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Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal at http://links.org.au
August 27, 2008 — Federico Fuentes, Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal’s and Green Left Weekly‘s Latin America correspondent based in Venezuela and editor of Bolivia Rising, talks with Latin Radical about the recent referendum in Bolivia. It was called by Bolivia’s Indigenous president, Evo Morales. In spite of right-wing calls to defeat the referendum (and continuing threats from the wealthy eastern provinces to split the country into “autonomous” states) the referendum victory strengthened the position of a president who is introducing reforms that phase out the negative influence of multinational corporations and global privatisation.
[Note: although the voice quality is clear there is some static and radio interference in this interview, which begins about seven minutes into the interview.]
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On the situation in Bolivia, Fuentes looks at the role of the military, which after several hundred years of dominating the politics of Bolivia, seems to be changing with a new era of social reform.
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