a US-made color revolution seems to be afoot in Bolivia
The pink tide needs to be stemmed for good, as with VZ, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, and so on; nor can the sole Indigenous President (and a peasant to boot!) on the planet be allowed to win this election. Note: this a$$hat’s threats came on Oct. 21, with only a portion of the votes announced! Yeah, we know what the US and its client states will do; it’s all part of the CIA handbook, isn’t it? Criminalize the pinko’s ‘regime’, sanction/sanction/sanction and eventually back the West's preferred leader.
The United States threatens "serious consequences" for Bolivia's government before vote counting has even completed, offering a deceptive and inaccurate version of events surrounding the Bolivian election.
Michael Kozak at the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere: pic.twitter.com/A0i4eIjVXZ
— Camila (@camilateleSUR) October 24, 2019
@GBabeuf Gracchus Babeuf Retweeted Misión Verdad
The “Civic Committee” of Santa Cruz issues an ultimatum to the Election Commission to open a second round of voting, otherwise they’ll “proclaim” their own president. Also order Evo Morales and his VP to vacate the presidential palace
@MarkWeisbrot ‘The OAS should either provide evidence in support of its statements questioning the election results, or publicly retract these statements.’
@AndeanInfoNet ‘President Evo Morales affirms that there should be an audit of the election results to address fraud accusations in #Bolivia‘s national elections. He asked the opposition to provide evidence of these claims.’
Presidential elections were held on Sunday, Oct. 20. Telesur english described the two front-runner candidates on Oct. 17, 2019:
“A look at Bolivia’s opposition candidates provide insight into that question, so too does examining the current fates of countries like Ecuador and Argentina that threw out progressive governments to elect neoliberals, which is what Bolivia’s right-wing is offering today.
Carlos Mesa, a former head of state himself who presided during the country’s neoliberal past, invited in the United States military to establish bases in Bolivia during his term. Carlos Mesa’s previous term (2003-2005) gives some idea of what lies in store for Bolivians if he wins. During his watch, poverty and extreme poverty was twice as high as the current rates—over two thirds of the population were impoverished. His presidency, which he didn’t complete, came to represent one of the moments at which the country most beholden to the U.S. government and its institutions.
During his time in power he attempted to push through a bill that would grant legal immunity to U.S. officials operating in Bolivia, most of whom were overseeing coca eradication and quelling Campesino protests against the practice.
Mesa’s two-year tenure saw not only ‘security’ affairs outsourced to the U.S., but economic policies. International institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) directed economic affairs, exemplified by having their office inside the building where Bolivia’s Central Bank is also housed.
In his infamous resignation speech Mesa railed against Morales saying his proposal to nationalize natural gas was ‘unviable’ because the U.S. and the World Bank “have told us so.” [long snip]
“The stakes are incredibly high in this election. One only has to look to Argentina and Ecuador to see the speed at which progressive social pacts can disintegrate. After opting for President Mauricio Macri, Argentina is now beholden to the tune of billions of dollars in IMF loans and all the austerity conditions attached to it. Macri and his IMF pact have produced runaway inflation, unemployment and poverty, as well as police excessive use of force against demonstrators who are constantly protesting the effects of the IMF measures. Ecuador, too, is just now emerging from 12 days of massive police violence and military curfews imposed on protesters who were forced to the streets to stand against IMF-imposed austerity after President Lenin Moreno invited the fund back to the Andean nation after a nearly 20-year absence. Both Macri and Moreno have used remarkably similar rhetoric being employed by the Bolivian opposition. Both railed against the leftist governments that preceded them, characterizing them as ‘populist’ and calling for a reorientation of foreign policy towards the U.S. and it’s institutions and allies.
Ecuador in particular has accelerated attacks on the progressive regional integration championed by former Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez. Barely completing half a term in power, Moreno has already triggered the disintegration of UNASUR, the most important Latin American forum that didn’t include the U.S. Add to that the handing over of Julian Assange to British authorities last April and establishing a U.S. military base in the Galapagos Islands, current president Moreno, whose approval rating has sunk to 17 percent, seems determined to do away with the progressive policies of the previous administrations, opting for austerity and U.S. approval.
Bolivia’s extraordinary achievements in lifting the regions poorest country out of underdevelopment have been achieved only after rejecting neoliberalism and taking back control of the country’s natural resources. One study illustrates how Bolivia would have lost US $74 billion in revenue were it not for Morales’ widespread nationalization initiatives.
Also from Telesur English on Oct. 23:
“A coup is underway, carried out by the right-wing with foreign support…what are the methods of this coup attempt?”
Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales gave a press conference early Wednesday morning in which he warned that a right-wing coup attempt is being carried out so as to stop the full counting of votes, and annul the result of Sunday’s elections if it gives Morales a first-round victory.
“A coup is underway, carried out by the right-wing with foreign support…what are the methods of this coup attempt? They’re not recognizing or waiting for election results, they’re burning down electoral courts, they want to proclaim the second-place candidate as the winner”, Morales told journalists assembled.
Morales pointed to the fact he is in the first place and reiterated his victory. However, he also stated that “we are just waiting for the electoral court to report the results, I’m nearly certain that with the vote of the rural areas that we will win in the first round, even though the preliminary results show that we’ve won, but we are respectful and will wait for the official results from the electoral court. I say to the international press, our triumphs have always been with the rural vote.”
“Anti-government right-wing protests turned violent Monday with numerous violent attacks took place across the country as preliminary results indicated that leftist President Evo Morales is on course for a first-round victory. Attacks included the burning down of vote counting centers and assaulting Indigenous supporters of Morales.
The first such action was in the city of Sucre, an opposition stronghold, where rioters set fire to the regional electoral authority. Elsewhere in the country, government buildings were attacked in Tarija, Oruro, the campaign headquarters of Morales’ party were vandalized.
In Cochabamba, where Morales is leading the vote, protesters attempted to seize control of the Campo Ferial, which is the hall in which the votes were being counted.
The president stressed that a key tactic of the right-wing who are plotting a coup is to not recognize the Indigenous vote, which largely favors Morales.” [snip]
To defeat the coup, Morales echoed the call from social movements of the CONALCAM who yesterday declared a state of emergency and peaceful mobilization to defend democracy from right-wing violence.”
The Guardian’s spin on the protests on Oct. 21, 2019: Bolivia braces for fresh protests as officials say Evo Morales close to victory; Protesters set fire to electoral offices in three cities across the country late on Monday amid fury over allegations of vote-rigging
“Amid widespread fury over allegations of vote-rigging, violent skirmishes broke out late on Monday, as protesters set fire to electoral offices in three cities across the country.
The country’s electoral body abruptly stopped releasing election returns late on Sunday, prompting opponents to suggest that officials were trying to help Morales avoid a runoff vote.”
Er…ya think they might have stopped counting and releasing results because opposition rioters were burning down the regional vote-counting centers and burning ballots?
“At that point Morales had a lead of 45.3% to 38.2% over the second-place candidate, former president Carlos Mesa. Late on Monday, the body renewed its count and said that with 95% of votes counted, Morales led 46.41% to Mesa’s 37.06%.
Under Bolivian law, Morales would need a 10-percentage-point advantage over Mesa to avoid a second round in December. The official final count is not due for seven days.
On Tuesday, the EU said the unexpected interruption of the electronic count “sparked serious concerns that need to be fully and swiftly addressed” and called on a thorough investigation.
The Organisation of American States (OAS) also expressed its “deep concern and surprise at the drastic and hard-to-explain change in the trend of the preliminary results revealed after the closing of the polls” and urged for calm.
Opposition groups have not heeded that call. Mesa, who had warned that the vote could be manipulated to avoid a runoff, called on Bolivians “to conduct a battle in defense of the vote”.
In Santa Cruz, opposition figures called for an indefinite country-wide strike while supporters chanted “No tenemos miedo, carajo!” (“We aren’t scared, dammit!”).
Police opened fire with teargas on Monday night [extremely dubious claim, imo] as protesters clashed with government supporters outside local offices of the electoral tribunal in the capital La Paz, and the cities of Oruro, Potosí and Cochabamba.” [snip]
The US acting assistant secretary of state for the western emisphere, Michael Kozak, tweeted: “The US rejects the Electoral Tribunal’s attempts to subvert #Bolivia‘s democracy by delaying the vote count & taking actions that undermine the credibility of Bolivia’s elections.” [snip]
(see Kozak in action in the instagram at the top)
“Bolivia under Morales has remained a rare example of stability and growth. The economy has grown by an annual average of about 4.5%, well above the regional average, and the International Monetary Fund predicts it will grow at 4% this year.
But Morales has also faced growing dissatisfaction, especially over his refusal to accept a referendum on limiting presidential terms.”
‘Evo Morales Wins Bolivia’s Presidency in the 1st Round with Updated Results; (Opposition Promoting Violence), Oct. 21, 2019, orinocotribune.com
“Bolivian President Evo Morales has won the Presidency after obtaining 46.86 percent of the votes against 36.73 percent from right-wing main opposition candidate Carlos Mesa, meaning a 10-point lead to win outright.
With 95.03 percent of votes counted from within Bolivia and across the world, left-wing candidate from the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party and current head of state beat Mesa from the Citizen Community (CC) party by gaining more than 40 percent of the valid votes and having a 10-point lead.
As expected, in Santa Cruz, a fierce opposition stronghold, Mesa summoned citizens and civil organizations to carry out a battle in defense of the vote.
We will summon councils and strikes; democracy cannot be taken away from us, Mesa said surrounded by his supporters.
In Cochabamba, in the center of the country, dozens of people shouted in marches. Fraud will not happen! A group announced that it will go on hunger strike.
The government minister, Carlos Romero, held the opponents responsible for creating a climate of tension. They must take care of the violence they are generating, he said.”
Telesur: With 98.07% votes counted; 1.93% remain, the results are 12:45 La Paz: Evo Morales surpasses the 10% advantage over his closest opponent Carlos Mesa, in the final official count of the October 20th presidential election.
Morales: 46.77% – 2,826,166
Mesa: 36.76% – 2,221,275
@camilateleSUR Camila Retweeted Freddy Morales
President Evo Morales says that 20 people attacked his home in the city of Cochamba this morning, painting it with insults. He has reiterated the invitation, extended to the OAS or any other body, to audit Sunday’s election. #Bolivia
See also: ‘International Observers Assert Legitimacy of Bolivia’s Election’, Oct. 22, 2019, telesurenglish.net
““Everything has taken place with total normality and regularity.”
A number of international observers that are in La Paz monitoring Bolivia’s general elections have praised the legitimacy and transparency of the process which comes in contrast to proclamations by U.S.-backed opposition leaders who have already made declarations questioning the results.
‘The U.S. Footprint in Bolivia’s Incipient Colour Revolution’, Oct. 24, 2019, misionverdad.com
You may remember that the opposition had claimed that Evo’s ‘farming laws’ were what caused the Amazonian rainforest fires…the link deconstructs that quite handily.
Evo Morales has declared victory in the Bolivian presidential election. As of early this morning, he surpassed the 10% lead needed to avoid a recount. pic.twitter.com/89sANRiZUl
— Carwil Bjork-James (@CarwilBJ) October 24, 2019
Protestors burn furniture from the MAS headquarters in Cochabamba before police arrive. Some protests taking on a disturbing, racist tone, with insults and targeting of indigenous people from rural areas. Not okay. https://t.co/VgqH49eZfF
— AndeanInfoNet (@AndeanInfoNet) October 22, 2019
@camilateleSUR Camila Retweeted Freddy Morales
President Evo Morales says that 20 people attacked his home in the city of Cochamba this morning, painting it with insults. He has reiterated the invitation, extended to the OAS or any other body, to audit Sunday's election. #Bolivia
(cross-posted from Café Babylon)
I did not know
the US regime installed a military base in the Galapagos.
How fitting. Another world scientific treasure despoiled by our military debris.
At long last, have we no sense of decency?
After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.
it was part of lenin
moreno's 20 pieces of silver to sell out julian assange, eject him from the equadorian embassy: the IMF loans that are backfiring, plus the memo of understanding with the PPPP-pentagon.
and no, the US military poisons every square inch it touches. wish i'd ever seen galapagos, and had seen and swum with the giant sea turtles...we had a friend who did. i can still see the blue-green of the pristine sea there in my mind.
sigh. guess we'll see what happens next in bolivia but i reckon it won't be one bit pretty.
IMF loans always backfire for the country
for the citizens
they backfire, indeed. but just now in the global IMF austerity resets, the citizenries are raising such a ruckus against them that some oligarchical leaders are having to rescind the 'austeries' put on them. time will tell how it plays out even for ecuador, but for now the indigenous seem to be winning. wish i had a link at hand.
but this is the brilliant bruce cockburn's ode to the IMF ; ):
i finally found other news
that the indigenous in ecuador had caused moreno to blink than a 45-second video at telesur english on the sidebar; no link to it whatsoever.
anyhoo, the background: Indigenous-Led Protests Rock Ecuador Decrying IMF Deal and Demanding Moreno’s Resignation’, mintpress news, julian cole (who was on the ground), oct. 11. 2009
a whooosh-worthy report and photo evidence.
from oct. 16th: Moreno reverses decision to end fuel subsidies, eiu.com (caveats galore, including 'for now']
earlier the comprador moreno had blasted: 'i don't negotiate with terrorists!'
You can get links to Telesur's videos
When you find the one you want, just insert into text link like this:
Ecuador's Gov’t Gives In To Indigenous Demands
what a brilliant help-meet you are! (will wd remember?)
look at the map, and consider that colombia is also a 'nato in waiting', or 'under nato's umbrella', how simple stopping ships into and out of bolivia would be:
Title says it all "burn neoliberalsim burn"
Why is it amerika's the only country in the world who
has a military that's based on a profit motive.
i appeciate the link,
my friend. wsws has been covering the galloping fascism on the ground in chile, and to say the truth, i hadn't clicked in it's all so hideous. 'Chilean military deployed against protests for the first time since Pinochet, Andrea Lobo, 21 October 2019
by the gods, brazil must be next; that bolsonaro is a nasty piece of work, and ugly to boot. some have dubbed him 'brazil's Trump'.
but boy howdy, i've been poking about for the other Papers of Record are reporting on this election, and was disheartened, but not surprised by this at the NY CIA Times:
‘President Accused of Fraud in Bolivia Election as He Opens Big Vote Lead’, oct. 21, 2019
a few of the most incendiary excerpts:
and yeppers, form the OAS twitter:
bet diego pary will be well and fairly received.
3h3 hours ago
LIVE | OAS Permanent Council Receives Minister of Foreign Affairs of #Bolivia, @DiegoPary @MRE_Bolivia
(both sessions are over)
yeah, it's a stacked deck already, goddammit. sure wish i spoke spanish, though.
Bolivia with a coastal province and access to the sea?
What map is that?
I am aware that Bolivia “wuz robbed” of her coastal province by some kind of b.s. historical incident and war, but I didn’t know maps were still in use upholding her old borders and territorial claims prior to that incident.
you brilliant lizard! this map says nope: landlocked bolivia. here's how bolivia ships by sea.
If only I could get information of this quality
from a “news”paper.
I was puzzled by what little I’d read at various “news” sites. Thank you for fleshing out the real story and linking to more info.
i'm so sorry i'd
missed this earlier, my friend. i must have left my tab open too long or else some comment took way too long to think thru and type as usual.
best i can say is that most news sites are are far too biased toward the western imperialist narrative. the bezos rag's coverage likely read similarly, but for once i was able to get into the CIA Times...
but now that i've read and been appalled by the wsws/andrea lobo coverage i'd linked to downthread, not all alternative sites are unlike the MSM. ; ) ad you're very welcome. tle.
time for me to shut this machine down
for the night. this machine kills fascists.EU
and oh, have the capitalist fascists bust creating a putsch against evo: the EU (brussels), the US, and the OAS: organization of american states. yes, they kicked cuba out, VZ under maduro resigned (iirc), but those named are a powerful alliance.
i'd like to send some tinku song and dance to evo and the MAS. oddly, in my sixth grade geography book on bolivia was a photo captioned 'tin miners in bolivia', both men and women is such gloriously life-affirming colorful clothes, and all wearing wool felt hats (fedoras?). i was, and remain enchanted by them.
good night all, peace when you can manage it.
The US is again exporting "democracy" to Bolivia
When will this shit from Uncle Sam ever stop? Whenever a third world country overthrows their US backed masters and begins to bring the indigenous population out of poverty by using the natural wealth of these countries their political leadership will get targeted for destruction.
Maybe it's now time for China to bring it's "Belt and Road" initiative to Bolivia.
both of them. but bolivia as a part of the BRI, of course, depends on whether or not the putsch is successful or not, or even if partially successful, much of the western world will see carlos mesa as the rightful president, and allow him free reign and money as they have juan guaido. (and boy, howdy, is he in the news more lately).
will the opposition launch drone attacks on evo as they did maduro? this was recent, last night or early this a.m.:
now i'd called it dubious that evo had sent out riot police, but i seem to have been mistaken according to ruptly news:
oh, and CB: i'd never heard of Padraig McGrath nor infobrics, so i'm very glad that the duran has republished his brilliant piece.
it's quite an antidote to andrea lobo's at wsws today. what.a.hit.job. on morales, but then while kinda supporting maduro most of the time, they tank him as bougie and not socialist enough, as well.
but that's the thing with amerika and clients 'exporting democracy' for some: the lame asses don't even twig to the fact that they're actually hastening a more multipolar world by way of (economic, trade, and military) alliances.
i hadn't quite caught was that hozak fellow in the top instagram had said about evo having thrown USAID out of bolivia? but no sir, if he'd meant allowing USAID to help during the fires, you can bet your ass he knew all to well what came in the USAID cargo trucks in venezuela: more CIA, barbed wire and guns for the guaidoistas.
how in the most beautiful world in the world...did you get the art with your 'china lauds bolivia' essay to be included?
When you find a picture you would like to include, right click on it, then choose "Copy Image Location". Then (within the body of the quoted material) select "Insert Image" (sunset graphic) from the top of Comment box and paste the copied image location into "Image URL". Click "OK" and it will insert into Comment section at current cursor location.
I hope that made sense.
it did make sense,
and i'll try to remember to copy your instructions onto a blogging help word document i keep on my desktop. it's about 19 pages long already with quotes, links, etc. it's so ancient it's title is 'TPM help link doc' and i can't even remember when josh marshal closed the TPM readers blogs down. 15 years? more? ay yi yi; i'm gettin' old!
i just fetched it and opened it; at the top is: lady marchmain quote:
'one of the worst sins of the rich is envying the poor, as clearly god loves them best'
a reTweet by michael kozak:
‘OAS Permanent Council Addresses Electoral Crisis in Bolivia’, usoas.gov, oct. 24
(w/ a photo captioned ‘Pro-democracy protesters assembled at the headquarters of the Organization of American States demanding a second-round in the presidential elections in Bolivia, Washington, D.C., October 24, 2019.’)
place your bets here, folks: will they or won't they find the whole first vote was corrupt and illegal?
i know it's a dead thread,
but as i need to shut down for the night, i'll add some lullaby music from bolivia (i love pan pipe flutes), and a quote. peace be with you, and with all of us when we're able.
‘Every single empire, in its official discourse, has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort.’