’ on Syria during a...

Che Pantomime

29 Dec, 2016 | Angus Mcnelly

Illustration: Hugo L. CuellarThe sing-along story of the marxist guerrillaIn the auditorium of Bolivia’s Central Bank in La Paz, a cumbia star leads a sing-along to a pop song whilst children wave fla...

Ecology vs. Development

29 Dec, 2016 | Jet de Kort

Photo: Theresa EdwardsThe struggle over the dams in the Beni RiverOn a humid and sunny day I traveled back from Madidi National Park on a wooden boat to the town of Rurrenabaque. The muddy Beni River...

Eight Kilometres of Petty Diplomacy

28 Aug, 2016 | Jacob Klein

Illustration: Oscar ZallesThe legal battle over a riachueloAlong the southwestern reaches of Bolivia, in a desolate section of the Departamento de Potosí, a freshwater spring seeps to the surface of a...

Héroe Paceño

20 Jul, 2016 | Abigail Alves

Photo: Abigail AlvesJosé Antonio Saavedra Keeps Murillo’s Torch Burning‘You need a lot of strength to carry this torch.’Pitch black hair greased over, a moustache sharper than a cutting knife and an e...

Valle de La Luna

20 Jul, 2016 | Abigail Alves

Celebrating the Aymara New Year in La PazPhoto: Isabel IonShe lays out her coca leaves over page 10 of El Dia’s June issue seated by herself in La Paz’s entrance to Valle de La Luna. She’s donning a n...

Adventuring in the Amazon

22 Jun, 2016 | Sareena Kamath

Illustration: Mauricio WildeThe Curious Case of Colonel Fawcett and His Search for ZOften referred to as a real-life Indiana Jones, Percy Harrison Fawcett was no stranger to mystery and adventure. Bor...

Revolutionary Ktisch

28 Mar, 2016 | Hugh Ollard

Illustration: Nikolaus Cox - Flossie WildbloodJudging from his recent loss in Bolivia’s constitutional referendum, President Evo Morales’ belief in his popularity may not be in line with reality. Howe...