Issue - December 2009



December 2009

Editorial

In this edition An analysis of the right to vote or not, as citizens option in a democratic society; traffic road safety problem in Cochabamba city Petra Vissers tells us about some initiatives to educate people; Justin Gouin interviews Cochabamba’s Red de Mujeres Lesbianas and Bisexuales de Bolivia founder
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Issue of December 2009

A Right or An Obligation?
Article 6 of Bolivia’s electoral code states that every citizen has the right to vote in all presidential and parliamentary elections, without distinction. according to the code, universal, voting is direct, free, secret, and mandatory. Article 10 clarifies the latter means: to exercise one’s right to vote is an obligatory duty for all citizens of the Plurinational Republic.

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Issue of November 2009

Deep Vision; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Before meeting Raúl Candia, it was nearly impossible for me to predict what to expect from the young artist, whose success I had already heard so much about. I found myself wondering whether he would shy and uncertain of his talents as an artist, having not yet developed the perspective and lexicon of a seasoned master. Or would he be overconfident and proud due to his precociousness and early accomplishments? Upon entering his parent’s home to conduct the interview, however, I was immediately struck by his humble demeanor. As Raúl began to answer my questions, it became clear that he is not only modest in his achievements but also possesses the vision and insight unique to artists. His candor revealed the sincerity of his earnestness for artistic creation. I felt foolish for having expected such extremes.

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Issue of october 2009

Pinami Open Air Museum: A Hidden Gem in the Cochabamba Valley
In 1980, one of the Cochabamba Valley’s most important archaeological sites was discovered quite by accident in Piñami, a neighbourhood located in the town of Quillacollo. While constructing a playground, workers unexpectedly unearthed the ruins of a civilization dating back nearly two millennia. Further excavation revealed that the Piñami site contained hundreds of thousands of fragments of ceramic pottery, agricultural tools, cooking utensils, arrowheads and spears, the remains of local flora and fauna, and nearly one hundred and fifty tombs with well preserved human remains. After over twenty years, archeologists began to conduct serious analysis and began to work with the local community with the eventual goal of opening the Piñami Archeological Site to the public as an open-air museum.


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Issue of September 2009

Dance: Making Way for a Better Future?
Professionals joined by a love of dance and a belief in its ability to bring a community together and implement social equality, not only in cities but also in rural and deprived areas, have joined in the pursuit of making social inclusion a focus through dance. Projects in many different Latin American countries including Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico and, of course, Bolivia, are being brought together for the IV Festival Internacional de Danza de Bolivia; united by the pursuit of similar goals. The dance circle in South America is very small, so this festival, being held from the 1st to the 5th of September, enables all the separate projects to find and create new initiatives. The multinational aspect of the festival is enriching, not only for Bolivian culture but also for the culture of dance.


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Issue of August 2009

People & Incallajta, a cultural link to the future
The conceptions of history have been almost as numerous as the men who have written it. For many, it is the purpose of satisfying our curiosity regarding the past or a significant academic tool for creating future inventions. From its studies, a great deal of attention has been reflected on to the role of linking cultural heritage to processes of local development. This being not a vision, but an ability to generate dynamic processes related to identity. With archaeology, heritage, culture in the current context, and a philosophy of active participation by local actors, the Archeology Department of Cochabamba commits itself to the case of Incan recognition and towards the inscription of a World Heritage Site.


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Issue of July 2009

Changing Lives with Culture
At the height of summer in 1991 a group of street children meet to discuss the creation of a Theatre Company. Their minds are full of questions, bubbling with excitement as they talk. “Is it very difficult to make a Project?”… “The difficulty is how to finance the Project!” They consider all of the costs; accommodation, costumes, food. Their minds race through naïve ideas.


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Issue of June 2009

A debate on the elderly
At what age is a person considered elderly? The United Nations agrees that a person is considered elderly from the age of 60 onwards. This clarification enables the UN to decide when a person becomes eligible to receive a pension.


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Issue of May 2009

Creating a nation of bookworms
Gaby Vallejo Canedo is a well-known Bolivian writer, who in 1990, with her team, opened the first library for children in the whole of Bolivia: Biblioteca Th’uruchapitas. This little room that is their base for everything, although modest in size, boasts a collection of 7000 books, which fluctuates as donations are received or books are given out as gifts and prizes. Children are invited to afternoon group reading sessions, and these are loved so much that, as Ms. Vallejo chuckles, “We have some teenagers that have been coming to the library since they were tiny, and when I say: ‘When are you going to stop coming?’ they say: ‘Never!’”


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Issue of April 2009

English, More Than Just A Language
According to Antimoon.com, with an estimated 1.5 billion people in the World, and another 1 billion currently learning, it is very easy to see why English has become the international language of business. If you do not know English, and wish to pursue a career in engineering, law, medicine, or even science then learning English is the perfect way to “jump start” your career.


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Issue of March 2009

Ramon Rocha Monroy
Sara Vinci give us an interview with Ramon Rocha Monroy; Christina Moore climbs the Bibliobus proposal in an article; Rebecca Wearmouth gives an view about ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ movie; the Bolivian Scare Crow by Arnold Brouwer; and finally Walter Sanchez tell us about Graphic history.


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Issue of February 2009

Willaldea the art of living together
For twenty years Willaldea was a village near Buenos Aires, a workshop of art and expression. However, in 2004 the projects Italian founders, Guido and Yolanda, moved and the Argentinean village became a travelling theatre company, touring across the whole of the South America.


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Issue of January 2009

Makoto Shishido
Minato Kobori interviews Makoto Shishido, a member of Los Kjarkas; Barbara Walter wanted to know how and where the Don Bosco mission work began in Bolivia; finally Walter Sánchez brings us chronicals of the beginning of photography and the most representative photographers in Bolivia.


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A Right or An Obligation?
Article 6 of Bolivia’s electoral code states that every citizen has the right to vote in all presidential and parliamentary elections, without distinction. according to the code, universal, voting is direct, free, secret, and mandatory. Article 10 clarifies the latter means: to exercise one’s right to vote is an obligatory duty for all citizens of the Plurinational Republic.
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