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Bolivia and its new constitution

On January 25th, Bolivia held a referendum to adopt a new national constitution, one that dramatically shifts the country, reversing discriminatory practices and granting many rights and self-determination to the 36 indigenous nations within Bolivia. After a lengthy count, officials announced that the referendum passed with over 60% of the vote. Much political and legal work remains to implement the changes, but soon most of the country's natural resources will be state-owned, land ownership will be capped at 12,000 acres, and Morales will be able to run for a second term. Challenges still lie ahead, as Bolivia remains South America's poorest country, and - after recently expelling all agents the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency - it has lost preferred trade status with the United States. President Evo Morales welcomed the constitutional win by saying "Here begins the new Bolivia", claiming the changes would work to "decolonize" Bolivia. (29 photos total)

A Bolivian Wiphala indigenous flag (this one representing the Qulla Suyu region of the Inca Empire) is held high during a protest march towards La Paz, Bolivia on October 20, 2008. Thousands of supporters of President Evo Morales marched toward La Paz to pressure congressmen to pass a law for a referendum vote to approve a new constitution. (REUTERS/Daniel Caballero)
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119 comments so far...
1.

Must be a great place to visit...

Posted by dom February 4, 09 12:49 PM
2.

#9 is spectacular

Posted by Brad February 4, 09 12:54 PM
3.

Great pictures as always. Loving number 25

Posted by fourspin February 4, 09 12:59 PM
4.

A relevant photographic register. Well done, as always.

Posted by Caprea February 4, 09 12:59 PM
5.

#9 is an excellent portrait.

Posted by Jordan Ogren February 4, 09 01:06 PM
6.

#25 is surrealistic

Posted by camil February 4, 09 01:16 PM
7.

I love Bolivia.

Posted by nathan February 4, 09 01:23 PM
8.

I like #25. The traditional dress and the pigtails in flight contrasted with a nice swing and that far off gaze at the ball.

Posted by Chris Cothrun February 4, 09 01:23 PM
9.

FINALLY. The US must get out of all the countries it intervenes in. Bolivia thank you for showing the path to independence from the US oppression.

Best post in a long time. Long live Bolivia, and long live democracy!!

Posted by Olivier February 4, 09 01:28 PM
10.

Bolivian rappers? hmmm interesting!

Posted by Dipen February 4, 09 01:29 PM
11.

I lived in Bolivia for two years as a missionary back in the 70's and while I don't think the socialist programs of Evo Morales are as productive as the democratic ideal, they could not possibly be worse than the corrupt governments that have oppressed the people since independence.

Posted by Carl February 4, 09 01:36 PM
12.

¡Mucha suerte! Evo!

Posted by simon February 4, 09 01:36 PM
13.

"land ownership capped at 12'000 acres" ... or, the way to curb oligarchy ...

It would be interesting to put in place such legislations in our western world countries ... especially in light of recent Finland's Nokia pushing for its own piece of legislation (threatened to massively layoff workers if it didn't pass) !!!

I do hope that it is the vision of the New World Order willed by both sides of the atlantic ...

Posted by John D. Rockefeller February 4, 09 01:39 PM
14.

I lived in Bolivia for two years as a missionary back in the 70's and while I don't think the socialist programs of Evo Morales are as productive as the democratic ideal, they could not possibly be worse than the corrupt governments that have oppressed the people since independence.

Posted by Carl February 4, 09 01:41 PM
15.

Beautifull pictures of the most wonderfull country in the world!
The comment on #12 is wrong, though. The logo on the shield the young man is holding belongs to the Union Juvenil Cruceñista, a racist and fascist youth organisation of Santa Cruz. Its members are urban youth and not farmers. They are strong opposers of President Morales and are used by politicians from Santa Cruz to carry out dirty jobs like blockading and deblockading roads, fight and threaten supporters of Morales and the police, ...

Posted by Maarten February 4, 09 01:42 PM
16.

Interesting choice of words in #27. "Ancient"?

Posted by Dr Radical February 4, 09 01:43 PM
17.

awesome.

Posted by Takashi February 4, 09 01:44 PM
18.

Fascinating. This is my favorite website in all the internet. Really!!

Posted by Dave Tman February 4, 09 01:44 PM
19.

stunning pictures!!!

Posted by Miller February 4, 09 01:50 PM
20.

#9, 18, 25 are phenomenal

Posted by DL February 4, 09 01:50 PM
21.

WOW how gorgeous.

Posted by The Baltimore Babe February 4, 09 01:54 PM
22.

Y love #25... it's so bizarre and beautiful at the same time. An all European sport played by a indigenous woman, with the Andes in the background.

Posted by Jorge Valdez February 4, 09 01:58 PM
23.

How awesome is #25?

Posted by EvilCornbread February 4, 09 01:59 PM
24.

#19 is amazing with the bird in its flight.

Wonderful pictures once again, great work.

Posted by VP February 4, 09 02:05 PM
25.

Awesome.... Amazing collection of photo-journalism.

Posted by Owen February 4, 09 02:07 PM
26.

Great picture of a beautiful place. The pictures tell this part of the story very well.
Favorites #27, #25,#22

Posted by matt February 4, 09 02:11 PM
27.

The dove in #19 is spectacular

Posted by Cyrond February 4, 09 02:13 PM
28.

#21 and #25 caught me off-guard...did not see those pics coming.

Posted by ricky February 4, 09 02:18 PM
29.

Beautiful as always.

Typo in #17 "The the Bush administration ..."

Also agree with comment 16 - "ancient" isn't a good word to describe a person.

Posted by dm February 4, 09 02:22 PM
30.

Nice pictures, bad choice on the referendum.

Posted by Tutte-Berge February 4, 09 02:26 PM
31.

@Maarten and @Dr Radical, @dm, thanks for the heads-up, typos and errors fixed now.

Posted by alan taylor February 4, 09 02:30 PM
32.

I loved them all! Thanks...I would never get to see this part of the world without you all work! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Posted by Sugar February 4, 09 02:40 PM
33.

#25 is the best, but #20 and #2 are spectacular as well. Great overview of the exciting news in this country.

Posted by Shii February 4, 09 03:02 PM
34.

oh BP! you never cease to surprise me!
thank you thank you thank you

Posted by 0blivi0n February 4, 09 03:16 PM
35.

Democracy: two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner...

We can already put Bolivia on the list of next countries needing humanitarian aid..

Posted by AAA February 4, 09 03:19 PM
36.

#35 / AAA: You mean because they've been beaten into submission and dependence by American business interests for so long? Then it's about time we paid them back for all the harm we've done (and the thousands we've killed there).

Posted by Moe Mohanna February 4, 09 03:47 PM
37.

I love those hats they all seem to wear down there. Wonder where that look got started, and why it's lasted so long?

Posted by mdmadph February 4, 09 03:52 PM
38.

25th is so nice!..

Posted by Li February 4, 09 05:21 PM
39.

#25 - wow! a great symbol on equal rights.

Posted by Kasper February 4, 09 05:34 PM
40.

Thank you so much for covering this important issue with such beautiful pictures, Alan--I've been following the progress towards the passage of this new constitution for some time, and have been very disappointed in the dearth of coverage in the mainstream American news. Here's hoping that the Obama administration takes a serious look at why such a poor country would rather expel all the agents of the US Drug Enforcement Agency than keep its preferred trade status with the US, and revise its foreign policy towards Latin American countries accordingly.

Posted by JJ.Hunter February 4, 09 05:56 PM
41.

I don't know why but for some reason I love #23 the most. Maybe it's because the Bolivian politicians are wearing blue jeans and plaid shirts. It just makes them seem kinda...real.

Posted by L February 4, 09 06:54 PM
42.

It's too bad to see #17 in there. I'm no expert on Bolivia, but I have traveled there and I think the emphasis on coca growing is greatly over-emphasized in US media (I live in the US), simply because it provides a link to the drama of cocaine production. And from what I understand the suspension of trade benefits was the result of quite a lot of events, with what I would consider wrong-doings on both sides. There's no way the whole story can be told in a simple caption, and since it doesn't really have much bearing on the story, I would have left it out.
Just my opinion though. All the pictures are great.

Posted by Eric February 4, 09 07:05 PM
43.

So Impressive!!

Posted by adam kilker February 4, 09 08:05 PM
44.

I'm glad you feel it necessary to glorify class warfare. Unfortunately when these people are dirt poor(er) and unable to feed their families and push out all foreign investment and more so push out religion. Pathetic

Posted by ryan February 4, 09 10:21 PM
45.

You people that say that Bolivia is better off with the US out of Bolivia (see comments #36 and #9) obviously are the usual liberal democrats that speak without any facts and just hate the US. You obviously have never been to Bolivia because if you had you would see how much money the US sends there in food support and other aid yet the corrupt government would take the free food sent for the poor and sell it to the people and keep the money. Don't talk about something you know nothing about. Live there first, like I did. I love Bolivia and I truly love the Bolivian people, never known a more humble and loving people.

Posted by Bryce February 5, 09 12:17 AM
46.

Don't know much about Bolivia, but through the photos it seem like a lovely place to visit. I like their traditional costume, they are so colorful. I will find out more about this country and pay more attention to it when I come across news about it.

Posted by low bi hong February 5, 09 02:05 AM
47.

Comment 44. "Glorify class warfare" Doesn't the will of the people expressed in the vote mean anything to you? I'm encouraged that the long age of crushing control by a tiny super wealthy elite seems to be coming to an end. I wonder if the US will ever get an Evo Morales.

Posted by Toosinbeymen February 5, 09 02:56 AM
48.

#25 - I love this world, it's full of pleasant surprises. Vive Bolivia!

Posted by Gaurav February 5, 09 03:11 AM
49.

Great and impressive how Bolivian people are involved.

Posted by Erik van Erne, Milieunet Foundation February 5, 09 03:42 AM
50.

great thanks!

Posted by tlika February 5, 09 03:51 AM
51.

The pictures are wonderful - as always.
Thank you for bringing this news to us. The drug thing seems real but why not buy the product from them with an allotment program under their micro control (like the US used to keep peanuts viable for years). http://oai.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA107377

Posted by a/b February 5, 09 08:43 AM
52.

My favorite is number 24--the beauty of the mountains in the background is incredible--they appear so close you could touch them. With such beauty, who wouldn't be inspired!

Posted by Joanne Wheeler February 5, 09 09:22 AM
53.

#25 is just so.... prefect! Congrats to the photographer :)

Posted by Brian February 5, 09 09:41 AM
54.

Thank you for this wonderful insight on countries we sometimes tend to forget they exist ...

Posted by Diana Calvario February 5, 09 10:30 AM
55.

Grate work. I think US should be worried for their own people. Like providing health free for everyone, good education and peace. Leave south american countries alone. Your help is only for keeping the system on roads, not to helping poor people.

God bles Bolivia.

Posted by Ariel February 5, 09 11:51 AM
56.

I am native from Bolivia and love all the pictures of "My People" ...Muchas Gracias!!!

Posted by Ingrid February 5, 09 12:00 PM
57.

I think that class warfare theories promoted by the Government of Bolivia, are a ruse to hide his political mismanagement, and remain in power... just like presindet Hugo Chavez in Venezuela

Posted by Gerson February 5, 09 01:18 PM
58.

Great shot on #9! Gave me goosebumps!!! Nice job as always!

Posted by Carrie February 5, 09 01:21 PM
59.

Oh, how I miss you Bolivia.

Posted by Randi February 5, 09 01:48 PM
60.

# 25 best picture this year all over. amazing!

Posted by Juffies February 5, 09 03:47 PM
61.
Posted by Alfred February 6, 09 01:54 AM
62.

# 25 is one of the rare, a woman from Bolivia try her best to learn Golf in paradise country. I am loving it..

Posted by jigar February 6, 09 03:50 AM
63.

#25 is cool and all, but #28 was the one that really caught my attention. I live in a developing country, and have visited with older village women, and it would be amazing to hear this woman's thoughts. Great pictures.

Posted by Cassandra February 6, 09 04:37 AM
64.

better Bolivia than Mars...

Posted by michael February 6, 09 05:34 AM
65.

Bolivia is one of the most amazing countries I have ever visited and am so happy to see it come through some hard times....still a way to go but these pictures provoke some happy memories of such wonderful people.

Posted by simple February 6, 09 06:09 AM
66.

#2 --> GTA V

Posted by Honeymustard February 6, 09 09:49 AM
67.

Beautiful pictures. I thank to the photographers to show my country (I am Bolivian and live en La Paz). Although I am "middle class", I support my President Evo Morales and hope he will be as President for many, many years.

Posted by Anonymous February 6, 09 02:05 PM
68.

I was an exchange student in Bolivia for about 5 months. These pictures brought me back! Beautiful!

Posted by Leah February 6, 09 08:48 PM
69.

amazing country!
good luck Bolivia

Posted by Valiente February 7, 09 10:06 AM
70.

Reminding the poor that they are deprived of the benefits of wealth is "warfare." Paying attention to their needs is "class warfare." ! And these photos make it impossible to ignore why these amazing perople have succeeded in getting true democracy whether it goes well or not for them. With Leon Panetta heading the CIA they have a chance, unlike Salvador Allend's supporters in Chile.

Posted by conchscooter February 7, 09 11:32 AM
71.

RE: #17; With the amount of money the US has spent on the "War on Drugs" over the years they could have bought up every coca plant and poppy field the world over. I don't see the point in cutting off trade because they don't want US agents harassing peasant farmers. Trade should be regulated so that illegal products are not transferred and domestic drug control and education should be what the US is focusing on.

Posted by Anon February 7, 09 07:13 PM
72.

La paz de Dios este con vosotros!

Posted by Carlito February 7, 09 11:22 PM
73.

I've just added Bolivia to my list of " Places to visit before I die"

Posted by febin February 7, 09 11:28 PM
74.

Thank you, Alan Taylor, for sharing this testimony to the dignity and beauty of the Bolivian people, not often seen in the US media. There is much that we in the US can learn from Bolivians in their struggle to achieve social justice through democratic means and hold their popular leaders accountable. Let's hope that President Obama gets the message - time to restore positive relations with Bolivia, including trade preferences, without political interference.

Posted by Emily Achtenberg February 8, 09 01:51 PM
75.

I´m Chilean, and I traveled 10 years ago through the Altiplano to La Paz.
Bolivia is absolutely an amazing country. I´m definitely going again. And please, USA, leave South America alone!

Posted by alejandro February 8, 09 06:46 PM
76.

Love 20, 24 and 25. Great subject, wish we'd heard more in the medias.

Posted by Elisabeth February 9, 09 08:05 AM
77.

The powers that be would hate democracy like ths taking place.The ordinary people exercising ther rights having been denied all these years.

Posted by david soori February 9, 09 10:05 AM
78.

I was in Bolivia in July 2007 for a meeting of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and felt a great fondness for the country and the people. this brings it back to me with the hope that promise is fulfilled.

Posted by Martha Jean Baker February 9, 09 10:54 AM
79.

Golf at 14,000 feet, rap music, and Atlanta Braves' supporters (pic 18). Talk about globalization!

Posted by Steve February 9, 09 11:08 AM
80.

Bolivia no necesita el dios de los blancos

Posted by angel yapur February 9, 09 11:39 AM
81.

Unfortunately, lovely though these photos are, they present a superficial understanding of prevalent issues. And I say this not ideologically, but as someone who has lived abroad in 4 different countries over the past 12 years, including 5 in Bolivia -- 2 in the highlands and 3 in the lowlands.
1. Where are the photos of blood? Were this a travel column, the photos make sense, but, in the presence of political commentary (and there is quite a bit of editiorial license taken above), showing the full story would make this more balanced. That includes opposition leaders with bloody heads, soldiers with WWI-era guns or the recent murder of a courier paying off a very very high-ranking government executive at a family home.
2. About the lowlands, their calls for autonomy (decentralization less seen in Spain and much less than US- or Mexican-style federalism) are largely to shield themselves from what they see as an attack on their way of life and protect the status quo that admittedly favours them. But these calls go back 40 years, pre-dating the currently governing party. And, to balance the pictures above, the largest demonstration in Bolivia's history was for autonomy and against Morales, completely eclipsing the marches in the above photos. Your pictures include nothing on this matter though -- or show anything much of anything outside La Paz state at all -- suggesting you may have only travelid to the highlands.
3. President Morales may have started out with high ideals in his mind, but his constitution does promote vengeance -- punishing those living for the sins of their ancestors -- an idea that Nelson Mandela rejected because of the future ire it would undoubtedly breed.
4. Were you a Bolivian journalist, you wolud likely not be allowed to publish this report so frelely. The new constitution limits those ideals that many in the world take for granted, including feedom of expression, liberty of the press and the right to assemble. Government spokesman maintain they are not technically prohibited, but those of us who know the President and Vice President and opposition leaders are more skeptical. And the fact that speeches against the government are considered criminal offenses now does call into question those spokesmen's honesty. The governing party has limited freedoms at every chance since taking power in early 2006 and gone back on every single political deal it has made since even before it was in power. Bolivia's VP is the Dick Cheney figure down there, always trying to get around the constitution, despite what he might say in interviews.
5. It's easy in pictures to romanticize peasantry, but please remember that not everyone eats every day. Not everyone know when they might next work. The myth of the happy peasant is just that -- a myth! Given the chance, most people prefer good education, reliable infrastructure and access to food. Cultural and historical norms don't change that. To address an earlier comment, those hats are still in style because changing fashions to too expensive for most people to even consider.
I apologize if I have put a damper on the comments, but it seemed important to remind people that, though a beautiful country, Bolivia is considered high-risk and Embassies discourage travel there for a reason.

Posted by Amanda February 9, 09 11:46 AM
82.

Terrific photos Alex!

Posted by Teobaldo Pinzás February 9, 09 12:02 PM
83.

excelet photographsOf thpoor est of bOLIivia,thEre is ALSO A MIDDLE CLASSOF Eurpean originn thaworks and createst manny good thingsfor a modern Bolivia, including eocracy ad ductioad,orever, liberated thepeasats from a id ofacesral slvery kow as "pogueaje'.thags t a atial revolutio of te fifties,Ufortuately, your photos do't show the multiracial,pluriculturalsciety that really is Bolivia.

Posted by ted cordova-claure February 9, 09 12:34 PM
84.

Beatiful photos, thank you, Bolivia is an amazing country constructing a new development model

Posted by Osmar February 9, 09 01:48 PM
85.

80. Beautiful pictures. I visited Bogota, Colombia a couple of years ago. Much like Boliva with beautiful scenery. Thanks, Gerry

Posted by Geraldine Zetler February 9, 09 02:07 PM
86.

Wonderful photographs that really capture the inner strength and spirit of the Bolivia people. Having been in Bolivia as part of a delegation from Unite the Union at the height of the referendum in August and visited some of the places shown in the photographs, they brought back many happy memories.The flag (No 1) was everywhere and how I remember the view of La Paz from that spot (no's 2 & 3) in El Alto - I remember how breathless I was also! The group made the same salute (no 23) when they sat in those government seats as a sign of solidarity for the Bolivian peoples right to self determination

Posted by Chris Grimshaw February 9, 09 03:16 PM
87.

The pictures are great, but the problem is that the people that went to vote for a new Constitution had no idea what they were voting for. From the 100% of electorate population probably only 5 to 10% actually read the Constitution. I guess that is how you change a country.

Posted by Jorge February 9, 09 05:07 PM
88.

The photos are beautiful, thank you.

I do wish you could have showed the other side of the story. I interned in Bolivia last summer but in Cochabamba, where they are very much more pro-US and very very anti-Evo. There is another whole side to this story that is not portrayed at all-- the many Bolivians who are against Evo, who have reasons to be, and who staged such huge riots just these few months ago in the first place. I think both sides really need to be shown here.

Really made me miss it though. Bolivia is an amazing place, despite its poverty and dangers. I really loved it there.

Posted by Jean February 9, 09 09:17 PM
89.

Pictore #25 tells us all that Bolivia and its people can be.
Bolivia for its indigeneous people.
Viva Morales!

Posted by Enner Polsky February 9, 09 11:54 PM
90.

I was in Bolivia in July 2007 for a meeting of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and felt a great fondness for the country and the people. this brings it back to me with the hope that promise is fulfilled.

Posted by Martha Jean Baker February 10, 09 06:33 AM
91.

Please less romanticising of a real, complex society facing extraordinary challenges from globalisation - as most developing economies of the world. I find the emphasis on the 'beauty' of indigenous people almost patronising. The photos, though aesthetically stunning, do not explain the harshness and mediocrity of daily life for most Bolivians (I lived and worked there for almost ten years).

Posted by Pattie February 10, 09 11:01 AM
92.

Comment 87 is totally wrong... the people of Bolivia is aware of the process they are carrying forward......they put President Morales in power, they are the makers of the new society they want to have. I've read the new constitution and it is the most progressive, advanced and inclusive of all. The people of Bolivia and President Evo Morales, deserve credit for the most participatory democracy in the whole world today..... Too bad the people in the opposition have not read the new constitution and don't really know what they are struggling for, because if they did, they would not be in the opposition.... as simple as that.....

Posted by Sita February 10, 09 05:29 PM
93.

Time ago in Bolivia was composed a song in aymara language which is "Uca jacha uru jutasquiway" means "The Day is coming" . I think some dreams and hopes are becoming true for oppressed people in Bolivia.

Posted by yola February 11, 09 01:55 AM
94.

Number 25 is breath taking !

Posted by Virgile February 11, 09 05:07 AM
95.

I love this country

Posted by Oscar February 11, 09 03:07 PM
96.

Preciosas fotos. Gracias . Alli esta naciendo una historia y un continente no escrito....

Posted by francisco salazar February 11, 09 06:12 PM
97.

Thank you for pictures that reflect emotions. Through them you can feel hope for a better tomorrow, you can see the strugle of the people to overcome poverty and, join the hope of a better future for children. This is much stronger than any ideology and/or political agenda.
Gracias por fotos que reflejan emociones. A través de ellas puede uno sentir la esperanza de un mañana mejor, ver la lucha de la gente para superar la pobreza y unirte en la esperanza de un futuro mejor para los niños. Esto es mucho mas fuerte que cualquier ideología y/o agenda politica. Vivia mi patria Bolivia!

Posted by Vivi February 12, 09 04:48 AM
98.

Correction to #2: La Paz is not the capital of Bolivia. Although much of the government is run from La Paz, the capital is actually Sucre.

Posted by bolivia defender February 12, 09 03:09 PM
99.

Hermosa fotos vistas de fuera del País. Triste realidad la que se vive en Bolivia, Investiguen y verán un País peor que Cuba

Posted by C.B. February 13, 09 02:25 PM
100.

Pueda ser que Evo no traicione los sentimientos y las espectativas de millones de Bolivianos y que siga el camino de liberacion del imperialismo. Esperemos que a Bolivia la acompañen otros pueblos. Hernan

Posted by Hernan Pujol February 13, 09 05:20 PM
101.

La mayor parte de los que leen esos comentarios y ven las hermosas fotografias, pueden creer que ESO es Bolivia. Pero no. Solo estan mostrando la clase indigena y la pobreza, que si, existe. Pero Bolivia no solo es eso. Habemos gente blanca de origen europeo que con trabajo y esfuerzo hemos logrado una educacion y trabajamos con honradez. Evo vive de los recuerdos del pasado. Sus discursos son de una persona que solo menciona lo que hicieron "los otros presidentes" y nos ofrecio CAMBIO, pero nunca pensamos que el cambio iba a ser para peor, con su gente corrupta como el caso de actualidad como es el del ex-`presidente Santos Ramirez y el caso que esta queriendo quedar en el olvido elcual es de Jaun R. Quintana. PÑdte. Evo Basta de masistas corruptos. Viva Bolivia Libre.

Posted by Beatriz February 14, 09 11:25 AM
102.

It's hard to call it the "will of the people" when Evo is paying the people with Chavez's money for them to cast the "right" vote. Bolivia is entering a time of self-destruction. Evo is not running a campaign for equality, he is waging a war of racism. Bolivia has a history of presidents coming from the upper class, most often white, who have neglected the rights of the poorer lower, and often indigenous, class. Evo, in contrast, rather than equalizing the rights of all citizens, is seeking revenge for the years of oppression. Ignoring the fact that the landowners in Bolivia employ and pay people who do not have the knowledge, education, or means to reap benefits from their own land, Evo wants to take away the land from those who own it to redistribute it to people who would not know what to do with it. Redistribution of property... a bit too close to communism?
Bolivia is an extremely poor country, and it needs outside help. However, how is it to expect outside help when it nationalizes minteral, oil and gas industries. No foreign investors will take the risk of investing in an unstable economy where the government could at any moment seize their property.
As for Evo being a man of the people, one can hardly say that the 300% increase in the price of basic items such as bread has done much to help the poor. Rather than taking from the wealthy (many of whom have worked very hard for what they now have), maybe Evo should consider investing in education and funding new jobs. Giving free money and property to people is of no use, it only teaches them to expect to receive things for free. They must learn to work and EARN what they have, rather than expecting the government to give it to them.
Bolivia is in need of a great deal of change, but Evo's quasi-communist racial segregation methods are far from being the solution.

Also, in response to post #98: Bolivia officially has two capitals. La Paz is the administrative capital, while Sucre is the judicial, constitutional, and historical capital.

Posted by CAL February 15, 09 09:03 AM
103.

Great fotos! Makes me wish I were there again to share this historic moment. The suffering of the Iraqis made the new Bolivian constitution possible. If the attention and resources of the US had not been distracted by Bush's wars it would never have permitted this to happen "in its own backyard".

Posted by scarabocion February 17, 09 11:29 AM
104.

Very beautiful picture. And pleased with the new Constitution.

Posted by punlor February 18, 09 08:02 PM
105.

Beautiful country, it may not be much better than when the neoliberal governments were in power but it is improving, like the redistribution of the land taking form the wrong hands and returning to the rightful owners and the constitutional reform that finally is including all the people not only the colonialists and we don' t need help from out side, because all the help we got before has made Bolivia even poorer because they brought 5 and took millions. Taking all the country's natural resources almost for free.
Bravo Evo we all are with you!!!

Posted by Matilde February 19, 09 12:53 AM
106.

simply great, makes me cry,but happy,thanks for all of them

Posted by karel Capek February 20, 09 11:59 AM
107.

I love #25. The spirit it captures reminds me of the altiplano in 1968 -- supposedly before Bolivian women had heard of women's rights. Amid her skirts, a Bolivian woman was sitting, watching her sheep. We began talking. She said she was going to move to La Paz -- more work. I asked what she was going to do. She said, "Become a taxi driver." I said, "There are no women taxi drives." She said, "I will be the first." I asked if she knew how to drive. She, said, "No, but it men can do it, I can do it." Thanks for all the great photos -- a tribute to the spirt of Bolivia!

Posted by Mary Ann February 22, 09 12:04 PM
108.

Amazing photos, thank u

Posted by Trey February 22, 09 02:57 PM
109.

opinions are like assh*les; everyone has one... and there are certainly enough of both represented here. Our Bolivia: read and decide... but don't decide before you read...
Bolivia's Petroleum:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fbb0123a-fc94-11dd-aed8-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1
Bolivia's Lithium:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/world/americas/03lithium.html?emc=eta1

Posted by Evan Wilke February 22, 09 08:57 PM
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I hope that OBAMA reigns in the CIA and the warmongers in Washington who hate real democracy. It is time for all progressive people in the world to warn the USA, "Hands off Bolivia, we are sick and tired of your interventions in the Third World countries."

Posted by David van Wyk March 4, 09 12:42 PM
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Hermosas fotografías, que dicen una realidad y la esperanza del pueblo. Bolivia sufre aún las arremetidas de los anteriores gobiernos. Bolivia no es rica aún porque históricamente fue violada y vendida por los políticos y familias privilegiadas aprovechando la ignorancia del pueblo, sin embargo ahora despierta pobremente pero despierta, sale del neocolonialismo, del racismo, de la xenofobia y del clasismo, recupera sus derechos, de libre circulación, de integración en las esferas culturales y políticas, y es normal que el cambio no sea del agrado de los blancoides y de mentalida exógena. Para el buen investigador las sociedades cambian, no son estáticas, sólo el boliviano que ama a su país, comprenderá esto. Nos falta mucho por ser buenos bolivianos y ahora es el tiempo de reflexionar y valorar nuestra verdadera historia y proceso.

Posted by Raúl Meneses April 14, 09 05:56 AM
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The Constitution of Bolivia enacted by president Evo Morales Ayma - English Version - Available June 26th, 2009

Posted by Luis Valle May 27, 09 11:31 AM
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Please visit http://www.BolivianConstitution.com to discuss the new Bolivian Constitution translated to English.

Posted by Bolivian Constitution June 8, 09 11:48 AM
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Great and Significant Images from a wonderful country, I am very impressed.
Introduced to me by my best friend in Bolivia. Mr. Hjalma !
All the best for Bolivia, from Ethiopia, East-Africa, from Eberhard

Posted by Eberhard R. February 15, 10 12:23 AM
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very interesting

Posted by Anonymous March 8, 10 06:32 PM
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i'm proud of the indigenous bolivian people, they deserve the best and i hope they can accomplish it despite of the rage of the cannibal right wing.

best wishes from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Vamos Bolivia! Vamos Evo!!!

Posted by Nicolas March 31, 10 01:45 PM
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great picturs

Posted by Anonymous April 16, 10 12:12 PM
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Esto es Bolivia!!, aunque todavia a muchos les cueste reconocerlo, esas fotos..son Bolivia. Las fotos son autenticas y su riqueza es que han sido tomadas de la rutina de la vida de cientos de bolivianos, sin ser posadas.
Un país de mayoría indígena, que ha encontrado otra forma de hacer política...en las calles, un ejemplo de la resistencia.
Visiten Bolivia, o al menos vuelquen sus miradas en ella, no sólo con ojos de "lastima", porque hoy más que nunca me pregunto ¿Qué significa pobreza? Bolivia puede ser un ejemplo concreto de que es posible cambiar el sistema.

Posted by Carmen July 14, 10 05:08 AM
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Great photos! I was wondering whether to include Bolivia in my South American trip. You've helped me make up my mind. Thanks!

Posted by Ratty March 11, 11 09:34 PM
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