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  • Leading Bolivian activist, Oscar Olivera joins us in our firehouse studio to talk about the ongoing struggle over water in Cochabama and the successful fight against the privatization of water by Bechtel six years ago. Olivera says, "If that uprising in 2000 had not ended in a popular victory, Evo Morales today would not be the president." [includes rush transcript]
    October 05, 2006 | Story
  • In Bolivia, union leader Evo Morales has claimed a stunning victory in Sunday’s presidential elections. Exit polls show Morales won just over 50% of the vote–giving him the greatest political mandate that any Bolivian president has had in decades. Morales would become the country’s first indigenous head of state. He has vowed to increase state controls over Bolivia’s key gas resources and to protect coca plantations. We...
    December 19, 2005 | Story
  • The head of Bolivia’s Supreme Court, Eduardo Rodriguez, was sworn in as president after a day marked by massive protest and widespread fears of a bloodbath or a civil war. The situation in the country remains tense but many believe that the worst-case scenario has been avoided. Earlier this week, President Carlos Mesa resigned amid massive protest against his government, giving the right-wing head of the Bolivian Senate, Hormando Vaca...
    June 10, 2005 | Story
  • For weeks, tens of thousands of indigenous Bolivians have led an uprising against the government, demanding the nationalization of the country’s energy resources and an overhaul of the constitution. Last night, President Carlos Mesa went on national television and announced he was stepping down. We go to Cochabamba, Bolivia to speak with Jim Shultz of The Democracy Center. [includes rush transcript]
    June 07, 2005 | Story
  • Rebellion is in the air in Latin America’s poorest country, Bolivia. For weeks, indigenous-led protests have rocked the country and have brought the government to a near shutdown. The protests began as demonstrations calling for nationalization of the country’s natural gas resources but that was just the spark for a much bigger war; a war over the rights of the country’s majority indigenous population. We go to Cochabamba for...
    June 03, 2005 | Story
  • Massive indigenous-led protests continue to rock South America’s poorest country. The fight for control of Bolivia’s vast natural gas resources is fueling the current crisis but a war is escalating over the rights of the country’s majority indigenous population. We’ll go to Cochabamba to hear from the famed Bolivian resistance leader Oscar Olivera and longtime Bolivia activist Jim Shultz of the Democracy Center, as well...
    May 25, 2005 | Story
  • Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada resigned late Friday after tens of thousands took to the streets to protest the government’s plan to export natural gas to the U.S. and called for his resignation. As many as 80 people were killed in the protests. We go to La Paz and Cochabamba to hear the latest updates.
    October 20, 2003 | Story
  • At the beginning of this week of corporate and government meetings to negotiate the FTAA, 15 activists in San Francisco occupied the entrance to the world headquarters of the Bechtel Corporation and chained themselves to a lobby turnstile. Bechtel is one of the world’s largest engineering firms. It was targeted by the San Francisco activists because of its strong support for the Free Trade Area of the Americas and its frontline position...
    November 01, 2002 | Story
  • The water wars came to the city of Cochabamba in Bolivia in the 1990s. Thousands of people protested the attempts to privatize the city’s water. The Bolivian army shot and killed a protester and injured hundreds of others. But the people won: in April of 2000, the government cancelled its contract with the Italian-owned International Water Limited and the US-based Bechtel Enterprise Holdings. The city turned over control of the...
    September 04, 2002 | Story
  • Last year, under IMF urging, Bolivian water was privatized and sold to Bechtel and other foreign companies.Immediately water bills doubled or tripled and sparked a series of widespread protests in February and April.Authorities fired tear gas and live bullets, killing one. In April of last year, the government called a state ofsiege.
    April 13, 2001 | Story