Social issues

#VIRTUAL CAMPAIGNING

26 Sep, 2014 | Shirin Vetry

Campaigning in Bolivia has now entered a whole new dimension for political action and advertising The motacú plant fell on to the open field. Within moments, the men from the Miraflores community...

THE STREET ART OF LA PAZ

26 Sep, 2014 | Nikola Maksimovic

The Artistic Battleground for Political and Societal Expression Very few of La Paz’s walls, doors and highways have escaped the touch of the spray can and brush; graffiti tags, murals and poli...

ELECTION CATWALK

26 Sep, 2014 | Christy Callaway-Gale and Malhar Mahurkar

The red carpet is out, the spotlights are set and the playlist, featuring the teleférico anthem and the commissioned Quipus rap, is ready for this October’s long-awaited election catwalk. Drummed into...

AGAINST THE EMPIRE

26 Sep, 2014 | Malhar Mahurkar

Bolivian President Evo Morales has refused to toe the USA’s line since he came into power, and has clashed with the ‘land of the free’ in several high-profile incidents, including expelling the Drug E...

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...