Friday, January 29, 2010

Evo de Nuevo

Readers,

A week ago Bolivian President Evo Morales was sworn in to his historic second term of office – historic both because of the margin of his December election victory (63%) and the constitutional change that for the first time in decades allows a president to serve a second consecutive term. To mark the occasion and spark the debate that this event surely does, we bring you an extended Blog with several features – from analysis to photos.

Jim Shultz



‘Evonomics’ Gets a Second Term in Bolivia
A new article by Jim Shultz in the new edition of NACLA

If election results are a measure of public support for a president’s economic policies, then Bolivia’s Evo Morales got a massive sign of approval December 6. The nation’s first indigenous president was easily elected to a second term with 63% of the vote, almost three times as much as his nearest competitor.

This is a huge win in a country where, for decades, presidents were regularly elected to office with less than a quarter of the popular vote. Part of Morales’s success is connected to Bolivia’s stunning macroeconomic performance under his administration, thanks largely to new taxes on gas and oil revenues, together with a hydrocarbon price boom in 2005–07. GDP growth in 2008, in the face of a global recession, surpassed 6%, and the government boasts foreign currency reserves totaling more than $8 billion. In October, this success garnered the leftist Morales administration praise from an unlikely source: officials at the International Monetary Fund. Read the full article here.


Bolivia's Election Results, for True Political Junkies

For readers interested in understanding the results of December's Morales landslide, in incredible detail, we bring you this extremely complete analysis from Dutch researcher Hans Zandvliet. The analysis includes a comprehensive comparative analysis of Morales' support in 2005 vs. 2009 and maps that break that analysis down by sub-regions within each department. If you want the details or just like colorful maps, this report is for you. Read it here.


The Morales Inauguration in Photos

The Democracy Center team was present in La Paz and Tiwanaku, and there with camera in hand. For those who want to witness the inaugural events in living color, we present a special photo exhibition from Aldo Orellana and Jessica Aguirre. See it here.


Evo Morales’ Inauguration at Tiwanaku
(A special report written by Jessica Aguirre and Aldo Orellana, with editing by Jim Shultz)

On January 21 an estimated 50,000 people gathered at the centuries-old altiplano ruins at Tiwanaku. They gathered on a few gentle hills underneath a fiercely blue sky and around a few squat stone structures. After they had made their way through the corridor of vendors selling food out of aguayo-covered pots on the ground or MAS memorabilia, they assembled under the sun. There, in front of the ancient Incan temple Kalasasaya, they waited for Evo Morales, the newly re-elected president of Bolivia.

Morales at 11 o’clock carried by a red helicopter. In celebration of his arrival, a profusion of musica autoctona groups representing indigenous communities from across Bolivia simultaneously broke into song.

After a brief Q’owa ceremony, conducted on the top of the small mountain of Akapana, Evo was led down to the temple. There he received representatives of indigenous communities from across the Americas who presented him with symbolic gifts: White Bear from Canada gave him a leather coat; Marno Santi from Ecuador gave him a flag. The ceremony, anachronistically powerful, lasted into the afternoon sun, and the celebrations continued long afterward.

The Official Speeches

Since preparations for the inauguration began, the government has been announcing that the ceremony would not only recognize Evo Morales as the new head of state, but that it would mark the “re-founding” of Bolivia.

President Morales emphasized in his speech at Tiwanaku that Bolivians are living through a transition, from a colonial state to a plurinational state. He observed that during the moment of transition there were two states: one that died and one that was born.

Morales referred to the new state as a dignified one that was meant to replace an undignified and indebted history.

The following day, in the official inauguration of a new National Congress – renamed under the new constitution as the Plurinational Legislative Assembly – Vice-president Álvaro García Linera criticized the original founding of Bolivia. “The country was founded for a last name of class and a checkbook,” he said.

Linera contrasted the plurinational state to the colonial state, saying that the transition would assure that all Bolivians have the same rights and obligations. The plurinational state, he said, was one in which indigenous people and people of mixed descent (mestizos) are equal and enjoy the same opportunities.

Morales also spoke of the necessity of respecting the Pachamama. But many questions surfaced regarding the challenges Morales will face in effectively achieving his vision. One of the most significant challenges will be making Morales’ ecological discourse compatible with his vision of political development, which is based on the extraction of natural resources.

Another task will be overcoming one of Bolivia’s greatest challenges: social segregation perpetrated on the basis of skin color, last name, origin, and economic condition. Bolivia remains a racist society and changing that fact will require more than recognizing equality in terms of the law: it will require concrete policies.

Symbols of the Re-founding of Bolivia

There are many symbols that characterize the “second founding” of Bolivia since 1825.

One of the most notorious changes is that the presidential sash, which bears the colors of the Bolivian flag, will now also bear the “Wiphala” in the center, the flag of indigenous peoples.

The medallion of the vice-president, which bore the image of Simón Bolivar on one side and the national shield on the other, will now display the images of Tupak Katari and Bartolina Sisa- the couple who led the indigenous rebellion against the Spanish crown in 1781 in La Paz.

Tupak Katari is considered by some to be a national hero and has been a constant source of rebellious inspiration for the indigenous peoples of Bolivia. He is attributed with the famous phrase “They will kill me, but I will return and I will be millions,” allegedly uttered after he was captured and quartered by Spanish troops. For many, Morales is the materialization of that prophecy.

The Morales inauguration saluted Tupak Katari, Bartolina Sisa, and Chiriguano Apiaguaiqui Tumpa (another indigenous leader that led a failed revolution at the end of the 19th century) by putting their portraits next to those of Simón Bolívar and Antonio José de Sucre above the presidential balcony. The government thus imbued the Bolivian imagination – and the imagination of the attendees, which including the Prince of Spain – with the rhetoric of de-colonialization.

One symbol did not change: the presidential medallion. The medallion was presented to Simón Bolívar by the Bolivian Congress as a gesture of its appreciation for his part in the struggle for independence. When Bolívar died, the medallion was returned to Bolivia and since then has been worn by incoming presidents on the day they are invested with presidential power.

Big Changes in the Presidential Cabinet

The new Morales cabinet, announced shortly after the parties ended, included some important departures from his first term.

One of those big changes was the appointment of a large number of women to the cabinet. Ten women now fill the nation's powerful Minister positions, a full half of the total. Some of the ministries that will be headed by women are the ministry of legal defense of the state (charged with negotiating and defending Bolivia against corporations in international tribunals), the ministry of development planning, the justice ministry, the work ministry, culture ministry, the ministry of the environment, and the water ministry.

Morales expressed profound satisfaction with the changes, stating that the presence of 10 women in the ministerial cabinet served as homage to his mother, his sister, and his daughter.

A second major change was the departure of Juan Ramón Quintana from the powerful post of Minister of the Presidency, easily the most powerful post in the government after the Presidency and Vice Presidency. Quintana, a former military officer was one of the most controversial figures in the Morales cabinet, regarded by many as a sort of Bolivian Rasputin who manipulated and controlled a good deal of power behind the scenes. He was replaced with the previous Minister of Hydrocarbons, Oscar Coca.

A number of key ministers remained in their posts, most notably his Minister of External relations, David Choquahuanca. Also remaining are the ministers of economy, education, autonomy and the anti-corruption minister.

One of Morales' cabinet appointments has already run into trouble. Mining Minister, Milton Gómez didn't last much more than a week before being forced to resign following charges of corruption in previous public posts. Corruption is a huge problem in Bolivia, one that permeates public offices and pre-dates Morales. But recently Transparency International has reported that the problem is getting worse and Morales has publicly declared fighting it a priority.

To be certain, not everyone was happy with the new cabinet appointments. Rafael Quispe, a representative from CONAMAQ, one of the most important organizations of indigenous communities in the country, stated that: “We are not in agreement with the formation of the cabinet. It is not a plurinational cabinet because indigenous and native peoples are not represented as Evo proposed at Tiwanaku. We respect his decision, but we do not accept that there are no native peoples represented in the cabinet.”

Stay tuned for more reports on the start of Morales' second term.

50 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know there are several war heros that we put up on a pedal stool here in the United States, but I am not saying it is right. But known of these war heroes compares to Tupac Katari.

Tupac Katari was a barbarian, cannibal, occultist, violent murderer, and rapist. It is interesting that Bolivia still uses him as a national symbol. Did he lead a campaign against the colonials, yes he did, but he also consumed his enemies including cutting out their eyes and chopping of their testicles to be eaten. It is also true that he raped many women, and was overall a very violent/isolated/strange individual.

I doubt Bolivians understand these facts though, given the low level of education in the country which reflects the selection of Evo Morales for another term.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm...no mention of how the electoral base grew from 2mm to 5mm? interesting, I wonder where did those additional 3mm voters chose?

Regardless, I don't know if what the poster above said is true, but I agree that the election of Evo for a second term reflect the profound ignorance of the average Bolivian. Evo is not indigenous, he is not even the first mestizo president. But can you expect much of a mob that burns the private residence of the ex-VP because his name is Cardenas, but follows someone with a last name Morales. This same people say they support the Pachamama, yet are happy to collect money from hidrocarbons, they are anti-free trade, yet smuggle goods, they say they support a new Bolivia, yet pay no taxes.

There are many things that do not make sense...but don't despair, Bolivia has been through this before. The left will f things up, just like they did in the 30s, 50s, and 80s. Before you know it, the extreme right will soon be the only true "patriotic" movement and people in El Alto, plan 3000, Achacachi, etc will soon be in the search of masistas to do some community justice. This is a fact.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When someone makes a series of wild declarations about the future and then self-riteously declares, "it's a fact," you can generally have confidence that it is not. That's a guess.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Evo is not indigenous, he is not even the first mestizo president."

So what is he, Irish?

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julian Apasa-Tupac Katari and the Aymara Rebellion

With the defeat of the Sapa Inca Tupac Amaru II, Diego Cristobal lead his rebel forces into the Lake Titcaca region in May of 1781 linking up with Aymara insurgent groups in Chayanta and La Paz. Tomas Katari’s death lead to a change in the movement’s leadership, now under the control of his brothers in the Chayanta province, Damaso and Nicolas Katari, who also were later executed and defeated in the battle of Chuquisaca. This latter defeat assured the ascendancy of a new Aymara speaker and forestero leader Julian Apasa. Inspired by the rebellions of Tomas Katari and Tupac Amaru, Julian renamed himself accordingly as Tupac Katari, and lead an independent group composed of Aymara speaking warriors in a new military theater throughout Upper Peru and particular the regions surrounding La Paz.
Apasa was of humble origins, etching out a lifestyle that involved trading coca and woolens throughout the La Paz region. When the rebellions in Chayanta and Cusco ensued, Aspa began to identify himself with both Tomas Katari and Tupac Amaru II in hopes of legitimizing his claim as a leader in the La Paz region. Taking the name Tupac (Quechua for brilliant) from the Cusco leader and Katari (meaning serpent in Aymara) from the Chayanta warrior, Julian Aspa was reported to have worn a veil or mask covering his face when he arrived in the La Paz area in an attempt portray himself as the reincarnation of Tomas Katari. He claimed to possess letters from Tupac Amaru and the Spanish King, both stating that it was his divine right to command over the La Paz forces. Unlike the social hierarchy characteristic of Tupac Amaru’s organization, Apasa, much like Katari, lead a strictly popular peasantry movement that was described as a group of poorly disciplined rural soldiers. Tupac Katari’s peasant army would be more decentralized, diverse, and less organized than the Quechua army of Tupac Amaru and his successors. This posed serious problems for maintaining discipline and proved difficult to control his own men. Attesting to this characteristic were the frequent outbursts of temper by Katari, floggings, and capital punishment against insubordinate soldiers.
Tupac Katari exhibited a certain degree of recklessness in his behavior; bouts of drunkenness, a legendary carnal appetite, and a desire to kill all whites and Spaniards. His inclination towards proving his sexual virility and his excessive drunkenness probably bettered his leadership and close relationships with the boys of rank and file in his military, given the ritualized rounds of drinking practiced among the traditional Aymara. Fears were confirmed in reports of atrocities committed against all white men, women, and children, whose heads were taken off, women were raped, babies were murdered, their blood drank, dismembered body parts including human hearts were consumed, tongues were torn out, eyes were carved out, and genitals were removed.
Like Tupac Amaru, Tupac Katari also dressed in fine clothes modeled after the Sapa Inka and took the honorific title of Viceroy. To bolster his leadership status, he also utilized a mixture of Christian and Andean ritual elements. Katari supported a coterie of priests and was an active participant in church processions and administering the sacraments, yet he also mixed Christianity with indigenous religious elements evidenced by his silver box penchant that contained small objects (called champi) he wore during mass, and his fondness of making strange facial contortions into mirrors which he claimed allowed him to tell the future.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evo is not indigenous he is mestizo and the first Mestizo President of Bolivia was the Mariscal de Zepita....and you all would be served not to ignore the history of Bolivia....it's a pendulum that swings wildly from left to right...that is the fact.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Walker Bush and the Anti-Evo Morales Movement

George Walker Bush was born July 6, 1946) served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

Bush is the eldest son of President George H. W. Bush, who served as the 41st President, and Barbara Bush, making him one of only two American presidents to be the son of a preceding president.[4] After spending his undergraduate years as a male cheerleader, consuming alcohol and cocaine he left Yale University in 1968, and went on to "party hearty" at Harvard Business School. In 1975, Bush bankrupted a division of his family's oil businesses and had to bailed out by Big Oil interests. He married Laura Welch in 1977 and unsuccessfully ran for the House of Representatives shortly thereafter.

With the help of insider connections and public subsidies, he co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before defeating Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election by engaging in a dirty tricks campaign.

In a close and controversial election, with the aid of corrupt Cuban operatives in Florida and the intervention of the right-wing cabal of the US Supreme Court Bush was designated President in 2000 while losing the popular vote to then-Vice President Al Gore.

Eight months into Bush's first term as president, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks occurred while Bush was repeatedly trying to read at 1st grade level the book "My Pet Goat".
To advance the interests of Blackwater, Haliburton, Chevron and Big Business, he ordered an invasion of Afghanistan that same year and an invasion of Iraq in 2003. In addition to national security issues, Bush promoted policies on the economy, health care, education, and social security reform that transferred wealth from the middle class and the lower class to the most wealthy 2%. He signed into law broad tax cuts,[5] the No Child Left Behind Act, and Medicare prescription drug benefits for seniors.

By another dirty tricks campaign called "swift boating" Bush successfully took the focus of his years AWOL while Kerry served in Vietnam when he ran for re-election against Democratic Senator John Kerry in 2004.

After his re-election, in 2005, the Bush Administration dealt with widespread criticism over its racist handling of Hurricane Katrina.[12] In December 2007, the United States entered its longest post-World War II recession.[13][14] This prompted the Bush Administration to take more direct control of the economy, enacting multiple economic programs intended to increase the wealth of Wall Street by pillaging the country's financial system. Though Bush was popular within the U.S. for much of his first term,his popularity declined sharply during his second term.

After leaving office, Bush returned to Texas. He is currently using crack cocaine supplied by CIA Bolivian-based operatives and meets secretly for gay sex at airport bathrooms with those who post anonymous anti-Evo or anti-Tupac Katari posts on the Democracy Center Blog.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anti-Tupac Katari and anti-Morales comments on this blog are to facts
as
George W. Bush is to opening a Bible and studying with understanding.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Bolivia Libre said...

Jimbo, you are so funny, or should I say phony, you crack me up, I think the Tra-la-la show could use you; you really call Hans Zandvliet a researcher; as anon 11:39 AM pointed out, a real researcher, without a political agenda, would have researched where those millions of new voters come from in one year. Which we all know come from the under age, between 13 and 18, teenagers registered as adults to vote by maSSist campaign camps in rural Bolivia. We now it, and are letting it happen because that will serve us to fight back for the Republic.

Evo a 100% aborigine? Or “indigenous” as you mention, perhaps but unlikely; unimportant in reality unless you are running a racist agenda, which the maSSist are running in similar way as the Nazis did in the past; I guess that is what you believe fighting for democracy from the ground up means.

Now, back to reality, the colonial state was replaced by the Republic and is the Republic of Bolivia what is being momentarily replaced by this pseudo democratic one-partidistic, fascistic neo indigenous oriented abomination of plurinational and folkloric maSSist state. It was intended before, when the MNR come triumphal after pseudo democratically elections with over 80% of the votes, not ones, but twice; taking advantage of their destabilization of the country in the 50’s. Many post election strategies from those days MNR, like trying silencing the free press are already put in place in the country; but the wheel turns and soon the Republic will reborn from Evo and Alvaro’s asses after a Tupac Katari communitarian style punishment by their own desilutioned masses; Does Mussolini ring a bell for all of you fascist hiding under a progressive masK?

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4:00 & 4:05, looks like my post on Katari agitated you a little bit, i'm sorry but please calm down. I am sorry you have no understanding of Latin American History, Culture, and Consciousness, as evidenced by the insane knee-jerk reactionary comments, but please don't give up the learning process. It is so important.
That you switch topics and make up a bizare story about George W. Bush having gay sex with CIA operatives attests to your inability to present a level headed argument of the historic Tupac Katari, and demonstrates an overall lack of understanding of Andean Culture and History.

As a token of gratitude, I offer my email adress to you. Please write and I can provide a bibliography of works not only on Katari, but Andean History in General. un beso.

head.fluffy@yahoo.com

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's funny that Quintana was replaced by a dude whose last name is Coca.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evo is a joke!!!

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4:52,

Thanks for your entertaining mock "history". LOL You forgot the part about Tupac Katari being a zombie and only you CIA hacks have silver bullets. ha, ha, ha, ha.

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nedo Bolulibre Nazaleo:

Keep dreaming about your good old days of free loading. As soon as the Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz law is passed your fortune will be investigated, and you will loose your hotel in Cochabamba as well as your other ill gotten land.
Did you get a raise from daddy? Chill boy, and get your AA tickets to Miami before its too late.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bolivia Libre,

I have a theory to run by you about where those new voters came from. I am thinking they were bused in from El Salvador. You remember how you were all confused between which country was El Salvador and which was Bolivia (until we showed you both on a map). Well, maybe you got a whole bunch of those folks from El Salvador all confused and they came to Bolivia and voted.

Could be, no? Try to be more careful next time. I mean, YOU got Evo elected for another five years.

2:11 AM  
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4:31 AM  
Anonymous AJ La Paz said...

To understand the poor Bolivia's (and every other left leaning country!) poor performance in the Transparency International CPI, you need to understand the source of the information as explained below from the TI methodology explanation http://www.transparency.org/content/download/47733/762810/CPI_2009_methodology_long_en.pdf


"2. There are two different types of sources. The first one is business people opinion surveys. The second one is assessments (scores) of a country’s performance as provided by a group of country/risk/expert analysts."

So basically this is a capitalist survey report and has very little to do with corruption perceptions.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous AJ La Paz said...

To understand Bolivia's poor performance in the Transparency International CPI, you need to look at the methodology used. http://www.transparency.org/content/download/47733/762810/CPI_2009_methodology_long_en.pdf

"There are two different types of sources. The first one is business people opinion surveys. The second one is assessments (scores) of a country’s performance as provided by a group of country/risk/expert analysts." The analysts coming from capitalist institutions such as The Economist and the World Bank. SO the CPI is really just a capitalist opinion poll and has nothing to do with corruption. Hence nearly every socialist country performs terribly. Always read the small print.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Bolivia Libre said...

Hey ano 10:3 PM and the 2:11 AM, obviously not in Bolivia and apparently working for US transnational AA. The only people bussed, airlifted in reality, I meet in Bolivia are Cubans and Venezuelans; some have voted for the maSSist party; probably all.

So you are still hiding you head where the sun doesn’t shine and cannot see that Pacific Rim cannot be compared to Bechtel, but it can be compared to Golden Minerals Company (ex Apex Silver Mines); well suck it up, only you and probably you as multiple anos couldn’t understand it.

Do you have any comments other than having doubts about my geographical knowledge? it appears not.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katari a barbarian? Evo not indigenous. Dear God! Please rid us of these imbeciles who have eyes and cannot see!

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair, I think Tupac was just a really pissed off dude. Good thing there were no nuclear bombs or other "weapons of mass destruction" around yet.
Peace.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAS removed the bust of Victor Paz Estenssoro from the now Plurinational Assembly. He represented the past, but also those who fought for the beginning of liberty, dignity and rights for the indigenous.

Evo better hope that his masses are not so quick to forget when the next caudillo steps up. Those of us who support true change and opportunity for all will not think twice to laugh both him and Bolivia Libre's types when Bolivia's modern socialism proves the path for justice.

Today it is the remnants of the 1930's Rosca which Bolivia Libre represents with his anachronistic anti-Movimientista bile and supporters of the dictatorships including those who crossed rivers of blood for pegas (more of Bolivia Libre's friends from the "left" who had a chance to govern and chose instead to steal. Now they cry, their hatred and attack of the symbols of the new State (Tupac) is equal to that of the MAS extremists.

It was during Tupac Katari's siege of La Paz in 1789 that the Spanish governor and his family were saved from famine by one of their servants boyfriend, who snuck food through the wall of rightfully pissed of Aymaras. She avoided a vengeful end by blaming the miracle on Ekeko, an ancient Andean symbol of energy and fertility, now celebrated every year by Kollas (Pacenhos) in the Alasitas festival. This solidarity between political opponents is a longstanding Bolivian tradition and something which Bolivia Libres hatred will never understand.

Even for Bolivia Libre, though, blaming Evo's re-election on the non-existent 13 - 18 year old demographic is pretty effin crazy.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But in the name of the Ekeko! Jim, as the truly historic and transformational leader Ronald Wilson Reagan once said,"Der ya go agin." Let's separate your supposed "facts" from myth and reality.

Myth: Morales is bolivia's "first indigenous president."
Fact: Ya kidding me? All Bolivians are indigenous of Bolivia. There have been dozens of Bolivian presidents before Morales. Indigenous doesn't mean "Indian". Even if you believe indigenous means Indian, Evo ain't even a pure Indian! His name is Spanish, he only speaks Spanish,and wouldn't even debate a true Aymaran Indian as Victor Hugo Cardenas.

Myth: Evonomics is good economic policy.
Fact: Yeah, these past 4 years we've been indundated by massive flood of immigrants desperate to live and work in the promised Land! Seal the borders! hahaha Just as with Chavez, the only thing keeping Morales on life support is high commodities and begging the international lenders to reduce/cancel its debt. But investment and production has decreased, something crucial for economic devolopment. Whatcha gonna do when commodity prices go down?

Myth:Morales as anticapitalist and environmentalist leader.
Fact: This guy travels all around th world and country in a Venezelan plane and helicopter more than a fart in the wind, contaminating everything in its wake, and I don't only mean transport pollution. This anticapitalist genius revels in luxury only affordable to the richest capitalist. Anybody cared to notice the expensive and glittering watch Morales wore while extending his arms to heaven during his Tiwanaku folkloric coronation?

Jim, you know that Morales laughs at guys like you, you know, impressionable awhite gauche caviar leftists,his "useful idiots". That being said,Bolivia has elected somebody they deserve. The only silver lining is that they won't have anybody else than themselves for choosing to go down the road to perdition.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Myth or reality?

Bolivians are the mixture of the great civilisations like the aymaras, quechuas, guaranies and the scum of Spain. That mixture has produced the ruling classes who for over 500 years have destroyed the nation thanks to slavery, oppresion, corruption and lack of national pride.
NOW they write and cry all over on TV, radio, newspapers and hope to change the destiny of the oppresed. Keep dreaming, and I hope the Nedos, bolibres and Manfreds stay away or they will join Leopoldo. Imagine if the aymaras or quechuas would really rule the country? They would make all the crooks work for a living. Somehting the cholos and psuedo bolivianwhite wanabes don't know yet. Go home or get used to a new Bolivia.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 11:22 sounds like you've never been to Bolivia, and that fact has not stopped you from emitting an incredibly racist and stupid opinion. You should be informed that "scum" comes in all shapes, sizes, and (for someone so race obsessed as you) colors. Come down to Bolivia, preferably for the Carnival of Oruro and you'll see that Bolivians from all walks of life have, despite its shortcomings, a lot of pride in their country.
Another thing you will learn that Evo has not changed the day-to-day reality for 99.99% of the TRUE indigenous people living in the altiplano. As a matter of fact, their lives have been unchanged for over 500yrs. They have been, for the most part, left alone to their traditions and way of life. There was NEVER slavery in Bolivia, and the ayamaras and quechuas are just as corrupt as their mestizo kind.

Now why should we get "used to a new Bolivia"? Just because a pot-smoking gringo like you says so? Sic semper tiranus can easily be the motto of Bolivia, and like or not, Evo is becoming fast a tyrant. Do us all a favor, educate yourself about the History of not only Bolivia but also of the Tawantinsuyo, and you'll see just how big of a fool you are.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bolivia's legacy of slavery started with Spaniards exploiting the indigenous people of Bolivia. Slavery in mines was typical during Spanish Colonial rule.

Yet, wow, talk about seeing "just how big of a fool" someone is the above anon (probably one of the racist, alleged slaveowner clan the Ronald Larsen family) claims "There was NEVER slavery in Bolivia". Amazing, in light of all these credible sources like the BBC & UN:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8047960.stm
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/UNPFII_Mission_Report_Bolivia%20_EN.pdf
http://www.iabolish.org/slavery_today/country_reports/bo.html
http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/1254/1/

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're confusing the MITA with slavery....and if we use the definition in the other articles, then by George, Evo is THE largest slave holder in Bolivia, after all we all know what happens to those cocaleros that tried getting out of the business.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the readerships opinion of this apparent contradiction by Evo?

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/bolivian_president_violates_constitution_with_ancestral_blessing/

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a real shame how much wasted talent and intellect is going to simply opposing Evo as a knee-jerk impulse when these very same people could be helping to fix what is wrong. It's a proven losing strategy, just like the Santa Cruz elites could have invested millions in producing jobs in places like Achacachi or Ayo Ayo, instead of hiring foreign terrorists to sabotage the government. Which investment would have paid off more in the long run?

Maybe it will take 50 years like the children of gusanos in Miami who are finally tired of the polarization and just want to help their families in Cuba without the interference of the Republican Party. Think about this: you dislike Evo and Alvaro so much, yet you are the wet dream they wake up to smiling to every night, knowing you have zero strategy and will never defeat them at the polls.

Wake up, think hard, realize where youre coming from and where Evo's massive support base is coming from.

Watch what happens in the April elections, see if MSM's strategy works, so far it is the only hope of stopping an eventual totalitarian MAS project, if that were the case.

But the whining, its useless, and the analisis of strategy and tactics puts you far, far below the corrupt infiltrators of the MAS party.

Venezuela is not Bolivia, our elites should not follow the losing example of the whining escualidos.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barf news of the day: Morales in the list for Nobel Peace Prize. One in a very long list, fortunately. Again.

Hurry up! Get a bucket!

What's next on the list, a high school diploma?

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe is the Miss Universe Contest, Morales is wasting no time in getting personally involved, trying to make sure that this repugnant capitalist event will be held in Bolivia.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms Universe show exploits women jus for being beautiful and talented.Its a disgusting meat market!

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evo has achieved more than any other Bolivian president. He earned five more years and hopefully more Evos will come to replace him or Bolivia is doomed to once again join the ranks of the "welfare states" (e.g. Honduras, etc.) or the 'Bunker State' nations of Mexico and Colombia.

Evo is in the hearts of all Bolivians, specially in the Hearts of the Indigenous because he has brought us pride and the reawakening of our cultures and languages. Long live Evo!

Franco

PS to the "conservatives", the political as well as the fiscal, in the US,

All the Latin American nations should be independent nations not financial charges of the Children and Grandchildren of the USA.

____________________________________

"Honduras' new gov't finds nation 'bankrupt'"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/28/AR2010012804598.html


"CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Angry families of 15 people slain by gunmen during a high-school party near the U.S. border blamed Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Tuesday for not preventing the mass killing."

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6115IJ20100202

Colombia
"First elected in 2002, Uribe was reelected in 2006 after his allies pushed through a constitutional amendment lifting a ban on a second consecutive term.

Polls show he remains hugely popular with Colombians who are grateful to him for helping reduce once common kidnappings, bombings and rebel attacks."

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60B5LX20100112

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just when you thought President Morales had touched bottom, he is able to dig deeper:

http://www.la-razon.com/ultima.asp?id=948179


Morales best President in the History of Bolivia? That can only be said by someone who know NOTHING about the history of Bolivia or someone who knows nothing about what Morales is doing to the country. Franco is confusing being popular with being a statesman. Anyone can be popular, anyone can take over the candy store and give away candy to the kids living in the block and become popular, that does not mean that he has made it a more profitable store, or that the kids living in the block are better off.

Morales has simply done that, taken the easy route, and in the process created a culture where ignorance reigns and personal responsibility take second place. A comprehensive development policy is being supplanted with populist measures and bonuses, and EVERYTHING is the US' fault. Even worse, he has pimped out ancient traditions and wisdom in a grotesque media circus where he completely ignore traditions and customs that go against what he is doing and twisting other traditions to his advantage.

The blame does not lie in him, but in Bolivians. Had they cared to educate the masses, they would be clamoring for jobs, not for more of this circus. Let's just hope that the chak'i is not all that bad.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's incredible. Even the Bolivians in Bolivia have to laugh at stuff like that. It's straight up Orwellian. It's the plot of 1984 in a La Razon article.

Completely agree with the post above - the analogy to taking over the candy store is pretty much dead on.

It's a real shame too because there some great things happening in Bolivia. Like the open source "software libre" efforts - all the bar camps and things. Bolivia has a young generation of smart kids.

Unfortunately, it's being put to waste. The talent will flow out of the country in search of better opportunities and a better life. I don't mean to the US, per se. You actually don't have to look much further than Chile.

Chile is offering a pretty sweet deal for entrepreneurs. They want talented people to settle down, generate tax revenue, create sustainable jobs and so forth.

That's responsible.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the quality of life for the rural folk & the urban poor has risen in Bolivia (Bolivia no longer is at the bottom of the Western Hemisphere's economic barrel next to Haiti but has risen to the middle according to all economic indicators), in Chile the poor stay poor. The economic disparity in Chile is approaching that of the US, a nation where the middle class was decimated and wealth transferred from them and the poor to Bush's base: the wealthiest 2%.

With Bolivia's record surpluses for the last four years at contrast with the Bush-Obama constructed poorhouse wherein US taxpayers now reside, all one can say is:

Viva Bolivia, CARAJO!!!

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hilarious to see the postings of the Bolivia "experts" on this site.

The Bolivian daily La Razon is a joke like all of you.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the following Joke by Anon 6:00 PM

"It's a real shame too because there some great things happening in Bolivia. Like the open source "software libre" efforts - all the bar camps and things. Bolivia has a young generation of smart kids."

"Chile is offering a pretty sweet deal for entrepreneurs. They want talented people to settle down, generate tax revenue, create sustainable jobs and so forth."
---------------------------

Chile could not solve its inequality with a slew of leftist governments because the military still runs that country. Underemployment and social ills such as suicide have been quietly swept on the side. Now that the so called Chilean left has lost, the buffer that kept Chile stable is gone.

Stay tuned to see how long its newly elected president, Pinero, keeps his sheep clothing

Hopefully those "smart kids" will do something else besides help the business 'Vultures' that are circling Chile and will soon join their kin currently on Chilean soil.

Franco

-----------------------------

"Pinera won with the support of two parties founded by former Pinochet collaborators -- the National Renovation party and the Independent Democratic Union. Two of Pinera’s top campaign advisers held posts in the dictatorship and a third is a former Pinochet minister."

"The billionaire, who pilots a helicopter and hikes a park he owns in southern Chile, won the election even though a December poll found that 73 percent of Chileans remain disdainful of Pinochet’s violent regime."

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-01-19/chilean-president-s-pinochet-ties-revive-friedman-style-economy.html

"The country has unusually high rates of depression, particularly in the capital Santiago. Daily consumption of antidepressants in Chile rose by more than 470 percent between 1992 and 2004, says a study published last year in the Chilean Medical Gazette."

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/chile/091116/chile-depression-suicide

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 7:32

Are you sure you live in this planet, in this reality? All the fiscal accomplishment by Evo are simply the legacy of the neo-liberal era. He has yet to have a single accomplishment that he can call his own (other than giving away "candy" to a population full of cavities.)

Franco: Did you know that Chile now is part of the G20? So you can say that while Bolivia is still among the two or three poorest countries in the region. Chile has joined the world of rich and developed countries. I would enjoy a debate, but I'm sure you'll be short on facts, but full of ideology. Regardless, the main topic is still Evo and his Ego.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing what a little Cocaine Fundraising can do!

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 7:32
Maybe the new anit-capitalista military will be forced to say some stupid ass mantra... Patria, Socialismo y CARAJO! or...
Patria Socialismo y Mierda!

Can anyone explain what an anitcapitalista military is?
What a DUMB ASS our presidente is! At least he is not calling himself comandante.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the poor rise up against unjust conditions, the wealthy call in the military to put down the "unrest". When the military is anticapitalist, the wealthy move to Miami.

Yea what a "dumbass" Evo is, he's starting a new five year term with massive support, got a new constitution passed, forced Repsol, Total, Petrobras and the rest of the gang to pay higher taxes and they're still operating in Bolivia, he put one of his closest collaborators in jail because unlike the media hype everyday, charges of corruption were proven in that case, he regularly calls for his supporters to fight for "the cause" and not for patronage, he created a cabinet post to fight against corruption, he admitted that his party had used National Customs as a booty call-like all before them- and sacked the director, AND his opposition is either in Miami, consorting with CIA Agents in undisclosed bathroom stalls, or still debating on this blog whether he's indigenous enough or wears expensive watches, instead of having any clue how to defeat him.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:05
Good; thanks.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Yo soy el Rey said...

Yo, I killed your god

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Franco: Did you know that Chile now is part of the G20? So you can say that while Bolivia is still among the two or three poorest countries in the region."

Really? In what alternate universe is Chile a member? Wait a minute, you must be a reporter for the English edition of La Razon.

I wonder why Bolivia is so poor? I know how to find out! I am going to read La Razon.

Debate with you Anon 10:29? No thanks

Franco

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.oecd.org/document/1/0,3343,en_2649_34487_44365210_1_1_1_1,00.html

you're right, it's not the G-20 but the rich countries country club.

can you please now tell me where is Bolivia in this list?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28PPP%29


better yet, can you show the stat that shows poverty levels during the Neoliberal era vs the Evo era? Wow, if it wasn't for the gas revenue (a gift from the past 20yrs) Evo's record would be dismal....and yes Goni did want to work a new tax regime, but Evo insisted in a nationalization w/o compensation, and now all he's done is EXACTLY what Goni proposed.

Welcome to the real world.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:05 nails it!

Thanks.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Kochala said...

La Paz, 2 Feb (Erbol).- “Desde que Evo Morales subió al gobierno el movimiento indígena ha sufrido una especie de anestesia que lo ha inmovilizado, el Presidente ya se cree un Rey, es el nuevo patrón de los indígenas, hay que descolonizarlo”, declaró hoy el presidente de la Asamblea del Pueblo Guaraní (APG), Celso Padilla

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ayayay Jim, who pays you to write? Would you disclose your funds.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is this lunatic Jim Scultz??????????????

8:51 AM  

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