Tag: bolivia

Sex work: not prohibited, not permitted

Criminalization sets a context in which the range of human rights violations experienced by sex workers is validated. Cross-movement collaboration on decriminalizing sex work is needed, now, more than ever.

In mid-November, I attended a RedTraSex meeting to review “Advances, challenges and strategies of the RedTraSex: strengthening sustainability and advancing the recognition of our rights.” RedTraSex is the Red de Mujeres Trabajadoras Sexuales de Latinamérica y el Caribe (Network of Sex Workers of Latin America and the Caribbean.) RedTraSex, on the cusp of celebrating its 20th anniversary, is made up of organizations from fifteen countries – Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Dominican Republic.

Bolivia: an efficaciously prudent economy

Bolivia drives in its own lane, with a GDP growth this year above 4.5%. At a time when the world economy is contracting, with unfavourable winds, the Andean country is sustaining its growth. Why? The reason is very simple. Evo Morales never trusted the cycles of the world economy.

From the beginning of his mandate in 2006, Bolivia built its own economic order. By no means an autarchic one, nor disconnected from the world. On the contrary: an economic model connected to the outside, but in a sovereign and intelligent way. The first step was the nationalization of hydrocarbons, which was fundamental in order to erect their own house. Socially just and economically efficacious. Thus they have broken the myth that any nationalization reduces the capacity for growth. Bolivia quadrupled its nominal GDP in this period. And it continues along its long growth cycle in spite of the international context.

Bolivian General Who Captured Che Guevara Denounces Trial Fueled by “Vengeance”

Retired General Gary Prado Salmón captured the legendary leftist guerrilla rebel Ernesto “Che” Guevara 49 years ago.
He stands trial for terrorism after a confusing episode in 2009 when the police defused a plot to allegedly overthrow the Bolivian government — accusations that he claims are a way to avenge the downfall of Guevara.

“They have created a myth around him,” Salmon said. “Who will you blame? I am one of the few survivors of that time, and they have no one else to blame for that.”

Bolivian Miners Take Policemen Hostage amid Protests against Forced Unionization

Clashes Between Police and Miners Leave Dozens Arrested, Wounded

Clashes between police and miners in Bolivia left dozens arrested and two wounded Wednesday, August 10, as well as several officers being taken hostage.

The miners said they wanted the government to retract imposed regulations on the operation of cooperatives requiring the creation of unions, as mining companies work with thousands of contract workers.

Tensions Rise Between Bolivia and Chile after U.S. Military Carries Out Exercises on the Border

Evo Morales Takes to Twitter to Accuse US and Chile of Carrying Out Military Operations.

President of Bolivia Evo Morales used his Twitter account this week to denounce the “joint military maneuvers between Chile and the USA” bordering his country.

The conflict and tension between the two countries has increased this year, mostly originating from Bolivia’s claim to a passage to the sea.

Morales has claimed Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca received poor treatment when he visited Chilean ports and the Silala River.