Archive for July, 2010

Categorized | Round Ups Latin America Bolivia: Morales calls Colombia “United States Colony”

July 27, 2010

The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, said that the United States uses Colombia to generate conflicts and to attempt to destroy progress in the region.

In turn, Morales questioned the outgoing government of Colombia about their promotion of destabilization in Central and South America.



Bolivia, Chile coordinate anti-drug operations at border areas

July 27, 2010

LA PAZ, July 25 (Xinhua) — Bolivian and Chilean police have agreed to exchange information to coordinate anti-drug operations at border areas, a Bolivian official said Sunday.

“The goal is to fight the cross-border drug gangs, to fulfill an agreement between both countries signed in 2006,” said Colonel Felix Molina, director of the Bolivian Special Force to Fight Drug Trafficking.


Bolivia calls for South American summit

July 27, 2010
Bolivian President Evo Morales
Bolivian President Evo Morales has called for an emergency meeting of South American leaders in order to settle the worsening row between Colombia and Venezuela.

“I want to ask the head of UNASUR [the Union of South American Nations], Ecuadorean President (Rafael) Correa, to call an emergency meeting of the 12 presidents of UNASUR so we can resolve these problems between Colombia and Venezuela,” Reuters quoted Morales as saying in a televised speech on Saturday.

“A war is in the making and Bolivia, along with the presidents of the UNASUR, should not allow that war to happen between brother countries,” he added.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez severed diplomatic relations with neighboring Colombia on Thursday over Bogota’s accusation that Caracas is providing a safe haven to leftist guerrillas.

The South American neighbors have bad relations for the past few years, and the latest rise in tension has increased concern about stability in the Andean region.

Colombia and Venezuela came close to a military confrontation in 2008 after Colombian troops marched into Ecuador to destroy a cross-border rebel camp.

The animosity between Chavez and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has also exacerbated the situation.

Source: Press TV

Bolivian airline takes budget travel to the masses

July 27, 2010

By Andres Schipani BBC News, El Alto, Bolivia

Boliviana de Aviacion plane

You know you are taking off in the Bolivia of President Evo Morales when the leaflet with the safety instructions pictures a woman with the quintessential Andean indigenous combination of pigtails and a flouncy skirt.

Welcome on board Boliviana de Aviacion (BoA), Bolivia’s state-run airline.


Bolivia Inaugurates $86 Million Thermo-Electric Plant

July 27, 2010
LA PAZ – Bolivian President Evo Morales inaugurated an $86 million thermoelectric plant built as a joint venture between Bolivian and Venezuelan state-run companies.

In a ceremony Thursday in the central town of Entre Rios, Morales hailed the project as one of the biggest achievements of the first six months of his second term in office.

The leftist leader said the plant will help ensure the supply of electricity in the Andean nation, adding that from now on Bolivia will strive to more effectively exploit its natural resources with the goal of exporting electricity to neighboring countries.


Bolivia to Assign New Exploration Areas to Brazil’s Petrobras

July 27, 2010
LA PAZ – President Evo Morales’ government plans to assign new exploration areas to Brazilian state-controlled energy giant Petrobras in a bid to increase natural gas production, the media reported Thursday.

Hydrocarbons Minister Luis Fernando Vincenti said Petrobras asked Bolivian state energy company YPFB for those areas, adding that they will be chosen from among 17 new blocks where YPFB currently is carrying out gas prospecting.

“We’re working to define 17 new blocks (with the goal of) increasing exploration activity and production volumes, but those negotiations must be carried out from a technical standpoint and will take time,” he said.


Bolivia congratulates Uruguay for brilliant performance at World Cup

July 12, 2010

The Bolivian government congratulated the Uruguayan national soccer team for its “brilliant” performance at the World Cup of South Africa 2010, where it achieved the fourth place.

Bolivian president Evo Morales watched the soccer match of Uruguay vs Germany on Saturday at his house.

Morales told the press that the Uruguayan team played with dignity in all the World Cup and Diego Forlan was the best player of South Africa 2010.


China, Bolivia mark 25th anniv. of ties

July 12, 2010

 ceremony was held in Beijing on Friday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Bolivia.

About 120 guests from China and Bolivia attended a reception hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) in the Chinese capital to mark the event, Xinhua reported.

At the reception, the Bolivian ambassador to China spoke highly of Bolivia-China relations, saying their friendship and cooperation have entered a new phase.

Ambassador Fernando Rodriguez Urena added that the two nations complement each other in many areas, noting that he believes there is great potential for cooperation.

Source: Press TV

Bolivia selects 5 foreign firms for El Mutun iron ore

July 12, 2010

Sunday, 11 Jul 2010

Bolivia said that it has pre selected 5 foreign companies as potential partners in developing 50% of the giant El Mutun iron ore deposit, located near the border with Brazil.

Mr Sergio Alandia president of Empresa Siderurgica del Mutun, the state run firm overseeing the El Mutun project, said that Italy’s Danieli, Japan’s Kobe Steel, South Korea’s Hyundai and COSCO and China’s GMV C&C are interested in the project, adding that executives from those firms will meet in the next few weeks with Bolivian government representatives.


From Water Wars to the Fight for Climate Justice

July 12, 2010

Lessons of Cochabamba

By Pablo Solon
Source: Socialist Voice Thursday, July 08, 2010

Bolivia’s UN ambassador gave this talk to the Shout Out for Global Justice, sponsored by the Council of Canadians and attended by nearly 3,000 people on June 25 in Toronto, during the ten days of protests against the G20 meeting.

Other speakers included Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians and Indian eco-feminist Vandana Shiva. Video of the event can be viewed at rabbletv.