Daily Archives: June 24, 2012

Using humor to understand corruption in Bolivia

This is from El Diario, May 29, 2012:

Two people talking at the balconies of the former Congress, now Assembly:

Woman 1: “…Congressman “Osney” wants to be given Bs7,000 bonuses! Says his congressman stipend is Bs12,000 is misery and it doesn’t even cover his expenses..!”

Woman 2: “…it must be because of that… some of them ‘raising hands’ negotiate with false passports, illegal income to the ‘Unipol’ [police], smuggled vehicles, etc…!”

This is from Los Tiempos, May 29, 2012:

Newspaper headline “Evo says it costed him a lamb to approve a course”

Piece of an article: “President Evo Morales revealed yesterday that his father gave his teachers a lamb, so he could jump a course grade in elementary school, from sixth to eighth, so he could continue studying since he lost one year as llama’s herder because he got bad grades”

Boy: “daddy, I’m afraid you have to start buying a lamb!”

Dog: “and there you go, a kid with a great future in this country!”

 From El Diario, June 8, 2012:


The newly appointed general commander of the police force, surrounded by contraband, narcotraffick, corruption…



From La Prensa, June 19, 2012:

Bolivian Justice performance:

First drawing: “when the opposition is investigated”

Second: “when government officials are investigated”