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2011-01-27 13:40:00

Bolivians chewed coca leaves on Wednesday as a protest to change a 1961 U.N. convention to remove a ban on a practice that has been part of indigenous cultures in the country for millennia. Protesters gathered outside the U.S. embassy in La Paz to chew the leaf as part of a day of demonstrations around the country celebrating the coca plant and demanding that the U.N. Single Convention on Narcotics Drugs be amended. The U.S. said it would oppose the Bolivian proposal, calling for the 50...

2008-08-11 09:00:26

By Frank Bajak Associated Press LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Voters vigorously endorsed President Evo Morales on Sunday in a recall referendum he devised to try to break a political stalemate and revive his leftist crusade, partial unofficial results showed. More than 62 percent of voters in this bitterly divided Andean nation ratified the mandate of Morales and his vice president, Alvaro Garcia, according to a private quick count of votes from 900 of the country's 22,700 polling stations. The...

2006-07-02 18:24:28

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales' leftist allies will dominate a national assembly elected on Sunday to rewrite the country's constitution but not with the massive majority he wanted, exit polls showed. Constitutional reform was an election pledge of coca farmer Morales, the South American nation's first indigenous president, and he has billed the effort as a way to cement his leftist reforms and empower the poor, indigenous majority....

2006-07-02 12:16:20

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivians will elect a national assembly on Sunday to rewrite the constitution, a project President Evo Morales says will cement his leftist reforms and empower the poor, indigenous majority. Constitutional reform was a key election promise of coca farmer Morales, who took office as the South American country's first indigenous president in January vowing to end 500 years of domination by a white elite. "Today is the start of Bolivia's...

2006-03-23 08:15:00

By Helen Popper CHACALTAYA, Bolivia -- Times are hard for the world's highest ski resort, a dizzy 17,388 feet (5,300 metres) above sea level in the Bolivian Andes. Its glacier is melting so fast synthetic snow is seen as the only way to save it. Scientists say Chacaltaya's diminished piste could disappear altogether within five years due to climate change and, though this humble ski center is no Whistler or Chamonix, it is the only one the poor South American country has got. "This has been...

2006-02-24 16:50:02

By Helen Popper ORURO, Bolivia (Reuters) - Every day, miners in the Bolivian city of Oruro emerge from the underground gloom with dusty, grimy faces. On Friday, they emerged dressed in ceremonial ponchos, their faces smeared with the blood of sacrificed llamas. Simply to say thanks for staying alive for another year, the Oruro miners who eke out a living from abandoned state mines cut the hearts from llamas in a ritual offering to Mother Earth and Tio, who among Aymara Indians is...

2006-02-24 08:17:10

By Helen Popper EL ALTO, Bolivia (Reuters) - That Gap pullover you gave to charity might have ended up on sale at El Alto's muddy, makeshift market where mountains of imported second-hand clothes help dress the people of the impoverished Bolivian city. Stretched out on plastic sheets among the puddles, men and women rifle through heaps of tangled tracksuits, velvet jackets and sweaters, hoping to pick up a quality brandname for less than a dollar. The scene at the market in El Alto...

2006-01-23 12:07:16

By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, turned to fellow socialists, Indians, grass-roots activists and women to form his Cabinet on Monday and ordered them to root out corruption and adopt a new leftist economic model. The 12 men and four women were sworn in by Morales, some pledging allegiance with a raised left fist, others with a hand on their heart, and a few with both gestures. This was Morales' first official act after...

2006-01-22 19:42:00

By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Leftist coca grower leader Evo Morales was sworn in on Sunday as the first indigenous president of Bolivia with ambitious plans to overhaul South America's poorest nation and reverse five centuries of discrimination against the Indian majority. The latest in a string of leftists to come to power in the region in a backlash against U.S.-backed free-market policies, Morales won 54 percent of the vote on December 18, the biggest margin of...

2006-01-22 14:53:40

By Mary Milliken LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Leftist coca grower leader Evo Morales was sworn in on Sunday as the first indigenous president of Bolivia with high expectations of a better life for the poor majority in one of Latin America's most volatile countries. The latest in a string of leftists to sweep to power in the region in a backlash against U.S.-backed free-market policies, Morales won 54 percent of the vote on December 18, the biggest landslide since the return to...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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