Americas

History at the Barricades: Evo Morales and the Power of the Past in Bolivian Politics

The following excerpt from my new book, The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia, looks at the roots, rise and presidency of Evo Morales, who was overthrown in what is widely understood as a coup on November 10th. The book excerpt, written before this month of violence and state repression, describes how histories and symbols of indigenous resistance have been wielded as tools for liberation and political power in Bolivia, from the government palace to the street barricades. read more

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Announcing TF’s New Editor: Dawn Marie Paley

Greetings readers,

After 14 solid years of working with Toward Freedom, our editor Ben Dangl is stepping away to take up a teaching position at the University of Vermont.

We are thrilled to announce that we have hired a new contributing editor, Dawn Marie Paley. She is based in Mexico and will no doubt bring forth grassroots perspectives and critical investigations from Latin America and beyond.

“I was honored to work at such a historic and critical publication for so long,” said Ben in a farewell message. “It has been a great joy and privilege to work with so many excellent and inspiring writers over the years at TF. Together, we navigated, reported from, and analyzed turbulent times spanning continents, US presidents, people’s uprisings, and years of war and peace. I would like to particularly thank the readers and TF board members who have stood beside us over the years as we worked together for global peace and justice.” read more