Social issues

Shades Of Grey

25 Jul, 2015 | Fergus Morgan

Bolivia’s Market in Smuggled ElectronicsIn a world where Apple, Sony and Samsung are worshipped as deities, Bolivia is a God-forsaken place. There is a distinct dearth of certified dealers – Apple has...

JUNK DRAWER OR TREASURE CHEST?

25 Jul, 2015 | 7200.LineaRecta

The Feria 16 de Julio, held in El Alto every Thursday and Sunday, is one of the largest markets in Latin America, if not the world. Less than a single destination, it is more a cluster of neighborhood...

Faith and Football

29 Jun, 2015 | Rodrigo Barrenechea Gallardo

FRANCIS IS ARRIVINGPope Francis, in his last youth conferences in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, presented a motivational and enlightening message for the thousands of devoted young Catholics who had the opp...

Zombie Politics

29 Jun, 2015 | Laura Chitty

Nuclear Power and the PachamamaThe Bolivian government turned heads around the world in 2010 when it introduced a controversial and ground-breaking regulation called the ‘Law of Mother Earth’. It was...

Potential for Progress

29 Jun, 2015 | Kinjo Kiema

Bolivian Politics and LGBTQ Equality“Many people keep it in secrecy...the couples that want a job, to maintain their economic status, opt to hide their relationships.” - Julia, Mujeres Creando“Here in...

The Pope and the Popular Movement

29 Jun, 2015 | William Wroblewski

“I am not very Catholic,” says Simeón Jaliri, secretary general of the Bolivian Workers Central (COB by it’s Spanish acronym), the largest labor federation in Bolivia. “We go to church, but it’s more...

The Rise of the Past

29 Jun, 2015 | Laura Chitty

Bolivians Between Spiritual WorldsThe largest indigenous groups in Bolivia are the Aymaras and Quechuas. The former are mostly found in the vast plains of the altiplano region on the west of Bolivia,...

Taking a Trip

29 Jun, 2015 | Kinjo Kiema

Ayahuasca and Spiritual Tourism Flourish in BoliviaTripAdvisor ranks an Ayahuasca ceremony as one of the top ten things to do in La Paz. So it’s not surprising to learn that many people come to Bolivi...

Don Teo

28 May, 2015 | Sharoll Fernandez

PHOTO: ALEXANDRA MELEAN A.Don Teo has worked for the URME clilnic before it even was an actual clinic. He was first hired to take care of the building while the last construction details were being ma...

La Playa en la Selva

28 May, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

PHOTO: FINN JUBAKThe Playa Turquesa website shows a slim, bikini-clad blonde lady, reclining on white sand with clear water and sailingboats in the background—what looks like a fancy Mediterranean pac...

Born in Bolivia

28 May, 2015 | Emily Gray

PHOTO: NICK SOMERSThe topic of adoption in Bolivia holds a special place in the lives of two former BX interns: Catey and Christof. Both of them were adopted as infants from Bolivian orphanages and ra...

Mennonite Community

28 May, 2015 | Emily Cashen

PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS, THIS IS NATAHANIEL, TREY RATCLIFFReligion is a topic that has often graced the pages of the Bolivian Express, be it from examining the country's dwindling Jewish population to...

Familia Galán

28 May, 2015 | Emily Cashen

PHOTO: K-OS GALÁNWith the twirling skirts of the Kulluwada dancers, the booming backdrop of constant live music and the mile-long water fights along El Prado, Carnival in La Paz is always a vibrant af...

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...