Monthly Archives: October 2020

2020-10-31: News Headlines

_____ (2020-10-31). Radical Neoliberalism Was Born And Will Die In Chile. popularresistance.org A wave of Indigenous peoples supporting the Luis Arce-David Choquehuanca presidential ticket defeated the main right-wing candidate, Carlos Mesa by 20 points, restoring democracy to Bolivia. Just days later around 80% of Chilean voters decided by referendum to re-found their nation with a new constitution. These momentous events represent twin victories for Latin American independence, the rejection of radical neoliberalism, a desire for socio-economic reform, and the insistence on self-determination from the bottom-up.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2020-10-30). Ending Regime Change — in Bolivia and the World. counterpunch.org 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 "regime changes" in countries around the world,

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-30). We Are That History That Is Discredited, but Which Reappears When You Least Expect It. mronline.org The coup followed an election that would have resulted in Morales' fourth term as president, the results of which were questioned by the Organisation of American States or OAS (60% of whose funding comes from the U.S. government).

Virginia Rodino (2020-10-30). Why I'm Voting Green in 2020. globalresearch.ca Author's note: Kevin and I worked on this article together right before his untimely passing on September 6. I met Kevin during Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign. Throughout the years since, I appreciated seeing his anti-imperialist and eco-socialist arguments strengthen …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-30). Bolivian trade unions demand investigation into Orlando Gutiérrez's death. peoplesdispatch.org The mine workers union leader, Orlando Gutiérrez, was attacked by right-wing extremists last week, who rejected the results of the general elections held in Bolivia on October 18…

Adriana Salvatierra (2020-10-30). "Now We Can Continue the Revolution in Bolivia" zcomm.org Former senate president Salvatierra told Jacobin how the restored MAS government can undo the damage caused by last year's coup — and set Bolivia back on the path to social transformation…

Ben Norton (2020-10-29). Right-wing Bolivian protesters refuse to accept election loss. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone reported from a opposition protest in La Paz, Bolivia, where right-wing activists said they would refuse to let the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party take power after winning the October 18 election, shouting vulgar chants and alleging fraud. Video shot by Max Blumenthal and Wyatt Reed Video edited and translated by Ben Norton…

_____ (2020-10-29). Bolivia Needs to Guard Itself Against Further U.S. Intervention. strategic-culture.org Bolivia has managed to overturn the neoliberal agenda which the U.S. attempted to force upon the nation in the 2019 coup, which ousted former President Evo Morales to instal the far-right wing Jeanine Añez as president, or dictator. While Chile was dealing with its state violence, the Bolivian coup was out in the streets exerting its vengeance on the country's indigenous population. For months, Bolivians protested against state violence and police repression. It is now the new government's obligation to bring the perpetrators to justice, while retracing Bolivia's path to its revolutionary progress. | Mainstream p…

A Guest Author (2020-10-28). 'A simultaneous struggle in the whole of this hemisphere'. workers.org MAS supporters of President Evo Morales. By Sergio Rodriguez Gelfenstein Workers World received this article from its author, written Oct. 21 by a Venezuelan political analyst and essayist. Translation by John Catalinotto. During the final months of last year, I wrote two articles in successive months under the titles "Latin . . . |

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Mining Affects 31% of Indigenous Territories in the Amazon. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's scientific organization Ecociencia published "Mining Rights: Indigenous Land and Mining in the Amazon", a report showing that the mining industry has affected 31 percent of the Indigenous territories in the Amazon rainforest. | RELATED: | The boom in resource extraction affects 1,131 indigenous territories in the Amazon basin. At least 370 of those territories are currently invaded by illegal miners in Bolivia, Brazil, Col…

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.

MBNJSD (2020-10-28). Ending regime change—in Bolivia and the world. nationofchange.org The triumph of democracy in Bolivia and the failure of the U.S.'s "regime change" efforts around the world.

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% …

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Bolivia: Arce Repudiates Right-Wing Requests for a New Coup. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President-elect Luis Arce and former President Evo Morales Tuesday repudiated minority groups which do not accept the result of the elections and demand the intervention of a Military Junta to rule the country. | RELATED: | While Arce ratified his respect for the institutionality of the Armed Forces, he rejected those who asked for a military intervention before the imminent arrival of the Movement Towar…

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.

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…

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Bolivia: Mining Leader Orlando Gutierrez Dies Due To Injuries. telesurenglish.net The Union Federation of Mining Workers of Bolivia (FSTMB) Secretary Orlando Gutierrez died on Wednesday after being hospitalized for several days because of the physical injuries he suffered after the general elections held on October 18. | RELATED: | "I express my deep regret for the physical departure of Brother Orlando Gutierrez. He was a great mining leader who always defended the interests of the Bolivian people. My…

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…

2020-10-30: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2020-10-30). Ending Regime Change — in Bolivia and the World. counterpunch.org 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 "regime changes" in countries around the world,

Virginia Rodino (2020-10-30). Why I'm Voting Green in 2020. globalresearch.ca Author's note: Kevin and I worked on this article together right before his untimely passing on September 6. I met Kevin during Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign. Throughout the years since, I appreciated seeing his anti-imperialist and eco-socialist arguments strengthen …

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-30). We Are That History That Is Discredited, but Which Reappears When You Least Expect It. mronline.org The coup followed an election that would have resulted in Morales' fourth term as president, the results of which were questioned by the Organisation of American States or OAS (60% of whose funding comes from the U.S. government).

Adriana Salvatierra (2020-10-30). "Now We Can Continue the Revolution in Bolivia" zcomm.org Former senate president Salvatierra told Jacobin how the restored MAS government can undo the damage caused by last year's coup — and set Bolivia back on the path to social transformation…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-30). Bolivian trade unions demand investigation into Orlando Gutiérrez's death. peoplesdispatch.org The mine workers union leader, Orlando Gutiérrez, was attacked by right-wing extremists last week, who rejected the results of the general elections held in Bolivia on October 18…

Ben Norton (2020-10-29). Right-wing Bolivian protesters refuse to accept election loss. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone reported from a opposition protest in La Paz, Bolivia, where right-wing activists said they would refuse to let the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party take power after winning the October 18 election, shouting vulgar chants and alleging fraud. Video shot by Max Blumenthal and Wyatt Reed Video edited and translated by Ben Norton…

Medea Benjamin (2020-10-29). Ending Regime Change — in Bolivia and the World. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet 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 "regime changes" in

_____ (2020-10-29). Bolivia Needs to Guard Itself Against Further U.S. Intervention. strategic-culture.org Bolivia has managed to overturn the neoliberal agenda which the U.S. attempted to force upon the nation in the 2019 coup, which ousted former President Evo Morales to instal the far-right wing Jeanine Añez as president, or dictator. While Chile was dealing with its state violence, the Bolivian coup was out in the streets exerting its vengeance on the country's indigenous population. For months, Bolivians protested against state violence and police repression. It is now the new government's obligation to bring the perpetrators to justice, while retracing Bolivia's path to its revolutionary progress. | Mainstream p…

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 …

MBNJSD (2020-10-28). Ending regime change—in Bolivia and the world. nationofchange.org The triumph of democracy in Bolivia and the failure of the U.S.'s "regime change" efforts around the world.

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% …

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Mining Affects 31% of Indigenous Territories in the Amazon. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's scientific organization Ecociencia published "Mining Rights: Indigenous Land and Mining in the Amazon", a report showing that the mining industry has affected 31 percent of the Indigenous territories in the Amazon rainforest. | RELATED: | The boom in resource extraction affects 1,131 indigenous territories in the Amazon basin. At least 370 of those territories are currently invaded by illegal miners in Bolivia, Brazil, Col…

A Guest Author (2020-10-28). 'A simultaneous struggle in the whole of this hemisphere'. workers.org MAS supporters of President Evo Morales. By Sergio Rodriguez Gelfenstein Workers World received this article from its author, written Oct. 21 by a Venezuelan political analyst and essayist. Translation by John Catalinotto. During the final months of last year, I wrote two articles in successive months under the titles "Latin . . . |

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). In stunning display of popular will, protests in Bolivia to Chile force public reckoning of "Chicago Boy" economics. mronline.org 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.

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). "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.

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Bolivia: Mining Leader Orlando Gutierrez Dies Due To Injuries. telesurenglish.net The Union Federation of Mining Workers of Bolivia (FSTMB) Secretary Orlando Gutierrez died on Wednesday after being hospitalized for several days because of the physical injuries he suffered after the general elections held on October 18. | RELATED: | "I express my deep regret for the physical departure of Brother Orlando Gutierrez. He was a great mining leader who always defended the interests of the Bolivian people. My…

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Bolivia: Arce Repudiates Right-Wing Requests for a New Coup. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President-elect Luis Arce and former President Evo Morales Tuesday repudiated minority groups which do not accept the result of the elections and demand the intervention of a Military Junta to rule the country. | RELATED: | While Arce ratified his respect for the institutionality of the Armed Forces, he rejected those who asked for a military intervention before the imminent arrival of the Movement Towar…

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…

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…

_____ (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…

Ralph Nader (2020-10-27). Don't Rush to Declare Victory: Implementing a Two-Week Grace Period After November 3rd So All Voters Can Be Counted. commondreams.org With such large stakes for our fragile democracy, we cannot afford to bypass such a course of action that will assure a peaceful transition in accord with the rule of law. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/early.jpg