Sean Penn Becomes Special Ambassador For Bolivia
Yes. He already represents Haiti, but was just named “Ambassador of Noble Bolivian Causes” by the current president of Bolivia, Evo Morales.
Among the noble causes at the top of Penn’s list, three have been revealed by the Bolivian government.
First, to convince the world that Chile needs to turn over to Bolivia its northernmost lands so that Bolivia can have access to the Pacific Ocean. This strip of land in the Atacama Desert has been disputed since both countries gained independence from Spain in the 1820’s, and even led to war in the late 19th century.
Second, to convince the world that the production and consumption of coca leaves should be decriminalized. President Morales claims that the ancient native practice of getting high by chewing coca leaves is a wonderful folk tradition that needs to be respected, even emulated by the rest of the world.
Third, to obtain the extradition of former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada from the United States. The Morales government accuses Sanchez de Lozada of genocide in connection with the deaths of some protesters in 2003.
No word yet on whether Penn will carry out these duties while chewing coca leaves. But there is reason to believe that he is getting ready to play for Bolivia in the next World Cup games — along with Evo Morales.
For a full report, in Spanish, go here.