June 23, 2008

THERE IS NO BOLIVIA:

Bolivia region 'chooses autonomy' (BBC, 6/23/08)

Bolivia's gas-rich Tarija province has voted overwhelmingly in favour of greater autonomy, exit polls suggest.

About 80% of the voters in the eastern province backed the measure in a referendum, several pollsters said.

The result is seen as a rejection of left-wing President Evo Morales' drive to redistribute wealth in South America's poorest nation.

Tarija is the fourth province to back greater autonomy.


Nor is there a Europe, A chance for Europe to face the New Truth (John Vinocur, June 23, 2008, IHT)
And now, since the Irish voted no in a referendum on a plan to reorganize the EU, and the EU's leaders held a flailing, ineffectual summit meeting to talk about what has been called a body blow to the community's integrated future, Europe is asking how to heal itself.

This is intriguing for three reasons:

a) It involves Europe articulating more home truths - although far from all of them - about the EU than it usually dares.

b) Those divisive truths, as the rest of the world is noting, suggest Europe is not going to be a unified global power anytime soon.

c) Yet the remedies being offered up for knitting the community together don't deal with the most excruciating realities.

The New Truth discussion acknowledges that Europe is not an affair of the heart that is welding self-sacrifice, resolve and patriotism into a common goal as a world player.


And yet, folks pretend it's either important or possible to hold together such patently artificial constructs as The Lebanon and Iraq.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 23, 2008 6:18 AM
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