The democracy center is an amazing source for Bolivian news especially as it pertains to US relations and globalization. Please take some time to check them out and read through some of the article posted on there website. Although maybe not their best works, I have posted below the three most recent publications. Pick something, read about it, and we can discuss when we come together. http://www.democracyctr.org/index.php
Founded in San Francisco in 1992, The Democracy Center works globally to advance social justice through a combination of investigation and reporting, training citizens in the art of public advocacy, and organizing international citizen campaigns. Through all of these efforts the Center is working to help build a global citizenry that understands the public issues before it and is able to take effective public action. A special emphasis of our work is economic globalization and the movement for global democracy and justice.
Evo Visits the U.N., and John Stewart
September is the month when heads of state head to New York to give speeches before he U.N. There always seems to be one world leader that robs the most news at the annual President-fest, usually by saying the most outrageous thing in public. Last year it was Venezuela's Hugo Chavez declaring that George W. Bush was the devil ("I still smell sulfur"). This year it was Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declaring at Columbia University that Iran has not a single gay person living within its borders. Bolivia usually receives little notice at such gatherings, but this year President Evo Morales found an unlikely forum that gained him millions of viewers, and a good number of new fans. Bolivia's first indigenous President made a guest appearance on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with John Stewart. While other heads of state in N.Y. ranted, Bolivia's President walked away as "Evo the likeable." Leaving the stage he joked to Stewart, "Just please don't call me part of the Axis of Evil." Here's our Blog post with a link to a video of the show: http://www.democracyctr.org/blog/2007/09/evo-visits-comedy-central-and-daily.html
"Next He'll Want to Move Disney World"
While in New York at the U.N., President Morales also commented about the difficulties his aides endured to get visas to enter the U.S., a chronic problem for Bolivia and other poorer countries. He then suggested that maybe it was time to look into whether the U.N. should be in the U.S. at all. The U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia, Mr. Goldberg, proved again that he wasn't quite ready for prime time duty. A wiser diplomat might have sought to smooth things over by offering to assist the Bolivian government with the visa problem. Instead Mr. Goldberg, declared publicly, "I wouldn't be surprised if he [Morales] would also want to move Disney World." This set off a silly war of words between the two governments that lasted weeks. Here's our Blog post: http://www.democracyctr.org/blog/2007/10/when-public-figures-say-foolish-things.html
OUR NEW REPORT ON BOLIVIA'S STRUGGLE TO WRITE A NEW CONSTITUTION For more than a year, Bolivia has been in the midst of a historic struggle to write a new Constitution. While the work of writing the new national 'magna carta' has taken place in a Constituent Assembly, elected by the people to undertake the historic task, conflicts over it have spilled out into the streets in every major city in the nation, including here in Cochabamba where three men were left dead in street battles last January. To help interested readers more fully understand what the Constituent Assembly and the process of Constitutional reform means for Bolivia, The Democracy Center assigned a special team (a mix of Bolivians and people from the U.S.) to assemble the story. Our new briefing paper, Re-Founding Bolivia: A Nation's Struggle Over Constitutional Reform, is the product of their work. You can read the paper here: http://democracyctr.org/bolivia/documents/ssi/assembly_brief2.htm
Brett Fleishman,Andes & Amazon Semester, Spring 2008
The democracy center is an amazing source for Bolivian news especially as it pertains to US relations and globalization. Please take some time to check them out and read through some of the article posted on there website. Although maybe not their best works, I have posted below the three most recent publications. Pick something, […]
Well, I guess I am currently writing the first email on the Yak Yak board for our group. I was wondering where you all are from and what your interests are. Personally, I am an adventurous person but I am nervous because this program sounds really rustic and like it involves a lot more trekking than I have ever done before.I can't believe that it is only about a month before we leave. I am so excited to meet you guys! Anyway, they said we should post some information about ourselves so here I go. I am 19 years old and this program is part of my Gap Year before I attend Bryn Mawr University. Last semester, I went to Costa Rica and taught English with a program called Global Routes. I am from Piedmont, California (East Bay about 20 minutes from San Francisco.) I love to sing and ski! I would love to here how everyone is feeling a month before we take off and share packing advice. Does anyone have a exercise routine? Please post!
Marisa La Piana,Andes & Amazon Semester, Spring 2008
Hey All, Well, I guess I am currently writing the first email on the Yak Yak board for our group. I was wondering where you all are from and what your interests are. Personally, I am an adventurous person but I am nervous because this program sounds really rustic and like it involves a lot […]
Welcome to the Where There Be Dragons Yak Yak message board for theVisions of India Semester, Spring 2008!
As you’ll soon discover, the “Prep” section of this board is a valuable forum for self-introductions, for building community, and for addressing any and all questions that arise during the upcoming months. Until the start of your semester in February, this will be THE place to find important notices related to your course’s development and itinerary design. It’ll also be the place to learn about your fellow students and instructors.
So please, post a personal introduction! It may reflect any number of things about you, like your interests, reasons for choosing Dragons, independent study considerations, or any other creative thought, question or inspiration. Please also consider posting your packing and prep-related questions to this section. Don’t be shy - if you have a question, it’s likely that someone else in your group has been wondering the same thing. Your instructors have a lot of experience (and many, many tips) that they’re excited to share with you. So please, ask away.
Setting up the Yak Board, in many ways, marks the start of your course. It’s the first step in establishing the community that will support you throughout the journey that lies ahead. Together, you will learn to walk, dress, eat, talk and think in an entirely new way. You will see landscapes that will cause your jaw to drop, and meet people that will touch, change and inspire your life forever. Although your course’s official start date is still weeks away, we would like to remind you that your adventure actually began the day you made the choice to join Dragons. Choosing to make your dream a reality took immense amounts of courage, and all of us congratulate you on taking that first, and most important, step.
Welcome to Dragons. We’re excited to share in your adventure!
Dragons' Administrative Staff
Special Note for Parents & Friends: If you would like to share a message for the entire group, post an article that is relevant to the country your student is traveling in, or submit your own reflection that is relevant to the country and/or applicable to the viewing interest of all general observers of the Yak Board, we invite you to make a posting. Unfortunately, we cannot clear personal postings that aren’t intended for a large group audience. If you have a message that you’d like to share with a single course participant, please write to them at their personal email address. Keep in mind that you’re always welcome to email us directly if you have a question for the instructors or admin staff: email@example.com. In addition to email, you’re also welcome to call our office at: 1-800-982-9203. Thank you!
Dragons Administration,Andes & Amazon Semester, Spring 2008
Welcome to the Where There Be Dragons Yak Yak message board for theVisions of India Semester, Spring 2008! As you’ll soon discover, the “Prep” section of this board is a valuable forum for self-introductions, for building community, and for addressing any and all questions that arise during the upcoming months. Until the start of your […]