Exactly one month ago yesterday, a right-wing coup overthrew Bolivian president Evo Morales and forced him into exile. Today on the show, Allen speaks with historian and journalist Ben Dangl about the events leading up to the political crisis, the developments of the past month, and the broader historical context for the forces at play in contemporary Bolivia.
Ben Dangl is a journalist, editor, and professor focusing on Latin American politics, social movements, and media. He has worked as a journalist throughout Latin America for nearly two decades, and is a Lecturer in Public Communication in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont.
Ben Dangl is the author of several books including The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia (AK Press, 2007) and the recently-published The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia (AK Press). He has contributed articles for outlets like the Guardian, Al Jazeera, the Nation, and Vice.