June 08, 2006

Is Morales Delivering?

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Regardless of what one might think about Morales' politics, it seems he is serious on delivering his promises. On less than six months of his presidency, he has nationalized the hydrocarbons and has contracted out the development of the iron mines in the east, known as el Mutun. Now, it seems as though he is preparing to fulfill another of his promises: Land reform!

Bolivia starts "land revolution" amid owners' ire
Reuters via Yahoo! News Sat, 03 Jun 2006 3:58 PM PDT
Bolivia's leftist president, Evo Morales, took a first step on Saturday toward handing over a fifth of the country's territory to poor farmers, a day after angry landowners vowed to form self-defense groups.

Bolivia head starts land handout
BBC News Sat, 03 Jun 2006 8:42 PM PDT
Bolivia's president begins a programme to redistribute land, as owners pledge to defend their estates.

Bolivia Launches 'Agrarian Revolution'
phillyburbs.com Sat, 03 Jun 2006 3:20 PM PDT
LA PAZ, Bolivia - Leftist President Evo Morales launched a sweeping land reform plan on Saturday by handing over roughly 9,600 square miles of state-owned land to poor Indians.

Bolivia landowners vow self-defence as talks fail
Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News Sat, 03 Jun 2006 9:11 AM PDT
LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Angry Bolivian landowners vowed to form land-defence groups as talks with the leftist government broke down over plans to redistribute a fifth of the impoverished South American country's land.

Jindal Steel gets mining rights in Bolivia, to invest $2.3 bn
India Daily Sat, 03 Jun 2006 10:12 AM PDT
Jindal Steel and Power Ltd on Friday said it has won the development rights of 20 billion tonnes of iron ore reserves in Bolivia and will invest 2.3 billion dollars over the next 10 years for mining and setting up a steel plant in the South American country.

Bolivia Launches 'Agrarian Revolution'
ABC News Sat, 03 Jun 2006 3:06 PM PDT
Bolivian President Evo Morales Launches 'Agrarian Revolution' With Handouts of State Land to Poor Indians

Morales launches Bolivia land reforms
Aljazeera Sat, 03 Jun 2006 10:49 PM PDT
The Bolivian president has started a land reform plan by handing over about 25,000 square kilometres of state-owned land to poor Indians.

JSPL to set up steel plant in Bolivia
Deccan Herald Sat, 03 Jun 2006 3:51 PM PDT
Against stiff global competition, the Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) has been allowed, by the Bolivian government, to set up a US$ 2.3 billion integrated steel plant in the South American country by sourcing locally available rich iron-ore.

Morales hands over state lands to poor Bolivian Indians
The Jamaica Observer Sat, 03 Jun 2006 6:55 PM PDT
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Leftist President Evo Morales launched a sweeping land reform plan yesterday by handing over roughly 7,700 square miles (20,000 square kilometres) of state-owned land to poor Indians.


mcentellas said...

He's delivering on his promises. Sort of. Sure. But the cost of those deliveries in the long term ... I'm extremely skeptical. The kind of land reform he's suggesting is what happened in Zimbabwe. And we all know how that ended.

mb said...

Have you seen a more detailed description of his land reform program?