Bolivia Hosted the World People’s Conference: “For a World Without Borders towards Universal Citizenship”

Aymara witch doctors attend a ritual during the inauguration of World People’s Conference in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba, Bolivia June 20, 2017

Leaders from four continents met to discuss the humanitarian crisis of refugees and the possibility of a world without borders.

Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / June 22, 2017

The World People’s Conference “For a World without Borders Towards Universal Citizenship”, which is held in Tiquipaya, center Bolivia, began on Tuesday with a respectful minute of silence for the refugees of the world. Above all, for those who lost their lives fleeing from war, hunger or natural disasters.

In his inaugural speech, Bolivian President Evo Morales denounced—without giving names—that the same agents that cause war and cause displacements and migrations are those who close the doors of their countries and build walls to prevent people from saving their lives.

The Bolivian head of State proposed to the forum, which included the former presidents of Colombia (Ernesto Samper), Ecuador (Rafael Correa) and Spain (José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero), a “joint debate to seek solutions or strategies to oppose to these walls”. Evo Morales has been for a long time a defender of a “Universal, Plurinational Citizenship” that liberates people from the constraints of political borders.

“Walls between peoples are an attack against humanity—they don’t protect, they create conflict (…). They go against the history of humanity, they mutilate science and knowledge, they spark hatred towards what’s different, they drown freedom”, Morales said.

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Bolivia's Tsimane have the lowest rates of heart disease ever measured

By Peter Whoriskey
March 17, 02017

A Tsimane father and son hunt fish in a river. (Michael Gurven)
The Tsimane people dwell in thatched huts in a remote corner of Bolivian jungle, and at dinner, the main meal sometimes consists of monkey. Capuchins or howlers. Other days, a hog-nosed coon, or with some luck and a grueling all-day hunt, a man might take a peccary, a kind of wild pig. Some find piranha or catfish in local rivers. For sides, the Tsimane may gather wild fruits and nuts, or harvest small farm plots, where they grow rice, plantains and corn.

Maybe, some will think, all that’s their diet secret.

According to a study published Friday in the Lancet, a peer-reviewed British medical journal, the Tsimane have the lowest rates of heart disease ever measured, and in the United States and parts of Europe where heart disease is the leading cause of death, the news is expected to arouse widespread curiosity and a question: How do they do it?

The Tsimane “have the lowest reported levels of coronary artery disease of any population recorded to date,” according to the paper written by a team of doctors and anthropologists.

The scientists estimated heart disease during examinations of 705 Tsimane, each of whom traveled about two days by boat and road to get to a clinic. There, they underwent sophisticated X-ray scans of their coronary arteries to determine the amount of calcium plaque, a measure of heart disease. On this basis, the Tsimane measured much healthier than any other people studied, including groups from the United States, Europe, Korea and Japan, according to researchers.

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La Paz adapts to a world without water

Photograph by Christina Holmes

High and dry
When the glaciers that fed La Paz, Bolivia, its water vanished, citizens woke to dry taps, civil unrest—and a Water General’s reign.

The city is high and dry after losing its glaciers
By Leslie Kaufman February 21, 2017

The early-morning sunshine, sharp and unfiltered in the high Andean altitude, flashes off the Water General’s sunglasses. He poses next to a 2,500-gallon tank that his troops placed behind this market of stalls in La Paz, Bolivia. The women who sell here—short, stout, and dressed in the multitiered skirts favored by many of the indigenous—line up with garlands of yellow flowers. The Water General bends so they may sprinkle petals on his head. A crowd of media, assigned to the event, duly take note.

Suddenly a man breaks through the crowd. He screams at the general and the Water Minister, Alexandra Moreira, standing at his side. “It is not enough. You are disrespecting the people!” the man yells. As the general’s troops drag the man out by his arms, he adds, “It’s the truth.” Moreira, in her skinny jeans and a navy-print blouse and suddenly looking far too young for such a weighty position, winces.

At nearly 12,000 feet in altitude, La Paz sits in a zone—the high tropics—suffering the effects of climate change quicker than the rest of us. The glaciers that once fed the city are in retreat; the seasonal rains that should replenish the reservoirs from November through February are increasingly unreliable. In early November, the federal government declared a state of emergency. Overnight, officials cut water to 94 of the city’s neighborhoods, leaving about half of its roughly 800,000 residents caught completely off-guard.

On television, the government promised to turn the taps back on in a day or so. But when the water did not return as promised, hundreds of people protested. They commandeered the cisternas, the tanker trucks brought in to distribute the dwindling water supplies street by street. In one instance, angry citizens questioned local water officials for several hours at a rowdy meeting, refusing to let them leave. That’s when the federal government sent in the Water General, aka Brig. General Mario Enrique Peinado Salas, to suppress unrest and enforce a rationing system.

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