Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Not everyone believes that vital natural resources are owned by multi national corporations, no matter what is written in the deeds and contracts.

There are three versions of this story linked on the Energy Bulletin. One from the NY Times, one from the Christian Science Monitor and the one linked below from which I copied these two paragraphs. It's interesting to compare the three versions.

Bolivia erupts

At around 8:00 am on Monday morning, massive crowds of mostly poor indigenous Bolivians gathered on the cusp of a mountainside that descends into the capital city of La Paz. They are residents of the massive shantytown of El Alto, located on the high plateau (the altiplano) that overlooks the valley which encompasses La Paz.

Workers in the massive informal sector, ex-miners "relocated" to the shantytown after privatization of the mines in 1985, the unemployed, recent migrants from the countryside pushed from their former livelihoods through the devastation of the agricultural economy in the high plateau, women in traditional indigenous dress with their unique bowler hats, shoe-shine boys, Trotskyist teachers, communists, socialists, indigenists, neighbourhood activists, populists, and others milling around in a jovial mood eating breakfast on the street, provided by women venders who have erected their food-stands along the opening path of the planned march for the nationalization of the country’s natural gas.

Sounds like fun,a little dance on the rubble of misery. Here's the links to places where this version of the story originated; places you might not ordinarily go.

New Socialist

(To ensure they are properly identified, I'm going to try putting the block quotes in italics)

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