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This week’s big story:
Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s largest province with 1.5 million inhabitants which Simon Romero describes as
a boomtown in the fertile lowlands. There avenues of glistening office buildings house some of Bolivia’s largest private companies and the headquarters of most foreign corporations operating in the country.
Besides finance and resource extraction, Santa Cruz is also home to agribusiness concerns that produce much of the nation’s food.
“I hope the government will hear the call of its people now, and not the call of [Venezuela’s left-wing President Hugo Chavez] and will start choosing its own course and accept this autonomy and decide it’s time to sit down and talk”, former president and leader of the opposition Jorge “Tuto” Quiroga told the BBC.
Evo Morales, who has taken steps to increase state control of the economy by ordering foreign energy and telecommunications companies to give control to the government, is not taking this well and rejected the autonomy vote claiming that as many as half the ballots were invalid. There was some rioting following the vote.
Three other eastern states – Beni, Pando and Tarija – hold autonomy votes next month.
More links and details below in the Bolivia section.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Financial Times’ Americas
Waving, not drowning: Cocaine now moves by submarine
Cristina in the land of make-believe
Good news from Brazil: S&P’s rates it “Investment grade’, but the big story in the country was that soccer star Renaldo got caught with three transvestite prostitutes because of “psychological problems due to his knee injury.”
Via Babalu, Babalu, Art Deco Havana:
Ecuador considers enshrining women’s right to sexual pleasure. Maybe they’ll meet up with some of the older Chileans?
A new face
Via Maria, IRAN’S WINNING LATIN POWER PLAY
Puerto Rican superdelegates back in the news
Hugo’s All-Too-Predictable Shortages