January 23, 2006

Bolivia Commentary

As far as I can tell, there hasn't been a whole lot of enlightening commentary on Evo Morales and Bolivia in the press. Two exceptions are "The Chequered Rainbow," by Forrest Hylton and Sinclair Thomson in the New Left Review, which nicely traces the history of social unrest and revolution in Bolivia over the past century, along with Benjamin Dangl's "Bolivia's Trial By Fire," in Monthly Review, which points out that the American "war on coca leaves" hasn't really achieved much of anything apart from getting people killed, and Morales isn't all that crazy to suggest that maybe they should, um, stop. Also informative: "Evo Morales no Che Guevara," by Ronald Bruce St. John.
-- Brad Plumer 7:27 PM || ||