Once You Pop, You Can't Stop


Bolivia's economy is in the crapper, and the last week has seen violent clashes between protestors and police, with perhaps 65 people killed. But you know who's really suffering down there? Privileged American tourists:

The couple has been living on Pringles potato chips and chocolate bars since the violence began Sunday but occasionally treat themselves to a meal in the hotel's restaurant, where prices have skyrocketed in the wake of the unrest. Sounds of detonating tear gas are constant, and their efforts to get a breath of fresh air are met with soldiers' urgent commands to return to their hotel room.

When the couple returns to San Francisco, they might want to take President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada with them. The man has just resigned, with replacement Carlos Mesa promising new elections as soon as possible.