History & Politics

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...

Rainbow Nation?

14 Mar, 2013 | Carlos (Kaamil) Shah

Bolivia is now officially Plurinational, has South America’s first indigenous President, and is developing in unexpected ways. But with a racial past as murky as Bolivia’s, can the country overcome it...

The forgotten towers

20 Nov, 2012 | Niall Flynn

The Forgotten Towers The man presents me with a theory - a theory supported by many historians - that the intriguing funerary towers along which we are standing in an open ravine are, in fact, much...

Vidas y Muertes

18 Nov, 2012 | Martha Watmough

‘Para morir no se precisa más que estar vivo' 'All it takes to die is being alive' says one of the characters in Borges’ story Man on the Pink Corner. Martha Watmough set out to investigate the deat...

Migrate and Conquer

04 Nov, 2012 | Ashley Lloyd Cooke

A colonial tale of Bolivia’s original migrant population It is a well-known story. In 1492, the forty-one-year-old Christopher Columbus, a then unknown Genoan sailor, convinced King Ferdinand and...

The Butcher of Bolivia

04 Nov, 2012 | Laetitia Grevers

After WWII, the infamous Nazi Klaus Barbie found sanctuary in Bolivia, where he influenced national politics, helped overthrow a democratic government, and profited from the drug trade Again, the...

Political femicide

14 Aug, 2012 | Rosanna Butters

Targets of gender-based violence gain legal protection On 13 March 2012, the body of councillor Juana Quispe was found near the Orkojahuira River in La Paz, seeming to have been strangled by a be...

Bolivia’s women warriors

14 Aug, 2012 | Alice Ayling

Submission, discipline and dedication! There is a strong tradition of powerful, militant women throughout the history of Bolivia. In times of conflict the fairer sex often took up position next t...