BOLIVIA: The Same Scissors

Down the steep cobbled streets of La Paz, coca-chewing Indians trotted under huge packs of bundled alpaca hides. In the market sun, Indian women in outlandish derby hats and bright-colored skirts haggled over little piles of shelled corn. It was winter, the good time in the Andes. The Indians (who comprise two-thirds of all Bolivians) were not even aware that political storms threatened the peace of La Paz.

But among Bolivia's propertied rulers, the one-in-ten who have a vote, there was crisis. The uneasy coalition of "national unity" that President Enrique Hertzog...

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