2020-10-22: News Headlines

Anya Parampil (2020-10-22). How Bolivia fights fascism — It takes more than the ballot box. thegrayzone.com Anya Parampil speaks with journalist Ollie Vargas in La Paz, Bolivia about the historic victory of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party in the October 18 elections. Video by Ben Norton Parampil and Vargas discuss the role of Bolivia's social movements in overturning the coup regime that came to power in 2019, as well as the expectations of average people as the new government of Luis Arce takes power.

Arnold August (2020-10-22). MAS Returns to Power in Bolivia One Year After US-backed Coup. counterpunch.org Despite a year of unbridled state repression, including massacres committed against supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was deposed just weeks after being declared the victor in the country's October 2019 election, the left-wing Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) secured a resounding victory on October 18 for candidate Luis Arce, Morales's former finance minister.

Eds. (2020-10-22). The Bolivian right: Divided, without leadership. mronline.org here are still days of uncertainty until the new government is in office. What happened in Bolivia can be described as a counter-coup, in the face of a coup with strong international support that had not arrived to remain only one year in political power.

John Catalinotto (2020-10-22). Millions salute election victory in Bolivia. workers.org Supporters of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) in the streets Oct. 18 to celebrate the landslide victory of their candidate. Millions of people cheer with delight the landslide victory of the Movement toward Socialism (MAS) in the Bolivian elections. We join them. The rightists who came together for last November's . . . |

Susan Price (2020-10-22). Bolivia: The people defeat the coup. greenleft.org.au Bolivians have overwhelming voted the left-wing Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) back into office in a resounding reversal of last year's coup, writes Federico Fuentes.

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-21). Media responds with apathy, disappointment as U.S.-backed coup Gov't concedes defeat in Bolivia. mronline.org Across the spectrum, corporate media has endorsed last year's rightwing takeover of Bolivia, refusing to label it as a coup. Coverage of Sunday's historical elections hasn't been much better.

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-21). Bolivia: Arce's Victory Does Not Represent a Return to Morales' National Project. globalresearch.ca The great victory of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) — Evo Morales' party — in Bolivia opens the way for a new era of change in the South American country. The positions on the Bolivian national political scene are currently …

Jake Johnston (2020-10-21). Data from Bolivia's Election Add More Evidence That OAS Fabricated Last Year's Fraud Claims. cepr.net The MAS Received More Votes in Almost All of the OAS's 86 Suspect Precincts in 2020 than in 2019 On Sunday, October 20, Bolivians went to the polls and overwhelmingly elected Luis Arce of the MAS party president. Private quick counts released the night of the vote showed Arce receiving more than 50 percent of …

_____ (2020-10-21). Media Responds With Apathy, Disappointment As Coup Government Concedes Defeat. popularresistance.org Bolivia's Movement to Socialism (MAS) party is celebrating what appears to be a crushing, landslide victory in Sunday's elections. Although official vote counting is far from over, exit polls show an overwhelming triumph for the socialists, and a repudiation of the right-wing military government of Jeanine Añez, who has ruled since the coup last November. At the same time, the corporate press appears less than pleased about the return to democracy for the Andean country. | In order to win outright in the first round, the top candidate needs at least 40 percent of the popular vote and a lead of 10 points over thei…

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-21). Freedom Triumphs Over Fascism in Bolivia if It Sticks. globalresearch.ca In November, US orchestrated fascism replaced freedom in Bolivia. | President Evo Morales' legitimate reelection was overturned by a cadre of US recruited traitors. | Generals and others were bribed to betray their country for the right price. | Fascism tied to US …

Brett Heinz (2020-10-21). Bolivians Reclaim Their Democracy. cepr.net The Nation See article on original site The overwhelming MAS election victory is a repudiation of the racist coup regime as well as the Trump administration and the OAS, which helped install it. On Sunday, October 18, Luis Arce won the presidency of Bolivia, in a pronounced repudiation of last year's military coup, which had …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-21). The Bolivian people broke all barriers to vote in hope. peoplesdispatch.org Juan Carlos Pinto Quintanilla, sociologist and former government official during the term of Evo Morales, talks about the massive turnout during the Bolivian elections, the hopes of the people and the plans of right-wing forces…

_____ (2020-10-21). Bolivia Is A beacon Of Light For Latin America. popularresistance.org After suffering a coup d'état that cost more than 33 lives, left thousands of people injured, and forced important political figures like President Evo Morales to go into exile to survive, official exit polls say that the Movement for Socialism (MAS) will return to power, in a way previously unheard of in Latin America, through democratic elections! | Unlike what OAS, the EU Commission and other international observers have said about the election being peaceful, in reality journalists were beaten, militant supporters of MAS were detained without justification, and many international observers were openly threate…

_____ (2020-10-21). America Has No Allies, Only Hostages. popularresistance.org The new president-elect of Bolivia, Luis Arce, has told the Spanish international news agency EFE that he intends to restore the nation's relations with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran. This reverses the policies of the US-backed coup regime which immediately began closing embassies, kicking out doctors and severing relations with those nations after illegally seizing power last year. | Arce also spoke of warm relations with Russia and China. | "We are going to reestablish all relations," he told EFE. "This government has acted very ideologically, depriving the Bolivian people of access to Cuban medicine, to Russian med…

_____ (2020-10-21). At Last, a Small Ray of Hope for Bolivia. strategic-culture.org To no one's real surprise, Bolivia's deposed President Evo Morales was The new President of Bolivia will be…

Staff (2020-10-20). "A Blow Against Neoliberalism": Socialist Wins Bolivian Election a Year After Coup Ousted Evo Morales. democracynow.org Former Bolivian President Evo Morales's political party MAS has claimed victory in the country's presidential election, with Morales's handpicked successor Luis Arce securing over 50% of the vote, according to exit polls. If confirmed, the result will put the socialist party back in power almost a year after a right-wing coup that ousted Morales and installed Jeanine àÅñez as president. The election was postponed twice, and protests rocked Bolivia for months leading up to the vote, calling out the government's use of military and police repression and violence against Indigenous communities. "It's an extrao…

Staff (2020-10-20). Headlines for October 20, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Continues Attack on Fauci as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surge and Death Toll Mounts, SCOTUS Deadlock Hands Victory to Voters in Pennsylvania as Floridians Break Early Voting Record, Debate Commission Announces Changes Ahead of Final Presidential Face-Off, Evo Morales Celebrates Victory of MAS Party, Says He Will Return to Bolivia, Trump Admin to Remove Sudan from U.S. List of Terrorist States, At Least 15 People Killed as Nigerian Protests Against Police Violence Continue, WSJ: U.S. Held Talks with Syrian Intelligence About Missing U.S. Citizens, Palestinian Prisoner in Critical Condition After Nearly 3 Months…

Glenn Greenwald (2020-10-20). Bolivians Return Evo Morales's Party to Power One Year After a U.S.-Applauded Coup. zcomm.org Right-wing forces cheered by the U.S. tried to destroy one of Latin America's most vibrant democracies. Voters just restored it…

Dan Beeton (2020-10-20). Two Interviews on the Bolivian Coup and Its Aftermath. cepr.net In interviews recorded for a new podcast, "While We were Sleeping," host Francesca Emanuele investigates overlooked cases of state violence and the human stories behind them. Two new interviews offer useful context for the October 18 general elections just carried out in Bolivia. In the first, Emanuele interviews Jhocelin Caspa, an Indigenous Aymara woman from …

_____ (2020-10-20). Bolivia: People Power Prevails Over US-Backed Coup. popularresistance.org Last October following the re-election of indigenous president Evo Morales in Bolivia, the United States backed a coup that successfully forced him out of power. The coup regime reversed many of the gains made under Morales and waged violent and austerity policies against the people. A new presidential election was held this past weekend largely because of massive popular mobilizations over the summer that demanded them. I speak with Camila Escalante of Telesur English and Kawsachun News about the coup, the protests and the recent election.

William Camacaro (2020-10-20). Decisive Victory of MAS in Bolivia: A Blow to Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Socialist Coups in the Americas. counterpunch.org Caracas. The decisive electoral victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in Bolivia may be a point of inflection on the continent that advances the construction of a new South American socialist bloc. After having been removed from power by a military coup with fascist, anti-Indigenous, and neoliberal elements a year ago, ex-president Evo Morales,

_____ (2020-10-20). Bolivia Shows Why Imperialists Work To Keep Populations Propagandized. strategic-culture.org Bolivia has reversed the US-backed coup which saw its leftist president Evo Morales ousted from the lithium-rich nation after a landslide victory last year. Another landslide victory for a previous member of Morales' cabinet named Luis Arce has restored power to the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party after a year of rule by the coup regime.

Staff (2020-10-20). The eviction crisis is making surviving the pandemic harder. Here's how we fight back. therealnews.com Evictions are happening all across the United States, and COVID-19 has only made it worse. We look at the data surrounding evictions and what people are doing to solve this crisis. We also talk about the recent Bolivian elections.

Editor (2020-10-20). Bolivia Resoundingly Chooses Socialism in Wake of Military Coup. scheerpost.com OECD Development Centre / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams Following socialist candidate Luis Arce's resounding victory in Bolivia's high-stakes and closely watched presidential election, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday applauded the people of the South American nation for persisting in their "difficult, year-long fight to restore democracy" in the wake of last year's military… |

WSWS (2020-10-20). Coup regime in Bolivia concedes electoral victory to MAS. wsws.org The ruling class sees a MAS administration as necessary to politically disarm growing workers' struggles against its devastating response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). Zarif felicitates victory of Bolivia against US conspiracies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister congratulated the Bolivian people on their victory against US conspiracies on Tuesday.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-20). 'A Source of Inspiration' for Egalitarians Everywhere: Progressive International Celebrates Triumph of Democracy in Bolivia. commondreams.org "Bolivia's election not only showed the world how to defeat authoritarianism and its imperialist allies. It also revealed the power of international solidarity to defend democracy around the world." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolivia_victory.jpg

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Venezuela congrats Bolivia's Arce as he claims victory. yenisafak.com Venezuela's president on Monday congratulated the Bolivian left-wing presidential hopeful Luis Arce as he claimed victory in Sunday's poll."Great victory! The united and conscious Bolivian people defeated the coup against our brother [former President] Evo [Morales] with their votes," Nicolas Maduro said on Twitter."Congratulations to President-elect Luis Arce, Vice President David Choquehuanca and our South Indian Chief @evoespueblo. Jallalla Bolivia!" he added.Jallalla, or long live, is an expression for jubilation in Aymara — an indigenous nation to which Morales belongs.Exit polls showed that the Movement fo…

Zoe PC (2020-10-19). Hours before Bolivia goes the polls, early results system suspended, military mobilization in La Paz. mronline.org The first elections since the coup d'état will be held on October 18 amid a tense social and political climate. This includes a military mobilization in La Paz the night before the polls and the suspension of the DIREPRE early results system.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-10-19). Socialists win big in Bolivia; Morales expected to return from exile. peoplesworld.org Luis Arce and David Choquehuanca, presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively, for Bolivia's Movement Toward Socialism Party (MAS), scored an overwhelming first-round election victory on Oct. 18. They won 53% of the vote, showing strength in cities and rural areas alike. MAS was formerly headed by deposed President Evo Morales. The Supreme Election Tribunal certified the …

Prensa Latina (2020-10-19). MAS election victory in Bolivia generates wide repercussion. mronline.org The victory in first round of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) party in Bolivia, according to an exit poll, has generated several reactions on Monday after surpassing what was expected in the polls.

Adan Plascencia (2020-10-19). "We've recovered our democracy": Bolivian coup regime humiliated as socialist wins landslide election. liberationnews.org The Bolivian people stood up to vote for sovereignty and regain their democracy. This is a humiliating blow to the far-right regime of coup-installed president Jeanine àÅñez and is being celebrated by the left across Latin America.

The Canary (2020-10-19). Socialists claim major victory in Bolivia, one year after US-backed coup. thecanary.co Evo Morales' party has claimed victory in Bolivia's presidential election. Exit polls give the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) party over 50% of the vote.To win in the first round, a candidate needs more than 50% of the vote, or 40% with a lead of at least 10 percentage points over the second-placed candidate.The election was marked by tension after Morales was deposed in a US-backed coup in November 2019. Electoral monitors reported threats and harassment from Bolivian security forces.With a private quick count of sampled polling stations favouring MAS candidate Luis Arce by a wide margin, even unelected interi…

RT (2020-10-19). Exiled Bolivian President Morales vows to return to country 'sooner or later' after socialists' election win. rt.com Former President Evo Morales has announced his intention to return to Bolivia after his socialist ally Luis Arce secured a decisive victory in the country's presidential election. | Speaking during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Monday, Morales said he would be glad to return to his home country. | "Sooner or later we are going to return to Bolivia, that is not in debate," Morales said, without giving any timeframe for his potential return. | My great desire is to return to Bolivia and enter my region. It is a matter of time. | The announcement follows Sunday's presidential election in Boliv…

RT (2020-10-19). Bolivia's Mesa accepts election defeat after rapid vote count indicates solid victory for socialist Arce. rt.com The Bolivian presidential centrist candidate Carlos Mesa conceded the election on Monday after an unofficial rapid vote count signaled a decisive victory for the socialist candidate Luis Arce. | "The result of the quick count is very strong and very clear," Mesa, the leader of the centrist Comunidad Ciudadana coalition, said during a press conference. | "The difference between the first candidate and the Comunidad Ciudadana is wide and it is up to us, those of us who believe in democracy, to recognize that there has been a winner in this election." | The Movement for Socialism (MAS) candidate, Luis Arce, recei…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Socialist Presidential Candidate Arce Wins Bolivia's Elections. telesurenglish.net After midnight on Sunday, Bolivian authorities allowed the results of the exit polls to be known. The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate Luis Arce obtained 52.4 percent of the votes, the Citizen Community (CC) candidate Carlos Mesa got 31.5 percent, and the "We Believe Alliance" candidate Luis Fernando Camacho reached 14.1 percent of the votes. | RELATED: | Bolivia's president-elect Arce thanked th…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-19). 'Democracy Has Won': Year After Right-Wing Coup Against Evo Morales, Socialist Luis Arce Declares Victory in Bolivia Election. commondreams.org "Brothers and sisters: the will of the people has been asserted," Morales declared from exile in Argentina. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolivia_democracy_arce.jpg

Paul Dobson (2020-10-19). Venezuela Welcomes 'Return to Democracy' in Bolivia. venezuelanalysis.com Progressive Luis Arce won the elections, putting an end to the de facto presidency of the Washington-backed Jeanine Añez.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). In Bolivia, a mood of watchful celebration prevails. peoplesdispatch.org We talk to Zoe PC of Peoples Dispatch, who is in Bolivia as part of an election observation team, on the situation on the ground as exit polls and the main opposition candidate have acknowledged the victory of the Luis Arce-David Choquehuanca ticket of MAS…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Bolivia: Arce's First Measure: Anti-Hunger Bonds For Poor. telesurenglish.net Pending the official results of the elections in Bolivia, Arce is already preparing a team to organize the transition and restore the state apparatus. | The candidate for the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), Luis Arce, who, according to the quick count of the votes, was the winner of the elections in Bolivia, expressed that the first thing he will do is give anti-hunger bonds to the poor. | RELATED: | Arce sai…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Latin American Leaders Congratulate Arce On MAS Victory. telesurenglish.net Numerous elected leaders and heads of state in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, congratulated Bolivian President-elect Luis Arce as the winner in Sunday's elections. | RELATED: | In a message published on Twitter, López Obrador praised this result and congratulated the Bolivian people for resolving the country's conflict…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Evo Morales: 'MAS Fulfilled Its Promise, It Became Millions'. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's former president Evo Morales Monday assured from Buenos Aires (Argentina) that "sooner or later" he will return to his country as he thanked the support of the Latin American progressive governments over the last year. | RELATED: | "Bolivia was never alone. The governments of Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Cuba were a great support in these months of democratic absence in the country. Thanks to them, I…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Luis Arce: 'We Recovered Democracy and Took Back Our Country'. telesurenglish.net The winner of Bolivia's elections Luis Arce Monday celebrated the unofficial results of the quick vote-counting as he said, "we will govern for all, we will redirect the change without hate." | RELATED: | On Sunday night, Bolivian authorities allowed the results of the exit polls to be presented to the public. There it was observed that the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) won the elections with 53 percent of the v…

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Bolivia: Political Figures Acknowledge Arce's Victory In The Polls. telesurenglish.net Several important voices of the Latin American's political landscape Monday acknowledged Luis Arce's victory in the Bolivian presidential elections. | RELATED: | Citizens Community Alliance (CCA) presidential candidate Carlos Mesa acknowledged the victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) and said that "the difference between the first candidate and the CCA is wide and it is up to us who believe in democracy to r…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). We have regained hope, says Luis Arce as estimates show MAS victory in Bolivian presidential polls. peoplesdispatch.org The Unitel-Ciesmori estimate showed the Luis Arce-David Choquehuanca ticket of the MAS winning over 52% of the vote. Shortly after, the president of the coup regime, Jeanine Añez, acknowledged the victory of the MAS…

_____ (2020-10-19). Bolivia Elections Live Blog. popularresistance.org Bolivians go to the polls today, Sunday, October 18, in the first general elections since the last democratically elected president, Evo Morales, was forced out in a military coup last November, two months before his term had ended and despite election results showing he had won another term in a first-round election victory. Today's elections had been postponed twice: first from May to September, and then from September to October. While Jeanine àÅñez, whose party had received just 4 percent of the vote last year, had taken office vowing to be a caretaker president until…

sputniknews (2020-10-19). Socialism Wins in Bolivia, Corruption is Brought to Light in France. sputniknews.com After being forced out of power, former Bolivian President Evo Morales' party returns with over 50% of the people's vote.