Bolivian President Rejects U.S Blockade of Cuba

October 4, 2010

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La Paz, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales rejects the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for the last 50 years.

  “It is a hostile policy destined to fail”, he said.

At a press conference at Quemado Palace, Morales recognized the struggle of the Caribbean Island against the limitations caused by the blockade, maintained by a series of U.S. administrations.

He also praised Cuba’s development of public safety and social programs, among others.

Morales also praised the demonstrated capacity of the Cuban government and its people to resist complex situations such as in the 1990s, known as the special period.

The demand for the end of the U.S blockade against Cuba is at the center of the current session of the UN General Assembly, which on October 26, for the 19th year in a row, will vote on a new resolution calling for the end of the blockade.

In 2009, 187 countries, included Bolivia, voted against the blockade, in the highest-ever vote in that respect since 1991. Just three countries voted in favor of the blockade — the USA, Israel and Palau, while two abstained — the Marshall Islands and Micronesia.

Source: Prensa Latina

Bolivia Celebrates World Day of Tourism

October 4, 2010

La Paz, Sept 24 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will celebrate World Tourism Day on Monday with a number of activities throughout its nine departments.

  Culture Minister Zulma Yugar told reporters that the idea is to promote attractions in all regions in homage of this celebration, with the slogan “Tourism and Biological Diversity.”

The events will promote a remodeling of the Cretaceous Park of Sucre (Chuquisaca) and the Carnaval of Oruro, declared a UNESCO Oral and Oral World Heritage.

The minister also announced a series of lectures on tourism and biological diversity in the cities of Sucre, La Paz and Santa Cruz.

In addition, tourism experts will meet in La Paz next week to highlight the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.

On September 28, at least 50 diplomatic delegations will observe the launching of the Carnival of the Bicentennial of Oruro, 2011.

According to the National Institute of Statistics, the flow of tourism during the first half of 2010 grew by 22 percent compared to the same period last year when the so-called smokeless industry generated income of $336 million.

Source: Prensa Latina

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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