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Thoghts on Bolivian election

The first time in 500 years that the 70 percent of the indigenous population of the country elects an Indian to the presidency and a majority to Congress!! This is the man that oposed the US war on drugs because it merely meant a monopoly in the hands of Bush. Now watch the corporate media whores prepare an attack against him and Bolivia because we are a racist nation.
Evo Morales is a friend of Chavez. He speaks Aymara and Quechua and has a clear vision of who the enemies of his people are and who the friends are. But this is not about one man - it is about an entire nation of indigenous peoples who have finally taken their land back from the 10 percent of whites that have treated them at least as badly as the southern racists treated slaves here in the US.

The only hope Bolivia has now of surviving is that we impeach the killers in our pseudo government who arrived to power by much less valid elctions than Evo just won. They are now preparing their racists friends and sycophants across South America to "intervene" in Bolivia so as to steal the natural gas that it has. The corporate media whores are going to play along with them because they are also racist and would rather see the tiny minority whites back in power in Bolivia.

They are couinting on the American public's typical lackadaisical attitude about the rest of the world to just sit back through this genocidal invation; so, here is the challenge - are they underestimating the American public? Does it have more morals and balls than they think???

How about you? 18.Dec.2005 23:59

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Are you going to take the time to tell the American Public?

I do mean American Public, like that 'asshole' next door, not IndyMedia.

Of course, you better call him, "Sir", if you want him to hear you.

IMHO 19.Dec.2005 01:35

Catalina Eddie

Bush is not misunderestimating the American public (he ain't broke either). The American public has about as much morals and balls as Bushco thinks. And they aren't as stupid as we would like to think

Vancouver

imagine the impossible 19.Dec.2005 05:51

NY times repost [w/ headline edited]

December 19, 2005

Bolivia Elects a President [Who Supports Coca Farming] How about: Who is an Indian?
By JUAN FORERO

LA PAZ, Bolivia, Dec. 18 - Evo Morales, a candidate for president who has pledged to reverse a campaign financed by the United States to wipe out coca growing, scored a decisive victory in general elections in Bolivia on Sunday.

Mr. Morales, 46, an Aymara Indian and former coca farmer who also promises to roll back American-prescribed economic changes, had garnered up to 51 percent of the vote, according to televised quick-count polls, which tally a sample of votes at polling places and are considered highly accurate.

At 9 p.m., his leading challenger, Jorge Quiroga, 45, an American-educated former president who was trailing by as much as 20 percentage points, admitted defeat in a nationally televised speech.

At his party's headquarters in Cochabamba, Mr. Morales said his win signaled that "a new history of Bolivia begins, a history where we search for equality, justice and peace with social justice."

"As a people who fight for their country and love their country, we have enormous responsibility to change our history," he said.

Mr. Quiroga's concession signaled that he was prepared to step aside and avoid a protracted selection process in Congress, which, under Bolivian law, would choose between the top two finishers if neither obtained at least 50 percent of the vote.

"I congratulate Evo Morales," Mr. Quiroga said in a somber speech.

The National Electoral Court had not tabulated results on Sunday night, though Mr. Morales echoed the early polls and claimed to have won a majority.

His margin of victory appeared to be a resounding win that delivered the kind of mandate two of his predecessors, both of whom were forced to resign, never had. Eduardo Gamarra, a Bolivian-born political analyst from Florida International University in Miami, said Mr. Morales could be on his way to becoming "the president with the most legitimacy since the transition to democracy" from dictatorship a generation ago.

A Morales government would become the first indigenous administration in Bolivia's 180-year history and would further consolidate a new leftist trend in South America, where nearly 300 million of the continent's 365 million people live in countries with left-leaning governments.

Though most of those governments are politically and economically pragmatic, a Morales administration signals a dramatic shift to the left for a country that has long been ruled by traditional political parties disparaged by many Bolivians.

The victory by Mr. Morales will not be welcomed by the Bush administration, which has not hidden its distaste for the charismatic congressman and leader of the country's federation of coca farmers. American officials have warned that his election could be the advent of a destabilizing alliance involving Mr. Morales, Fidel Castro of Cuba and Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez, who has seemed determined to thwart American objectives in the region.

In comments to reporters after casting his vote in the Chapara coca-growing region on Sunday , Mr. Morales said his government would cooperate closely with other "anti-imperialists," referring to Venezuela and Cuba. He said he would welcome cordial relations with the United States, but not "a relationship of submission."

He also pledged that under his government his country would have "zero cocaine, zero narco-trafficking but not zero coca," referring to the leaf that is used to make cocaine.

Mr. Chávez, who has met frequently with Mr. Morales, expressed confidence that Bolivia would turn a new page with the election. "We are sure what happens today will mean another step in the integration of the South America of our dreams, free and united," he said earlier in the day from Venezuela.

The election, which was marked by personal attacks, pitted two fundamentally different visions for how to extricate Bolivia from poverty. While Mr. Quiroga pledged to advance international trade, Mr. Morales promised to squeeze foreign oil companies and ignore the International Monetary Fund's advice.

Mr. Morales enjoyed strong support in El Alto, a largely indigenous city adjacent to the capital, La Paz, where voters said they had tired of years of government indifference.

"The hope is that he can channel our needs," said Janeth Zenteno, 31, a pharmacist in El Alto. "We have all supported Evo. It is not just what he says. It is that this is his base and he knows us."

For Javier Sukojayo, 40, a teacher, the election could signal a transformation of Bolivia into a country where the poor have more say.

"It has been 500 years of oppression since the Spanish came here," said Mr. Sukojayo, who counts himself as indigenous. "If we are part of the government - and we are the majority - we can make new laws that are in favor of the majority."


another light 19.Dec.2005 09:32

J

Think about this light. Awakening in the south. Why not here?

Afghanistan: The world's largest producer of opium. 19.Dec.2005 14:53

Red neck

Afghanistan produces 75% of the world's opium
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3704878.stm - 50k

Don't we support that government? Isn't that money being used to fund terrorism? Don't we have troops on the ground?
Maybe Russia should re-invade? It now has millions of heroin addicts and that money is being used to fund terror in their country... not to mention a powerful, extremely dangerous mafia.

Contrary to stereotype, the average heroin addict is a white, middle-class teenager.
 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1688762

It's another big victory for us, we should be celebrating. The Revolution carries on in South America!

a few things to add 19.Dec.2005 18:29

stacey

hey all:
For those of you who have been following the LNG developments here in Oregon, the situation in Bolivia should be particularly interesting. my understanding of the situation is that the initial toppling of the government a couple of years ago essentially resulted from indigenous and other poor people in Bolivia shutting down the country in protest over a natural gas pipeline. The pipeline was intended to take gas from Bolivia and pipe it to Chile, where it would be liquefied and delivered to Californian consumers.
The company involved was Sempra, and they are now completing an LNG receiving terminal in Baja, CA. In protest over a natural gas deal that would essentially provide no economic benefit to the people of Bolivia, people blocked many roads in the country and basically forced their government (under Lozada, at that point) to resign.
My point with adding this to the discussion is that Morales and his movement will undoubtedly receive the unwanted attentions of our administration, the NY Times, and just about everyone else who want that natural gas.
The drug battle will be a convenient point of disagreement that will allow our news organizations and our government to demonize Morales.
If Evo is smart (and it seems like he is), he'll stick close to Chavez and issue the same sort of statement as Chavez. "You kill me, and you'll get none of our oil and gas."

Hats off to GW for advancing the Left 19.Dec.2005 22:16

Emiliano Zapata

Thanks to George W and his neocon dumbasses, most of latin America is now anti-American-pro-Cuban. Only through Bushes ultra facist actions have the left been able to grow substantially in the American hemisphere. He has shown the rest of the world what a mockery we make of democratic institutions and values. The average American is fed a diet of mainstream corporate propaganda and will never grasp the intensity and importance of what is now transpiring in Latin America. I can only say that for myself, I am elated that the indigenous peoples of Latin America have finally won some hard fought freedoms and autonomy from the clutches of the monster America. As a white American, I will stay vigilant and keep abreast of things, and do what ever I can to insure that this repressive regime I live under, keeps their speculative asses out of Latin Americas affairs.

Does anyone know the location of Morales' headquarters in Cochabamba, Bolivia? 05.Jan.2006 13:54

Gem Star gerrijones@yahoo.com

Does anyone know the location of Morales' headquarters in Cochabamba, Bolivia?