History & Politics

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...

Bandidos Yanquis

25 Feb, 2016 | Oliwia Rogala

What really happened to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the last moments of their lives?One of the biggest movie hits in 1969 was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starring Paul Newman and Robe...

History in Hats

13 Jan, 2016 | Nikolaus Cox

Six Key Points of Bolivian History told by Six Key HatsIllustations: Nikolaus CoxHistory can be told in many ways: through stories, photos, and even hats. A hat can speak fathoms about the head it cov...

Not on my watch

13 Jan, 2016 | Anna Grace

Bolivia’s Attempt to Shed its Colonial PastTime: the universal truth, a constant system across nations. Definite, concrete, unquestionable?The wrist watch I am wearing begs to differ. It has a black l...

A Pacific People

30 Nov, 2015 | Nikolaus Hochstein Cox

Photo Credit: Nikolaus Hochstein CoxThe Bolivian Navy and the Light of Hope‘We don't need a sea and we don't need a navy’, my bartender assures me. ‘The bid for access to the Pacific is ancient h...