Friday, December 19, 2008

Weekend Reading

Finding Common Ground in Crisis: Social Movements in South America and US
Ben Dangl

People in the US seeking ways to confront the economic crisis could follow the lead of South American social movements. From Argentina to Venezuela, many movements have won victories against the same systems of corporate greed and political corruption that produce economic strife across the hemisphere. These movements also have experience holding politicians' feet to the flames once they are elected, a tactic that will be essential once Barack Obama takes office.

A connection between activist strategies in the north and south emerged earlier this month when over 200 laid-off workers from Chicago's Republic Windows and Doors factory occupied their plant, demanding the severance and vacation pay owed to them.

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Morales Remakes Bolivia
Alexander van Schaick

LA PAZ, Bolivia — On Oct. 21, Bolivian President Evo Morales approved a law convoking a national vote on a new constitution in front of thousands of supporters in the capital La Paz. Seconds later, Morales seemed close to tears as he addressed the crowd and celebrated the passage of the document designed to empower Bolivia’s indigenous majority.

The proposed constitution, which analysts expect to be ratified by a wide margin on Jan. 25, 2009, will be one of Morales’ most important achievements since he became president in 2005. After 10 months of political wrangling — that culminated in 18 hours of nonstop congressional negotiations — the four major parties in Bolivia’s Congress finally agreed on the proposed constitution that morning.

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boliviaopen said...

system crossed, ...... in spite of your little ideas, since you only rewrite what Evo-Chávez says, I let know you that this Government of Evo-Chávez is resulatdo to be but corrupt and the coruptor one of people and institutions, looks for htpp//:

Bina said...

Wow. That was not only fascist, it was barely literate. I can tell this troll hasn't benefited from "Yo Sí Puedo"!

Anonymous said...

Wow...I find it remarkable that people with so little familiarity about Bolivia, Bolivian history and the evolution of the current Constitution are so quick to praise Evo.

Indigenous groups have had equal rights since 1952 and the only improvement in Evo's constitution is to give them "special" rights such as being able to veto the will of the majority. The Leco community, who number about 20 to 30 individuals, for example can nullify the designation of Madidi as a national park and give a greenlight to clear cutting. Similarly, in Achcachi, they can burn people alive and no legal Bolivian entity can go in there an investigate if this was justified...these things are happening as we speak.

I really question the "social function" of this blog, so this means that everything within it should be property of all Bolivians (including the advert revenues the writer collects) and let's hope he is not a foreigner, because as we all know, Evo is kicking out of Bolivia any foreigner that participates in any sort of political activity

El Duderino said...

I also find it remarkable how people who have clearly never read the proposed constitution are so quick to claim it says this or that.