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South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears

(AP) — South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus. Some of Brazil’s hardest hit cities, including the jungle metropolis Manaus...

Opinion: Latin America’s upheaval tips towards chaos

At first glance, the protests in Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and most recently Colombia seem to have much in common. They were largely peaceful demonstrations, with occasional instances of violence and vandalism and security forces suppressing any mayhem with an iron fist. The protests have also...

Bolivia: ‘Overwhelming’ evidence of vote rigging

In its final report released on Wednesday, the Organization of American States (OAS) published details of "deliberate" and "malicious" tactics to rig Bolivia's October election in favor of former President Evo Morales. "The audit team detected malicious manipulation of the elections," the OAS said in...

Mexican President says Bolivia’s leader Morales was a ‘victim of a coup’

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday that former Bolivian leader Evo Morales was the "victim of a coup d'etat" and described him as "our brother." Lopez Obrador made the declaration as he celebrated his first year in office with a speech to crowds of supporters in...

Now Evo Morales is out, Bolivia’s celebrated ‘plurinational revolution’ has an uncertain future

Just over a decade ago in late January 2009, I was standing in front of the Palacio Quemado, the government headquarters in the heart of the Bolivian administrative capital La Paz, amid a crowd of euphoric Bolivians. A quilt of national tricolor flags and multicolor...

Bolivia approves new elections excluding Evo Morales

Bolivian lawmakers on Saturday approved a bill that allows for new elections and annuls the results of the October 20 election. Interim President Jeanine Anez, a former senator and opponent of Morales, still needs to sign the bill so it can go into effect, and the...

Bolivia: Thousands March in Response to Cochabamba Massacre

Bolivian security forces set up roadblocks across Cochabamba on Monday as mass demonstrations are taking place against the brutal attacks carried out against the people last week. Three marches entered the city of Cochabamba, chanting for justice and the end of this de-facto government that...

Evo Morales Says the U.S. Offered Him Plane to Leave Bolivia

(Reuters) - Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said in an interview with Reuters in Mexico City on Friday that the United States had offered a plane to get him out of Bolivia. Morales resigned under pressure earlier this week and fled Bolivia after protests and...

Evo Morales: indigenous leader who changed Bolivia but stayed too long

The meteoric political journey of Evo Morales came to an end – for now, at least – right where it started: in a steamy, jungle region of central Bolivia. It was in El Chapare that Morales cut his teeth in the 1980s, helping organize his...

Bolivia Interim president bars Morales from new elections

Bolivia's interim president said on Thursday the country's former leader, Evo Morales, cannot run in any prospective elections. Jeanine Anez, a Senate deputy leader who claimed the presidency earlier this week, told a news conference: "Evo Morales does not qualify to run for a fourth...

Evo Morales Calls It Quits, Bolivians Celebrate

Evo Morales will be granted asylum in Mexico after the former Bolivian president made a request to live in the country, a top official confirmed Monday. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters: "Several minutes ago I received a phone call from Evo Morales in which...

Opinion: Evo Morales’ time is up in Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales has failed to understand the political crisis that his country is going through — which is somewhat surprising for a person who has been in power since 2006. Not only has he not understood that his image throughout these almost...

Bolivia protests: Student dies after violent clashes

A student was killed as civil unrest continued on the streets of Bolivia on Wednesday. Pressure on President Evo Morales to resign over opposition accusations of corruption related to his recent reelection is increasing. The 20-year-old student died following violent clashes between pro- and anti-government...

Bolivia: political opponets clash leave dozens wounded

Rival political rallies of supporters and opponents of Bolivian President Evo Morales ended in clashes on Monday, leaving dozens injured. The unrest came in the wake of a contested presidential election that was marred by irregularities and saw Morales claim victory over his opponent,...

EU, US, Colombia Callls For Bolivia Election Runoff Vote

The European Union backed calls from election observers for a runoff election in Bolivia's controversial presidential election on Thursday, following days of protests and allegations of vote-rigging. "The European Union shares the assessment that the best option would be to make a runoff to...

Morales Claims Victory in Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales has won the presidency after obtaining 46.9% of the votes against 36.7% from right-wing main opposition candidate Carlos Mesa. Morales claimed victory on Sunday night saying that “most importantly, we again have an absolute majority in the chambers of Deputies and...

The Latin American left isn’t dead yet

Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay will all hold presidential elections in October. And, for now, leftists are strong contenders in all three countries. This is a somewhat unexpected development. Beginning in 2015, conservatives toppled major leftist strongholds, including in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The socially progressive...

Elections in Argentina And Bolivia: Another Socialist Disaster

Once again, Latin America is brimming with socialism. There are elections in Bolivia and Argentina this month, and in both countries, it is almost certain that the left will win. It is also almost certain that in both countries, an economic crisis that will...

Consensus coming closer on taxing digital economy

(BNamericas) Nearly 130 countries have agreed on a global roadmap proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could lead to an international consensus to level out the taxation of internet giants by the end of 2020. The 129 members of OECD’s...

“Tolerable Dictatorships”

ANDRES OPPENHEIMER - While Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis is drawing well-deserved international attention, there is another phenomenon that should ring alarm bells everywhere: the proliferation of what many in Washington see as “tolerable dictatorships.” That’s the first thing that crossed my mind recently when Organization of...

Bolivian music schools offers kids a way out

In 1972, a German architect found 17th century musical scores while renovating a mission church in eastern Bolivia. These days music schools are booming in the eastern lowlands, providing a better future for children. Playing for their future The school Paz y Bien is run by...

Latin America Showcases the Desperate Need for Term Limits

In 2010, Alvaro Uribe’s two terms as president of Colombia were drawing to a close. Uribe had won two decisive presidential contests, without the backing of a major political party. Rather than running with the Liberal or Conservative parties, he formed his own party,...

Latin American Leaders Travel to New York For 73rd UN General Assembly Debate

World leaders have started arriving in New York to participate in the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The official theme for 2018 is Making the U.N. relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies. Two...

Bolivian president says U.S. is real global threat, not Venezuela

Bolivia President Evo Morales said on his Twitter account, that "the U.S. is the real threat to humankind," responding to Senator Marco Rubio's talk of using the U.S. Armed Forces against the Venezuelan Government as it "has become a threat for the region and...

Bolivia invites India to develop lithium reserves, essential for electric vehicles and smart phones

Bolivia, known to have the largest reserves of lithium, has offered the metal –used in making batteries of electric vehicles, laptops and smart phones– to India. Ambassador to India, Sergio Dario Arispe Barrientos, said Bolivia has the largest deposit of Lithium and India could...

Bolivian President Evo Morales Warns of Plan ‘to Invade Venezuela’ by US, OAS

Bolivian President Evo Morales said Sunday that the United States and the Organization of American States are implementing a plan with the purpose of defeating the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. "Before the elections they will carry out violent actions supported by the media and after...

Hack of Bolivian Senate Twitter Account Publishes Death Of Evo Morales

The Twitter account of the Senate of Bolivia was hacked on Tuesday, May 8, for a brief period of time, minutes in which a statement was published that lamented the death of President Evo Morales. The news, of course, was false, fake news. Morales was alive...

Evo Morales Makes A Quick Exit From Costa Rica After Impromptu Protests Against Him

UPDATED: May 9. It appears the quick exit by Evo Morales from Costa Rica on Tuesday was not related to the crowds mobbing is vehicle in front of the Teatro Nacional, rather, at the same time the Bolivian Senate confirming a hack of its...

Make Latin America Great Again!

By Colin - I first visited Latin America in 2007 and moved here in 2008. I think it’s great. But not everybody thinks so. They might think Mexico or Brazil are great, or Peru or Argentina. But nobody thinks Uruguay is great. Nobody thinks Ecuador...

Why Latin America Has No Serious Separatist Movements

(The Economist) LATIN AMERICA is linked to Spain and Portugal by language, culture and ancestry as well as by investment and the shared project of democracy. So it is not surprising that Latin Americans have been gripped by the conflict over Catalonia’s future. Se...

Switzerland to Take Part in Bi-Oceanic Train Route Through 5 South American Countries

Switzerland has officially joined the bi-oceanic train project that will connect five South American countries as well as the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans by as soon as 2024. On December 14, President of Bolivia Evo Morales and Minister of Public Works Milton Claros will travel...

‘US Champion of Dirty Wars and Interventionism’: Evo Morales on JFK Files

Bolivian President Evo Morales said the United States is the “champion of dirty wars and interventionism,” Saturday in response to the JFK files recently published detailing some CIA and FBI operations. Following the release of the documents, Morales denounced the U.S. record of military interventions,...

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