Bolivian President Evo Morales is staking his bid for a third term on improving the lot of his poorest citizens. But many of those poor Bolivians work in mines, where conditions are deadly and there's little sign that anything is set to improve.
What if President Obama joined the NBA's Washington Wizards? Obama might want to consider that, after he hears what Bolivian President Evo Morales is up to. Morales has just been offered a contract to play professional soccer in Bolivia's first division.
Our Geo Quiz today involves the conflict that broke out in 1879, involving Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, known as the War of the Pacific. This war that redrew the map of South America also goes by two other unlikely names.
Evo Morales swept into power in Bolivia as the first indigenous president in a nation that counts indigneous people as almost two-thirds of its population. He promised reforms and has followed through, though many say they're not far-reaching enough. Or they're just not buying in at all.
We're headed to the Andes for the Geo Quiz. We're looking for two countries on the South American continent where chewing coca leaves remains popular. It's been a cultural tradition of indigenous people in Andean countries for centuries.
US relations with Bolivian President Evo Morales continue to crumble. Washington and La Paz have thrown each other's ambassadors out. Bolivia acuses the US ambassador of having conspired with the opposition to incite violent protests.
We continue with our occasional series on unofficial anthems from around the globe. Today, we hear the song "Canto a Avaroa" from Bolivia. Also, we asked to you name the five countries that border Bolivia in our Geo Quiz.