It was great for Cutin arriving to Bolivia and getting a good book about the country from one of his colleagues. He got a copy of the book written by John Crabtree and Ann Chaplin in 2013 by Zed books.
It’s interesting because it makes a good balance about changes and about questions on change coming from Bolivian people. People say, they write. The publication was supported by PIEB, CEDLA and Oxfam.
The authors interviewed about 150 people from all over the country, from different municipalities and ethnic groups.
After they consider the role played by the popular organisations in defining the start of the change process in 2005 (when Evo Morales was elected president by representing MAS – Movimiento al Socialismo), they make a good analysis of land, campesinos and indigenous people.
Then they go through Bolivian geography: Altiplano, El Alto, mining and miners, coca producers, gas and the growing income for Chaco people (South East). Then they go to gas and the impacts it is having on indigenous people in the Chaco. They go to Santa Cruz and the changes that happened in power structures.
Finally, they go to the Amazonia north and go into conclusions.
Cutin told me that he considers important for himself (and for you too!) to read this book as a powerful tool to understand how social and political movements will define their strategies to elect president in coming October.
Will Evo Morales will be re-elected for the second time? Is there any other alternative to bring forward deepening the changes already achieved?