April 1, 2007


Autonomy push sparks racial strife in Bolivia: One protester on each side has died, as citizens await a new constitution addressing the divisive issue (Sara Miller Llana, 4/02/07, The Christian Science Monitor)

Bolivia has long been dubbed the "South Africa" of Latin America, and for years leaders in the predominantly mestizo, gas-rich eastern lowlands have called for more autonomy from the central government in La Paz, the heart of the indigenous highlands. But since Mr. Morales, the nation's first indigenous leader, took office more than a year ago, the call for autonomy has grown louder and angrier, and so has the response. Race is its undercurrent.

The West blames the "oligarchies" of the East; the East says that Morales is fomenting hate toward those in the West. The province of Cochabamba is the geographic and political saddle over both, and now a flashpoint for violence in the tense legal battle for autonomy.

All they need do is look at the example of South Africa to see the wisdom of separate nations.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 1, 2007 8:10 PM

This is the horror which multiculturalism wishes upon us all.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 1, 2007 9:12 PM

Some time in the future OJ will write There is no USA/America.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 2, 2007 1:22 AM

Statehood for Delmarva, Long Island and Upper Wisconson (aka the Upper Peninsula)! Doesn't Texas have the right to break into 5 separate states if it so chooses?

Posted by: Dave W at April 2, 2007 3:19 AM

You've stumbled into the key truth--America isn't a nation. There never was an America so it needn't cease to be.

Posted by: oj at April 2, 2007 7:19 AM

The treaty that annexed Texas stated that 4 additional states might be created out of the territory in addition to Texas.. But I don't know if it still holds. Technically, the territory that came in the annexation was divided into 5 states - Texas, Oklaholma, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Kansas.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at April 2, 2007 10:49 AM

At the time it entered the Union, Texas was concerned that, as a former separate nation, it might not have enough influence in the Senate. By permitting it to split without congressional approval, it would, in effect be able to increase its Senate representation from 2 up to 10. Making more Senators is the reason we have two Dakotas, too.

Splitting California into three would have a similar effect, should they ever figure out that counties in Little Canada have more representation in the Senate than they do.

Oklahoma, other than the panhandle, was always north of the 1819 border established with Spanish held territory. The people of the Rio Grande valley in New Mexico never accepted the claim that Texas made over them (since they were there long before Texas), and the settlement with the Feds was simply to get the Texans to not make any more trouble over borders by buying them off.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 2, 2007 11:40 AM