Above Photo: From Peoplesdispatch.org
The MAS party stressed the importance of maintaining the unity of all social movements, grassroot organizations, leaders, activists and supporters to achieve the victory of the Bolivian people.
Political leaders, legislators, representatives of various social movements, grassroots organizations and trade unions from all the departments of Bolivia took part in the MAS assembly in Cochabamba on December 8.
On December 7, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), the left-wing political party of the ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales, held an assembly in the city of Cochabamba. The central aim was to reorganize the party and popular organizations to take steps to confront the current social and political crisis in the country before the presidential elections in 2020.
Political leaders, legislators, representatives of various social movements, grassroots organizations and trade unions from across Bolivia took part in the meeting. In the meeting, the diverse organizations of the Bolivian working class resolved that “the Bolivian people were living a fascist and racist dictatorship by a usurper self-proclaimed president, who broke the constitutional order, disrespecting the will of the Bolivian people.”
Above Photo: Santiago Sito/Flickr
December 12, 20D19 “Information Clearing House” – Bolivia, December 2019, three weeks after the fascist coup. It is devilishly cold. My comrade’s car is carefully navigating through the deep mud tracks. Enormous snow-covered mountain peaks are clearly visible in the distance.
The Bolivian Altiplano; beloved, yet always somehow hostile, silent, impenetrable.
So many times, in the past I came close to death here. In Peru as well as in Bolivia. More often in Peru.
Now, what I do is totally mad. Being a supporter of President Evo Morales from the beginning until this very moment, I am not supposed to be here; in Bolivia, in the Altiplano. But I am, because these mud huts on the left and right, are so familiar and so dear to me.
Extinction Rebellion Role in Developing Pro-Coup Propaganda vs. Evo Morales/Bolivia (70)
The Scapegoating Of Morales For The Amazon Fires Portends To A U.S. Regime Change Attempt In Bolivia
By Rainer Shea
September 6, 2019
The political and media establishment throughout the capitalist world is only superficially opposed to the politics of fascistic politicians like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro. Fascism, wherein corporations use the powers of the state to solidify their dominance, is what the capitalist class always turns to when its power is threatened. This is the context behind the current Western media campaign to blame Bolivia’s socialist president Evo Morales for the Amazon fires when Bolsonaro is the one who’s responsible; the ruling establishment is protecting fascists while attacking the leaders who seek to overthrow capitalism.
The standard propaganda tools that the empire is using for Bolivia
This cynical bourgeois agenda was demonstrated last week, when the supposedly left-leaning paper The Guardian published an article titled “’Murderer of nature’: Evo Morales blamed as Bolivia battles devastating fires” These assertions-which ignore that the fires are concentrated in Brazil and that Bolivia has provided crucial aid in fighting the fires-are as untrustworthy as the sources behind them.
The Guardian is on record for fabricating a story about Julian Assange meeting with Paul Manafort, deliberately lying about Assange’s plans for leaving the Ecuadorian embassy, and committing journalistic malpractice by falsely naming two Twitter accounts that are run by actual people as Russian bots. The paper’s propensity for this kind of dishonest character assassination-as well as for regime change propaganda-is the result of its collusion with Britain’s intelligence agencies, which make up one facet of the powerful institutions that are now trying to demonize Bolivia’s government.
Outlets like The Guardian serve the role of legitimizing the disinformation that the more central propaganda operatives put out. In the case of the Amazon fire story, a major source behind the accepted media claim is Jhanisse Vaca Daza, who’s been identified as an “environmental activist” by a BBC article that’s helped support the narrative that Morales is the culprit.
As Wyatt Reed from The Grayzone has assessed in an article about Daza, this “activist” is in fact an agent for U.S./NATO regime change goals. Daza, who gave a speech for TEDx in February outlining plans for a “strategic nonviolent struggle” to overthrow Morales, has founded an NGO called Ríos de Pie whose purpose is to spread anti-Morales propaganda. Daza has also been appointed as manager of the “Freedom Fellowships” that have been issued by the Human Rights Foundation, an organization which functions as a training network for activists who seek to overthrow leaders that Washington wants to depose. Daza has helped issue these “Freedom Fellowships” to ten “anti-authoritarian” activists in places that include Venezuela, Nicaragua, Russia, and Hong Kong (all of which the U.S./NATO empire seeks to destabilize).
Propaganda Blitz Against Bolivia’s Progressive Government
by Cassandra Howath, 3 September 2019
On 26 August, Novara Media’s website published a vicious and reactionary article titled ‘It’s Not Just Brazil’s Forests That Are Burning, Bolivia Is on Fire Too’ by prominent Extinction Rebellion speaker and activist Claire Wordley. Novara and Wordley are recycling from the same imperialist playbook which has been drawn on in recent attacks against Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua – the so-called Troika of Tyranny. The gist of Wordley’s article is that Bolivian President Evo Morales is to blame for the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest; that he is as ‘damaging as … the capitalists Morales claims to hate’; that he hasn’t responded to the fires effectively; and that when he has responded – such as by hiring a Boeing 747 Supertanker to douse the flames – he was forced to do so by ‘volunteer citizens’.
The Guardian and Independent promptly threw their weight behind this propaganda blitz: a 27 August opinion piece by Harriet Marsden in the Independent urges us to ‘look to Bolivia’, not Bolsonaro, when placing blame for the fires; and a 2 September Guardian headline tars Morales as a ‘murderer of nature’. This media offensive is evidently timed to try and exploit the Amazon fires to discredit Bolivia’s government in the run-up to the country’s general election on 20 October, in which Morales’ party Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) is expected to win a fifth term.
WATCH: Bolivia President Evo Morales Ayma’s full speech to the UN General Assembly
In contrast, Evo Morales stated, at the UN: “Let us speak plainly and let us speak clearly. The root of the problem lies in capitalism, the capitalist system. “
Failed Evolution blog has a short piece
The above brief piece caused a longer set of comments in reddit’s subreddit /r/socialism:
Western Regime-Change Operatives Launch Campaign to Blame Bolivia’s Evo Morales for Amazon Fires
As Brazil’s Bolsonaro allows elite landowners to incinerate the Amazon, professional regime-change operatives like Jhanisse V. Daza seek to redirect blame for the fires onto the leftist government of Bolivia, whose President Evo Morales faces elections in October.
By Wyatt Reed
The Grayzone, 29 Aug. 2019
With fires set by landowners raging throughout the Amazon for nearly a month, a group of Western-backed information warriors has begun working to redirect outrage from the far-right Brazilian government toward a more convenient target.
Originally content to merely accuse Bolivians of not responding fast enough, the regime-change machine is switching gears and making the absurd claim that Bolivia bears the majority of responsibility for the Amazon fires.
The campaign has been orchestrated by Jhanisse Vaca Daza, an anti-Morales operative identified merely as an “environmental activist” in a recent BBC report pointing the finger at the Bolivian president for the fires.
A closer look at Daza’s work, however, reveals that she is the spearhead of a network of Western organizations that trained and advised the leaders of regime-change operations from Venezuela to Eastern Europe to the ongoing anti-China protests in Hong Kong.
On her social media accounts, she has shared memes portraying the democratically elected president as a “dictator” clad in a sailor cap, and with a Hitler-style mustache that reads “no.”
Spanish officials were held on Friday at the Mexican Embassy in Bolivia, where the police and military siege continues, generating tension with the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The diplomatic headquarters of Mexico in Bolivia is home to nine officials of the legitimate government of Evo Morales, who took refuge in the place alluding political persecution after the coup d’etat consummated on November 10.
Spanish officials were visiting the embassy to check on the situation of the isolated Bolivian asylum seekers.
At the end of the meeting, Bolivian security forces prevented them from leaving the site and did not allow their security personnel enter.
The event was reported by the Mexican ambassador, María Teresa Mercado, through a tweet that was subsequently deleted.
In the post, the Mexican official explained that “heavily armed” military cars had arrived surrounding the building.
“We will honor what our foreign policy has always meant, which has been a worldwide example of guaranteeing the right to asylum,” President Andres Manuel López Obrador said Friday at his morning conference.
Featured image: Notimex
Source URL: La IguanaTV
Translated by JRE/EF
The popular assemblies at the heart of the Chilean uprising
- December 11, 2019
- By Bree Busk
More than fifty days have passed since the Chilean uprising burst into existence. For those living it on the ground, it feels like much longer. The movement has already gone through several upheavals, alternately evolving and disintegrating in response to the changing terrain of struggle. The Piñera administration and its sympathizers have called — without success — for a return to normality. In response, the people have unequivocally stated that “normality” was the problem. Throughout the capital city of Santiago, graffiti reads: “I prefer the chaos.”
In a time when even the most peaceful of marches are broken up with tear gas and water cannons, protesters have learned to take care of each other, forming a rough new community in the face of repression. This recently discovered practice of solidarity has taken many forms, from volunteer medical brigades to people’s kitchens to better-coordinated acts of property destruction.
A young protester who had been processed through Chile’s notorious Child Protection System stated that he never wanted the marches to end, because “one feels accompanied, one feels that for the first time, [other people] share this rage that I feel everyday.” But this is only one example of how the rebellion and the government’s violent response have brought Chileans together. On the job, non-unionized workers have responded with frustration and even collective action to their bosses’ demands to return to normal hours. Chat groups previously employed to share work news and gossip have given way to political debates and, in some cases, to talk of unionizing. Even some of Santiago’s private universities, long-known for abstaining from Chile’s numerous student mobilizations, have begun to self-organize and go on strike.
In the intimacy of the capital’s many residential neighborhoods, the people who first left their homes to join in the cacerolazos (public noise demonstrations) have since found other reasons to gather: raising their own popular assemblies and townhalls as a first step towards imagining a new Chile, one built around the well-being of its people rather than the profits of a few.
The Chilean uprising, still proudly leaderless, has provided a path to social activism for those who had previously stood on the sidelines.
The “biggest marches in history”
Chile: No More Murders, Torture, or Sexual Violence Against Protesters
By Staff, SOA Watch
December 11, 2019 | Resist!
On December 10, International Human Rights Day, School Of America’s Watch reiterates our deep condemnation of the brutal state violence and systematic human rights violations – murders, sexual violence, torture, and serious injuries – that the Chilean military and police are exercising against the protesting civilian population. Since October, protesters have been calling for a new Constitution and demanding that the State, led by President Sebastián Piñera’s government, end abusive neoliberal policies.
According to Chile’s Prosecutor General’s office, at least 23 people have died during the protests. The National Human Rights Institute (INDH) has filed 6 official manslaughter complaints before Chilean courts for cases where there are clear records that state agents killed these individuals. Additionally, more than 2,808 people have been injured during the demonstrations as a result of police or military brutality, and according to the INDH, the vast majority of these injuries are from bullets, pellets, and beatings.
Concerningly, numerous protesters have lost an eye as a consequence of the vicious state repression that seemingly targets their faces. As of November 30th, 241 people had officially reported serious eye injuries, and the New York Times even published an article called The head of Chile’s Medical College, Patricio Meza, stated, “Unfortunately in Chile, we have had a greater number of cases than in any situation of social unrest that has occurred in the world. The only world statistic that is a little closer to what we have seen in Chile is from Israel, where there were 154 patients with injured eyes, but in six years.”
Full Story from School of Americas Watch
Above Photo: From Blackagendareport.com
The phony US Left specializes in finding excuses to betray victims of US imperialism.
“It apparently does not matter to liberals that the forced takeover in Bolivia is unconstitutional and US support for it is a flagrant violation of international law.”
“Progressive leftists” in the U.S., also known as liberals who claim to oppose U.S. Empire but tolerate all of its crimes, cannot be described as anything less than nauseating. Anything short of outright U.S. military invasion or bombing of a country is not worthy of their public condemnation, much less their activism.
As explained by the Black Alliance for Peace, “The silence, lack of visible opposition, and outright support for the coup [in Bolivia] from across the Western world is yet another example of the cross-class white supremacist commitment to the imperialist project.”
There are many examples of this but the most recent is the U.S. backed coup in Bolivia. The contradictions in liberal justifications for not vehemently opposing what is nothing short of a US backed coup against a popular government can be examined with Bolivia as a case study.
“Anything short of outright U.S. military invasion or bombing of a country is not worthy of their public condemnation.”
Mexico’s AMLO And His Impact On Latin America
By Angel Guerra Cabrera, REDH-Cuba, translation Resumen Latinoamericano, North America bureau
December 10, 2019 | Educate!
The presidency of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) in Mexico has had a significant impact on boosting anti-neoliberal struggles in Latin America and the Caribbean. As the presidential election got closer and his nomination was stronger, revolutionary and progressive groups in Our America were filled with joy and hope. Let’s make a review.
When the presidential election was held in Mexico (July 2018), our region was enduring a serious political regression towards the right and towards the neoliberalism’s hegemony as a result of temporary victories on behalf of an ongoing oligarchic imperialist offensive. Following the blow that represented the defeat of the Left in Argentina in 2015, a parliamentary-judicial-media coup d’état was staged in Brazil against President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, as well as the establishment of a United States-puppet Brazilian Administration, marking a twist to the rights in the regional correlation of forces. Then, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sent to jail to prevent his participation on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil, where he would have been a clear winner. The measure was essential to consolidate the neoliberal return. This happened together with a huge smear campaign against the Workers’ Party, in which many of its members were imprisoned, prosecuted without the slightest evidence just as Lula.
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Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
As MINREX warned in a statement released August 29, 2019, the United States government has, since last year, been waging an intense, offensive campaign against the medical collaboration Cuba provides, along with threats of sanctions against Cuban leaders and pressure on recipient states to end such cooperation.
Directed in detail by the National Security Council at the White House, the campaign has the active participation of Senators and Representatives associated with the anti-Cuban mafia in Florida and rabid State Department officials.
They accuse Cuba of alleged “modern slavery” and “trafficking in persons,” referring to Cuban health system professionals, for the purpose of their exploitation and alleged interference in the internal affairs of the nations in which they are located.The U.S. government is also attempting to re-establish the so-called “Parole Program for Cuban Medical Professionals,” in existence until January 12, 2017, as the basis for active efforts to incite defection, offering to pay for travel and legal services, provision of U.S. visas and documents to collaborators in third countries, with the purpose of sabotaging bilateral agreements signed with these nations, depriving them of our services and depriving Cuba of highly qualified human resources.
Above Photo: From Telesurenglish.net
By Staff, Telesurenglish.net
December 9, 2019 | Educate!
While the U.S. allies held their meeting in Bogota, Bolivarian workers and students mobilized in Caracas to defend their country.
The Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) Tuesday held a ministerial consultation meeting in Bogota, Colombia, to evaluate the application of new measures against Venezuela.
Colombia’s Foreign Minister Claudia Blum explained that TIAR ministers will take decisions about non-military measures and sanctions against the Bolivarian revolution, as local media reported.
In the Bogota meeting, it is expected the participation of governments aligned with the U.S. foreign policy, among which are Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru.
The U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) Carlos Trujillo and the U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael Kozak are also expected to attend the TIAR meeting.
Full story here
Red Cross Chief: Venezuela Aid Being Politicized To ‘Destabilize The Country’
By Ricardo Vaz, Venezuelanalysis.com
December 9, 2019 | Educate!
Francesco Rocca slammed the underfunding of aid programs as a problem of “political will.”
Caracas, December 5, 2019 (venezuelanalysis.com) – The president of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) has criticized the “unacceptable” politicization of humanitarian aid to Venezuela.
Speaking in a press conference in Geneva on Monday, Francesco Rocca denounced a lack of funding for the organization’s programs in Venezuela.
“This is not about resources, this is about political will,” he told reporters, adding that less than ten percent of the IFRC’s September US $50 million emergency appeal had been met.
Rocca went on to state that aid programs run by United Nations agencies and other international actors in Venezuela were being likewise underfunded, slamming the privation of aid “as a tool to destabilize the country.”
The Red Cross chief drew comparisons with other countries, pointing out that the organization’s $12 million funding appeal for the Bahamas following a hurricane in September was surpassed by $8 million within ten days. He added that “it’s easier to receive funds for Syria and even for Yemen.”
“I cannot imagine any other explanation except political will for the creation of this situation on the ground” he concluded, while also dismissing the idea that the Venezuelan government is blocking access to aid.
The Red Cross runs a host of programs in cooperation with the Venezuelan government. Its operations were expanded in April with the goal of addressing the immediate food and medicine needs of 650,000 people. Yet, lack of funding has meant only around 50,000 Venezuelans have been reached, according to IFRC figures.
Evo Morales Vows to Return to Bolivia After Right-Wing Coup (57)
“We are not alone in Bolivia or in the world, fighting with the truth for our dignity, united by life and democracy.”
The democratically elected President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, congratulated the Movement for Socialism (MAS) Party after having successfully completed its assembly, in which he endorsed its democratic vocation and presented its plan of political struggle to recover the government from the new far-right regime.
Through his Twitter account on Sunday, Morales said: “We are not alone in Bolivia or in the world, fighting with the truth for our dignity, united by life and democracy.”
Morales, who received political asylum in Mexico after the coup d’etat against him, was appointed national campaign chief of the MAS-IPSP (Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples) to the national elections of 2020-2025.
From Cuba, Morales indicated by telephone to the supporters of the political institute that he will soon return to win the elections, “whether he wants to be right or not.”
The Bolivian leader, who left Bolivia on November 10 to avoid a “bloodbath” when repression against his supporters intensified after the coup d’etat, asked the MAS members for unity at the end of yesterday’s first extraordinary national expanded in Cochabamba ,.
Bolivia’s Five Hundred-Year Rebellion
By Peter Lackowski, Counterpunch.org
December 7, 2019 | Educate!
In 1781, the Bolivian indigenous leader Tupac Katari led a rebellion in which La Paz, the Spanish colonial capital of “Upper Peru,” was besieged for 109 days.The siege ended with the arrival of a Spanish army. Katari was captured, he and his wife, Bartolina Sisa, were gruesomely executed, and thousands of indigenous people were massacred. For many years this was treated as a minor event in history books, but in the latter half of the twentieth century Katari and Sisa have been celebrated as symbols of the resistance to oppression by the indigenous majority, and as martyrs in a national revolution whose time has finally come.
The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia, by Benjamin Dangl (AK Press, 2019), is the story of decades of work by organizers, activists, intellectuals, and politicians to turn this story of indigenous resistance to oppression into the symbol of national liberation. It follows the way social movements have related to the question of indigenous identity, and their efforts to organize and focus its power, up to the point of electing an indigenous president. It is a story of decolonization, of people freeing themselves from the mental and political structures that were imposed upon them by imperial powers.
In 1952 the National Revolutionary Movement (MNR) led a revolution that made historic gains with expanded rights for workers, land reform, and national economic sovereignty. It was supported by miners, workers and peasants, but it was led by a white and mestizo middle class who saw the indigenous majority as “primitive,” people who needed to modernized, assimilated, and brought into the economy as workers and capitalist farmers. This implied giving up communal economic forms, traditional clothing, using Spanish, and finding their place in a capitalist society. While peasants welcomed the land reform, cultural change was resisted.
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By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance
December 7, 2019 | Educate!
Above photo: Armed members of the Unión Juvenil Cruceñista in Bolivia. From The GrayZone.
Clearing the FOG hosts Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese interviewed William Camacaro, a Venezuelan activist living in New York City who is active with the Solidarity Committee with Venezuela NYC and organizes food sovereignty tours to Venezuela, on the eve of the December 3 Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) meeting in Colombia. This meeting is the next step in the escalation of aggression towards Venezuela by the United States and its lackey governments in South America. Camacaro explains why this step is being taken, how it relates to current events in Latin America and what people in the United States need to be doing. You can listen to the entire program on Clearing the FOG.
Update: At the TIAR meeting in Bogota, fifteen countries decided to restrict the travel of top members of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela, including President Nicolas Maduro, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and National Constituent Assembly President Diasdado Cabello.
Clearing the FOG (CtF): William, this week, you put out an alert urging people in the United States to take action on Venezuela. Can you describe what you called for and why you took that action?
William Camacaro (WC): Colombia has convened a summit for the activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, the TIAR, against the neighboring country Venezuela. This call constitutes a new danger to peace, democracy and the value of self-determination of the Venezuelan people.
US Is Again Complicit In An Illegal Coup, This Time In Bolivia
Once again, the United States is complicit in an illegal coup d’état in Latin America, this time in Bolivia. On November 10, a right-wing, anti-Indigenous group seized power after the Bolivian military’s removal of President Evo Morales, who had declared victory in the October 20 presidential election.
The United States’ fingerprints are all over the coup. Advisers from the U.S. Southern Command have been stationed on Bolivia’s border with Argentina, Ivanka Trump made a surprising visit to an Argentine province near the Bolivian border in September, the pro-U.S. Organization of American States (OAS) cast unfounded doubt on Morales’s election victory, and the U.S.’s National Endowment for Democracy provided suspicious grants to Bolivia.
At least 32 people have been killed and hundreds injured since the coup began. Sacha Llorenti, Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations, told Democracy Now!, “We are going through not just a coup d’état, but a violent one.” Indeed, it has resulted in “the rise of a far-right regime of terror,” professor Gabriel Hetland wrote in The Washington Post.
Morales — Bolivia’s first Indigenous leader in a country where 65 percent of the people are Indigenous — received 10 percent more votes than Carlos Mesa, the second-place candidate who has close ties to the U.S. government. Mesa was in regular communication with U.S. officials who were trying to destabilize Morales, U.S. government cables published by WikiLeaks reveal.
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Why Latin America’s oldest insurgent communist army is growing
Oliver Dodd, The Morning Star, Tues., April 9, 2019
Embedded researcher OLIVER DODD, who lived among the armed guerilla forces of the ELN, explains their origins, theory and practice.
COLOMBIA’S National Liberation Army (ELN) is Latin America’s oldest insurgent movement.
When founded in 1964, the ELN was, strategically and tactically speaking, inspired by the Cuban Revolution, which proved that a determined and well-organised political-military movement, could bring a solidly US-backed dictatorship to its knees.
While some have written that the ELN grew out of Colombia’s student movement — in reality, it emerged out of a worker-student-peasant alliance.
This alliance included peasant veterans of “La Violencia” (the violence) of 1948-58, where Liberal and Conservative party elites, alongside the Catholic church and powerful landowners, incited and coerced economically dependent peasants to go to war with each other in order to expand the wealth and power of dominant classes.
Does Uruguay’s Shift To The Right Mean Bad News For Mercosur?
By Juan Manuel Boccacci, Pagina 12, translation, Resumen Latinoamericano, North America bureau
December 4, 2019 | Educate!
Mercosur, which is discussed in the article below, is the Southern Common Market created in 1994. Its full members are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Venezuela is a full member but has been suspended since December 1, 2016. Associate countries are Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname. Observer countries include New Zealand and Mexico.
Pagina 12 talked to analysts Atilio Boron, Hernan Patiño Mayer and Oscar Laborde about their views on what’s next in Uruguay following the victory of the National Party’s Luis Lacalle Pou in presidential elections; including its local political situation; its relationship with Argentina; Mercosur; the Rightward shift in the continent; and the results of 15 years of the leftist Frente Amplio or Broad Front.
Eliecer Flores, 30, has lost all vision in his right eye, hit by a police projectile. Photo: Sandra Cuffe.
“We Want Justice”: Chilean Protesters With Police-Caused Eye Injuries Organize
Eliecer Flores has been out in the streets of Santiago protesting Chile’s political and economic model since day one. He had to take a break, though, after one of the pellet projectiles fired by police hit him in the right eye.
“My eyeball burst,” Flores, 30, told Toward Freedom. “I got to keep the eye, but not any vision.”
A father of a nine-month-old baby and proud stepdad of a 13-year-old, Flores is originally from Cañete, a city of 34,000 in the Biobio region, 400 miles south of the capital. Growing up in poverty, Flores witnessed injustice and theft by the government, he said.
“I always promised myself that if I had the chance to do something about it, I would,” he said.
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Teachers And Public Workers In Argentina: Four Months Of Strikes And Pickets (50)
By Julia Soul and Leandro Rodríguez, Labornotes.org
December 4, 2019 | Resist!
Teachers and public workers in an Argentinian province have been striking, blockading roads, marching by the thousands, occupying buildings, and even attacking and burning the provincial parliament building, in a fight to defend their contracts and their bargained wage increase.
For the last four months, these workers in Chubut province battled their provincial government, which is supported by transnational corporations and by the national leadership of the oil workers union—a key political player in the country’s main oil region.
Chubut is one of Argentina’s southern provinces, in Patagonia, where low population contrasts with rich natural resources. Most of the provincial economy is based around exports—oil, aluminum, and shrimp.
These exports significantly increased after a devaluation of the national currency between 2018 and 2019. Exporting companies made more money, but imports became more expensive, driving up the local cost of living.
The negative impact of this devaluation on real wages—especially the wages of public workers, who don’t get a share of the export boom—provoked a struggle in Chubut last summer, including strikes and a once-a-week tent camp in front of ministries and public buildings. Public employees make up almost 20 percent of the workforce in the province These protests finally got the provincial government to grant wage increases near to inflation rates by the end of February. (Editor’s Note: Argentina’s summers take place during North America’s winter months.)
This week, Latin American countries allied with the United States are meeting in Colombia to invoke a post-World War II treaty, the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, TIAR in Spanish, which would permit military intervention in Venezuela. This comes as the US-appointed coup-leader Juan Guaido faces the end of his term as president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and all efforts to install him as the president of Venezuela have failed. We speak with William Camacaro, a Venezuelan activist living in the United States, about the impact of TIAR and what people in the United States can do to stop US interference in Venezuela. We also discuss what is happening in the region as the United States loses control. Plus, we provide current news and analysis.
William Camacaro is a Venezuelan living in New York City who is a member of the Solidarity Committee with Venezuela – NYC. He is a long-time activist on food sovereignty and he leads trips to Venezuela to teach others about efforts to create food security.
Margaret Flowers (MF): You’re listening to Clearing the FOG speaking truth to expose the forces of greed with Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. Clearing the FOG is a project of PopularResistance.org. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, SoundCloud, Mixcloud, Stitcher and Google Play. You’ll also find us on PopularResistance.org and while you’re there, check out the Clearing the FOG gear: tote bags, bumper stickers, water bottles and t-shirts. So today, we interviewed William Camacaro, a Venezuelan activist living in New York City.
By José Antonio Gutiérrez D., Roarmag.org
December 2, 2019 | Resist!
Above Photo: Gabriel Guerrero/Flickr
Colombia’s national civic strike is paving the way for a rural-urban coalition of protesters and movements that together can take on President Duque’s right-wing government.
A specter is haunting Latin America — the specter of class struggle. From Haiti, Ecuador and Peru to Chile — until one month ago an oasis of neoliberal governance — people are taking to the streets in protest. Their anger is directed not only against their governments, but even more so against a system that causes unspeakable hardship for most while creating obscene profits for a few. People have had it with the rampant inequality and with barely being able to survive in countries that, according to all economic indicators, are seemingly doing fine.
These protests pose a formidable challenge to the decade of neo-conservative and neoliberal dominance in the region. The governments of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, the de facto president and putschist Jeanine Añez in Bolivia, Lenin Moreno in Ecuador, Sebastián Piñera in Chile and Iván Duque in Colombia are all part of this new technocratic and neoliberal far-right that flirts with the dictatorial penchants of the old far-right.
Racism, misogyny, homophobia, religious fundamentalism, class supremacy, a foaming-at-mouth anti-socialist rhetoric and a venal attitude towards res publica are traits they have in common. They are part of a club that exchanges advisers in an aggressive crusade against “populism” and squarely subordinated to the dictates of the USA presidency. Incapable of original ideas, they repeat the same blabber day and night; property, patriarchal family, religion, fatherland and other mumbo-jumbo.
IVÁN DUQUE, INCOMPETENT-IN-CHIEF
There are signs, however, that the tables are turning. Across the region, there is a surge in anti-neoliberal protests cornering these authoritarian puppets. Even though the far-right in Bolivia and Venezuela maintains its offensive capacity, emboldened by their patrons in Europe and the US, it has certainly lost the momentum.
Now it is the Colombian government’s turn to face the anger of the people. Authoritarian, repressive, venal, and most of all, incompetent, President Iván Duque has managed in just one year to become one of the most — if not the most — unpopular presidents in Colombian history, rejected by 70 percent of the population. It is an incredible feat in a country whose history is awash with presidents who have had set the unpopularity bar pretty high.
Full Roarmag story at Popular Resistance
The New York Times’ Long History Of Endorsing US-Backed Coups (47)
The New York Times Editorial Board, it seems, rarely meets a coup backed by the US government that it doesn’t approve of.
Bolivian President Evo Morales was overthrown in a U.S.-backed military coup d’état earlier this month after Bolivian army generals appeared on television demanding his resignation. As Morales fled to Mexico, the army appointed right-wing Senator Jeanine Añez as his successor. Añez, a Christian conservative who has described Bolivia’s indigenous majority as “satanic”, arrived at the presidential palace holding an oversized Bible, declaring that Christianity was re-entering the government. She immediately announced she would “take all measures necessary” to “pacify” the indigenous resistance to her takeover.
This included pre-exonerating the country’s notorious security services of all future crimes in their “re-establishment of order,” leading to massacres of dozens of mostly indigenous people.
The New York Times, the United States’ most influential newspaper, immediately applauded the events, its editorial board refusing to use the word “coup” to describe the overthrow, claiming instead that Morales had “resigned,” leaving a “vacuum of power” into which Añez was forced to move. The Times presented the deposed president as an “arrogant” and “increasingly autocratic” populist tyrant “brazenly abusing” power, “stuffing” the Supreme Court with his loyalists, “crushing any institution” standing in his way, and presiding over a “highly fishy” vote.
US Vows To ‘Reinforce’ Sanctions, Accuses Venezuela And Cuba Of Stirring Regional ‘Strife’
White House envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams defended Washington’s Venezuela sanctions on Wednesday. (C-Span)
Elliott Abrams reiterated support for Guaido and denied that sanctions are damaging the Venezuelan economy.
Caracas, November 28, 2019 (venezuelanalysis.com) – The Trump administration has pledged to continue economic sanctions against Venezuela in its ongoing bid to oust the Maduro government.
Speaking at a press conference at the State Department Wednesday, Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams defended US regime change policy, which he said would “continue.”
“There’s no change… What is next is, I would say, a continuation of the current policy,” he said in response to questions about the status of US efforts more than ten months after recognizing opposition politician Juan Guaido as “interim president” of Venezuela.
Trump immediately backed Guaido’s “interim presidency,” handing the Venezuela file to Abrams, a veteran cold warrior infamous for his role in the Iran/Contra scandal, the Reagan administration’s Central America policy, and the Iraq War.
Venezuela Military On High Alert For Colombian Military Attack
President Maduro puts the Venezuelan armed forces on alert due to intelligence showing possible Colombian military attack.
Note: President Maduro has put the Venezuelan military on high alert due to intelligence information indicating the Colombian government intends to create a conflict at their common border to justify a military attack.
There are two reasons for this. First, the Colombian government is facing massive protests over its neoliberal policies. A military conflict would be a distraction from these protests. Second, this week the US is seeting to activate an OAS treaty, the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) against Venezuela and needs a justification.
Below is an action alert sent out by the Solidarity Committee with Venezuela NYC
Urgent Call! No War!
How to Reach Congress:
Urgent call. Call your congressional representatives, NOW! tell them that you don’t want any military intervention in Venezuela for peace on the continent we require action.
Colombia has convened for this December 3, [Tues.] a summit for the activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) against Venezuela.
In the context of the conflicting Latin American reality, this call constitutes a new danger for peace, democracy and the right of self-determination of the peoples in the region.
It is urgent for US citizens and people around the world to pronounce itself against this conclave that intends to undertake a military aggression against Venezuela, which would benefit the regional control plans of US imperialism and allow the ruling oligarchies in the countries of the so-called Lima group [Lima Group – Wikipedia] to evade their responsibilities against economic, political and social crises that are going through, due to the disasters caused by the neoliberal model.
Solidarity Committee with Venezuela NYC
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Not In The Name Of Chavez (44)
By José Roberto Duque, Orinoco Tribune
December 1, 2019 | Educate!
Above: President Nicolás Maduro and Diosdado Cabello reveal a painting by Commander Hugo Chávez, 2013 (Photo: Miguel Gutiérrez / EFE)
The informative or propaganda scenario of the war, in the current turbulent Latin American, has entered a very peculiar phase in the propagation of a phenomenon: it was time to use the events of other countries to make comparative exercises and try to convince many people (who?) about how bad or good each of them is. It is no longer so difficult to argue how well or badly Ecuador is in a certain aspect of its development or social-political-institutional deterioration: citizens are increasingly trained to take data and elements of their neighbors, make comparisons and feel authorized to draw conclusions on how advanced or screwed up you are.
The exercise began a few years ago using Venezuela as a platform or measuring instrument. As in this decade, we consolidated our image as a black or red sheep of the region, every bug with electoral aspirations used us as an example of what could happen to his country or his municipality if citizens voted for the opposing candidate.
Today, the secular sores of all Latin American countries, subject to an economic and political model that no progressive nor openly right-wing government has managed to eradicate, are bleeding rivers, torrentially. No propaganda strategy can even try to point to Venezuela as an example of how bad it can be for anyone if they dare to keep alive the flame ignited by Chavismo, because suddenly “it was discovered” that in all Latin American countries there is police brutality, corruption, hunger, poverty, racism, drug trafficking and a judiciary that can be bought and sold. Even the distracted know that these are not evils exported by Chavismo but bacteria inherent in the functioning of capitalist society. That dirt was more or less silenced or hidden under the carpet, but who told them to sell massively among the poor those devices that capture and disseminate live images, videos, and opinions?
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Nicaragua In 2019 Would Make Anyone Proud
Carlos Fonseca Amador, the founder of the Sandinista Front for National Liberation would have a lot to be proud of in 2019, 43 years after he died in battle with the Somoza National Guard. Nicaragua continues to be a country in solidarity with others as it showed November 6 at the United Nations when it denounced the hardening of the US blockade against Cuba, a blockade which only hurts the people. The three countries that did not vote against the blockade were the US, Israel and Brazil.
Ten members of ALBA-TCP, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas – Peoples Trade Agreement met the week of Nov. 14 in Managua and issued a resolution that “Strongly condemns the coup d’état in Bolivia, demands respect for the institutionality of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia and supports the willingness of the Constitutional President Evo Morales to return to the country and convene a national dialogue as a political avenue to restore stability, peace and constitutional order to Bolivia.”
Hundreds of thousands of people marched for peace all over Nicaragua on Nov. 16 specifically repudiating US-supported regime change in Bolivia, asking for peace and the return of the former president, Evo Morales, with the proclamation “Evo, friend, the people are with you.”
Meanwhile, in Nicaragua, the FSLN has been back in the executive for thirteen years and has done much to improve the lives of the impoverished majority beginning with cutting poverty and extreme poverty in half (48.3% to 24.5% and extreme poverty dropped to 6.9%). Eighteen new modern hospitals have been built and others are underway for a total of 33 in the next four years. Ninety-seven percent of Nicaraguan families will have electricity by the end of 2019 and green energy production has gone from 22% to 62% during the Sandinista administration.
The indigenous people of Altiplano (Photo: Andre Vltchek 2019©)
EXCLUSIVE: Indigenous Bolivia Ready to Go to War Against Fascism
December 9, 2019 By 21 wire
21st Century Wire
Bolivia, December 2019, three weeks after the fascist coup. It is devilishly cold. My comrade’s car is carefully navigating through the deep mud tracks. Enormous snow-covered mountain peaks are clearly visible in the distance.
The Bolivian Altiplano; beloved, yet always somehow hostile, silent, impenetrable.
So many times, in the past I came close to death here. In Peru as well as in Bolivia. More often in Peru.
Now, what I do is totally mad. Being a supporter of President Evo Morales from the beginning until this very moment, I am not supposed to be here; in Bolivia, in the Altiplano. But I am, because these mud huts on the left and right, are so familiar and so dear to me.
My comrade is a Bolivian farmer, an indigenous man. His hands are red, rough. He usually does not talk much, but after the coup, he cannot stop speaking. This is his country; the country that he loves and which has been stolen from him, from his wife and from his children.
We can both get screwed here, but if we do, that’s life; we know the risk and we are happy to take it.
Carlos (not his real name), my driver and a friend, explained:
“I called them, the elders, and they said it is OK that you come. I sent them your essays. You know, people here now read, even in the deep villages. After 14 years of Evo’s government, the entire country is covered by the mobile phone network. They read your stuff translated into Spanish. They liked what they read. They agreed to give you a statement. But they said, ‘if he is not really a Russian-Chinese left-wing writer, but instead some Camacho crony, we will break his head with a stone.’”
Camacho; Luis Fernando Camacho, a member of the fascist, U.S.-backed Revolutionary Nationalist Movement, and the Chair of the Civic Committee of Santa Cruz since 2019. A major adversary of Evo Morales, a man who during the 2019 Bolivian general election, sided with the West, with the treasonous Bolivian military (trained in the United States), and demanded Evo’s resignation, on 5 November 2019.
I am fine with what they say. We are going
Western corporate media outlets have often cried foul when foreign elections don’t go the way the US empire wants them to, and find roundabout ways to label the violent attempts by vocal right-wing minorities to use military forces to overthrow leftist governments as “protests” rather than coups (FAIR.org, 5/16/18, 5/1/19). But it’s still rare to see them blatantly call for a right-wing coup without a hint of their usually subtler pretenses.
Reuters’ report, “Maduro’s Military Stands in the Way of a Bolivia Repeat in Venezuela” (11/11/19), noted that “Venezuelan opposition leaders looking to oust their country’s socialist government” can “take some hope” from the “resignation of its leftist ally in Bolivia, Evo Morales.” There’s just one problem:
But one key factor makes the Bolivia playbook a difficult one to carry out against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: Venezuela’s armed forces have consistently refused to take the side of protesters as Bolivia’s military did on Sunday.
People are rising against neoliberalism in Latin America: Maduro
Maduro was delivering his closing statement at the III Anti-Imperialist Congress against Neoliberalism held in Havana Sunday.
Maduro said that although neoliberalism seems to have taken the reins in Latin America, it is exciting to observe the Chilean people are rising against a constitution forged by the Pinochet’s dictatorship.
“[There is a continental] insurgency of the people against the model of exclusion, privatization, impoverishment, [and] the individualism of savage neoliberal capitalism of the International Monetary Fund,” said Maduro.
He specifically mentioned the recent leftist electoral victories in Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and parts of Colombia, and the anti-austerity protests in Chile and Ecuador.
More than 1,200 delegates from 95 countries attended the conference to meet and discuss six main themes such as solidarity with Cuba, people before free trade and transnational corporations, decolonization, cultural warfare, strategic communication, and social struggle.
By Jeff Mackler and Lazaro Monteverde, Popular Resistance (39)
November 26, 2019 | Educate!
Above: Protest in support of Evo Morales by David Mecado for Reuters.
On Sunday, October 20 Evo Morales was re-elected president of Bolivia with 46.85 percent of the vote against his nearest competitor, Carlos Mesa, who received 36.74 percent.
In anticipation of a Morales victory, the U.S. corporate media launched a fake news disinformation barrage nine days earlier aimed at discrediting the result and setting the stage for a well-orchestrated fascist-led coup. Presented to the world as a popular democratic revolution against a dictator, the coup was led by fascist groups in alliance with Bolivia’s defecting police and army.
The relentless media watchdog, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), aptly reported: “The New York Times’ editorial (11/11/19) accused Morales of “brazenly abusing the power and institutions put in his care by the electorate. The Washington Post (11/11/19) alleged that ‘a majority of Bolivians wanted [Morales] to leave office’ –a claim for which they provided no evidence – while asserting that he had ‘grown increasingly autocratic’ and that ‘his downfall was his insatiable appetite for power.’ The Wall Street Journal (11/11/19) argued that Morales ‘is a victim of his own efforts to steal another election,’ saying that Morales ‘has rigged the rules time and again to stay in power.’”
FAIR’s corporate media accounting goes on to list several major media outlets in the country that dutifully sang the same song. Not a single major daily challenged these baseless accusations. These “manufacturing consent” specialists were unanimous in denouncing Morales and his re-election long before the votes were tallied. The Bolivian coup was conceived as a relatively quiet U.S.-supported regime change endeavor in comparison to the overt and monstrous full-court failed coup that U.S. imperialism conducted against the Venezuelan government of Nicholas Maduro several months earlier.
Above Photo: Coup anointed president Jeanine Áñez
I am not a nobody! I am craftsman, damn it!
That desperate cry of Pedro Quisbert Mamani’s father, the factory worker murdered by government repression during the Senkata massacre, summarizes Bolivia’s process of change that is not understood yet by the coup mongers. If Evo Morales and the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) did anything at all, even beyond nationalizing the country’s natural resources or convening a Constituent Assembly, was giving dignity back to the wretched of the earth, the nobodies, the popular classes in a Bolivia turned into a Pluri-National State.
In the meantime, as former vice-president Alvaro Garcia Linera said, racial hatred prevails in the traditional middle class’ political language. Hatred of the Indian. It has been confirmed that Evo Morales always represented the realization of dreams and the collective imagination of the social majorities. This is why the hatred focused against him is the same as hating a whole nation. What’s more, hatred has united this middle class and that is why they allow public forces to commit murders and justify a mad government in which a misogynistic man and female batterer is heading a witch hunt against MAS members.
On the contrary, popular movements are fragmented by default. But their power relies on that weakness. So, people’s insurrection against the coup d’etat, the same as in 2003 in El Alto, is made of a series of regional micro-leaderships that cannot be controlled by Evo Morales himself, and certainly not by the putschist Government.
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Chile: National Strike On Monday, General Strike On Tuesday – No Peace For The Government
Social organizations have called for a new work stoppage this Monday, and the Central Unitary Workers Union (CUT) is calling for a general strike on Tuesday to demand, among other things, an increase in the minimum wage and pensions to 500,000 pesos.
On Sunday, the official call for the progressive General Strike was launched, scheduled for Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26.
Dozens of social organizations called on the population to participate in the paralysis of various productive and service activities throughout the country, along with pots and pans and other protest actions.
The president of the Central Unitary Workers Union (CUT), Bárbara Figueroa, called on the government to accept the demands that weeks ago were sent to Piñera, but so far there has been no response or even a call for dialogue.
“There are long-term demands such as the new Constitution via a constituent assembly; there are demands on the right to health, education, housing, the right to collective bargaining, among others, but there are also very precise demands: a minimum liquid salary of 500,000 pesos ($6253) for the public and private sectors, a minimum pension equivalent to this salary and if the authority would give clear signals, then what we expect is that there will be an ambitious social agenda, much more powerful than what has been put on the table so far.”
In this regard, the workers belonging to the Port Union, announced that they will fully stop their activities during this Monday and Tuesday, in response to the call for a general strike, in the context of social demonstrations that already have continued for more than a month.
Above Photo: A Wiphala flag pin that reads “500 years of resistance”
I am writing this because I don’t see many Bolivian voices represented in the media. Here is my story.
I saw Evo Morales speak once in La Paz. So many people came out. The boys climbed trees to trying to get a glimpse of him. After each speech, there was a translation in Quechua and Aymara.
My father worked for Evo’s campaign. He and my aunt traveled from village to village explaining to people in Quechua the importance of voting and of a socialist government. The people voted because they believed in change.
Evo was the first democratically elected Indigenous president of a nation that has the highest percent of Indigenous people in all of South America. He gave people hope, and he made people believe Indigenous people can be leaders and teachers, and that we can be taken serious, too. That’s why he is so precious to us.
New Generation Rising Up To Resist Neoliberalism Across The Globe (35)
Above photo: Enormous protest mobilization in Chile, 26 Oct. 2019
“We are protesting against problems in the whole system,” a young Chilean protester said on TV in November. “Above all, the neoliberal system.” The increasing cost of everyday life drove more than a million people from numerous world capitals into the street. In October, Chilean protesters fought cops as buses were torched. Ecuadorians used satellite dishes as shields against police tear gas. In Lebanon, people barricaded roads and held mass sit-ins at state buildings. Since July, throngs of Haitians and Iraqis, frustrated at government corruption, filled the streets, even braving sniper fire and pulling down razor wire blockades.
The protests in the Global South reinforce those in the Global North, like France’s Yellow Vests and Spain’s Indignados. Now a possibility is emerging — a vision of a new internationalism that could upend nearly 50 years of neoliberalism.
The Chilean who threw a rock at an armored police van also struck the half-century ideology of neoliberalism. Even as today, governments send police in riot gear to defend that economic ideology, it’s worth remembering that it was first promoted by its authors as a way to protect individuals against the state – although the “state intervention” they were worried about at the time involved services and support that helped millions.
The idea of neoliberalism took shape during the Great Depression and after World War II, when economists Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek watched in growing dismay at “collectivism” or state intervention in the economy. In the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dealt with labor strikes and widespread poverty by turning John Keynes’s ideas of government spending to stimulate a moribund economy into the New Deal. In 1945, Britain, facing a mass demobilization of soldiers and a people tired of war-time austerity, created a large welfare state. The U.S.S.R. was a superpower rivaling the West.
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With the right-wing coup in Bolivia nearly complete, the junta is hunting down the last remaining dissidents.
On the day of my scheduled interview with a leftist Bolivian journalist, I learned that he had been disappeared. Every outspoken opponent of the military junta is a target and subjected to charges of sedition.
La Paz, Bolivia – A brutal military junta that seized power from Bolivia’s democratically elected President Evo Morales is violently repressing a working-class indigenous-led uprising, and the country is rapidly falling under its control.
Soldiers in military fatigues prowl the streets, enforcing a series of choke points around the seat of power. Anyone perceived as standing against the status quo is now subject to being arrested on charges of sedition or terrorism. Dissident journalists and Morales sympathizers have been forced into hiding, leaving the house only when necessary.
“It’s a fascist dictatorship, there’s no hiding it,” says Federico Koba, a left-wing journalist who asked that I not use his real name for fear of arrest. “There are paramilitary agents going around the city taking pictures and pinpointing who’s who. Who is a leader, who is recording the protests, who is recording the repression.”
I met with Koba, an activist and journalist with the leftist news site La Resistencia Bolivia, on the evening of November 24th. I had initially planned to meet with his co-worker, who asked that I refer to him by the pseudonym of Carlos Mujica because he too feared being jailed for his activism.
Now The Interim Of US Self-Deception Over Bolivia (33)
Above photo: Bolivia’s Evo Morales in 2008. (Joel Alvarez, Wikimedia Commons)
To read the mainstream press on what just happened to Evo Morales is to enter a hall of mirrors.
Years from now, maybe a generation from now, it will be permissible to describe Evo Morales’s resignation-at-gunpoint two weeks ago as what it was: a coup the U.S. cultivated just as it has dozens of others since it emerged as a superpower in 1945. The acknowledgment will not matter then. The events in question will be comfortably distant in time. Those responsible for deposing the Bolivian president will be either retired or deceased. Americans will not have fooled any Bolivians, for this autumn will be etched in their memories, but Americans will have once again fooled themselves.
This is how it often goes when Washington crushes the democratic aspirations of others by toppling legitimately elected leaders and replacing them with figures — usually corrupt, often dictatorial, by definition undemocratic — to its liking. It took decades for the U.S. to acknowledge the C.I.A.–directed coup in 1953 against the Mossadegh government in Iran: President Barack Obama did so (without apologizing) in 2009. Forty-five years after the fact, Bill Clinton spent half a day in Guatemala expressing regret for the coup that brought down President Jacobo Árbenz in 1954.
This is what awaits us now in the case of Bolivia — a long interim of self-deception, ending only when the truth makes little difference and responsibility can no longer be assigned.
Operation Condor 2.0: After Bolivia Coup, Trump Dubs Nicaragua ‘National Security Threat’ And Targets Mexico
After presiding over a far-right coup in Bolivia, the US dubbed Nicaragua a “national security threat” and announced new sanctions, while Trump designated drug cartels in Mexico as “terrorists” and refused to rule out military intervention.
One successful coup against a democratically elected socialist president is not enough, it seems.
Immediately after overseeing a far-right military coup in Bolivia on November 10, the Trump administration set its sights once again Nicaragua, whose democratically elected Sandinista government defeated a violent right-wing coup attempt in 2018.
Washington dubbed Nicaragua a threat to US national security, and announced that it will be expanding its suffocating sanctions on the tiny Central American nation.
Trump is also turning up the heat on Mexico, baselessly linking the country to terrorism and even hinting at potential military intervention. The moves come as the country’s left-leaning President Andrés Manuel López Obrador warns of right-wing attempts at a coup.
As Washington’s rightist allies in Colombia, Brazil, Chile, and Ecuador are desperately beating back massive grassroots uprisings against neoliberal austerity policies and yawning inequality gaps, the United States is ramping up its aggression against the region’s few remaining progressive governments.
Almost as a nighttime fog, hatred rapidly traverses the neighborhoods of the traditional urban middle-class of Bolivia. Their eyes fill with anger. They do not yell, they spit. They do not raise demands, they impose. Their chants are not of hope of brotherhood. They are of disdain and discrimination against the Indians. They hop on their motorcycles, get into their trucks, gather in their fraternities of private universities, and they go out to hunt the rebellious Indians that dared to take power from them.
In the case of Santa Cruz, they organize motorized hordes with sticks in hand to punish the Indians, those that they call ‘collas’, who live in peripheral neighborhoods and in the markets. They chant “the collas must be killed,” and if on the way, they come across a woman wearing a pollera [traditional skirt worn by Indigenous and mestizo women] they hit her, threaten her and demand that she leave their territory. In Cochabamba, they organize convoys to impose their racial supremacy in the southern zone, where the underprivileged classes live, and charge – as if it were a were a cavalry contingent – at thousands of defenseless peasant women that march asking for peace. They carry baseball bats, chains, gas grenades. Some carry firearms. The woman is their preferred victim. They grab a female mayor of a peasant population, humiliate her, drag her through the street. They hit her, urinate on her when she falls to the ground, cut her hair, threaten to lynch her, and when they realize that they are being filmed, they decide to throw red paint on her symbolizing what they will do with her blood.
Neoliberalism And Evangelicalism are Teaming Up To Remilitarize Latin America
Above Photo: Jeanine Áñez. Pulling this coup was “mighty white of them.” Credit: Unitel Bolivia/ YouTube
Latin America appears to be in a state of chaos with a struggle emerging between the so-called independent socialist Pink Tide countries and the neoliberal conservative Blue Tide countries. Revolts against neoliberal policies have been seen in Chile and Ecuador and a coup has recently taken place in Bolivia. Latin America is certainly remilitarizing.
However, there is also a Great Power element to this, with the U.S. desperately holding onto its unilateral hegemony over what it considers its Latin American “backyard” in the face of growing Chinese and Russian economic and military interests in the Western Hemisphere. The struggle for power in Latin America is being fought by U.S. President Trump, guided by a type of neo-Monroe Doctrine that believes the region is in the exclusive U.S. zone of influence and with the backing of the powerful Evangelical Christian lobby.
The fierce fratricidal struggle in the U.S. in the face of the November 2020 presidential elections, affects the Latin American dimension because of the massive Latino population in the North American country – 55 million people in a population of 329 million – millions of them having dual citizenship, and many of them against Pink Tide ideology and wanting the removal of this system
Above photo: Massive mobilization in Colombia against Duque.
Colombia – On 21 November, a powerful general strike paralysed Colombia. Originally called to reject a package of measures by the right-wing government of Ivan Duque, including a counter reform of the labour laws, a counter reform of pensions and massive cuts in education, it became the focal point for accumulated anger. The strike was the largest the country has seen since 1977 and there were mass demonstrations in every town and city. The government responded with repression and threats. This only served to escalate the situation.
In response, there was a spontaneous call for the continuation of the strike on Friday, 22 November when protests continued. The government has now militarised Bogota and declared a curfew across the capital and other cities. Duque is extremely unpopular, with 69 percent opposing him even before the strike. The movement has the strength to bring him down but is lacking a clear leadership.
With this, Colombia has joined the tidal wave of the Latin American revolution and the insurrections we have seen in Ecuador and Chile. That this is happening in Colombia, a country that was presented as a bulwark of the most reactionary right wing is extremely significant. The myth of a “conservative wave” in Latin America, peddled by right-wing commentators and demoralised “left” academics alike, which did not have any basis in reality, and can now be decisively put to rest.
We publish here an account from a comrade in Bogota.
Ecuadorian Opponents Reject Lenin Moreno’s Economic Reform
The government criminalizes social protest by imprisoning members of the Rafael Correa party, the Citizen Revolution.
The Lenin Moreno Administration is moving in two fronts since the mass mobilizations that took place in Ecuador about a month ago. On the one hand, it is criminalizing social protests so opponents can be charged with “rebellion.” This is how they managed to imprison members of Rafael Correa’s political party, Citizen Revolution, as well as leaders of indigenous organizations. Three legislators of this movement requested asylum at Mexico’s Embassy to Ecuador in this connection. On the other hand, the Government is trying to impose economic measures demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Days ago, opponents rejected a mega economic reform bill adapted to the markets.
Political Persecution and Criminalization of Social Protest
The three legislators of Rafael Correa’s party continue inside Mexico’s Embassy, a month after they for political asylum. Warned about the beginning of prosecution against them and impending arrests, they decided to seek shelter with the Mexican Government. Four other representatives of the same party are on pre-trial detention charged with “rebellion.” The most prominent of these cases is that of the Pichincha province prefect, Paola Pabon, who has been imprisoned since October 15th. “The Attorney General called for her arrest based on tweets,” messages posted on Twitter, Pabon’s lawyer Ramiro Aguilar Torres told Pagina 12. “According to the law, ‘rebellion’ is defined as funding, creating, commanding or inciting an armed movement in the pursuit of violating the Constitution, rising up against the National Assembly or the President.
NOTE: Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK and Wyatt Reed are reporting live from Bolivia.
A colleague who had to leave Bolivia writes to me. She is being chased along with her partner who, they told her, they are looking for him to “liquidate him”. Since before Evo Morales was forced to resign, a list of names began to circulate; its application accelerated from that moment. It was Arturo Murillo, de facto government minister, who was responsible for putting it in black and white: he talked about “hunting” three leaders, after chasing parliamentarians accused of “sedition” and “subversion.” Communication minister Roxana Lizárraga pointed to “journalists and pseudo-journalists”, and on Thursday the Telesur TV channel was taken off of Bolivian television stations.
The strategy of decapitation and persecution is part of the coup d’etat architecture that moves according to a series of planned steps. The first was to force the resignation of Evo and Álvaro García Linera. The second, build a de facto government, materialized from the self-proclamation of Jeanine Añez. The third, initiated before and deepened in these days, is the persecution of leaders, along with the beginning of militarized repressions. The latter was announced with the decree to exempt the armed forces from criminal responsibility and an additional budget credit of four thousand eight hundred million dollars.
Maduro Denounces Bribery Attempts On Army Officers
The Venezuelan president stressed that despite the bribes the Venezuelan officers have remained loyal to the Bolivarian Revolution.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced this Sunday that the country’s right-wing has received more than US$400 million with the objective of buying politicians, policemen and members of the Bolivarian National Armed Force, to put them at the service of foreign nations’ interests.
During an interview for the ‘Jose Vicente Hoy’ show, Maduro affirmed that despite bribes, the Venezuelan Armed Forces have remained loyal to the Constitution, the Venezuelan people, and the Bolivarian Revolution.
However, the head of state informed there are people imprisoned for giving in or being caught taking such illegal money.
“We have dismembered, with the participation of our own armed force officers, more than 47 attempts to recruit officers to put them at the service of Colombia’s strategy and the gringos,” Maduro said, adding that the Venezuelan Armed Forces “will never again kneel down to the gringos, nor will it ever again serve the oligarchy of this country.”
Above photo: Anti-government protesters block a road during a demonstration called by opposition politician Juan Guaido, who’s urged masses into the streets to force President Nicolas Maduro from power, in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nov. 16, 2019. Rodrigo Abd | AP
Fresh off a successful military coup deposing leftist President Evo Morales in Bolivia last week, the United States attempted to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela this weekend. The events, however, went barely noticed outside the South American nation, as the attempt proved to be a complete fiasco.
U.S.-backed self-declared President Juan Guaidó, who had tried multiple times earlier in the year to depose Maduro to no avail, had long publicly targeted November 16 as the date of his latest insurrection, calling on all Venezuelans to rise up and fight in the streets against the “dictatorship.” That way, he explained on social media, they could build up national and international pressure on Maduro
The United States lent its considerable weight to the attempt. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave his blessing to the coup, stating:
Above photo: Protest in front of the OAS in Washington DC, against the Coup in Bolivia (Photo-Credit: Cele León)
NOTE: As we post this statement, Bolivians marching from Senkata to La Paz, carrying the bodies of those who were massacred, are being attacked by police and military using tear gas.
We, the undersigned US organizations condemn the civic-military coup in Bolivia and the brutal repression unleashed by the police and military authorized by the self-proclaimed anti-Indigenous “President” of Bolivia, Senator Jeanine Áñez.
The regime has burned the Wiphala, flag of the Indigenous nations of Bolivia; decreed an exemption to prosecution for the police and military for the use of lethal force against demonstrators; and has criminalized democratically elected officials and rank and file members of organizations associated with the deposed government. These decrees led to the massacre in Cochabamba on November 15 in which police and the armed forces opened fire on demonstrators killing five people and wounding more than 100, as well as the massacre of Senkata on November 19 in which at least 8 people were killed and at least 30 wounded. They have also led to the deployment of military, police and private intelligence agencies to hunt down and arrest political opponents of the coup regime.
In Chile, Haiti, and Ecuador, demonstrators want more than narrow policy changes. They want to transform the economic systems that have increased inequality for decades.
“It’s not 30 pesos: it’s 30 years.” This slogan, one of the most frequently used in the mass protests in Chile, explains in seven words what has triggered the biggest mass demonstrations in living memory in this Andean country since the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. It was not the increase of 30 Chilean pesos (41 cents) in the subway fare but the accumulation of decades of neoliberal policies, which have turned the Chile of today into one of the most inegalitarian countries in Latin America.
The subway fare rise, one of the highest in the region, unleashed, in the words of Argentine sociologist Maristella Svampa, “an unprecedented generalized experiment in civil disobedience” that began on 7 October, when a group of high school students called for a mass avoidance of fare payment. Five days later, the popular uprising took to the streets.
“A violent outbreak was to be expected because it was the only way out. When the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was discussed in Congress, for example, we went on marches, we asked for meetings and consultations, and we were ignored: the system continues along the path of social injustice,” says Alejandra Parra of Environmental Rights Action Network.
Above photo: Young people expressed rejection of the presence of the Organization of American States Secretary General, Luis Almagro, in Paraguay. @FrenteGuasuPY Screenshot
Young people prevented Almagro from giving a talk on “Democracy and Development” at a university in Asunción.
Paraguay – Social and political organizations of Paraguay expressed their rejection of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and at the same time expressed their solidarity with the people of Bolivia and the legitimate president of that country, Evo Morales.
This Tuesday, Almagro, a Uruguayan national, planned to offer a talk on “Democracy and Development” at a private university in Asunción, however, social, political and student organizations threw the head of the inter-American organization from the academic venue, according to the collaborator from teleSUR in Paraguay, Osvaldo Zayas.
In the expressions of repudiation there were shouts like “murderer!”, “Almagro, your hands have blood!”, “Coup!” And “Almagro fascist, you are the terrorist”.
Like Túpac Katari, indigenous Aymara leader more than 200 years ago, confronting the Spaniards, Evo Morales was betrayed and ‘dismembered’ by his own people, recruited and paid by the agents of the most destructive, nefarious and murderous dark elite that governs and has governed for over two hundred years our planet, the United States of America. With their worthless fiat-Ponzi-pyramid money, the made-out-of-thin-air US dollar, they create poverty throughout the globe, then buy off the weak and poor to plot against the very leaders that have worked for years to improve their social conditions.
It’s become a classic. It’s being called a Color Revolution, and it’s been taking place on all Continents. The list of victim-countries includes, but is not exhaustive – Colombia, Honduras, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, in some ways also Uruguay (the current left-leaning government is powerless and has to remain so, otherwise it will be “changed”… that’s the name of the game) – and now also Bolivia. – Then there are Georgia, Ukraine, Iraq, South Sudan, Libya, Afghanistan, Indonesia; and the lawless rulers of the universe are attempting to “regime change” North Korea, Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua – and on a larger scale China and Russia (I just returned from China – where the Government and people are fully aware what Washington’s intentions are behind every move they make).
National Lawyers Guild Statement On The Military Coup In Bolivia
By Staff, Nlginternational.org
November 20, 2019
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) strongly condemns the military coup that took place in Bolivia on November 10, followed by the self-declared presidency of extreme right-wing Bolivian senator Jeanine Áñez, in violation of the Constitution of Bolivia.
There is strong evidence that U.S. elected officials and agencies worked to foment this coup in the Plurinational State of Bolivia against elected President Evo Morales, at the expense of indigenous people, campesinos and social movements of the poor and working class and in violation of the OAS Charter, the UN Charter and international law and resolutions.
The role of the Organization of American States (OAS) is particularly troubling, especially as the OAS leadership is serving as a proxy for U.S. political maneuvers throughout the region, despite the position of many American states in opposition to this intervention.
We also express our strongest solidarity with the people of Bolivia who continue to march, organize and resist despite facing harsh violence and military repression. We emphasize the importance of ending U.S. intervention in Bolivia and throughout Latin America and urge the restoration of legitimate civil government and democracy in Bolivia.
The Coup Violates the Constitution of Bolivia
President Morales’ eligibility to run for re-election was established by the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal, which in 2017 abolished term limits as violating the American Convention on Human Rights. This decision overturned the results of a 2016 referendum which would have prohibited Morales from running.
Evangelical Groups Are The New U.S. Tool For Coups In Latin America
By Staff, Resumen Latinoamericano, translation, North America bureau
November 20, 2019
There are not enough intellectual tools to analyze the religious war used by the United States to support its coup d’états in Latin American countries. This is how historian and theologist Enrique Dussel comments about the ousting of Evo Morales in Bolivia and the region’s current political scenario.
Interviewed by Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui, Dussel recalled that in the region, “Bolivia, together with Haiti, were the poorest countries and while its wealth increased as no other. No one would have expected a reaction there. A significant issue is the reaction of a class sector previously in poverty that became middle class thanks to progressive governments. They have other aspirations which have nothing to do with overcoming poverty. Subjectivity has changed. They turn to consumerist subjectivity, in which they believe that certain right-wing projects could solve their new hopes,” reported the Explicito website.
Catholics vs. evangelists
Dussel commented that some of “those who overcame poverty in Bolivia are subjects, hoping at heart to be neoliberal consumerists. And here comes the issue, in a coup d’état such as (Chile’s Augusto) Pinochet, the same as some Argentinean military officers, the process was headed by people who said they had to guarantee a right-wing Christian Catholic western civilization against communism.”
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The Coup D’Etat In Bolivia Is A Coup Against The Region
By Staff, Indefenseofhumanity.org
November 19, 2019
Above Photo: carol smiljan/Flickr
The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity reiterates its most emphatic rejection of the coup d’état against President Evo Morales, his government and the democratic institutions of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, which has submerged the country into an escalation of violence against the people, its historical project and even against other countries.
We denounce the systematic persecution being carried out against political, social, indigenous and peasant organizations and against any initiative or mobilization to demand the return to democratic institutions. Using operations of massive repression and the selective identification of objectives to be completed, the civilian and military strategy of the coup has left, in five days, the death of 24 people, hundreds injured and mass arrests without respect for any procedure of rights.
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Venezuela Rejects Coup-Mongering Calls From The US (17)
By Staff, Telesurenglish.net November 19, 2019 | Resist!
Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza demanded U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to assume the failure of the U.S. interference policy against Venezuela. | Photo: VTV
In Venezuela, the US and their lackey, Juan Guaido tried to build on the coup in Bolivia and failed. Instead of a protest to support the coup, there was a massive protest in support of the constitutional government of Venezuela led by President Maduro and opposed to US imperialism. KZ
Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister emphasized that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence should deal with “impeachments and his internal affairs.”
The Venezuelan government rejected Saturday a statement from United States Vice President Mike Pence, who called on the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) to carry out a coup d’etat in the country.
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Above Photo: From Socialistorganizer.org (Bolivia Direct pic)
By The Organizer, Socialistorganizer.org
November 19, 2019 | Resist!
Interview with a Political Activist in El Alto
[Note: The following interview with a Bolivian activist in El Alto, whose name is being withheld for obvious security reasons, was conducted by The Organizer editorial board member Alan Benjamin on Sunday, November 17. The interview is reprinted from the November-December issue of The Organizer.] (17)
Question: What is the situation in Bolivia in the aftermath of the coup? How is the resistance to the coup being organized?
Answer: After the conspiracy of the police, the military, and the right-wing leaders that led to the November 10 resignation of Evo Morales and placed the coup-plotters in the governmental palace, their first measure was to burn the Wiphala, the flag that represents the Quechua-Aymara peoples and that is recognized as one of the nation’s two flags in the 2009 Political Constitution of the State.
The burning of the Wiphala means the return to the heinous racism and discrimination by the traditional right wing. This action by the coup government, together with the self-proclamation by supposed “president” Jeanine Añez, has triggered the mobilization of scores of popular sectors, neighborhood councils, and youth from the city of El Alto, the main bastion of the struggles of October 2003 and 2005 that succeeded in ousting then-president Gustavo Sanchez de Lozada, known as the “Gringo Goni.” Workers and youth at that time had mobilized against Goni’s Hydrocarbons Law with protests that were met with large-scale repression, resulting in 60 deaths.
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Cuban Doctors Who Provided Health Services In Bolivia Are Returning To Cuba By Redaccion Digital, Granma, translation Resumen Latino Americano, North America bureau (15)
November 19, 2019 | Educate!
Government sources have confirmed with Granma that the first group of the more than 700 Cuban medical professionals who provided medical attention in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, are returning to their homeland from the city of Santa Cruz, in a Cubana airliner.
On November 13, four members of the Medical Brigade in El Alto were arrested by Bolivian police as they were returning to their place of residence with money taken from a bank to pay for basic services and rents for the 107 members of the Medical Brigade in that region.
The arrest took place under the slanderous assumption that the money was used to finance protests. Representatives of the police and the Public Ministry visited the headquarters of the Medical Brigade in El Alto and La Paz and corroborated, based on documents, payrolls and bank data that the amount of money coincided with the amount regularly extracted each month.
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What The Chilean People’s Enemies In The US Are Planning (14)
By G1 of Rebel Diaz, Blackagendareport.com
November 19, 2019 | Educate!
Elites in Chile take their cues from places like the University of Chicago, where the author witnessed technocrats plotting to save the ruling order from popular uprising.
“Chile is the canary in the coal mine.”
Yesterday, I got last minute notice of a talk on the Chilean protests at (of all places) the University of Chicago. I didn’t know exactly what to expect but what I encountered was far more sinister than I could have imagined: a room full of technocrats — and soon to be 21st century Chicago Boys — dissecting the protests in Chile. I almost got security called on me, the lady next to me complained about my manner of talking (“gesticulating” with my arms lol), and I was called a violent machista for interrupting a white Chilean lawyer who was saying some right wing bullshit. But I stuck it out to get a full report on what the enemy is thinking right now. Some takeaways:
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As Lula Emerges From Prison, US Media Ignore How Washington Helped Put Him There
By Brian Mier, Fair.org
November 18, 2019 | Educate!
The Brazilian Supreme Court reversed a 2018 ruling on November 7, upholding the principle of innocent until proven guilty in the 1988 Constitution and declaring it illegal to jail defendants before their appeals processes have been exhausted. Within 24 hours, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was released to an adoring crowd of hundreds of union members and social movement activists who had maintained a camp outside the police station where he was held, shouting “good morning,” “good afternoon” and “good night” to him for 580 consecutive days.
After Morales Ousted In Coup, The Lithium Question Looms Large In Bolivia
By Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute|
November 18, 2019 | Educate!
The overthrow of the elected leader cannot be understood without a glance at the nation’s massive reserves of this crucial mineral.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales was overthrown in a military coup on November 10. He is now in Mexico. Before he left office, Morales had been involved in a long project to bring economic and social democracy to his long-exploited country. It is important to recall that Bolivia has suffered a series of coups, often conducted by the military and the oligarchy on behalf of transnational mining companies. Initially, these were tin firms, but tin is no longer the main target in Bolivia. The main target is its massive deposits of lithium, crucial for the electric car.
Over the past 13 years, Morales has tried to build a different relationship between his country and its resources. He has not wanted the resources to benefit the transnational mining firms, but rather to benefit his own population. Part of that promise was met as Bolivia’s poverty rate has declined, and as Bolivia’s population was able to improve its social indicators. Nationalization of resources combined with the use of its income to fund social development has played a role. The attitude of the Morales government toward the transnational firms produced a harsh response from them, many of them taking Bolivia to court.
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above photo: The “Wiphala” flag of indigenous peoples of Bolivia, now being suppressed by the Christia-fascist Eurosupremacist coup government.
Race Is Central To Both Revolution And Reaction In Latin America
By Glen Ford, Blackagendareport.com
November 18, 2019 | Educate!
The world birthed in the near extinction of one-fifth of humanity still exists, in the social relations bequeathed to the Americas by conquistadors and enslavers.
“In Latin America, U.S. influence means White Power.”
The events in Bolivia lay bare the central role that racial subjugation has always played in the “New World,” a hemisphere whose “discovery” by Europeans resulted — within the span of only 50 years — in the death by genocide and pandemic of fully a fifth of the Earth’s human population. The Conquistadors frenzied “primitive accumulation” of precious metals, mined by enslaved Natives who died quicker than they could be replenished, created a demand for the capture and importation of millions of Africans with immunities to both European and tropical disease. For centuries, until deep into the 1700s, the vast majority of the Western Hemisphere’s population was Indigenous and Black, with African slaves comprising the great bulk of newcomers to the New World. Thus was laid the material basis for the rise of Europe, the beginnings of capitalism and the global supremacy of whiteness.
In Bolivia, The American Empire Struck Back (10)
By Danny Haiphong, Ahtribune.com
November 18, 2019 | Educate!
Evo Morales’ fourth term was over before it began. After winning the latest presidential election by over 600,000 votes, a flurry of violence on the part of the U.S.-backed opposition in Bolivia pressured Evo to step down. Evo’s home was vandalized and several party members of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) threatened with violence. The coup in Bolivia, which was solidified by recommendation from the military, is the latest of dozens of military coups spearheaded by the United States over the last century and a half. U.S. imperialism has viewed Latin America as its backyard since 1823 when it declared the “right to protect” the region in the Monroe Doctrine. It was at this time that the American Empire replaced the Spanish Empire as the foreign power responsible for keeping Latin America in a state of oppression, dependency, and poverty.
November 17, 2019 | Resist!
Above photo: A demonstrator holding a Wiphala flag reacts towards a member of the security forces during clashes between supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales and the security forces, in La Paz, Bolivia November 15, 2019. | Photo: Reuters
The decree also states that security forces may use firearms to suppress protests.
The de facto government of Bolivia issued a decree Saturday exempting Armed Forces and National Police from criminal responsibility when committing acts of repression against protesters who have taken to the streets to reject the coup d’etat.
“The personnel of the Armed Forces, who participate in the operations for the restoration of order and public stability, will be exempt from criminal responsibility when, in compliance with their constitutional functions, they act in legitimate defense or state of necessity,” the decree reads.
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Chile, Bolivia and AFRICOM: Imperialism, Revolution & What We Must Ask Of Ourselves
by Eleanor Goldfield, Act Out!
November 17, 2019 | Resistance Report
Did the French Revolution go too far? And what the hell does that have to do with our place and time?? Meanwhile, people ask “when is the US going to reach that tipping point?” Well, I have some thoughts on that. As protests rage on in Chile, the echoes of a past we made play loudly in the streets. Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People’s Socialist Party joins us to talk imperialism, class warfare, revolution and more. “You can have peace on the plantation. But you have to say victory to the oppressed.”
YouTube video here
By Ana Paula Vargas and Vijay Prashad, Brasil de Fato.
November 17, 2019 | Educate!
Above photo: Brazilian ex-president Lula was freed on Friday, after 580 days in prison, following a Supreme Court ruling. / Gibran Mendes.
Supreme Court Verdict Was Not Directed at Lula, but at the Undemocratic Nature of the Judicial System in Brazil.
Just before 6 p.m. on Friday the 8th of November, Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva walked out of his prison in Curitiba (Brazil). Lula went to prison in April last year on a 12-year sentence. Five hundred and eighty days of prison are now over, as the Federal Supreme Court ruled that inmates who have not yet exhausted their appeals should not be held in prison.
In addition to Lula, about 5,000 Brazilians can be released based on the Supreme Court’s decision. According to the National Council of Justice (CNJ) this is the number of people arrested, exclusively and specifically, by conviction in second instance – and who were not, for example, target of preventive imprisonment. However, there are more than 190,000 prisoners in Brazil – the majority, black and poor – sentenced without trial, including those who were sentenced only in the first instance, and are imprisoned preventively.
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Coyote’ Alberto Ruz On The Rights Of Nature
By Alberto Ruz Buenfil, Chiara Lionello, and Antonio Giachetti, Resilience.org
November 16, 2019 | Create!
When and how was the idea of having a Universal Declaration of Mother Earth Rights born?
In 2009, during the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change, Bolivian President Evo Morales publicly mentioned for the first time the idea of recognizing the Rights of Mother Earth. That same year, the government of Ecuador approved a law recognizing Earth as a living being with rights. In 2010 Bolivia submitted two proposals to the United Nations: first, to declare April 22 as the International Day of “Rights of Mother Earth;” second, to approve the “Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth.” Since 2012, I have, along with many other people, been taking such proposals everywhere throughout the planet. The governments of Bolivia and Ecuador have already passed legislation recognizing the rights of Mother Earth and protecting them in their respective Constitutions.
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Coup D’etat In Bolivia: Audios Containing Details Of Alleged Coup Plan & US Involvement Emerge
By Staff, Orinocotribune.com
November 15, 2019 | Educate!
Bolivian President Evo Morales announced his resignation on 10 November after the heads of Bolivia’s armed forces and police urged him to step down amid ongoing violent protest in the country which erupted in the wake of the recent presidential election.
As Evo Morales stepped down as the President of Bolivia amid ongoing anti-government protests and the military urging him to resign, a series of audio recordings which allegedly feature opposition leaders calling for a coup against him were leaked via social media, El Periodico news outlet reports.
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Lessons To Learn From The Coup In Bolivia
By Staff, Moonofalabama.org
November 14, 2019 | Educate!
Andrea Lobo writes at WSWS:
Bolivian president Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party was forced to resign Sunday evening by the Bolivian military in a coup backed by the United States. Last night, Morales tweeted that he is “leaving for Mexico” after that country agreed to grant him asylum.After three weeks of protests following the disputed October 20 presidential elections, the imperialist powers and their Bolivian client elite have overthrown the government of Morales. In the context of a deepening crisis of global capitalism and a resurgence of the class struggle internationally, including recent mass strikes among miners and doctors in Bolivia, the ruling class lost confidence that Morales and the MAS apparatus can continue to suppress social opposition.
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Evo Morales, Camacho And The Coup In Bolivia
By Staff, Historicly.substack.com
November 14, 2019 | Educate!
Saturday, after the military and the chief of police defected, Evo Morales resigned from his presidency. Shortly, afterwards Luis Fernando Camacho stormed the presidential palace while his gangs ransacked the palace. He laid down the old Bolivian flag and the bible and remarked, “the bible returns to the presidential palace. The Pachamama (Mother-Earth in Quechua) will never be back to the government. Bolivia belongs to Jesus Christ”, which is of course an insult against the indigenous groups who form the plurinational of Bolivia.
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Bolivia Set Back Twenty Years
By Stephen Sefton, Tortillaconsal.com
November 14, 2019 | Educate!
Photo: Filippos kolivas/Flickr
Western media are portraying the coup in Bolivia as the result of legitimate popular protests against electoral fraud. They base their accounts on yet another phoney, illegal report from a mission of the Organization of American States. The report openly violated the terms agreed with Bolivia’s electoral authority on the progam for the audit of the recent national election results and was key in accelerating the media impact of the fascist-led attack on Bolivia’s legitimate government. What Western media have deliberately covered up is the sheer hatred and extreme violence of Bolivia’s fascist-led offensive, identical to the hatred driving the US backed right wing aggression in Nicaragua and Venezuela.
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Bolivian Senate’s Leader Attacked By Police And Coup Supporters
The Bolivian people are mobilizing to restore Evo Morales to the presidency and reverse the US-supported coup, but the police are responding with violence. They aided in preventing the Senate President, who is constitutionally next in-line to be the interim president, from entering the legislature. She is with the majority party, Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), the party of Evo Morales. A pro-coup mob assaulted her and kept her from entering the legislature to fulfill her constitutional responsibility. On Thursday at 4 pm the legislature meets and legislatures from Morales party, who control the legislature will move to block false interim president from taking power.