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Alice Campaignolle is a journalist based Caracas, Venezuela.
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Maduro's 'anti-sanctions' crypto in Venezuela definitively buried

15 Jan 2024  |  RFI
The Venezuelan government has officially ended the Petro cryptocurrency, launched in 2018 to counteract U.S. sanctions. The Petro failed to gain traction both domestically and internationally, with Venezuelans preferring other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. The country's severe inflation and economic instability further undermined the Petro's viability. A major corruption scandal involving the state oil company PDVSA and the cryptocurrency authority Sunacrip exacerbated the situation, leading to widespread distrust. The Petro's demise reflects broader issues of economic mismanagement and corruption in Venezuela.

Venezuela: Lake Maracaibo, a veritable ecosystem victim of catastrophic pollution

13 Dec 2023  |  tellerreport.com
Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, the largest lake in Latin America, is suffering from a severe ecological disaster due to permanent oil spills. The spills have been ongoing since the 1980s and have intensified since 2016. Researchers estimate that approximately 160,000 liters of crude oil are spilled daily into the lake, which is rich in hydrocarbons with around 6,000 oil wells and thousands of miles of undersea pipelines. The infrastructure, managed by the state-owned oil company PDVSA, has been neglected due to the country's crisis, corruption, and mismanagement. The pollution has had devastating effects on local inhabitants, mangroves, and wildlife, including sharks, dolphins, and turtles. The lake's ecosystem is further damaged by a microalgae that thrives on waste and blocks oxygen and light, harming the fauna and flora. High levels of heavy metals are found in fish, affecting the local diet. Residents who once relied on the lake for income through water activities have had to find alternative sources of income. Despite various initiatives by associations, such as the Mermaid project that uses harvested hair to capture oil, the situation cannot improve without addressing the leaks. The government has announced a plan to reclaim the lake, and activists are hopeful for a collaborative effort to resolve the pollution issues.

Altair Rodriguez, the agricultural reinvention

12 Nov 2023  |  RFI
Altair Rodriguez, a former human rights lawyer, has dedicated the past decade to transforming her family's cacao farm, Finca Tierra Negra, in the Dominican Republic into a model of syntropic agriculture. This method, which integrates multiple plant species, aims to restore the environment and improve productivity. Despite initial skepticism from local farmers, Rodriguez is committed to proving the long-term benefits of her approach. The farm's history is intertwined with the country's political past, and Rodriguez's efforts are supported by organizations like Alter Eco. The article highlights the challenges and potential of sustainable farming in the face of climate change.

A wall in the Dominican Republic? No, an 'intelligent fence'

01 Oct 2023  |  www.latercera.com
The Dominican Republic is constructing an 'intelligent fence' along its border with Haiti, incorporating advanced technology for security. The initiative, part of the government's anti-Haitian policy, aims to curb theft and control migration. While some locals support the project for security reasons, others criticize it for environmental damage and government corruption. The first 50 kilometers of the fence, costing 28 million euros, were mostly built by Haitian migrants.

Coca, a Leaf Like Any Other?

20 Mar 2023  |  RFI
Bolivia is actively seeking to remove coca leaves from the United Nations' list of narcotics, emphasizing their cultural, nutritional, and medicinal significance. Bolivian officials, including Vice-Minister Freddy Mamani and David Choquehuanca, argue that coca leaves in their natural form are non-addictive and integral to Bolivian culture. Sociologist Sdenka Silva supports this view, highlighting the inconsistency in international drug policies. The Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to submit scientific studies to the UN and solicit support from the WHO, although the process may take several years.

The wool of vicuñas, stars of the Bolivian highlands

08 Mar 2023  |  www.letemps.ch
In early September, strong winds sweep across the Altiplano in Bolivia, where the vicuñas, revered in pre-Columbian legends, roam. Efrain Mamani, a member of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, leads a traditional capture practice called 'chakku' to gather the vicuñas. The community observes the animals' habits to capture them efficiently, using modern tools like motocross bikes to drive them into a large net structure. This practice, rooted in ancient traditions, now incorporates contemporary methods to ensure sustainable development.

The vicuña, 'gazelle of the Andes' and golden fleece of creators

01 Nov 2022  |  www.lefigaro.fr
In the village of Rio Grande, Bolivia, at an altitude of 4000 meters, the vicuña, known as the 'gazelle of the Andes,' is closely monitored by the local inhabitants and the Fondation pour le développement durable. The vicuñas are captured using a large net structure as part of sustainable development efforts. Efrain Mamani, a member of the foundation, explains the process and the importance of timing in capturing the animals.

In Bolivia, the battle for coca tears La Paz apart

28 Aug 2022  |  www.lefigaro.fr
The streets of Villa El Carmen and Villa Fatima in La Paz have been the scene of intense clashes between coca producers and police for over four weeks. The conflict has led to widespread destruction, with entire areas resembling no man's lands, broken windows, and school closures. Residents, like Anna, are living in fear due to the ongoing violence involving tear gas and dynamite. The Villa Fatima neighborhood houses the Adepcoca building, the coca producers' union.

In Bolivia, the extravagance of the popular Gran Poder festival

17 Jun 2022  |  www.lefigaro.fr
The Gran Poder festival in La Paz, Bolivia, is celebrated with great enthusiasm, marked by the joy and faith of its participants. Lola, after dancing for five hours, expresses the beauty of being together in good health for their Lord. The festival, which sees hundreds of women dressed in traditional costumes dancing through the city, is a special occasion for the devotees of Señor Jesus de Gran Poder, who dance with particular vigor and emotion, often passing the church housing the image of their saint in tears.

In Venezuela, the economy is on the way to informal 'dollarization'

18 Nov 2021  |  RFI
In Caracas, Venezuela, despite the official currency being the bolivar, an informal 'dollarization' is taking place due to hyperinflation, with prices for goods often listed in dollars. The economy is not fully dollarized, which makes small dollar bills scarce and valuable. Economist Benjamin Tripier explains that unlike formal dollarization processes, Venezuela is experiencing a bottom-up dollarization. While 70% of monetary transactions are in dollars, 76% of the population lives in extreme poverty.

Bolivia is once again in turmoil

17 Mar 2021  |  www.lefigaro.fr
Jeanine Añez, former interim president of Bolivia, was arrested and is reportedly in critical health condition. Her arrest follows the detention of former ministers Rodrigo Guzmán and Alvaro Coimbra, as well as several former high-ranking military officials. The situation has led to significant political turmoil in Bolivia.

The Triumphant Return of Evo Morales to Bolivia

20 Nov 2020  |  Le Figaro
Evo Morales has returned to his stronghold, Chapare, in Bolivia after a year of absence. He retains his eloquence and affinity for the crowd, engaging with them as if they were friends. Morales, appearing tired but smiling, expressed his gratitude to the massive turnout at Chimoré airport, dressed in the blue of the Movement for Socialism. His return is not just as a former president but also as the former union leader of the region's numerous coca producers.

In Bolivia, Evo Morales' successor promises change

20 Oct 2020  |  lefigaro.fr
In Bolivia, even before the final vote count is completed, congratulations are pouring in on social media for the victory of MAS, the socialist party of former president Evo Morales. Interim President Jeanine Anez acknowledged the victory on Twitter, followed by congratulations from Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, and former presidents Lula of Brazil and Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba, as well as Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

In Bolivia, Indigenous People Hit by Covid-19

21 Jul 2020  |  www.lefigaro.fr
Indigenous communities in Bolivia, particularly the Mojenos, feel abandoned by both departmental and central authorities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Julia Molina, a member of the Mojeno people, expresses frustration over the lack of governmental support and the slow response to potential Covid-19 cases, highlighting the broader issue of neglect faced by indigenous populations.

Bolivia postpones elections due to surge in coronavirus epidemic

07 Jun 2020  |  lefigaro.fr
Bolivia is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, with over 400 deaths and approximately 13,000 sick as of Sunday, doubling from 6,200 cases two weeks prior. Despite a strict quarantine imposed since March 21, the country is facing a sharp increase in cases, with the Ministry of Health predicting 100,000 cases by the end of July. However, areas less affected by the virus have begun a gradual reopening since June 1. As one of the poorest nations on the continent, it is crucial for the working class to return to work. The impoverished have started blockades and gatherings across the country demanding decent living conditions and economic revival. These 'hunger' protests often turn political, with demonstrators calling for elections following the cancellation of the October vote.

With Evo Morales gone, Bolivia remains divided

15 Nov 2019  |  lefigaro.fr
Following Evo Morales's resignation on November 10, Bolivian ministries hurried to remove the wiphala flag, a symbol of the Andean nations, causing distress among indigenous people who see it as a significant symbolic achievement. Abel Flores, who marched peacefully from El Alto to La Paz, expressed a desire for Morales's return, highlighting the division in Bolivia. Sociologist Franck Poupeau believes the next government will maintain the plurinational state, aiming to integrate all Bolivian nations.

Save the forest, give up coca

05 Nov 2019  |  rfi.fr
Bolivia is among the top ten nations with the highest deforestation rates, losing approximately 300,000 hectares of forest annually. The primary causes are cattle ranching and soy cultivation, followed by small-scale agriculture, which includes the planting of coca. This bush, valued at over $400 million in production, is traditionally used for chewing but also for cocaine production. In some regions, coca has become a monoculture, leading to the destruction of thousands of hectares of forest. The report by Alice Campaignolle, supported by the Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting, explores the challenges and potential solutions to the issue of coca cultivation's impact on deforestation.

Elections in Bolivia: Evo Morales faces the ballot box for the fourth time

11 Oct 2019  |  rfi.fr
Bolivians are preparing to vote in the upcoming presidential election, with incumbent President Evo Morales leading in most polls, followed by Carlos Mesa and Oscar Ortiz. Morales, who has been in power for thirteen years, is popular among rural and impoverished communities, while Mesa appeals to the middle and upper classes with a focus on government failures in ecology, corruption, and justice. The opposition, including the 'Bolivia said no' movement, calls for a return to democracy after a 2016 referendum where Bolivians rejected a new term for Morales, who is nonetheless running for a fourth term. The political climate is tense, with many undecided voters and thousands claiming they will not recognize a Morales victory.

Bolivia mobilized against fires, but logistics are lacking

17 Sep 2019  |  RFI
Bolivia is facing severe wildfires, with volunteers, Bolivian armed forces, and international firefighters from Argentina, Peru, and France working to combat the flames. Coordination issues, logistical challenges, and language barriers hinder effective firefighting efforts. The situation is further complicated by the upcoming presidential elections, with criticism directed at President Evo Morales for policies that may have contributed to the fires. Farmers are also demanding the lifting of an environmental pause that prevents them from cultivating due to the ongoing fires.

Bolivia: La Paz faces its hundreds of thousands of stray dogs

16 Aug 2019  |  www.rfi.fr
La Paz, Bolivia, is dealing with a significant public health issue with an estimated 400,000 stray dogs in the city and neighboring El Alto, far exceeding the World Health Organization's recommended dog-to-human ratio. The stray dogs, sometimes aggressive and potential carriers of rabies, pose a sanitary problem with hundreds of canine rabies cases detected annually, including 8 human deaths in 2017. Municipalities are overwhelmed and underfunded to address the issue effectively. While there are vaccination campaigns, they are insufficient, and authorities have ceased systematic euthanasia since 2015 due to protests from animal protection associations. These organizations have taken on the role of caring for, sterilizing, and finding homes for these dogs, many of which are abandoned, lost, or victims of natural disasters. Surprisingly, 80% of the stray dogs reportedly have irresponsible owners who neglect their pets' needs, including food, vaccination, and sterilization.

Bolivia: an opposition February 21st unlike any other

21 Feb 2019  |  www.rfi.fr
February 21, 2019, marks a significant day in Bolivia as it is an election year with presidential votes scheduled for October. Evo Morales is a candidate despite a 2016 referendum where Bolivians rejected the possibility of his re-election. Morales managed to secure his candidacy following a constitutional tribunal decision in late 2017 and the electoral tribunal's acceptance in December 2018. The first primaries in January, initiated by the government, are seen by many as a way for Morales to legitimize his contested candidacy. The opposition has called for mass gatherings in Bolivian cities, expecting tens of thousands to protest. With nine presidential-vice-presidential pairs in the race, the absence of electoral programs is notable, with most candidates focusing on their opposition to Morales rather than presenting proposals for the country.

Bolivia: The incredible story of Romeo the frog searching for his Juliet

25 Jan 2019  |  www.rfi.fr
Romeo, a Sehuencas water frog, has been living alone in an aquarium at the Alcide d’Orbigny Natural History Museum in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for a decade. Despite his calls for a mate, none had been found until a fundraising campaign on Match.com, initiated by Global Wildlife Conservation and the Amphibians of Bolivia, raised $25,000. Four expeditions led by Teresa Camacho Badani resulted in the discovery of five Sehuencas frogs, including a female named Juliet. The species remains endangered due to a deadly fungus and habitat destruction, but hopes are high for Romeo and Juliet's meeting on February 14.

In Bolivia, A Backlash Against Women in Politics

19 Nov 2018  |  nacla.org
Bertha Quispe, the first female mayor of Collana, Bolivia, faced significant political harassment and violence after her election, reflecting broader issues of gender-based political violence in the country. Despite Bolivia's high representation of women in legislative bodies due to a 2010 electoral law, women in local politics, like Quispe, encounter severe obstacles. The 2012 Law 243 aimed to address political harassment and violence against women, but enforcement remains weak, with many cases unresolved. The article highlights the systemic challenges women face in Bolivian politics, despite legal frameworks intended to protect their rights.

Bolivia, the troubled waters of Lake Titicaca

16 Oct 2018  |  RFI
Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, located between Peru and Bolivia, is facing severe pollution issues due to wastewater, solid waste, and mining discharges. Despite being a sacred site with breathtaking landscapes and rich in legends, the lake has been contaminated for over 20 years. However, there is a growing awareness in Bolivia about the need to address this environmental crisis.

Bolivia-Chile Border Conflict: Awaiting the ICJ Verdict

01 Oct 2018  |  RFI
Bolivians are eagerly awaiting the International Court of Justice's verdict on whether Chile must negotiate sovereign access to the sea for Bolivia. The dispute, which has severed diplomatic relations since 1978, is seen as a strategic move by President Evo Morales to boost his popularity ahead of a potential fourth term. Chile, however, firmly rejects any negotiations, citing a 1904 treaty. The ICJ's decision could significantly impact Bolivia's economic growth and international trade.

Blasphemy in Bolivia: a scandalous Virgin in a thong

16 Mar 2018  |  RFI
A drawing by Bolivian artist Rilda Paco depicting the Virgin Mary in a thong sparked national outrage, especially among the Catholic community. The artwork, shared on social media, was intended as a critique of the hypocrisy surrounding the Oruro Carnival, where religious devotion is overshadowed by excessive drinking and violence. Despite receiving death threats and facing potential legal action, Paco stands by her work, calling for greater maturity and tolerance in Bolivian society. The controversy has ignited a broader debate on art, religion, and social norms in Bolivia.

The Oruro Carnival in Bolivia, the other South American carnival

14 Feb 2018  |  RFI
The Oruro Carnival in Bolivia transforms the mining town into a bustling hub with 450,000 spectators, 60,000 dancers, and 6,000 musicians. Despite tragic incidents, such as a gas explosion causing eight deaths, the event remains a significant cultural and religious celebration. Participants showcase traditional Bolivian dances in elaborate costumes, driven by faith and devotion to the Virgen del Socavón. The carnival exemplifies Bolivian syncretism, blending Andean rites with Catholicism. The event also entails substantial financial commitments for participants, who eagerly anticipate returning each year.

A high-altitude bookstore for a different story of Bolivia

27 Dec 2017  |  www.rfi.fr
Plural, a bookstore nestled in La Paz's bohemian Sopocachi neighborhood at 3,600 meters altitude, specializes in social sciences and poetry. The store, which is also a publishing house with an in-house printing press, faces challenges such as competition from pirated books and a shift towards digital information sources. Despite these challenges, the bookstore, managed by Miriam Quinteros, remains a cultural staple for the local community, particularly attracting an older clientele interested in social sciences. The annual Feria del Libro in La Paz highlights the continued popularity of books, with significant sales and over 150,000 visitors.

Bolivian glacier samples ready for global ice archives

22 Jun 2017  |  sg.news.yahoo.com
An international team from the ICE Memory project extracted glacier ice samples containing climate data from Bolivia's Mount Illimani. Despite harsh conditions, they succeeded in their May 22-June 18 mission, obtaining two cylinders of ice to be preserved and studied in Antarctica. The samples, dating back 18,000 years, are at risk due to global warming and mining. Locals have protested to protect the glacier, urging the government to declare it a natural heritage site.

Crash in Colombia: The investigation goes in all directions and becomes a soap opera

16 Dec 2016  |  RFI
The investigation into the crash of LaMia flight 2933, which resulted in 71 deaths, reveals significant operational failures and potential regulatory oversights. The Bolivian Civil Aviation Authority and the Bolivian government, including President Evo Morales, face scrutiny for their roles. The control officer, Celia Castedo, is under criminal investigation, and the pilot, Miguel Quirogua, is criticized for critical errors. The investigation, involving authorities from Bolivia, Brazil, and Colombia, continues to uncover troubling details about the airline's operations and regulatory approvals.

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The reception of refugees in Sweden: a very profitable business

27 Sep 2016  |  www.radiofrance.fr
In response to the influx of asylum seekers, Sweden's Migrationsverket has turned to private operators, including hotels, retirement homes, and hostels. Among these businesses is Jokarjo in Malmö, led by 71-year-old businessman and former anti-immigration deputy Bert Karlsson. Additionally, the culinary scene in South America is gaining international recognition, with Danish chef Kamilla Seidler, named 'Best Chef of Latin America - 2016', co-leading the restaurant Gustu in La Paz, Bolivia.

Bolivia: when Evo attacks 'the empire'

26 Aug 2016  |  rfi.fr
On August 17, Bolivia inaugurated a special anti-imperialist military school aimed at resisting oppression, as envisioned by President Evo Morales. The school, which will teach geopolitics of imperialism and other subjects, is seen as a response to the U.S. Ecole des Amériques and is open to members of the ALBA alliance. Critics, including military analyst Samuel Montaño and opposition member Jimena Costa, view the school as an unnecessary expense and a product of Morales' aggressive rhetoric. The school currently has 71 students and can accommodate up to 200.

Bolivia: when Evo attacks 'the empire'

26 Aug 2016  |  www.rfi.fr
On August 17, Bolivia inaugurated a special anti-imperialist military school aimed at resisting oppression, as envisioned by President Evo Morales. The school, which will teach geopolitics of imperialism and other subjects, is seen as a response to the U.S. Ecole des Amériques and is open to members of the ALBA alliance. Critics, including military analyst Samuel Montaño and opposition member Jimena Costa, view the school as an unnecessary expense and a product of Morales' aggressive rhetoric. The school currently has 71 students and can accommodate up to 200.

Hydrogen, fuel of the future?

18 Jan 2015  |  www.france24.com
Germany is investing heavily in hydrogen technology to reduce its carbon footprint, with plans to establish 50 refueling stations by the end of 2015. France, while not as committed on a national level, sees significant innovation from companies like McPhy and students in Nantes, positioning hydrogen as a key player in the future energy mix.

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