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.
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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”