Ok, this post is way late and late on Simon Romero's latest reporting of Bolivia. But as BoRev points out, me and Simon must be as equally fond of tardiness (and Peruvian steaks!), but I'm no New York Times staff reporter. However we are not as equally fond of bullshit. So let's discuss just how big an asshole Simon can make himself into.
I really thought Bolivia had hurt Simon's feelings and he had thrown in the towel on the country after he resorted to plagiarizing this crappy blog and was forced to admit that his favorite democratic opposition in Santa Cruz are actually a bunch of fascists.
But Simon came back, drooling at how much money his buddies could make off Bolivia's lithium deposits if only those crazy Indians living there would just disappear. My favorite part is when he calls corporate tool and mass murderer Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada a "nationalist". But Simon is far from alone in saying wacky shit about Bolivia's lithium "wealth". Anyways here is a voice Simon just forgot to mention while peddling the next "green solution" to Detroit's shitty cars. Bolivian Mining Minister Luis Alberto Echazu:
"It is also going to generate pollution, not just from fossil fuels but also from lithium plants, which produce sulphur dioxide. This isn't a magic solution.... The capitalist leaders have to change. If all the world had consumers like North America, everyone with a car, [the global biosphere] would grind to a halt."
How about that fatty? Get out of your fucking car and walk or take the bus somewhere for once.
But moving on, Simon is not just a lazy, stupid, corporate whore journalist, he also writes fairly racist shit about Bolivia's indigenous peoples as demonstrated in his piece on the new constitution, frankly the worst English language reporting done on the text's approval January 25. According to Simon:
Evo is not really indigenous because he is not fluent in both Aymara and Quechua, right, just like the majority of all those supposed "Hopi" and "Navajo" "Native Americans" in the US. Let's take their Reservations! Those fakers!
And this constitution which eminently respected Anthropologist Xavier Albó says advances indigenous social and political inclusion is just plain crazy as clearly "Some Bolivians who read the entire Constitution came away with other impressions." Naturally by this Simon means Cornell Literature Professor Paz Soldán, a US educated Bolivian-American.
Ending the article; recognizing Bolivia's 36 indigenous nations is like a "Chinese encyclopedia’s attempt to divide fauna into myriad nonsensical categories." Because treating other peoples like equal human beings is sooo chinesey and difficult to think about, better to just forget this democracy stuff altogether, “The mind-boggling text may have the ratification of the majority but it might not be the recipe for a viable country.”
Yeah, it is pretty well established that Simon Romero is an asshole and ought to be fired, but hey it's the New York Times so whatever. They'll be bankrupt in six months awayways.