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Thursday, May 4, 2006
The expected hufflepuff from the American press - including (a surprise to me) the Christian Science Monitor, even the Globe editorial ... blah, blah, blah, none of it really worth repeating ... and then this balanced view: Globe: Annette Hester - Playing the gas fields.
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Spiegel: Bolivia Nationalizes Gas Industry, "The Looting By The Foreign Companies Has Ended" (Archive), discussion.
Spiegel: South America's new hero, Indian, Coca Farmer, Bolivian President (Archive), discussion.
Monday, May 1, 2006
Los Tres Caballeros, in Cuba signing a free trade agreement; ALBA, "Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas", "Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas", also means "dawn".
Also, TLC - Tratados de Libre Comercio, TCP - Tratado de Comercio de los Pueblos, and Mercosur or Mercosul - Spanish: Mercado Común del Sur, Portuguese: Mercado Comum do Sul..
All of this in opposition to: ALCA - Área de Libre Comercio de las Américas, or FTAA - Free Trade Area of the Americas, an extention of NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes everyone else.
Two days later the Bolivian state oil company, Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos, takes over the gas from Brazil's Petrobras, the Spanish-Argentine company Repsol YPF, British companies British Gas and British Petroleum and Total of France.
Tags: ALBA, ALCA, FTAA, YPFB, Alex Contreras, María Ayma, Dionisio Morales Choque, Loyola Guzmán, Ché Guevara, Bolivia, Evo Morales.