Bolivia: MAS is back

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LAB is publishing this special bulletin from Bolivia Information Forum. Written on 19 October, before final results were known, it nevertheless contains details of the voting and excellent background analysis. 19 October: with unofficial polls showing the Movimiento al Socialismo candidate, Luis Arce, the outright winner of the 18 October election, Bolivia seemed to be adjusting itself to the prospect...
LAB is publishing this second special bulletin from Bolivia Information Forum. Written on 28 October, it contains details of the final results of the election and excellent background analysis. CandidateLa PazCocha-bambaSanta CruzChuqui-sacaOruroPotosíTarijaBeniPandoArce65.363.1  62.451.5  45.8Mesa   52.4  51.041.3 Camacho  45.2       Arce wins with 55.10% As reported in our Special Bulletin of 19 October, quick count polls carried out on polling day gave the MAS candidate Luis Arce Catacora with David...

Bolivia’s lithium coup

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Almost 85 per cent of the world’s lithium reserves are concentrated in the Lithium Triangle along the borderlands of Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Bolivia’s resources remain largely unexploited. Will Bolivia be able to industrialise Lithium production on its own terms?
This is the second post in the new London Mining Network blog, a partnership initiative between LAB and LMN. Cerrejón’s ‘agreement’ with Wayúu community comes as news to them; Chubut communities mobilise again; updates from Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.
In his latest book, Ben McKay writes about a commodity that is rapidly expanding in Latin America: soy. Taking a political economy approach, he explores the historical development of the industrial soy complex in the region, carefully analysing society-capital-state relations and looking at some of the contradictions of Evo Morales’ rule.

The Rights of Nature Movement

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Ashaninka women in Tsiquireni, in the shores of Ene River. April 2012. Photo/Tomas Munita
A recent report, published by the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice, Earth Law Centre and International Rivers has found that the movement to grant legal rights to rivers and the natural environment is rapidly gaining momentum around the world.
Prominent Bolivian miners' leader Orlando Gutierrez died In October. Was he injured in a fall at his home, or was he the victim of a right-wing attack?
The iniquitous ISDS system allows mining companies to sue Latin American governments for massive amounts of 'compensation' every time their mining activities are blocked by local community opposition or environmental concerns.

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