Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Mesa: Civil War Threatens Bolivia

President Carlos Mesa of Bolivia has warned his country will slip into civil war unless elections are held immediately. Just a reminder: this is all about the country's extensive natural gas reserves, which some people (i.e., those who don't live near them) want to nationalize.

Update: The State Department has issued a travel alert for Americans to avoid Bolivia, and has authorized all but non-emergency personnel to leave the country.