History & Politics

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...

Mujeres creando

14 Aug, 2012 | Eleanor Warnick

Bolivian anarcho-feminism Maria Galindo is instantly recognizable. With her long, black, lank hair, shaved on one side, and her piercing, kohllined eyes, she’s an icon of Bolivian feminism. S...

Brickfast

01 Nov, 2011 | Gabriel Kumontoy

Bricks are being laid fast here in Bolivia. They are also being feasted upon. Just as fast by the Pachamama. Their interiors, contrary to their gaudy exteriors have bare-naked walls devoid of pr...

Things you didn't know about coca

07 Oct, 2011 | Maeva Gonzalez

The coca leaf, discovered 3000 years ago by the Incas, is still cause for both pride and controversy. Eduardo Lopez Zavala, the director of the movie Inal Mama (see BX Issue 6) understands it as a s...