Bolivia: the ever-expanding frontier of extractivism

by Marta Musić The re-authorisation of a 300 km long highway cutting through the TIPNIS is part of an extractivist-development model that the MAS administration of Evo Morales has been pursuing since the beginning of its mandate, while paradoxically denouncing capitalism and its disastrous ecological consequences. Indigenous and environmental social movements are staging protests across the … Continue reading Bolivia: the ever-expanding frontier of extractivism

Ecología política del turismo

La revista Ecología Política acaba de publicar su Número 52, dedicado al turismo. El presente número de la revista Ecología Política está dedicado al turismo, una actividad que ha obtenido menor atención que otros temas de la ecología política. Esta entrega de la revista—editada por Macià Blázquez, Ivan Murray y Grettel Navas—recoge un total de veinticuatro artículos que nos ofrecen … Continue reading Ecología política del turismo

Encountering Arturo Escobar

By Isabella M. Radhuber* Workshops were recently held in Barcelona with Arturo Escobar to discuss two of his key texts. Isabella shares some important reflections on the social and political role of researchers, what it means to place oneself as an academic and how we, more broadly, understand and relate with the world. I felt … Continue reading Encountering Arturo Escobar

Tensions and utopias: Bolivian environmental politics under Evo Morales

By Anna Kaijser* Capitalist ‘culture of death’ vs. an alternative ‘culture of life’? Recent environmental politics in Bolivia manifest contradictory tendencies and the entanglement of environmental matters with issues of territory, natural resources and national identity. MAS and the politics for living well In December 2009, at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference - December 2009 (COP15) the Bolivian president … Continue reading Tensions and utopias: Bolivian environmental politics under Evo Morales

Energy struggles: combating energy poverty in Catalonia

A diverse range of social and environmental collectives have come together in the past few years in Barcelona to form the Alliance Against Energy Poverty, successfully mobilising and fighting to stop energy and water cuts for families unable to pay their bills.* Household access to energy and water remains an urgent issue for well over … Continue reading Energy struggles: combating energy poverty in Catalonia

Political ecologies of enclosures and commoning in Mexico’s forests

The experience of Mexico, a global pioneer in community forestry, highlights the possibilities and challenges of commons as alternative forms of more just and sustainable socio-ecological regimes.* The experience of community forestry in Mexico, a global pioneer in common property arrangements in forest regions, highlights the possibilities of commoning as alternative forms of social organization, economic production … Continue reading Political ecologies of enclosures and commoning in Mexico’s forests

International call for struggle and solidarity with Puerto Rico

"We are asking the international community and the Puerto Ricans of the diaspora to show solidarity with the situation that our country is now experiencing"  Puerto Rico, a colony of the United States since 1898, currently faces an economic-financial and socio-political crisis with an economy that has contracted for 10 years, record-level outmigration and unemployment, and a massive debt … Continue reading International call for struggle and solidarity with Puerto Rico

Why is Bolivian mining still irresponsible?

A recently published study explores the reasons why the socio-environmental implications of mining have not improved under Evo Morales. Mining activities entail serious social and environmental impacts, which are well known to local communities in Bolivia. That is why many of these communities were excited about the adoption of indigenous and community rights, environmental protection principles and … Continue reading Why is Bolivian mining still irresponsible?

¡El Buen Vivir es para todos y todas, o no lo es!

Entrevista con Alberto Acosta, economista y político ecuatoriano. Por Felipe Milanez.* Alberto Acosta ha publicado en Brasil este año la traducción del libro "El Buen Vivir". En esta entrevista, hecho por e-mail, el intelectual ecuatoriano desarrolla una reflexión sobre la actual crisis por la que pasan los gobiernos progresista en América del Sur. La relación … Continue reading ¡El Buen Vivir es para todos y todas, o no lo es!

Extractivismo, neoliberalismo y el “proceso de cambio” en Bolivia

"No amenazar intereses transnacionales limitó el proceso de cambio" dice ENTITLE fellow Diego Andreucci, entrevistado por El País, en Cochabamba. [Esta entrevista fue originalmente publicada en El Pais eN y republicada en el blog Rebelión.] Tras la Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos sobre Cambio Climático celebrada en Cochabamba, el debate sobre la relación entre los recursos naturales y el … Continue reading Extractivismo, neoliberalismo y el “proceso de cambio” en Bolivia