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Most of modern-day Chile, Bolivia and Peru united under Inca rule. Mankind: The Story of All of Us V, History 2012
After four days in La Paz Beate’s campaign gathers some momentum. But the government still refused to extradite him. Beate decided to continue her fight on home turf. Nazi Hunters: Klaus Barbie, 2010
Bolivian authorities were pressured into taking action against Barbie ... The French President called for Barbie’s extradition. ibid.
Bolivia was determined to defend the corporation’s right to charge families … one quarter of their income for water. The Corporation, 2003
Pumapunku is an large temple complex located on a high plateau in Bolivia. Archaeologists date the site from approximately 200 B.C. The people who lived here had neither a written language nor the wheel, yet somehow they built one of the world’s baffling and complex structures. Ancient Aliens s1e1: The Evidence, History 2010
Ancient megalithic cut with astonishing precision. Sculptures depicting beings from around the world and possibly beyond. And legends of other-wordly giants creating entire civilisations in a single night. Ancient Aliens s4e6: Mystery of Puma Punka
Precision stonework, unparalleled engineering and incomprehensible devastation ... What was its purpose? ibid.
October 8th 1967 ... central Bolivia mid-afternoon: Government forces are closing in on a small group of guerrillas led by Che Guevara, one of the twentieth century’s most iconic revolutionaries. Later in a nearby village six shots rang out. Has the world’s most wanted terrorist been assassinated? Infamous Assassinations: Che Guevara
October 9th 13.10 La Higuera, Bolivia: After drawing lots, the task of actually executing Guevara falls to Lieutenant Mario Teran. He shoots him six times. Guevara lying helpless on the floor dies instantly. His last words are reported to have been: ‘I know you have come to kill me. Shoot, coward! You are only going to kill a man.’ ibid.
In assassinating Che Gevara the Bolivians unwittingly ensured his martyrdom. ibid.
When Goni was elected President of Bolivia in 2003, he backed a law that amounted to a fire-sale of the country’s resources. Almost everything was up for grabs, including Latin America’s second biggest gas reserves. John Pilger, The War on Democracy, ITV 2007
Imagine the aircraft of the President of France being forced down in Latin America on ‘suspicion’ that it was carrying a political refugee to safety – and not just any refugee but someone who has provided the people of the world with proof of criminal activity on an epic scale.
Imagine the response from Paris, let alone the ‘international community’, as the governments of the West call themselves. To a chorus of baying indignation from Whitehall to Washington, Brussels to Madrid, heroic special forces would be dispatched to rescue their leader and, as sport, smash up the source of such flagrant international gangsterism. Editorials would cheer them on, perhaps reminding readers that this kind of piracy was exhibited by the German Reich in the 1930s.
The forcing down of Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane – denied air space by France, Spain and Portugal, followed by his 14-hour confinement while Austrian officials demanded to ‘inspect’ his aircraft for the ‘fugitive’ Edward Snowden was an act of air piracy and state terrorism. It was a metaphor for the gangsterism that now rules the world and the cowardice and hypocrisy of bystanders who dare not speak its name. John Pilger, article July 2013, ‘Forcing Down the Bolivian President’s Plane Was an Act of Piracy’
By 1967 Che and his band of guerrilla fighters were in the jungles of Bolivia. The USA had had enough. Che had to go. So the CIA came up with a plan to get rid of him. Secrets of the CIA
The poorest country in South America, Bolivia, had been devastated by neoliberal economic policies. Noam Chomsky
In Bolivia, also a recipient of US military aid and hailed as a great success story, the military does not match its Peruvian and Colombian colleagues in the scale of state terror, but there was no US reaction to the declaration of a state of emergency by the President of Bolivia, following by the jailing of ‘hundreds of union leaders and teachers who he said threatened his Government’s anti-inflation policies with their wage demands’. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy, citing Joseph Treaster of The New York Times
A military coup took place in 1964. A 1980 coup was carried out with the assistance of Klaus Barbie, who had been sent to Bolivia when he could no longer be protected in France, where he had been working under US control to repress the anti-Fascist resistance, as he had done under the Nazis. ibid.
Bolivia: where the Incas say mankind was created ... The mysterious ruins of which feature magnificent megalithic blocks. In Search of Aliens s1e7: The Mystery of Puma Punku, H2 2014
Cut with some advanced technology – but what? ibid.
‘The giants jump out from the lake.’ ibid. Bolivian bloke
‘That bowl has two forms of Sumerian writing on it.’ ibid. Childress
High in the Bolivian Andes stand the awe-inspiring ruins of a massive temple city. This is Tiwanaku which is the Stone at the Centre of the World. Dr Jago Cooper, Lost Kingdoms of South America II: The Stone at the Centre, 2016
A civilisation that lasted over five hundred years. ibid.
A civilisation grew that eventually numbered a million people. ibid.
Beer drinking was an integral part of Tiwanaku’s festivals. ibid.
The 300-mile railroad wide west from the Brazilian border through dense Amazonian jungle in eastern Bolivia is known as El tren del muerte because it is repeatedly targeted by bandits with scant regard for human life. Thieves perpetrate all manner of scams on this route. Misha Glenny, McMafia
The Santa Cruz bust (tons of cocaine) was the culmination of Operation Moonlight, which included the cooperation of British intelligence, the Bulgarian police, Washington’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Spanish police and the Bolivian Special Force. ibid.
It’s like the largest most perfect ice-skating rink you can possibly imagine … Four thousand square miles of salt flats. It was in southern Bolivia. Simon Reeve’s South America IV, BBC 2022