Social issues

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...

LA ALTURA: BOLIVIA´S 12TH PLAYER ON THE PITCH?

25 Jun, 2014 | Tommy Walters

As Club Bolívar take on San Lorenzo for the semi-finals of the Copa de Libertadores on 30th July, the longstanding question of an apparent 'altitude advantage' is yet again brought to the surface....

SETTLING THE SPORT

25 Jun, 2014 | Tommy Walters

The struggle for Women's football to be recognised in Bolivia Football is an integral part of Bolivian society, and this goes just as much for women’s football as it does for men’s. Festival tournam...

HUARIKASAYA KALATAKAYA

25 Jun, 2014 | Valeria Wilde

Sitting in the living room of the Bolivian Express house, I am surrounded by Bolivaristas. Worried that this issue will be disproportionately contaminated by white and light blue, I feel a certain...

FUTSAL: THE MINIATURE VERSION OF FOOTBALL

25 Jun, 2014 | Ollie Vargas

Bolivia is known for not qualifying for the FIFA World Cup since 1994, when it was eliminated in the group stage. The country is far better known in the world of futsal, or indoor football, coming...

LOS SIETE LIGAS: BOLIVIA´S UNOFFICIAL PROFESSIONALS

25 Jun, 2014 | Leo Nelson-Jones

Bolivia, and especially La Paz, is home to a unique and vibrant setup of footballing leagues. Neither entirely professional nor fully amateur, these informal but well-organised competitions have given...

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

25 Jun, 2014 | Inske Groenen

The importance of football in Bolivia is in no way proportional to the country’s achievements in the sport throughout history. Despite being a country that only holds a single Copa América title and h...

A MINING OLIGARCH IN FOOTBALL

25 Jun, 2014 | Inske Groenen

Earth's riches join the game The big pyramid-shaped mountain overlooking Potosí has always had its power over the city. The silver coming from this Cerro Rico –rich hill– once brought unbelievabl...

BECKHAM FOR BOLÍVAR

25 Jun, 2014 | Alex Walker

It was rumoured in May that David Beckham might emerge from his footballing retirement for Bolívar’s Copa Libertadores semi-final. With the club’s reigning oligarch Marcelo Claure later dismissing thi...

CUMBIA CHICHA

22 May, 2014 | Wilmer Machaca

Wilmer Machaca explains the social significance of one of the most popular (yet marginalised) musical styles in the country. Cumbia is very popular in Latin America: originally from Colombia, vir...

AFTER LAUGHTER

22 May, 2014 | Mila Araoz

For the Clown Association of La Paz, the Show Goes on in the Unlikeliest of Places With additional research by Luis Velasco Schmiedl The bar El Acuario is hidden deep amongst the busy, traffic-...

LOCKED UP

21 May, 2014 | Shanti Das

Life Continues Inside the Women’s Prison of Obrajes Her name in English means ‘hope’—ironic and perhaps understandable, then, that her eyes betray her as lacking in her namesake. Nestled betwee...