News and Analysis: Bolivia
Every country that has fought to rip itself from the grip of Western imperialism and create a workers' democracy has had to face the issue of land reform. In Bolivia it is estimated that only 100 families own 25 million hectares of the best land--about a quarter of the country.
The United States has a long history of undermining democratic pro-people's movements across Latin America. In its quest to protect its interests in the region, the United States has spared no tactic.
From April 19 to 22, over 15,000 people from 130 countries attended the first World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The urgency to reverse the global warming crisis was the impetus for the conference.
The Dec. 6 Bolivian elections resulted in a continued popular mandate for the progressive movement represented by President Evo Morales. Morales was re-elected with 63 percent of the vote. The Movement towards Socialism (MAS), Morales' party, won two-thirds of the seats in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies.
The article below first appeared on Granma International on May 15. The Bolivian district attorney’s office has identified Hugo Achá Melgar who, according to the AFP news agency, is Bolivia’s representative to the U.
This is an edited version of a talk presented at the April 25 PSL Socialism Conference in Chicago. Latin America has a long history of both imperialist intervention and people’s struggle for self-determination.