2020-10-28: News Headlines

MBNJSD (2020-10-28). Ending Regime Change in Bolivia and the World. dissidentvoice.org Bolivian woman votes in October 18 election Less than a year after the United States and the U.S.-backed Organization of American States (OAS) supported a violent military coup to overthrow the government of Bolivia, the Bolivian people have reelected the Movement for Socialism (MAS) and restored it to power. In the long history of U.S.-backed …

Yanis Iqbal (2020-10-28). Resurgence of Socialism in Bolivia. dissidentvoice.org In Bolivia, the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) — a major leftist political force — has returned to power following a thumping victory in the 2020 elections. The MAS presidential candidate Luis Arce obtained 55.09% of the votes, decisively ahead of the neoliberal candidate Carlos Mesa and the right-wing extremist Luis Fernando Camacho who garnered 28.83% …

Anya Parampil (2020-10-28). Bolivia calls to investigate OAS for fraud and coup: Interview with Evo's Foreign Minister Diego Pary. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone briefly spoke with Bolivia's former foreign minister under Evo Morales, Diego Pary Rodríguez. He called for an investigation into the OAS for fraud and backing a coup, rejected Juan Guaidó, and expressed solidarity with Palestine. By Anya Parampil and Ben Norton We spoke with Bolivia's former foreign minister under Evo Morales, Diego Pary. He called for an investigation into the OAS for fraud and backing a coup, rejected Juan Guaidó, and expressed solidarity with Palestine. Interview by @AnyaParampil …

Global Research News (2020-10-28). Selected Articles: Ten Ways to Call Something "Russian Disinformation" Without Evidence. globalresearch.ca By While California, Brazil and Bolivia have spent the past Northern Hemispheric summer burning and we all await more chaos created by more frequent natural disasters, a climate emergency …

Alan Macleod (2020-10-28). Bolivia's Hardline Christian Govt Charged with Massacring Protesters as Morales Returns from Exile. mintpressnews.com In her last days in office, US-backed strongwoman Jeanine Añez is attempting to push through judicial reforms that could help her in the coming months should she face trial for her crimes.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-28). Evo Morales will return to Bolivia on November 9. peoplesdispatch.org On Monday, a Bolivian judge annulled the arrest warrant that had been issued against former president Evo Morales for alleged crimes of sedition and terrorism, clearing the way for him to return to his country without facing the risk of detention…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-28). "To sustain this process we need to repoliticize the people" peoplesdispatch.org The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) has won a landslide victory in the Bolivian elections. The elections were held on October 18, and were the first elections in the country since former president Evo Morales was ousted from power last year in a coup. We spoke to Juan Carlos Pinto Quintanilla, sociologist and former director of Citizen Strengthening of the Vice-Presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, about this victory and the challenges that lie ahead for this government.

Nicole Fabricant (2020-10-28). Bolivia Has Provided Us a Radical Vision of Hope. zcomm.org Bolivia's MAS party will confront numerous challenges when returning to power. But its resounding victory against the authoritarian right and its roots as a party of social movements represent a radical vision of hope at a time when we need it most…

_____ (2020-10-27). How Bolivia's New Socialist Senator Resisted Coup Terror. popularresistance.org Just a few days after the dramatic landslide victory on October 18 of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party founded by Evo Morales, I traveled 3.5 hours from the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, with The Grazyone team of Ben Norton and Anya Parampil, to Chimoré, here in the tropical region of Cochabamba, that's a base of support for the MAS party. | We attended a gathering of regional party leadership, including the mayor of Chimoré; Senator-elect Leonardo Loza, who is filling the role of Evo Morales in the Senate; and Senator-elect Patricia Arce, who has become a symbol both of the terror and cruelty of the (Jea…

WSWS (2020-10-27). The MAS victory in Bolivia and bourgeois nationalism's betrayals in Latin America. wsws.org The return of the MAS to power in Bolivia is being celebrated by the demoralized bourgeois nationalist parties and the pseudo-left as a political turning point in the region.

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). Como la nueva senadora socialista de Bolivia resistió el terror del golpe de estado: Conozca a Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone viajó al trópico de Cochabamba en Bolivia para entrevistar a Patricia Arce, la ex alcaldesa quien fue torturada durante un golpe de estado respaldado por EEUU en noviembre de 2019, y quien ahora es una senadora electa del partido Movimiento al Socialismo, que ganó las elecciones del 18 de octubre por goleada. Por Max Blumenthal Video y traducción por Benjamín Norton You can read this in English here. Transcripción MAX BLUMENTHAL: Unos días después del triunfo aplastante y …

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). How Bolivia's new socialist senator resisted coup terror: Meet MAS party leader Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone traveled to rural Bolivia to meet Patricia Arce, a former mayor who was publicly tortured during a US-backed coup in November 2019, and is now a senator-elect from the indigenous-led Movement Toward Socialism party, which won in a historic landslide election on October 18. By Max Blumenthal Video and translation by Ben Norton Puede leer esto en español aquí. Transcript MAX BLUMENTHAL: Just a few days after the dramatic landslide victory on October 18 of the Movement Toward …

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). How Bolivia's new socialist senator resisted coup terror: Meet torture survivor Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone traveled to rural Bolivia to meet Patricia Arce, a former mayor who was publicly tortured during a US-backed coup in November 2019, and is now a senator-elect from the indigenous-led Movement Toward Socialism party, which won in a historic landslide election on October 18. By Max Blumenthal Video and translation by Ben Norton Transcript MAX BLUMENTHAL: Just a few days after the dramatic landslide victory on October 18 of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party founded by Evo …

RT (2020-10-26). Bolivian court drops 'terrorism' charges against ex-President Evo Morales, withdraws arrest warrant — judge. rt.com Bolivia's regional court in La Paz has dismissed "terrorism" charges and dropped the arrest warrant issued against former President Evo Morales, arguing that his rights were violated and judicial procedures breached. | The ex-president's rights, including his right for judicial protection, have been violated, Judge Jorge Quino, the head of the Departmental Court of Justice in La Paz, said as he explained the court's decision to grant a request filed by Morales' lawyers. | He also said that judicial procedures were violated in this case since Morales was not properly summoned. The charges were dropped as the pr…

Benjamin Dangl (2020-10-26). Ballots Defeat Bullets: MAS Wins Historic Mandate in Post-Coup Bolivian Election. counterpunch.org Against all odds, the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party won the October 18th elections in Bolivia with 55.1% of the vote. This is better than even Evo Morales did in 2005 with 53.75% support. It gives MAS President-elect Lucho Arce one of the biggest mandates in Bolivian history, and is in part a major endorsement of MAS policies and its 14 years in power.

RT (2020-10-26). Bolivia promises to buy Russian Covid-19 vaccine as new leader pledges to restore relations that 'deteriorated' after 2019 coup. rt.com The newly-elected President of Bolivia Luis Arce has pledged to improve ties with Russia, and plans to order its Covid-19 vaccine once it's ready for sale, saying relations with Moscow 'deteriorated' under the previous government. | In an interview with Moscow's Sputnik news agency, Arce outlined the numerous avenues for partnership with Russia that he wants to open up, including the exchange of technology, gas imports and construction of a new nuclear facility together with state energy corporation Rosatom. | Arce blamed the outgoing interim government for tainting the relationship between the two countries.

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-26). In Stunning Display of Popular Will, Protests in Bolivia to Chile Force Public Reckoning of "Chicago Boy" Economics. thealtworld.com Like in Bolivia, the strength of public opinion in Chile was so immense that the government, led by Chile's richest man Sebastian Piñera, immediately conceded. | MPN— With almost all votes counted, the people of Chile have overwhelmingly chosen to discard their old constitution, written and implemented under the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. 78 percent of Chileans voted "Sí" yesterday for a new constitution, paving the way for a new era in the country's history and a possible break from the structures enshrined by the fascist dictator. | Thousands of jubilant citizens packed into Santiago's city…

Telesur (2020-10-26). Time to Flee Bolivia? Jeanine àÅñez Asks U.S. for 350 Visas after Arce's Victory. globalresearch.ca With the victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in the Bolivian elections on October 18, the de facto coup government presided over by Jeanine àÅñez, has requested visas from the United States for its officials according to a US-based …

_____ (2020-10-26). Learning The Lessons From Bolivia. popularresistance.org I want to pass on my congratulations to new President Luis Arce, to Evo Morales and to the whole Movement Towards Socialism (MAS). | And I would like to pay special tribute to the heroic struggle and resistance put up by the Bolivian people over the past year since the military-led coup. | These elections were won in the face of widespread repression. Since last year's coup and in the run-up to the elections there's been violence and intimidation including against the Movement Towards Socialism.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-10-26). Video: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: International Message for Freedom and Hope. globalresearch.ca Today, October 24, 2020, there are many rallies around the world. Activists in these countries are joining in a common voice: Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, France, and Austria. | Citizens of …

Simon Davis-Cohen (2020-10-26). Chile, Bolivia, El Salvador Lead On Decolonial Constitutional Change. commondreams.org People gather to celebrate the victory of the referendum, in Santiago, Chile, on October 25, 2020 that will replace its 40-year-old constitution, written during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Felipe Vargas Figueroa/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/chile.jpg

Ben Dangl (2020-10-26). Ballots defeated bullets, now what's next in Bolivia? zcomm.org The MAS has overcome incredible challenges this year. Now they will have to navigate the disastrous pandemic, rising fascism and an economic downturn…

Bryce Greene (2020-10-25). After Socialist Victory in Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup. commondreams.org Bolivia's leftist presidential candidate Luis Arce of the Movement for Socialism party celebrates with running mate David Choquehuanca early on October 19, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bolivia_democracy_arce.jpg

teleSUR, CE (2020-10-25). MAS Social Bases Celebrate in Evo's Home Region. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's social movements are carrying celebrations all through the weekend, as the country looks forward to the swearing in of President-elect Luis Arce. | RELATED: | A largely young crowd gathered in the town of Eterazama on Sunday, located in the Chapare region, also known as the Tropico of Cochabamba, where Evo Morales first became a union leader. | The highly influential Senators-elect for the department of Cochaba…

sputniknews (2020-10-25). Bolivian President Demands OAS Chief Resign Over His Part in 2019 Coup. sputniknews.com Despite formerly serving as foreign minister of his native Uruguay under president José Mujica, Luis Almagro has led the charge against governments in Latin America Since assuming leadership of the OAS in 2015.

_____ (2020-10-25). Protests Against Greed And Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America. popularresistance.org With attention fixed on this week's events in Bolivia, you would be excused for not realizing that much of the rest of the region has for weeks also been ablaze in the flames of protest. | In Costa Rica, the neoliberal coalition government of Carlos Alverado attempted to force through a $1.75 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. As has been its modus operandi this year, the organization offered the money attached to a host of free-market changes, including tax changes, cuts to public services, and privatization of state-owned assets, s…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-25). Calls intensify for resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive movements across Latin America have called for the resignation of OAS secretary general Luis Almagro, pointing to his role in the coup in Bolivia in 2019 and in destabilizing democracy in the country…

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Bolivia: Over 50% of Elected Lawmakers Are Women. telesurenglish.net After the general elections held in Bolivia last October 18, which was won by the Movement to Socialism (MAS), there is a strong female presence in both the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate. | RELATED: | The MAS achieved a majority in the Senate with 21 seats, of which 10 are occupied by women. | The Citizens' Community won 11 seats, seven of them for women, while We Believe won four, two of them for wome…