Viernes, Noviembre 2, 2012 - 07:50 | Bolivia Weekly

Bolivia’s foreign currency reserves have surpassed 13.7 billion dollars, marking a new high for Bolivia’s national savings. The government explained that part of this growth has been due to Bolivia issue sovereign bonds in the US stock market. Economist Julio Alvarado expressed caution about this new reserve figure, explaining that since Bolivia’s external and internal debts exceed 10.5 billion, there is reason for caution. Bolivia’s Economic Minister said that the...

Jueves, Septiembre 20, 2012 - 07:19 | Bolivia Weekly
The Coordinator of the Environment, Mining and Industry Foundation (MEDMIN), Félix Carrillo, explained to the press recently that the worst environmental impacts are actually not the widespread use of mercury but deforestation caused by gold mining in the Amazon. Where before miners had only been able to afford panning for gold in rivers, many now bring in heavy machinery and destroy large areas of jungle, altering the course of the rivers in search for gold.
Carrillo said that of the...
Miércoles, Septiembre 5, 2012 - 07:19 | Bolivia Weekly
The Hydrological and Hydrology University in Bolivia has completed a study of 400 glaciers in the country and determined that they have retreated by 43% because of climate change since 1980. The study was based on satellite images in collaboration with the National Climate Change Program. Principle investigator Edson Ramírez studied glaciers of less that one square kilometer like the famous former ski resort of Chacaltaya that was once the highest ski resort in the world. Ramírez pointed out...
Martes, Agosto 21, 2012 - 06:56 | Bolivia Weekly

A recent legal study in Cochabamba by the Judicial Office has found that of all the rape cases brought to police, only 2% result in successful criminal trials. 34% of rape cases never go beyond the police report, a further 27% are rejected by judges, 5% are ruled null, and all but the remaining 2% are abandoned before sentencing because of lengthy delays in the cumbersome Bolivian judicial process, lack of money and other reasons. One example of this situation is the Montaño family who have...

Lunes, Agosto 20, 2012 - 07:45 | Bolivia Weekly
A Mining Ministry study has shown that in Bolivia, state-run enterprises only generated 5% of Bolivian mineral production value and the private sector was responsible for 95% in the first semester of 2012. Of $1,832,000,000 in legally declared mineral exports through June, only $93,000,000 belonged to the state, leaving $820 million to medium-sized private mines and $919 to small and cooperative mines. To learn more in Spanish see:
Miércoles, Agosto 15, 2012 - 07:10 | Bolivia Weekly

An angry mob burned two Brazilians alive in San Matías, Santa Cruz as Bolivian police and military forces looked on last night. The two Brazilians were thought to have murdered three Bolivian youths on Monday. Brazilian Rafael Max Díez was being held in a police jail cell in San Matias and along with  supposed accomplice Jefferson Castro Lima when a mob of roughly 400 people approached the jail to murder the two men. Seventeen Bolivian police attempted to defend the jail and arrested men by...

Martes, Agosto 14, 2012 - 08:13 | Bolivia Weekly

President Morales signed 3 bills into law yesterday in Sucre at the Universidad Gabriel René Moreno, de Santa Cruz to benefit Bolivian university students. One law guarantees public universities up to 8 percent of the Direct Hydrocarbon Tax for educating rural youth and 5% for cultural and sporting activities, another provides thesis work for students in public institutions and the third provides scholarships for talented youth unable to afford rising paperwork costs associated with...

Lunes, Agosto 13, 2012 - 06:58 | Bolivia Weekly
Police say that they have captured members of the band of robbers that attacked two buses on the La Paz – Apolo route on the night of July 21st that left one passenger dead and eight injured. Bus robbery is a rare event in Bolivia where pickpocketing, and traffic accidents are the most common threats to bus passengers which is the primary mode of mass transit in the country.
Martes, Agosto 7, 2012 - 07:31 | Bolivia Weekly

The Bolivian department of La Paz has the most obese people in Bolivia at 3,387 of clinical obesity, Cochabamba (2,211 cases), ahead of Santa Cruz (2,032), and Chuquisaca (812 cases). Up to 2012, the Bolivian Health Ministry considered obesity to be an aesthetic problem but now classifies it as a disease with a distinct pathology. “24% of the Bolivian population that visits Health Ministry control points has grade one or two obesity,” said a Health Ministry Representative. The...

Jueves, Agosto 2, 2012 - 08:04 | Bolivia Weekly
The Oruro Public Ministry has cancelled an arrest warrant for popular TV presenter Milena Fernández. Officials had issued the warrant after Fernández described Oruro as “fetid” during an interview on the program “Brújula.”  Officials say that the only reason that they are cancelling the warrant is because Fernández had not been...
Martes, Julio 17, 2012 - 06:50 | Bolivia Weekly

Jindal Steel Bolivia, a subsidiary of the giant multi-national Jindal Group of India, has announced it will be abandoning its share of the largest iron ore deposit in the world, El Mutún, and breaking off its contract with the Bolivian government after months of fractious dialogue. Jindal announced that it will be initiating international arbitration against Bolivia. The government accuses Jindal of being behind schedule and not making the investments it promised while Jindal insists that...

Lunes, Julio 16, 2012 - 07:38 | Bolivia Weekly
President Morales passed a law this Sunday to construct a gondola from La Paz to El Alto as part of La Paz’s 203rd anniversary. Morales asked for the cooperation of ground transport workers who have initiated strikes and roadblock when the government has attempted to improve transportation by building trains or subways in the past. La Paz mayor Luis Revilla agrees with this idea and hopes to see construction start soon. To learn more in Spanish see:


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