Evo Morales wins yet another term as President of Bolivia.

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Evo Morales wins yet another term as President of Bolivia.

With over 60% of the voters, unheard of numbers in the Empire and its vassal states, Evo Morales has won another victory as President of Bolivia.

Evo Morales wins AGAIN.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

errata: that should be "nearly" 60% (59.5%) of voters.

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

Yay Evo! We could do with more political leaders like him.

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

[url=http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Evo-Morales-Victory-Demonstrate... Morales’ Victory Demonstrates How Much Bolivia Has Changed[/url]

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The failure of opposition forces and critics to recognize or accept that a political revolution that has taken place explains why they are so far out of touch with the majority of Bolivian society.

Predictions by pollsters and commentators that Evo Morales would easily win Bolivia’s October 12 presidential elections were confirmed when the incumbent obtained over 60% of the vote. 

Most however differ over why, after almost a decade in power, Morales’ Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) continues to command such a huge level of support.

Their explanations tend to focus on specific economic or political factors, such as booming raw material prices or the MAS’ ability to control and co-opt the country’s social movements.

However, to understand why Morales will soon become the longest serving head of state in a country renown for its history of coups and rebellions, it is necessary to start with an acknowledgement of the profound changes that Bolivia has undergoing under his presidency.

A_J

Gwynne Dyer: The truth about Bolivia’s and Brazil’s economic miracles

TO NOBODY’S GREAT surprise, Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, has won a third five-year term by a landslide majority. It’s no surprise because Bolivia’s gross domestic product (GDP) has tripled since he took office in 2006. The number of people living in poverty has fallen by a quarter, even the poorest now have the right to a pension, and illiteracy has fallen to zero. Of course he won.

What has happened in Bolivia seems as miraculous as what happened in Brazil, where another left-wing president, Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva, took office in 2003. The economy started growing at five percent a year, unemployment fell steeply, and some 40 million Brazilians, almost a quarter of the population, were lifted out of poverty. Lula’s former chief of staff and successor as president, Dilma Rousseff, is also likely to win another term in office.

Is there some secret they share? Many other South American economies have been growing fast too, but without the dramatic change in the distribution of income that has happened in Brazil and Bolivia. Even the late Hugo Chavez’s “Bolivarian revolution” in Venezuela, for all its anti-imperialist rhetoric and despite the country’s great oil wealth, has not delivered a comparable transformation in the lives of the poor.

. . .

So should we hail the arrival of a new and better model for economic growth and social justice? Unfortunately, no. The only economic secret that Lula, Dilma, and Evo all share is that if you want the economy to grow, you must not frighten the horses.

The international markets got ready for a meltdown when Lula, a self-taught former trade union leader with a penchant for radical rhetoric, became president of Brazil, but he turned out to be the very soul of fiscal responsibility. And although Morales nationalized a large part of the Bolivian economy—oil, gas, tin, and zinc mining and key utilities—he negotiated deals that compensated foreign investors and kept the markets happy.

. . .

NDPP

Bolivian President Evo Morales Addresses 73rd Session, UNGA, Sept 26, 2018

https://youtu.be/5BBFOR_0CEQ

"I would like to talk about the three major threats we face. The first is climate change. Every year it's hotter than it was the year before..."

kropotkin1951

I guess this is a good place to report on another election with a far better outcome than in Canada.

The left-wing leader claimed victory on Sunday night adding that “most importantly, we again have an absolute majority in the chambers of Deputies and Senators. That is the result of the consciousness of the Bolivian people.” 

Morales counted on the rural vote, which took more time to be counted but handed him the so awaited victory to lead from 2020 to 2025. His party will also have a majority in Congres meaning governance will not be blocked by opposition parties. 

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Evo-Morales-Wins-Bolivias-Presidency...

NDPP

"Bolivia's US-backed right-wing opposition is setting government buildings on fire, after leftist President Evo Morales won re-election. He has accused the opposition of launching a coup attempt 'with international support."

https://twitter.com/GrayzoneProject/status/1187128516766261248

One may assume Chrystia F is already on it.

NDPP

"We denounce before the world the attempted coup d'etat in progress against the brother president Evo Morales. All our solidarity and support for our South Indigenous Chief. We demand respect for the will of the Bolivian People who re-selected him as their president.  - President of Venezuela-

https://twitter.com/telesurenglish/status/1193350911046946818

 

"The Western imperialist environmentalist stance on Bolivia: we need to save Indigenous land from Indigenous people by over-throwing an Indigenous-led govt."

https://twitter.com/nick_w_estes/status/1193250220168994816

NDPP

Bolivia's Military Chief Calls on President Morales to Resign After New Elections Announced

https://on.rt.com/a51o

"They demand that I resign, this is an attempted coup. This is unconstitutional and illegal..."

 

josh
josh

Morales agreed to new elections but was still forced to resign.  Which can only mean a coup.

josh

Mexico’s foreign minister says a “military operation” is underway in Bolivia that his country rejects, joining Cuba and Venezuela in condemning Evo’s ouster (while stopping short of calling it a “coup”)

josh

My crime is to be a union leader, to be indigenous,” Morales said in his resignation speech, adding that he was the victim of a coup and calling for the international community to investigate.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-10/bolivia-president-evo-morales-resigns-after-army-tells-him-to-go?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_medium=social&utm_content=business&utm_source=twitter

Unionist

I don't understand why Morales resigned. Anyone have any better insight than the bullshit in the mainstream media?

josh

Appears he was forced out by the military.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Wow! This is reminisent of what was done to Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti. Part of the Lima Group machinations I suspect.

Ken Burch

Clearly, either the thread title needs to be change or a "Military Coup in Bolivia" thread needs to be started.  Gods and reason help the people of that country-especially the Indigenous majority who may be about to be stripped of everything they've gained with Evo in power.  Please let this not be a repeat of the misery inflicted on Haiti, on Nicaragua in 1990, on Chile in 1973, on Brazil in 2018 and before the in 1964 on the Dominican Republic in 1964, on Guatemala in 1954, on all the other Latin American nations prior to that.

The lines Phil Ochs wrote and sang over half a century ago ring sadly true tonight-

"We own half the world, o say can you see

And the name for our profits is "democracy"

So like it or not, you will have to be "free"

For we're the cops of the world, boys,

We're the cops of the world."

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From Telesur English:

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Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to resign Sunday after senior army and police chiefs called on him to do so following weeks of right-wing unrest and violence against his Oct. 20 elections victory, in what his government has called a coup by opposition forces in the country.

“I decided to resign from my position so that Carlos Mesa and Luis Camacho stop abusing and harming thousands of brothers ... I have the obligation to seek peace and it hurts a lot that we face Bolivians, for this reason, so I will send my letter of resignation to the Plurinational Assembly of Bolivia,” the former president of Bolivia said in a press release.

Full Story

Unionist

Sorry, I don't get it. Is there a real story here? What is it?

NDPP

Telesur LIVE Updates:

https://t.co/PBoKA9RAyM

"Opposition Lawmaker Jeanine Anez to Become Bolivia's Interim President...

 

President Evo: 'I'm resigning so that my brother and sister leaders and officials of the MAS - Movement Towards Socialism won't be taken hostage, persecuted, attacked. I very much lament this coup. The struggle won't end here. We will continue..."

https://twitter.com/camilateleSUR/status/1193647070630072325

NDPP

"What's happening in Bolivia is what we've seen already happening in Venezuela: The criminalization of Morales' government, the execution of siege mechanisms, sedition and the useage of the international media for regime change* that couldn't be achieved with votes."

Including most prominently WaPo, The Guardian and one of babble's favourite msm liars and stupidifiers The New York Times...

Bolivian Leader Evo Morales Steps Down

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/world/americas-evo-morales-bolivia.html

"Evo Morales resigned as president of Bolivia on Nov 10 after weeks of mass protests by an infuriated population that accused him of undermining democracy and trying to extend the tenure of his rule...As the country slipped into deeper turmoil over the weekend, protesters voiced their fear of Bolivia's trajectory under Mr Morales. 'This is not Cuba. This is not Venezuela!' they chanted in La Paz..."

Anything from our Hill & Knowlton socialist party yet?

NDPP

In case you missed it: (Oct 29, 2019)

Canada Calls For New Vote After Disputed Bolivian Election

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-bolivia-election-fraud-1.5339777

"Trudeau government joins allies in putting Evo Morales on notice it will not recognize new government. 'It is not possible to accept the outcome under these circumstances,' says a statement issued today by Global Affairs Canada. 'We join our international partners in calling for a second round of elections to restore credibility in the electoral process..."

"Evo Morales - 47.08 % of the vote, 11 points ahead of his nearest competitor. Justin Trudeau - 33.07% of the vote, 1.5 points behind his nearest competitor."

https://twitter.com/Hezbolsonaro/status/1192652754512015361

 

Canada Welcomes Results of OAS Electoral Audit Mission to Bolivia: Nov 10, 2019, Global Affairs CAN

https://bit.ly/2Ny5ceC

"The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement...It is clear that the will of the Bolivian people and the democratic process were not respected...Canada stands with Bolivia and the democratic will of its people. We note the resignation of President Morales and will continue to support Bolivia during this transition and the new elections."

 

More Freeland 'Feminist Foreign Policy' on behalf of the 'Rules-based International Ordure'.

"Fully support the findings of the OAS official report recommending new elections in Bolivia to ensure a truly democratic process representative of the people's will. The credibility of the electoral system must be restored."

https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1193600452849475584

NDPP

WATCH: The Grayzone's Anya Parampil Debunks Bolivian Coup Myths

https://twitter.com/aaronjmate/status/1193758523081015296

"There's a coup in Bolivia, the US is supporting it [Canada too!] and luckily we have journalists like the Grayzone's Anya Parampil debunking pro-coup propaganda instead of spreading it [like Freeland]..."

 

"US State Department officially praises Luis Almagro and his OAS goon squad for their work to invalidate Bolivia's democratic process. The US provides 60% of the OAS budget. Almagro works as a proud servant of the org Fidel once called The 'Yankee Ministry of the Colonies'."

https://twitter.com/anyaparampil/status/1193751020691742721

NDPP

"To see Evo Morales who, along with a powerful movement, has brought so much social progress forced from office by the military is appalling. I condemn this coup against the Bolivian people and stand with them for democracy, social justice and independence."

https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/1193657983219257344

NDPP

"Self-defense units are forming in El Alto and a general headquarters has been constituted. It looks like the US supported fascist coup in Bolivia is going to be resisted."

https://twitter.com/JebSprague/status/1193766498541555712

 

CEPR: No Evidence That Bolivian Election Results Were Affected By Irregularities or Fraud, Statistical Analysis Shows

http://cepr.net/press-center/press-releases/no-evidence-that-bolivian-el...

 Examination finds tally sheets consistent with Evo Morales first-round victory contrary to a post election narrative that was supported without evidence by the OAS Electoral Observation Mission..."

josh

NDPP wrote:

"What's happening in Bolivia is what we've seen already happening in Venezuela: The criminalization of Morales' government, the execution of siege mechanisms, sedition and the useage of the international media for regime change* that couldn't be achieved with votes."

Including most prominently WaPo, The Guardian and one of babble's favourite msm liars and stupidifiers The New York Times...

Bolivian Leader Evo Morales Steps Down

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/world/americas-evo-morales-bolivia.html

"Evo Morales resigned as president of Bolivia on Nov 10 after weeks of mass protests by an infuriated population that accused him of undermining democracy and trying to extend the tenure of his rule...As the country slipped into deeper turmoil over the weekend, protesters voiced their fear of Bolivia's trajectory under Mr Morales. 'This is not Cuba. This is not Venezuela!' they chanted in La Paz..."

Anything from our Hill & Knowlton socialist party yet?

 

Babble's favored liars and stupifiers?  You mean nothing about RT that cheered when Trump was elected with Russian support?  A right-wing government with Elliot Abrams in charge of Latin policy?  Not to say that the Democrats are clean, see Honduras, but going back to the 1970s they've been far less inclined to support regime change than the Republicans.

And Morales gave then an opening by challenging the results of the term limits referendum,  Why so many of these leaders come to believe they're indispensable, no matter how good they are, is too often a fatal flaw,

josh

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday that his government viewed Sunday’s events in Bolivia as a “coup” because the Bolivian military had broken with the constitutional order by pressing the South American country’s president to step down.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bolivia-election-mexico-minister/mexico-says-bolivia-suffered-coup-due-to-militarys-role-in-events-idUSKBN1XL1S5

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

Bolivia’s Lithium-Powered Future

The global demand for lithium, used to make batteries for cell phones, laptops, and hybrid cars, is expected to triple in the next 15 years. 50-70% of the world's supply of this critical mineral is contained in just one place -- Bolivia's Uyuni salt flats.

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

Evo Morales didn’t resign; he was overthrown by a coup d’état.

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As of today, Evo Morales, the Indigenous president of Bolivia, was forced to resign the presidency. His Vice President, (Alvaro Garcia Linera) also resigned, as did Adrianna Salvatierra, the President of the Senate, who was supposed to assume the presidency in Morales’ absence. At the time of this writing, the Wiphala Indigenous flag, has been lowered throughout the country by the opposition. Morales, the country’s first Indigenous president, is the standard bearer of generations of Indigenous socialists. His removal represents the return of the old oligarchy. This is a coup against the arrival of the Indigenous peoples of Bolivia to the forefront of history.

For weeks, rightwing protestors have targeted Morales’ party, the Movement Toward Socialism (or MAS in Spanish). They have burned down party members’ homes and offices, attacking their supporters.  Recently Patricia Arce, mayor of Vinto, was kidnapped by a mob. They cut her hair, threw paint over her body, and forced her to walk barefoot, publicly humiliating her. The mob has blockaded the headquarters of Bolivia TV and the Patria Nueva radio station. At the time of this writing, right wing forces are ransacking and burning President Morales’ home and are trying to arrest him.

This is not a resignation. No one resigns with a gun to their head.

Bolivia’s political and economic elite support this violence, as part of a resurgence of the far right in Latin America. Activists on the ground are currently getting smashed by these forces. We, the undersigned, denounce this violence, and preemptively denounce the violence that will inevitably escalate in the street. We call on the United Nations to make a statement denouncing the undemocratic nature of the coup and the strong-arm tactics of its backers.

Co-Drafters
Jordan T. Camp, Director of Research, The People’s Forum; Visiting Scholar, Center for Place Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center; Co-Director of the Racial Capitalism Working Group, Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University

George Ciccariello-Maher, Visiting Scholar, Decolonizing Humanities and Modern Languages and Literatures, William and Mary

Nick Estes (Lakota), Assistant Professor of American Studies, Univ. of New Mexico, Co-Founder The Red Nation

Christina Heatherton, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Barnard College; Co-Director of the Racial Capitalism Working Group, Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University

Manu Karuka, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Barnard College; Co-Director of the Racial Capitalism Working Group, Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University

Vijay Prashad, Director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research

Melanie Yazzie (Diné), Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and American Studies, Co-Founder of The Red Nation

Co-Signers
Samia Assed, Palestinian-American Human Rights Activist and Organizer, Board of Directors of The Women’s March

Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder, Code Pink

Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Latin America and Ibertian Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

Glen Coulthard, (Yellowknives Dene) Associate Professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Departments of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Andrew Curley (Diné), Department of Geography, University of North Carolina

Jennifer Nez Denetdale (Diné), Professor of American Studies, University of New Mexico

Jaskiran Dhillon, Associate Professor, Global Studies and Anthropology, The New School

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous People’s History of the United States

Jodie Evans, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Code Pink

Ramon Grosfoguel, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Sandy Grande (Quechua), Professor of Education and Director Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity, Connecticut College

Sarah Jaffe, author and journalist

Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor, Department of African American Studies, Distinguished Professor of History & Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, UCLA

Winona LaDuke (White Earth Ojibwe), Program Director of Honor the Earth

Thea N. Riofrancos, Assistant Professor of Political Science,  Providence College

Boots Riley, Filmmaker

Linda Sarsour, Palestinian-American Activist and Co-Founder of The Women’s March

Audra Simpson (Mohawk), Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary.

Christy Thornton, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

Gregory Wilpert, Managing Editor at The Real News Network

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

Ken Burch wrote:
Clearly, either the thread title needs to be change or a "Military Coup in Bolivia" thread needs to be started.

I sent a private message to MegB to ask that she change the thread title to that. Not sure if she's on here at all on a holiday.

NDPP
  • 'Military Coup in Bolivia' sounds about right. I'm sure this one will serve just fine until Meg can make the change. Pity ikosmos wasn't still here to do it himself...

"Canada has supported:

  • the coup in Bolivia
  • the coup in Honduras
  • the coup in Haiti
  • the attempted coup in Venezuela
  • Israeli apartheid
  • Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen
  • Nazis in Ukraine

We're not a 'progressive' country. We're a complicit one."

https://twitter.com/DavideMastracci/status/1193724479723245569

 

Please Post any news/info of Canadian rallies/protests conducted or planned.

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

Emergency rally against the coup in Bolivia tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6 pm Bloor and Spadina. Pls RT and spread the word

josh

US "applauds" Bolivia military for president removal, says Trump

Just look at him taking on that deep state.  In Bolivia.

josh
iyraste1313

Remember that Morales as far as I am aware is the only or was the only indigenous leader on the planet, loved by indigenous populations throughout the Latin Americas.....my friends amongst the Maya see this coup as a catalyst to begin building international indigenous solidarity....

The role of the OAS is instructive in this tragic affair...more detail would be useful!

As was the role and public position of Canada

iyraste1313

Canada backs coup against Bolivia’s president

YVES ENGLER

Ken Burch

Singh has got to let NDP MPs denounce the coup in the house and should damn well denounce it himself.  Nobody who supports the overthrow of a democratic government would ever even consider voting NDP, so there's no case for silence on this at all.

NDPP

If the NDP has to be dragged kicking and screaming to notice and oppose such things as this Canadian-backed Bolivian coup or the open active IDF recruitment of Canadians in Toronto today, the Hill & Knowlton socialist party will continue its well deserved trajectory into irrelevance. The quicker the better. What a disgusting disgrace.

NDPP

@ iyra - you obviously missed #23

Canada Backs Coup Against Bolivia's President

https://yvesengler.com/2019/11/11/canada-backs-coup-againgst-bolivias-pr...

"...Hours after the military command forces Morales to resign as president of the most Indigenous nation in the Americas, Chrystia Freeland endorsed the coup..."

NDPP

Bernie Sanders Becomes First 2020 Democratic Presidential Contender to Criticize Bolivian Coup

https://twitter.com/dimitrilascaris/status/1194039636387127296

"Meanwhile, here in Canada, Jagmeet Singh, NDP is conspicuously silent about the latest right-wing assault on a socialist government."

I'm sure the Canadian ruling class has duly noted and will remember his moderation and 'restraint'. But plain to see once again how the No Difference Party fails to represent even a minimally acceptable anti-imperialist stance against these continuing open Canadian collaborations with various outrageous American criminal projects.  Corbyn came out with a statement immediately. Even Bernie managed.

If and when the NDP does eventually release something or an MP is allowed to tweet, it will only be because some cynical political calculations were made perhaps in consultation with Hill & Knowlton etc to first determine what was to be gained and what lost politically. Not what was right.  At this point in history, and for a whole host of reasons, Canada simply can't afford an NDP like this anymore folks.

Dear Jagmeet Singh: [email protected]

You were elected to represent progressive Canadians. This includes condemnation of US backed military coups and Canadian participation with them. The lack of  a timely response from your office on this is not only deeply disappointing but a  national disgrace. Please ignore Hill & Knowlton, do your job and SAY SOMETHING!

Sincerely,

Sick of all the sellouts!

 

NDPP

The US Coup Connection

https://twitter.com/JebSprague/status/1193986589749211136

"Officials who forced Evo to resign worked as Bolivia's Mil Attaches in DC. The CIA often seeks to recruit Attaches working in DC. 2013: Gen Kaliman served as Mil Attache. 2018: Police Com Calderon Mariscal was Pres of APALA in DC."

 

Boliva Coup: US Regime Change Operation Explained

https://youtu.be/tgegJioh3MU

"Yesterday Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned from office, even though he had won his country's elections..."

josh

President Morales, a left Indigenous leader stood up for the people of his country. The world’s rich and powerful took him down because of it. Canada must condemn the military coup, call for an end to the violence and ensure true democracy prevails

https://twitter.com/nikiashton/status/1194075270598332416

 

MegB

Continued here.

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