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Bolivia

Bolivia & Argentina – Dynamic drug trafficking

Drug trafficking is a challenge for Bolivia and Argentina too. Bolivia is the third largest producer of coca leaf, (behind Peru and Colombia), forcing traffickers to move there. According to recent estimates, about 30,000 hectares of Bolivian land are devoted to coca cultivation, while Bolivia’s legal coca crop limit is 12,000 hectares (for traditional use).…

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Bolivia – Market theology

The market has a bit of everything – fruit and vegetables and then there are rice, baby food, galoshes, vermicelli and pumpkins as well as all sorts of meat and fish. One characteristic of the market is the great number of pedlars selling their sandwiches, ready meals, ice cream and an amount of beverages such…

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Bolivia – “Evangelization is not only for the soul”

The Apostolic Vicariate of Beni spans six of the eight provinces that make up the Amazonian department of Beni, in north-eastern Bolivia. Since 1987, Julio María Elías Montoya, a 67-year-old Spanish Franciscan has been its bishop. Southworld spoke with him in Trinidad, the capital of Beni, about the situation of the indigenous peoples and the…

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Bolivia – The Rocky Road to Democracy

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  After the end of the cold war, qualified analysts foresaw the inevitable marginalisation of Latin America. It would be gradually absorbed by a globalisation led by the United States. However, the emerging multi-polar framework rearranged the global geopolitical balance allowing the continent to re-emerge. It worked out its own role, a clear break with…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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