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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 18, 2011 Victims break chains of slavery
QUOTE: A vast network of workers who are lured from Bolivia to Argentina on empty promises… Most endure long and brutal journeys before being sent to work in clandestine clothing factories under oppressive conditions…
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 05, 2011 Microlenders, Honored With Nobel, Are Struggling
QUOTE: microloans have prompted political hostility in Bangladesh, India, Nicaragua and other developing countries....But as with other trumpeted development initiatives that have promised to lift hundreds of millions from poverty, microcredit has struggled to turn rhetoric into tangible success.
New York Times May 05, 2008 Clashes Break Out as Bolivian Province Votes on More Autonomy
QUOTE: The vote deepens the rift between Mr. Morales’s vision for Bolivia, in which the country’s wealth in natural resources would be used to improve the lives of its impoverished Indians, and that of Santa Cruz, a prosperous, ethnically diverse province where many of those resources are found. “We do not want the creation of another republic,” said Carlos Pablo Klinsky, a provincial lawmaker who helped draft the statute. “But we do want control over our own destiny and our own resources.”
New York Times Nov 27, 2007 Four Killed In Protests Over Bolivian Constitution
QUOTE: Morales on Monday led a rally in La Paz of people who agree that a new political blueprint is needed to give the country's indigenous majority more political power. At the same time, opponents seeking more autonomy from his government launched counterdemonstrations in the cities of Santa Cruz and Tarija.
Washington Post Nov 20, 2007 A Health System’s ‘Miracles’ Come With Hidden Costs
QUOTE: Cuban doctors abroad receive much better pay than in Cuba, along with other benefits from the state, like the right to buy a car and get a relatively luxurious house when they return. As a result, many of the finest physicians have taken posts abroad. The doctors and nurses left in Cuba are stretched thin and overworked, resulting in a decline in the quality of care for Cubans...
New York Times Oct 07, 2007 The World: Living in Exile Isn’t What It Used to Be
QUOTE: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti and Venezuela are all discussing ways of bringing former leaders out of exile to face human rights or corruption charges, and legal experts expect these various efforts to be energized by a ruling by Chile’s Supreme Court ordering that Mr. Fujimori be sent to a jail cell in Peru to await trial.
New York Times Apr 15, 2007 In Mexico, a Furious Debate Over Abortion: Catholic Church Fights Legislation
QUOTE: a furious cultural debate gripping this nation, which allows abortion only in limited cases, including rape and when the mother's life is in danger. Abortion opponents cite cases such as hers as evidence that abortion should be further curtailed; abortion rights advocates argue that the procedure should be decriminalized so that women have access to safe abortions. The debate has been ignited by two proposals to expand access to abortions in this overwhelmingly Catholic country, considered a regional trendsetter on social issues. Mexico City's legislature is widely expected to approve a law on April 24 that would decriminalize abortion and allow the procedure during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Washington Post Jan 30, 2007 In Bolivia, Speaking Up For Native Languages: Government Push Is Plagued by Controversy
QUOTE: After announcing last year that all government employees would have to undergo indigenous language training, Morales's administration sought to require it of public school children as well, no matter where they lived. The proposal riled many in the parts of Bolivia that have little connection to indigenous communities, areas such as the eastern lowlands, where words spoken in Quechua and Aymara are often heard as threats to a way of life.
Washington Post Jan 22, 2007 Bolivia's Political Fissures Force Morales to Shift Course
QUOTE: Morales, and the slight majority of assembly members aligned with him, initially had hoped that the assembly, created last year, would enable them to grant indigenous communities more institutional power and a bigger share of government revenue. But long-simmering regional conflicts have interfered, with opposition assembly members insisting on more autonomy for local governments in regions that produce the bulk of the country's export income.
Washington Post Aug 17, 2006 Guest Workers Sue New Orleans Hotel Chain: Immigrants Say Decatur Group Failed to Deliver on Promised Employment
QUOTE: Latin Americans hired as legal "guest workers" by a major hotel group [Decatur Hotels LLC--Ed.] were recruited...after Hurricane Katrina...with false promises of good earnings and instead have been left with thousands of dollars in debt...
Washington Post May 02, 2006 Bolivia Nationalizes Natural Gas: Troops Deployed In Move to Block Foreign Influence
QUOTE: Bolivian President Evo Morales seized control of the country's natural gas industry Monday, sending soldiers to occupy fields that he contends private companies have plundered for years.
Washington Post Dec 18, 2005 The World: Latin America Looks Leftward Again
QUOTE: ...a new leftward tide now rising in Latin American politics. Tired of poverty and indifferent governments, villagers here are being urged by some of their more radical leaders to forget the promises of capitalism and install instead a community-based socialism in which products would be bartered. Some leaders even talk of forming an independent Indian state.
New York Times Nov 20, 2005 Che's Second Coming?
QUOTE: Morales is the first full-blooded Aymara, Bolivia's dominant ethnic group, to make a serious run for the presidency, which is in itself testimony to the extraordinary marginalization that Bolivian citizens of pure Indian descent, who make up more than half of the population, have endured since 1825, when an independent Bolivia was established.
New York Times Jul 30, 2005 Unending Graft Is Threatening Latin America
QUOTE: Brazil's scandal is just the latest reminder of the unremitting corruption that has marked Latin American politics since colonial times, when absolute rulers regarded newly conquered realms in the New World as their personal property.
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