Monday, June 13, 2005

Back from trip

I had a very nice weekend in Germany and Switzerland where i attended the wedding of a colleague. Pictures may soon follow since i took many. I can't post them now since it is late and i just came back from the PhD graduation party of my friend Thomas.

So, about Bolivia, we have a new president and it seems that he is willing to make new elections. However, the social movements are still insisting in nationalization. Interestingly enough, most of the people are in favor of it, even in Santa Cruz. So what should be the conclusion? That we should nationalize even if it is a mistake? Big issue, huh? How do you make decisions based on the opinion of people that doesn't know all the details? You can see here how these movements can coerce you to join them even if you don't agree.

I might be posting something about my weekend trip tomorrow, stay tuned.

Update: I wanted to link to this article. It is favourable to former president Mesa which has been quite rare these last months. When he entered office there was a lot of hope but unfortunately things didn't turn out good.

3 Comments:

Anonymous viva il comunismo e la libertà! said...

why do you think that nationalization is a mistake??!
isn't it true that multinationals are exploiting resources leaving to Bolivia only about 15% and a lot of problems?

3:07 AM  
Blogger Alexey said...

It already happened that nationalization didn't deliver what it promised: http://www.novembrino.com/histgas.htm .

In the old law i think that these companies payed 18% as regalias and i don't know how much more as taxes.

What i am mainly against is fanatism. If i or someone else doesn't agree with a fanatic's viewpoint then we are accused as traitors. What this discussion needs is hard numbers. As it is now, everybody pulls "facts" out of a hat.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Dario said...

sure, i also don't like fanatism.
but from the little i know seems to me good that there is some rebellion against the big patrol companies and these US-friends presidents...i don't have time to read all the links you suggest, already I spend too much time reading the italian newspapers! but we can talk about it this evening and you can explain me more.

4:50 AM  

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