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  • Addressing Balance in Bolivia

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    Originally posted 2008-07-26 10:14 am The battle between the “haves” and the “have-nots” has been joined as Bolivia begins to consider fundamental changes in that country’s constitution. Originally designed to disenfranchise the majority indigenous populations and confirm power in the hands of the fewer descendants of conquistadors and immigrant settlers the present Constitution leaves the… more

  • Ownership of Knowledge

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    Before there were universities, knowledge was curated in monasteries. Prior to organized religion, knowledge was archived in stories, songs, dances and art embedded in everyday life. Appropriation of this indigenous knowledge by church and state initially served to consolidate the power that accompanies the knowledge that was previously dispersed through communal ceremonies and rituals. Eventually,… more

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  • Bolivia’s Wealthy Minority Brings New Crisis

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    Manuel Rozenthal (Manuel Rozental <em_rozental@yahoo.com>) sent this dispatch on the growing political crisis in Bolivia. As I have discussed in earlier posts what happens between the minority wealthy and indigenous people majority in Bolivia will say volumes about the future of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. New laws in states with… more

  • Constructing Reality

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    In The Changing Context of News Work, Mark Deuze examines journalism as a social institution. As Deuze observes, in the era of the Internet, journalism has turned to interpreting rather than reporting, reflecting an “arrogant occupational ideology out of touch with the lived reality of its constituencies”. Within this new media ecosystem, Deuze notes, “media… more

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  • Generosity of Spirit

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    With the generosity of spirit that emerged in the 1960s, a willingness and desire to make amends for past wrongs committed against indigenous and other mistreated peoples threatened the ability of aristocrats to continue perpetrating these wrongs for power and profit. The public re-examination in the 1970s of what America stood for, and how that… more

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