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Tatiana Tenemos también algunas batallas We also have some battles
que hemos…que hemos tenido. that we have…that we have had.
La batalla de Ingavi, The Battle of Ingavi,
la batalla de Aroma, the Battle of Aroma,
la batalla de… the Battle of…
Antonina La guerra del Chaco. The Chaco War.
Con la guerra del Chaco With the Chaco War
fue que perdimos la parte it happened that we lost part
de Paraguay of Paraguay
y un poco de Argentina. and a little bit of Argentina.
Eh, la de—lo que era— Uh, the—what was—
como saben, as you know,
de la parte of the part
de Argentina, of Argentina,
la parte del Chaco, the part of Chaco
es muy cálido. is very warm.
Es muy…es muy seco It’s very…it’s very dry
y muy cálido. and very warm.
Y todos los soldados And all the soldiers
que teníamos that we had
en ese tiempo at that time
eran de lugares muy fríos. Were from very cold places.
Y lo que más nos ayudó, And what most helped us,
bueno, well,
les ayudó al adversario helped the opponent (adversary)
al poder ganar la guerra del Chaco, to be able to win the Chaco War,
fue que nuestros hombres was that our men
no estaban capacitados Were not prepared (qualified)
para soportar to withstand
el clima tan cálido. the very warm climate.
Ellos se deshidrataban They became dehydrated
muy rápido very quickly
y perdimos muchos hombres and we lost many men
más por deshidratacion More from dehydration
que por la guerra than from the war
en sí. in itself.
Así que fue que So it was that
perdimos la parte del Chaco. we lost the part of Chaco.
Tatiana Bueno después de— Well after the—
a pesar de despite
las muchas guerras y the many wars and
de las muchas…de las muchas pruebas the many…the many trials
que ha podido pasar Bolivia, that Bolivia has passed through,
ahora vamos a ver un poquito now we are going to see a little
de cómo está la economía of how the economy is (what’s the economy like)
de Bolivia of Bolivia
y cómo está la presidencia and how the presidency is
de Bolivia. of Bolivia.
Antonina ¡Ay, ni me hables Oh, don’t even talk
de eso! about that!
Nuestro querido presidente. Our dear president.
Es por eso It’s because of that
que estamos aquí nosotras ahora that we’re here now
porque queremos mejorar a because we want to improve
nuestro país. our country.
Queremos que sea mejor We want it to be better
y que—que pueda un día surgir and that—that one day it may arise
porque Bolivia because Bolivia
es un país hermoso. is a beautiful country.
Pero luego los gobernantes— But then the leaders—
como dicen, as they say,
depende quién los gobierne, it depends who is governing them,
así van a ser también las personas that’s how the people will be
que son gobernadas. that are governed.
Tatiana El presidente de Bolivia The president of Bolivia
en este momento right now (in this moment)
es Evo Morales. is Evo Morales.
Evo Morales ha sido electo Evo Morales has been elected
por segunda vez. for the second time.
Lamentablemente, Unfortunately,
la—un sesenta por ciento the—sixty percent
de la población of the population
de Bolivia of Bolivia
es indígena is indigenous
y este, y esta persona and um, and this person
que ha sido escogido that has been elected (chosen)
es un indígena. is indigenous.
Es Evo Morales. It’s Evo Morales.
Él [espera] no tiene… He [wait] doesn’t have…
Antonina Antes, para aclararles, First (before), to clear things up,
un indígena an indigenous person
es una persona is a person
que vive en el campo that lives in the country
que no ha recibido una educación, that hasn’t received an education,
que no ha recibido— that hasn’t received—
que su nivel that his level
de vida es…es bajo. of life is…is low.
No sólo el hecho económicamente, Not only the fact economically
sino también intelectual. but also intellectually.
Antonina O sea, estamos diciendo Rather, we are saying
que nuestro querido presidente that our dear president
no ha terminado has not finished
la secundaria todavía, high school yet,
y el nivel and the level
que él tiene that he has
de conocimiento intelectual of intellectual knowledge
es muy poco. is very low (little).
Tatiana Y se dan cuenta And you realize
las…las responsabilidades the…the responsibilities
que tiene un presidente that a president has
son tan grandes are very great
porque tiene que gobernar because he has to govern
a un país. a country.
Él tiene que hacer los tratados He has to make the treaties
de comercio of business
con todos los países with all of the countries
que están a nuestro alrededor. that are around us.
Tiene que hacer He has to do
los eventos. the events.
Tiene que saber He has to know
qué es lo…qué es lo bueno what is…what is good
para nuestro país. for our country.
Cuáles son las ventajas What are the advantages
que tenemos para exportar that we have to export
o las cosas or the things
que tenemos that we have
para importar. to import.
Pero lamentablemente, But unfortunately,
por el estudio because of the study
que él ha tenido, that he has had,
tal vez él no conoce perhaps he’s not familiar with (doesn’t know)
muchas de esas cosas. many of these things.
Y él se apoya And he leans
en otras personas on other people
que las cuales pueden hacer that can do
un poco de bien a little good
en nuestro país. in our country.
Pero más quieren But mostly they want
un bien para ellos mismos. good for themselves.
Antonina Como, por ejemplo, Like, for example,
Hugo Chávez. Hugo Chavez.
Ahora están, Right now they are
muy aliados very close
con Hugo Chávez, with Hugo Chavez,
y el presidente and the president
de Cuba, from Cuba,
Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro.
Ellos están tratando de volver a Bolivia They are trying to change Bolivia
a un—en un país comunista. to a—into a Communist country.

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