catching up on Evo and Bolivia

…mainly by Tweet, because: images and captions, not always text.  Oddly, Mission Verdad English on Twitter hasn’t posted since Dec.6.

You’ll remember that Evo had gone to Cuba to attend to some medical issues on Dec. 7, and was quoted as saying that it was only a temporary visit.  El Pais had reported that Cuba was not Morales’ final destination. They claimed the politician is looking forward to settling down in Argentina once the nation’s newly elected President Alberto Fernandez is sworn into office next Tuesday.

From Telesur English Dec. 12, 2019:

“The former President of Bolivia, whose term was interrupted by a coup d’etat, arrived in Argentina from Mexico. In the next few days, he will apply for political refugee status.

He comes to stay in Argentina because he arrives as an asylee and then he will have refugee status,” Argentina’s Foreign Affairs Minister Felipe Sola announced on Thursday.

The Argentinean minister indicated that he signed on Wednesday night the procedures to accept Morales as an asylee; in the next few days, however, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) leader will request his declaration as a refugee.”

This strikes me as worrisome, if only enigmatic, though:

“During his declarations to the press, Sola also mentioned that Bolivia’s self-proclaimed President Jeanine Añez “is a de-facto government.” [snip]

A month ago I arrived in Mexico, a sister country that saved our lives. I was sad and broken. Now I arrived in Argentina to continue fighting for the humblest and to unite the Great Homeland. I am strong and lively. I thank Mexico and Argentina for all their support and solidarity.​​​​​​​”

The Bolivian leader was accompanied by his former Health Minister Gabriela Montaño. His former Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and former Foreign Affairs Minister Diego Pary Rodriguez will arrive in Argentina on Friday.​​​​​​​”

They will also request asylee status; Sola quotes Evo as saying: “Evo is very grateful. He told us he feels better here than in Mexico and he did not ask us for any special custody,” and that he would be eternally grateful to Mexico and AMLO for sheltering him.

Out of time sequence, but I’d forgotten to add this loveliness:

We can only hope and pray (even if atheistically) that Alberto Fernández isn’t overthrown and a version of rightwing neoliberal Mauricio Macri isn’t installed in another US/CIA/OAS putsch.

(cross-posted from Café Babylon)

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Roy Blakeley's picture

The anti-terror group is frightening. Looks like the right-wing military dictatorship is preparing for the long haul. Anez is nothing. A card-board cutout would have the same function. Interesting that the fascists seem to be fighting among themselves like hyenas fighting over a corpse.

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@Roy Blakeley

añez 'the slit-eyed one' spooks me though. and you're right: no honor among thieves and cutthroats. ollie had been more specific, but it's so easy with these 2 ancient firefoxes i need for cross-posting to hold them steady. but i did just find it, and another few disgusting pieces of merde:

it's a multiple tweet: let me see if this will work:

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@wyattreed13
That was fast. Just 1 month after their coup in Bolivia, Development Minister for the unelected ~transitional government~ spells out their agenda:
"Yes, I'm talking about privatization. The govt role should be seriously reduced and the leading role given to private enterprise"

'The worst illiterate is the political illiterate. He hears nothing, sees nothing, takes no part in political life. He doesn't seem to know that the cost of living, the price of beans, of flour, of rent, of medicines all depend on political decisions. He even prides himself on his political ignorance, sticks out his chest and says he hates politics. He doesn't know, the imbecile, that from his political non-participation comes the prostitute, the abandoned child, the robber and, worst of all, corrupt officials, the lackeys of exploitative multinational corporations

~Bertolt Brecht

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wendy davis's picture

but still...we can dream can't we?

good night; dream well.

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Very much appreiated.
One little thing for you, you said:

This strikes me as worrisome, if only enigmatic, though:

“During his declarations to the press, Sola also mentioned that Bolivia’s self-proclaimed President Jeanine Añez “is a de-facto government.”

I think, or hope at least, that this is a correct if diplomatic way of getting in a dig at the right in Bolivia.

From the google and Oxford:

A de facto government is a government wherein all the attributes of sovereignty have, by usurpation, been transferred from those who had been legally invested with them to others, who, sustained by a power above the forms of law, claim to act and do really act in their stead.

So maybe a little tiny thing less to worry about in a sea of bad news?

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wendy davis's picture

@peachcreek

your having dug into the definition, so yes...a bit less to be worried about. it may have been something lost in reporting, but i'd hoped to see closer to: 'just a de facto government', of 'simply'...that.

even though evo and fernandez may not be able to talk ahead of his state department granting him and his entourage full refugee status, i do think he's one of the good guys, and was thrilled he beat the dark-hearted macri.

thanks for caring and commenting, my friend, and for alleviating some of my concern.

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