Evo's Bolivia: Continuity and Change by Linda C. Farthing, Benjamin H. Kohl

By Linda C. Farthing, Benjamin H. Kohl

In this compelling and entire examine the increase of Evo Morales and Bolivia's Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), Linda Farthing and Benjamin Kohl supply a considerate assessment of the ameliorations ushered in by means of the western hemisphere's first modern indigenous president. available to all readers, Evo's Bolivia not just charts Evo's upward thrust to strength but in addition bargains a heritage of and context for the MAS revolution's position within the emerging "pink tide" of the political left. Farthing and Kohl study the numerous social pursuits whose agendas have set the political weather in Bolivia and describe the tough stipulations the management inherited. They review the result of Evo's regulations by means of interpreting various measures, together with poverty; future health care and schooling reform; common assets and improvement; and women's, indigenous, and minority rights. Weighing the optimistic with the destructive, the authors supply a balanced evaluation of the consequences and shortcomings of the 1st six years of the Morales administration.

At the center of this publication are the voices of Bolivians themselves. Farthing and Kohl interviewed men and women in govt, in social hobbies, and at the streets during the kingdom, and their various backgrounds and studies supply a multidimensional view of the management and its growth to date. finally the "process of switch" Evo promised is strictly that: an ongoing and complex technique, but an incredible instance of improvement in a globalized global.

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And most of us are just ordinary people like me and my family—I sell food in an El Alto market, and my husband works in construction whenever he can. We don’t make much, but both our children are still in school and don’t have to go out to work. About fifteen of our neighbors were killed in 2003. They were mostly young men who were heading into La Paz to their jobs. They had to walk because there were no buses, and [they] found themselves in street battles. I remember when we carried them all to the cemetery and the coffins were lined up in a row.

Areas above 14,000 feet, too cold (or dry) for most agriculture, were (and continue to be) dedicated to growing quinoa or raising llamas for use as pack animals and for their meat. Bolivia still has the world’s largest number of llamas and their smaller cousins, alpacas, whose high-­quality wool is prized in knit goods. Land between 10,000 and 13,000 feet that is protected from frost or with water access is apt for cultivation, most importantly of potatoes, with over seventy varieties, from bright purple to golden brown, found throughout local markets.

56 MARCELINA MENDOZA MAMANI, VENDOR, ALTO LIMA, EL ALTO57 Those days in October 2003 were really amazing because of the sense we had of fighting and working together to prevent the government from once again selling our natural resources to foreigners with no benefit to the country or to poor people like us. But the rebellion was also terrifying because you just didn’t know if you were going to make it alive through each day. We constructed barricades throughout my neighborhood to keep the military out.

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