The BBC on Latin America: Bolivia
The country's profile was interspersed with bits of an interview with Morales. In this interview, Morales talked about what you would expect: an international conspiracy against his government, for which there is no evidence as of now, the 'neoliberal' state tying his hands, race issues and, of course, the Constituent Assembly (CA). Interestingly enough, Evo was the first to admit that the CA is designed to give his administration more power. He uses a dangerous, hate-inducing rhetoric to make his point. Read the interview from where Morales' bit were obtained here (in Spanish). Reading the rest of the interview, where Morales says that the CA will have unlimited power, makes one wonder exactly when this interview took place. An article on BBC regarding this interview (in English).
Other interesting bit was an interview with Abram Delgado, a little-known representant of one of El Alto's social organizations. He said that El Alto didn't really care whether the president was Morales, that after the grace period (one or two years) they would bring him down if they perceived him as inefficient or not maintaning his electoral promises.
On the downside, the portrait of Santa Cruz was somewhat inaccurate. Santa Cruz was shown as a predominantly white region, where all of Bolivia's energetic resources could be found. It is important to remember that Santa Cruz is more than the city, for starters. In the Santa Cruz department, there is also widespread poverty and, racially speaking, whites are still the minority, regardless of what the former Miss Bolivia may have said. Also, one of the most important points regarding Santa Cruz's economic performance, as opposed to that of La Paz, is climate. Santa Cruz's soil is much more fertile and agriculture-friendly than the Altiplano. Regarding energetic resources, Santa Cruz does not have all of Bolivia's reserves. In fact, Tarija is becoming an increasingly important energetic hub. Some rumours even point to Northern La Paz as an oil-rich region.
I was also dissapointed not to hear more on the CA battle. Seeing how Evo is Chavez's pupil and how he said that he wants to gain power through it, I think that the repoert should have discussed it in more detail.
Paul Mason's blog from Bolivia can be found here.
Bolivia, Bolivien, Evo, Evo Morales