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Video Game Puts U.S. Forces Against Drug Cartels In Bolivia’s Backyard, And Real Life Bolivia Ain’t Havin’ It

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Bolivia has been taken over by the Santa Blanca cartel, led by the notorious El Sueño, turning the entire country into one big narco state. U.S. forces have been deployed to take on the criminal drug traffickers in Bolivia. The whole chaotic affair is a war of guns and religion. That’s just part of the story for the upcoming “Ghost Recon: Wildlands,” a video game developed by France-based Ubisoft. Unfortunately for Ubisoft, this storyline might be a little too real for Bolivia.

Earlier this week, the Bolivian government filed an official complaint with the French Embassy over Ubisoft’s “Ghost Recon: Wildlands.”

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In a statement to the press, Bolivia’s Interior Minister Carlos Romero warned that Ubisoft could face legal action if the French government does not intervene diplomatically on the country’s behalf. Carlos Romero told Reuters, “We have the standing to [take legal action], but at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation.”

Bolivian officials are concerned that the game paints Bolivia in a negative light.

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The country has reason for concern. Bolivia, as Reuters reported, is the one of the world’s leading cocaine manufacturers.

Ubisoft says that Bolivia was chosen as a setting due to its beauty and culture.

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From the beginning, Ubisoft has maintained that “Ghost Recon” is a “work of fiction.” After Bolivia filed its complaint, Polygon reports, Ubisoft responded with a statement:

‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ is a work of fiction, similar to movies or TV shows. Like all Tom Clancy’s games from Ubisoft, the game takes place in a modern universe inspired by reality, but the characters, locations and stories are all fantasies created solely for entertainment purposes. Bolivia was chosen as the background of this game based on its magnificent landscapes and rich culture. While the game’s premise imagines a different reality than the one that exists in Bolivia today, we do hope that the in-game world comes close to representing the country’s beautiful topography…

So far the French embassy in La Paz, Boliva’s capital, has not responded to the Bolivian official’s request.

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Bolivian officials have not clarified what legal action they will pursue should France fail to respond. “Ghost Recon: Wildlands” is currently scheduled for a March 7th release.


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From Being Cooks To Being Mountain Climbers, These Bolivian Mujeres Are Challenging The Machismo Culture That Exists In Their Country

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From Being Cooks To Being Mountain Climbers, These Bolivian Mujeres Are Challenging The Machismo Culture That Exists In Their Country

While living in a machista country, these women are taking a stance and climbing ice cold mountains…in their skirts.

An indigenous group of women in Bolivia, known as “Cholitas,” are mostly recognized for their traditional attire, including round hats, large earrings, and colorful skirts. These women are sticking to their indigenous attire while they battle against gender roles of women in Bolivia.

What started off as a group of women who once worked as cooks in the mountains, then turned into a group of women who had a passion for mountain climbing. Leader of the mountain climbing Cholitas, Jimena Lidia Huayales, points out the criticism they’ve received such as, “How could a woman climb a mountain? That’s wrong!” Although mountain climbing is not under the expected criteria of what it means to be a “proper” Bolivian woman, being on top of a mountain is what makes them feel so free – above the world and above every oppressive inequality.


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These Are Not Your Typical Wrestlers, They’re Way Better

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These Are Not Your Typical Wrestlers, They’re Way Better

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Don’t let the colorful poofy skirts, braided hair and stocky physique fool you. These cholitas luchadoras can kick your a$$. For a good buck, they actually wrestle each other while their town watches.

Cholita, the diminutive of chola, is the name given to the local indigenous women of El Alto, Bolivia, and some of them have become celebrities thanks to the sport. Juan Mamani, a local luchador, taught them how to wrestle after people had lost interest in watching his fights.

“At the beginning, they thought of it as a bit of a joke,” said photographer Eduardo Leal. But that soon changed. “They are hugely popular, compared to the men,” he said.

When the cholitas hold a fight on Sundays, there are many tourists watching, but mostly locals. “I could see the local crowd was nearly all their friends,” Leal said.

Their popularity has come with a price, though. Some of them have lost their husbands or boyfriends because the men can’t stand to see the women show off their strength. You know, typical machista attitude.

The women dropped Mamani as their boss because he was keeping most of the money, according to Leal, but the cholitas have kept on fightin’.

Check out more pictures of these fierce women at Refinery29


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