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The A-B-C of the Bolivian Rebellion

Andrea Arenas Al?paz and Luis G?mez

When the popular sectors of Bolivia march, there is common call and response: One of the marchers asks the contingent: “What do we want?” The response varies according to the demands of the mobilization. The demonstrators begin to call out, “When?” And then the response, “Now!” On Friday, the “now” of the popular revolt became reality. After killing more than 80 Bolivian citizens, after wounding more than 400, and receiving the rejection of more than 400 hunger strikers, S?nchez de Lozada literally flew out of his post… toward Miami.

Saturday, October 18th, 2003 - 04:24pm GMT
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'Bells of Balangiga' Toll for USA Visit to the Philippines

Cicero A. Estrella

The passage of more than a century has failed to quell the passion attached to three bronze church bells that were commandeered by American soldiers as trophies of war during a bloody conflict in the Philippines.

Saturday, October 18th, 2003 - 10:07am GMT
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Bolivia's Poor Proclaim Abiding Distrust of Globalization

Larry Rother

Despite (maybe even because of) solid support from the USA government for the Bolivian President, Gonzalo S?nchez, it looks increasingly likely that the country will undergo a people’s revolution within the next few weeks - whether he resigns or not. The many Indian protesters who choked the streets and highways of this Andean nation again on Thursday may be poor and speak broken or accented Spanish, but they have a powerful message. It is this: no to the export of gas and other natural resources; no to free trade with the United States; no to globalization in any form other than solidarity among the downtrodden peoples of the developing world.

Friday, October 17th, 2003 - 12:28pm GMT
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India & Pakistan Walk a Fine Nuclear Line

Praful Bidwai

As India and Pakistan ready their nuclear arsenals for deployment, their leaders seem to be slipping into denial mode, refusing to acknowledge that they are being inexorably sucked into a dangerous, and potentially ruinous, nuclear arms race.

Thursday, October 16th, 2003 - 01:51pm GMT
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The Wretched Blacks of Cape Town

Mandisi Majavu

Apartheid was all about empowering the whites; making sure they all had access to the best education the country had to offer, so that when finished with school they can all own five farms, hotels, restaurants and whatever else they thought deserved to be owned by white people. In the “new South Africa” the legacy of apartheid lives, however, it?s clothed in neo-liberal economics.

Monday, October 13th, 2003 - 04:45am GMT
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Bolivian Troops Use Tanks on Protesters - Five Dead

Rene Villegas

Five people were reported killed on Sunday after Bolivia’s government sent thousands of troops backed by tanks to quell increasingly violent protests against right-wing President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.

Monday, October 13th, 2003 - 01:24am GMT
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Tensions Have Sharply Increased in Chechnya

Guest Writer

Tensions have sharply increased in Chechnya over the past few days. The situation is so complicated that the invaders? command is forced to admit that the activities of Chechen Armed Forces are threatening to develop into large-scale war operations.

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003 - 08:05pm GMT
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Washington Pursues Dangerous Policy in Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot

In recent weeks U.S. officials have made a series of remarkably unfriendly statements against the government of Venezuela, and its President Hugo Chavez. This breach of diplomatic norms can only serve to worsen relations between the two countries. It also provokes resentment in Latin America - in the same way that the Bush administration’s decision to disregard the United Nations and invade Iraq lowered our standing throughout the world.

Thursday, September 25th, 2003 - 07:46pm GMT
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Opposition Coalition Takes Shape in Colombia

Latin American Federation of Journalists

A new opposition coalition challenges the hard-line regime of President Alvaro Uribe for its devastating economic policies and systematic violations of freedoms. A general strike has been called for August 12th.

Saturday, August 9th, 2003 - 11:01am GMT
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