Social issues

BOLIVIA’S BIBLIOTECA DEL BICENTENARIO

26 Sep, 2014 | Christy Callaway-Gale

Bolivia celebrates 200 years of independence in literary style. But is the government simply choosing a selection of greatest works or forming a campaign to shape a nation? Pride and Prejudice, Jane...

DEMOCRACY: BOLIVIAN STYLE

26 Sep, 2014 | Christy Callaway-Gale

Morales goes for his third electoral campaign but is it legitimate? How do you go about defining democracy? If you’re about to host a dinner party, look away now. Some might say it’s government b...

A SONG FOR A VOTE

26 Sep, 2014 | Christy Callaway-Gale

From theme tunes to advertisements, music plays an integral part in the media, but what role does it have in political elections campaigns? If you want to get a message stuck in people’s heads, a so...

#MACHISTAS FUERA DE LAS LISTAS

26 Sep, 2014 | Valeria Wilde

Chauvinistic acts have recently made headlines across Bolivia. This is true across all sectors of society: from insecurity on the streets running to the very highest of political spheres. From sexist...

CREATING WOMEN

19 Aug, 2014 | Niamh Mcintyre

It is almost impossible to spend time in La Paz without encountering the work of Mujeres Creando. Even if you don’t go out of your way to visit their headquarters in La Virgen de los Deseos or if y...

BIENVENIDO A RIBERALTA

19 Aug, 2014 | Shirin Vetry

A short story about a boy from La Paz going to the Amazon for the first time This is my country, he thought. Spend two hours on a plane and the outside world shifts from cement towers and alpaca swe...

TIME DIFFERENCE

19 Aug, 2014 | Niamh Mcintyre

“The clock is just one part of a whole conjunction of themes. If you only see the clock going backwards you're not seeing anything.” At midnight on the 21st of June this year, Bolivians witnesse...

CHILD LABOUR

19 Aug, 2014 | Giselle Storm Hyam

A different sort of reality? On Tuesday the 15th of July, surrounded by hundreds of children, Vice President Álvaro García Linera signed new legislation making Bolivia the nation with the world’s...

FACTORIES IN EL ALTO

19 Aug, 2014 | Lulu Shooter

CONSTRUCTING ALTERNATIVE WONDERLANDS El Alto is one of the fastest growing city in Bolivia in terms of population, architecture and ideas. Lulu Shooter discovers that there’s more to life within the...

EL CEMENTERIO

19 Aug, 2014 | Lulu Shooter

A short story by Lulu Shooter fusing Andean legends and English West Country roots. Is the grass always greener in your imagination? ‘You’re doing it wrong, María!’ ‘This is exactly right, estú...

BUILDING WONDERLAND

19 Aug, 2014 | Christy Callaway-Gale

Bolivian Express investigates El Alto`s revolutionary computing plant Engineers in white lab coats, students in crisp Quipus shirts and new laptops, fresh from the Quipus computing plant: this wa...

RAZZLE DAZZLE ’EM

25 Jul, 2014 | ALEXANDRA VILLARREAL

Bolivian Drag Queens Dance to their own Beat Imagine: it's the 1980s in the U.S.A. Ronald Reagan is president, and homophobia is rampant across the country. There’s no Honey Boo Boo to sass her w...

The Islamic Republic of Bolivia

25 Jul, 2014 | Sorcha Thomson

In his 2010 visit to Iran, Evo Morales asserted that Bolivia and the Islamic Republic share an ‘identical revolutionary conscience’, aimed at fighting imperialism and injustice in the world. Bolivia’s...

NEW MULTICULTURALISM IN BOLIVIA?

25 Jul, 2014 | OLLIE VARGAS

Since the social struggles of the early 2000s and the election of Evo Morales, Bolivian identity has taken on a new importance. For the first time, the State has sought to recognise and incorpora...

The white spots of the Evo-lucion

04 Jul, 2014 | Katharina von Sohlern

Katharina von Sohlern examines recent disputes within Bolivia’s Armed Forces to understand some of the pending reforms missing from Evo Morales’ administration There’s no doubt about it, Evo Mora...