Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Who is Waskar Ari (Chachaki)? A terrorist's fellow traveler

Lincoln Journal Star ran this story Saturday about the paranoid over zealous Bush Administration's, swooning with Patriot Act powers denying to a simple academic and activist for Bolivia's "indigenous" peoples a visa to teach at the University of Nebraska. Turns out theres more than meets the eye, at least to any Nebraskan who is not enthralled by our liberal professors and the compliant University Administration. The administration is too busy trying to force out Hergert than keeping security risks out of its grid squares. Waskar T Ari (Chachaki) He received his BA in Sociology from the Universidad de San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia.and he also studied an MA in Political Science and have published several articles and books in Bolivia. For instance, in 1994 he published Historia de Una Esperanza, a book on economic change and the making of new tradition. He co-authored Tata Fermin (1996), a book on the Indian leader Fermin Vallejos and indigenous movements in the southern part of Cochabamba. He also edited Aruskipasinasataki: The Twenty-First Century and the Future of the Aymara Nation (2001), a book on the collective human rights of Aymarapeoples. As an Aymara activist, he founded the Kechuaymara Foundation in La Paz and other 7 grassroots organizations in Bolivia and Peru. In addition, he was the first director of the largest Internet site on Aymara peoples.Aymara Net. Dr Waskal champions a form of democracy for indigenous peoples that disregards hidebound respect for elections, much less for basic law and order, as he described in an internet aritcle "Aymara Rage, June 20004:"
In Ilave, a town of 90,000 near Lake Titicaca, some 560 miles southeast of Lima, the capital, lawfully elected Mayor Cirilo Robles was pulled out of a town council meeting, dragged several blocks, and beaten to death in the town square by an enraged mob on Apr. 26, the 25th day of a strike demanding that he resign.
Nevertheless, Waskar Ari justified the lynching: "The reaction by the Aymaras in Ilave "should not surprise anyone," said Bolivian Aymara historian, sociologist, and activist Waskar Ari Chachaki."The Aymara have a long tradition of collective government. For them democracy must be direct. It is not enough for them to go and vote every four or five years. They demand constant participation in decision-making," Waskar also favors ethnic "cleanliness:"
"In the rest of Latin America it might seem unusual for Peru’s Aymara Indians to want to separate from Lima and join Bolivia. But for us it is normal."
Segregationsists from the good old Jim Crow days might find a kindred spirit however, as he opposes racial mixing:
. " Interracial relations are "process of ethnic domestication" to be rejected by "counter-hegemonic fuerzas".
Professor Waskar expresses at best disdain for the "nation=state," labelling them artificial constructs of imperial powers, and the obstacle to native independence: When those national states (i.e. Peru, Bolivia, etc.) will disappear, "Amerindian nationalism will emerge from the ruins..." Change the date to the 1930's and the location to central europe and what do you have? http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=16843

4 comments:

Abe said...

Very interesting dimension to the situation.

Michael Moretti, La Paz said...

Did you simply overlook that the professor earned his PhD at Georgetown, or did you feel that was simply unimportant to include in a resume of his educational background.

I read many editorial viewpoints like yours, mainly from voices generated worlds away from the reality here on the ground. You might want to come visit Bolivia some day before offering fireside chats about the way things "should" be here.

As for the suggestion that the professor is advocating violence against his (or any other) state, reread the passages you make reference to and you'll note that he was simply analyzing a particular event -- in fact, what he speaks of is the grim reality here, as much as it may shock your (or my) moral sensibility.

If you want to debate his viewpoints, why not encourage the State Department to reinstate his visa so you can go head to head in one of his classes?

Dale Gribble said...

And Admiral Yamamoto studied at Haaahvaad! Educating our enemies has done America wonders! remember we are at war.

matt said...

You, sir, are an ignorant fool.