History & Politics

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...

Of Mines and Men

30 Nov, 2015 | Anna Grace & J.Q Cooley

A world without light: terrifying for all, unimaginable for most, a daily reality for the miners of Potosí. Inside the bocamina, there exists a darkness beyond the lack of sunlight. Workers face the t...

HOUSE OF THE PEOPLE

26 Aug, 2015 | Walker Adams

Will a new, 30-story government palace make room for Bolivia’s citizens?Inspired by the Tiwanaku, an ancient Andean civilization, Bolivian architects loaded the building’s design with cultural symboli...

E-GOVERNMENT AND EFFICIENCY

25 Jul, 2015 | Maxwell Popescu

Bolivia’s Bet to Bring Bureaucracy into the 21st CenturyAs computer and internet access becomes more widespread, governments across the world are turning to electronic government (e-government) in a b...

Bolivia and Barbie

28 May, 2015 | Eliza Wood

Klaus Barbie, a man who described himself as a ‘superman’ for being a member of the SS during the height of the Nazi occupation of France, was also described as a ‘savage’ by one of his torture victim...

Drunk and Wishing for Death

28 May, 2015 | Eliza Wood

ILLUSTRATION: OSCAR ZALLESEl cementerio de elefantes is a graveyard in Africa filled with the corpses and bones of elephants who go to die there when they know their life is about to end. ‘Elephant gr...

Forecasting the Future—Bolivian Politics in the Decades Ahead

22 Oct, 2014 | Wassim Cornet

Evo Morales is currently on track to become Bolivia’s longest-serving leader since the country gained independence in 1825. This unprecedented feat is telling of the lack of stability that has defined...

The National Revolution of 1952

25 Jul, 2014 | Sorcha Thomson

A Plea for Remembrance ‘To remember the past is to give the young people an understanding of our history, one they can use to change things in the present, and the future.’—Greta Maria, 32 When...

ESTADO PLURINACIONAL DE BOLIVIA

25 Jul, 2014 | INSKE GROENEN

Bolivian and Indigenous The European Union (EU) consists of 28 countries with 24 official languages and it has struggled since its inception to shape a cohesive European identity. In many of the 28...

LOS COLORADOS DE BOLIVIA

27 Mar, 2014 | Neil Suchak

If you walk around Plaza Murillo in the centre of La Paz, you will probably be struck by two things: the number of pigeons that inhabit the plaza and the presence of army officers clad in scarlet unif...

AGUA = GUERRA

27 Mar, 2014 | Alison Walsh

When water was worth fighting for In the year 2000, the streets of Cochabamba were turned into a battleground, as the city’s residents protested against the privatisation of their water supply, and...

NO MORE HEROES

27 Mar, 2014 | Alison Walsh

Eduardo Abaroa: Man and Myth In the centre of the main square of the Sopocachi district of La Paz there sits a man. Perched on top of his plinth, he is a Bolivian hero, a symbol of national pride an...

The Roots of the Andes

16 Jul, 2013 | Wilmer Machaca

In Bolivia, culture, civilization, and the Andean market economy revolve around the cultivation of the potato.  Photo: Juan Manuel Lobaton ‘All of the greatest cultures and civilizat...