Social issues

The Chicken Jugglers

21 Jan, 2014 | Amalie Mersh

La Paz’s most loved feathered family. 'They are here on Thursdays and Fridays' was the first thing we were told. Then we got: 'No, they aren’t here today. They only work from the 1st to the 15th...

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...

Salud, Seco!

07 Dec, 2013 | John Downes & Amaru Villanueva Rance

John Downes roams the streets and bars of the country in a quest to discover Bolivia’s most traditional tragos Singani: WHAT: Singani is Bolivia's national drink. It is made using Muscat...

FAKE TALES OF PLAZA SAN FRANSISCO

20 Oct, 2013 | John Downes

John Downes dives into Bolivia’s counterfeit clothing market The fact that Bolivia has a word to describe anything fake or knock-off ('trucho' or 'trucha') goes some way towards explaining the p...

DO NOT PASS GO - Do not collect two hundred bolivianos

24 Sep, 2013 | Sophia Vahdati

Sophia Vahdati visits San Pedro prison to learn that the games of life played by inmates are not all that different to those played on the outside Describing all this now makes...

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...

Dwindling Diaspora

21 Aug, 2013 | May Woods

The number of Jews settled in Bolivia is declining, yet thousands of young Israelis continue to visit the country every year.In a tribal sense, I have always felt rather anonymous. I don’t belong t...

Lost and Found

16 Jul, 2013 | Caterina Stahl

Caterina Stahl was abandoned twenty-one years ago in Oruro, Bolivia, as an infant. Adopted by parents from the United States, she has lived there her entire life. She returns to revisit places only kn...

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...

From the Great Wall to the Andes

16 Jul, 2013 | Maricielo J. Solis

Setting Down Oriental Roots in the Andes Photo: Michael Dunn Caceres What does it mean to be Bolivian? Does it require listening to Morenadas , eating salteñas; and drinking Paceña ?...

Resemblance

16 Jul, 2013 | Ryle Lagonsin

Travelling 20,000 km from the Philippines, Ryle Lagonsin arrives in Bolivia to find chilling parallels between the countries’ regionalism and identity crises. Can either set of nations disentangle the...

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE HUMAN PHONEBOX

15 Jun, 2013 | Amaru Villanueva Rance

Originally written in 2008, this piece documented the gradual decline of a once-popular occupation: that of the chalequero. Their work consisted in providing phone calls (by the minute) to passersby w...

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...

A Healing Conundrum

17 Apr, 2013 | Robert Noyes

The government claims traditional medicine is predominant in Bolivia while a research institute denounces the eradication of these practices. Robert Noyes sets out to weigh up the evidence. Pho...

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...