Doctors for ailing Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez refused to let Bolivian President Evo Morales see his close ally when he went to Caracas this week, Morales said on Wednesday.
In the globalised world, nations are supposed to play by the rules: US-style capitalism, open trade with others and like-minded politics.
Oil companies in Bolivia reassessed their investment plans as regional leaders prepared for an emergency summit to discuss President Evo Morales' nationalisation of the energy industry.
Nine months after massive protests spearheaded by Bolivia's indigenous poor drove president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada from power, his successor is putting his own mandate on the line.
Not content with helping drive the president out of power last month, the Aymara peasants in this dry, shrub-covered 1,833-hectare expanse have seized his niece's ranch and dairy farm.