Monday, June 18, 2007

Remnants of January 11th

I´ll provide a future description. But for now, for an account of the violent political melee that occurred January 11th in Cochabamba see this report by the Andean Information Network.













Cochabamba

If there is one thing all Bolivians are united behind right now it is opposition to the FIFA decision to prohibit play in high altitude zones.

Demonstration for Indigenous Autonomy



Who says indigenismo doesn´t cross the color barrier?

La Paz











Thursday, June 07, 2007

Back in La Paz

I am back in Bolivia, currently La Paz. Everything is pretty much as I remember it, except they are building a new (and needed!) walk way over the main boulevard. Spending most of my first day back reading, drinking coffee, and adjusting back to 10,000 feet. I am amazed at how well I know this city now, like its going no place special at all.

CA Approves Five Articles

(They did something!) Yesterday two commisions of the Constituent Assembly apporved five articles (source: La Razon)

TIERRA Y TERRITORIO (Land and Territory)

Art. 1 • ´Los Recursos Naturales son de dominio y propiedad directa e indivisible del pueblo boliviano. Corresponde al Estado su administración reconociendo, respetando y otorgando derechos propietarios individuales y colectivos sobre la tierra, así como derechos de uso y aprovechamiento con participación social sobre otros recursos naturales conforme a ley.

Personal Tanslation:

Art. 1 Natural Resources are the indivisable domain and direct property of the Bolivian people. Correspondingly, the state administration recognize, respect, and garentee property rights, individual and collective, over the land as well as rights of use and enjoyment with social participation over other natural recources conforming to law.


VISIÓN DE PAÍS (Vision of the Country)

Art. 1 • ´Bolivia es un Estado Unitario Plurinacional Comunitario, libre, independiente, soberano, democrático, social, descentralizado y con autonomías territoriales, se funda en la pluralidad y el pluralismo político, económico, jurídico, cultural y lingüístico´.

tans:

Art. 1 Bolivia is a unitary state communitarian plurinational, free, independant, soveriegn, democratic, social, decentralized, and with autonomous territories, based in political, economic, judicial, cultural, and liguistic plurality and pluralism.


Art. 2 • ´Está sustentada en los valores de unidad, solidaridad, reciprocidad, complementariedad, armonía, equilibrio... y bienes sociales para vivir bien´.

trans:

Art. 2 The state is to be sustained in the values of unity, solidarity, reciporcity, complimentarity, harmony, equality... and social goods to live well.


Religión • ´Bolivia es un Estado Laico, que respeta y garantiza el pluralismo religioso, la libertad de culto y el ejercicio de las prácticas espirituales sustentadas en la diversidad de las cosmovisiones´.

trans:

Religion: Bolivia is a secular state that respects and garentees religious pluralism, liberty of culture and the excercise of spiritual practices sustained in the diversity of comsovisions.


Principios • ´El Estado asume y promueve como principios éticos-morales de la sociedad plural: ama sua, ama llulla, ama qhella, nitaq sapa ..., Sumaj Qamaña (vivir bien)´.

trans:

Principles: The state assumes and promotes as ethical-moral priciples of the plural society: ama sua (do not steal), ama llulla (do not lie), ama qhella (do not be lazy), nitaq sapa (?)..., Sumaj Qamaña (vivir bien) (to live well, i.e. live sustainably)