Politics

THE TELEFÉRICO

28 Feb, 2014 | Alison Walsh

From El Alto to Zona Sur La Paz: a unique city, scrambling its way up slopes so steep that only a madman, you would think, could possibly imagine building anything here. And its transport problem...

THIS WAS KILOMETER ZERO

28 Feb, 2014 | Nia Haf

La Paz’s train station has been closed for passenger services since 1996. The abandoned building is now engulfed by the construction site of the city's new teleférico and yet there are clear remind...

El Gallo

21 Jan, 2014 | Finn O'Neill, Amaru Villanueva Rance

Bolivian Express talks to former President Jaime Paz Zamora to understand what the goalkeeper-turned-deacon-turned-politician got up to after retiring from public life. Former Bolivian Preside...

Revolutionary Spirit

16 Dec, 2013 | Amalie Mersh

The 10-year anniversary for Octubre Negro has recently passed—a dark mark reminding Bolivians that standing up for yourself can lead to great sacrifices. Talking to a journalist, a political analys...

Bolivian fight club

22 Aug, 2013 | Carlos Sánchez Navas & Caterina Stahl & Alexandra Melean & Amaru Villanueva Rance & Mila Araoz

From the highlands of Macha to the valleys of Torotoro, fighters from the region come together to celebrate the ceremony known as the ‘Tinku’, which in quechua means ‘encounter’. In this anthology...

The tribulations of being tribalised

21 Aug, 2013 | Danielle Carson

There’s something decidedly tribal about them. They are always armed, often with multiple weapons. They wear identically olive-green, seemingly bulletproof uniforms. They act instinctively. Like me...

Tradition Uprooted

16 Jul, 2013 | Danielle Carson

While consumers have become more and more conscious, producers are fighting to manifest this consciousness in the food they produce. Traditional production techniques are simple, and agriculture just...

SEEING THE CITY THROUGH A BALACLAVA

17 Jun, 2013 | Fliss Lloyd

Fliss Lloyd goes on a tour with Hormigón Armado to understand what the city looks like to a shoe shiner. Photo: Carlos Sanchez Navas It was an afternoon well spent when I decided to do  ...

Why Didn't the McChicken Cross the Road?

15 May, 2013 | Robert Noyes

McDonald’s shut its doors in Bolivia in 2002. Theories are conspiracies are abound for its demise and eventual departure. In the latest turn of events, other iconic US chains are knocking on the count...

EDITORIAL - Reinventing Progress

14 Mar, 2013 | Amaru Villanueva Rance

Things are quickly changing in Bolivia — some say for worse, some say for the better. But what does it mean for things to improve in the first place? This is precisely what’s currently being debate...

Under Construction - Democratisation in Bolivia

14 Mar, 2013 | Frans Robyns

With it’s latest Constitution, Bolivia has laid the foundations for a new era in its history. While civil society has undergone important transformations, democracy is still being developed. Phot...

The White Gold - Lithium

14 Mar, 2013 | Caroline Risacher

The need for alternative energy sources is increasingly becoming a worldwide priority. Oil and natural gas, on which we have become so reliant, are not sustainable sources. Efforts to change our ways,...

Out of the Closet, Into the Fire?

14 Mar, 2013 | Bolivian Express

Changes in Bolivian Laws signal some progress towards recognising sexual freedoms, though for gay rights to improve in practice, society must follow suit. Can culture hold the key for change?...

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 End of the World . . . As We Know It

02 Jan, 2013 | Caroline Risacher

How Bolivia Is Going to Survive the Apocalypse The world is going to end on December 21, 2012, the Maya warned us. According to their beliefs, on that date we will arrive at the end of the 5,125-yea...