Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


Narconews: The Bolivian Earthquake Continues

The Bolivian Earthquake Continues

June 9, 2005
Please Distribute Widely

Narco News swarm coverage of Bolivia is now in full effect. Up-to-the-minute reports are coming in every hour with the most complete coverage anywhere of the Bolivian crisis - the "earthquake" as Luis Gómez calls it in his latest report in the Narcosphere. The entire Narco News team, including Irene Roca Cruz, Manuela Aldabe, Alex Contreras, Gissel Gonzales, Jean Friedsky, Luis Gomez, and Al Giordano, are working round the clock as long as these historic events take to play themselves out. We are also translating breaking developments from the Spanish language media that can't be found anywhere else in English.

In a report posted just minutes ago, Luis Gómez writes that, once again, prospects are doubtful that the Congress will pull it together and meet by the end of today, as planned. The meeting was to approve President Mesa's resignation and finally break the suspense over whether unpopular Senate President Hormando Vaca Diez, next in line for the presidency, would accept the office. Gómez also reports:

"All the country's social leaders say the same thing: that Vaca Diez and Mario Cossío (President of the Chamber of Deputies, Bolivia's lower house of Congress) must go, that new elections must be called. The mayors of the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba, Potosí and Sucre, together with the representatives of a few organizations, have begun a hunger strike to demand the same.

"The Armed Forces have set their position with respect to the constitution, and asked that a solution to the crisis be found. They now await orders, from whoever ends up as president, to 'pacify the country.' On the one hand, this sounds like a threat (both to the social movements and the seditious right wing in Santa Cruz), but on the other, at least as the high military command expressed it, it leaves one thing clear: the military is not with anyone, and will follow orders no matter who is in charge of the government."

Gómez's entire report can be found here:

And don't forget to keep checking the Narcosphere for updates:

From somewhere in a country called América,

Dan Feder

Managing Editor

The Narco News Bulletin

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news