Daily Archives: October 29, 2020

2020-10-29: News Headlines

_____ (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…

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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% …

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-28). Bolivia's Hardline Christian Govt Charged with Massacring Protesters as Morales Returns from Exile. thealtworld.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. | MPN— Almost exactly one year after he was overthrown in a

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.

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.

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…

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

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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.

_____ (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.

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

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 …