Bolivians vote in a general election on October 20th. Evo Morales has been the President since 2006, winning three successive terms as President. A victory for him would continue the development of the economy and the rise in living standards since he took office. It would be a considerable boost to the left across Latin America, which otherwise faces the impositions of Bolsonaro, Macri and Moreno, backed by the US and in some cases the IMF. Socialists internationally have every reason to support a Morales victory.
Western media outlets, from the Guardian to the Financial Times, and even the supposedly progressive Novara Media have joined in the coordinated attacks on the world-leading, progressive environmental record of Evo Morales’ leftist government in Bolivia. This is part of a convenient and deliberate strategy to divert pressure and attention from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who is widely known to have encouraged aggressive deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
During the 1980s a series of shocking images and films appeared of massive devastation underway in the Amazonian state of Rondonia. There, an area of old growth rainforest roughly equivalent to the size of Great Britain was being ripped down at record rate. As the fires generated huge smoke clouds, thousands of indigenous people who had been living in the forest died off at the hands of the ranchers and farmers, gunned down, poisoned or deliberately infected with smallpox.
While other South American leaders stood idly by, and delayed operations to fight fires days after the flames began to spread across the Brazilian Amazon, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales Ayma, personally led efforts to confront the tragedy in the area of Chiquitanía, located in the country’s southeast, between Gran Chaco and Amazonía.
La elección del político de extrema derecha Jair Bolsonaro en las elecciones presidenciales brasileñas del año pasado causó conmoción en toda América Latina y en el mundo entero. ¿Cuál ha sido el impacto de los primeros ocho meses de Bolsonaro en el poder? Entrevisté a Elias Jabbour, profesor de la Universidad Estatal de Río de Janeiro y miembro del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Brasil (PCdoB) para conocer su perspectiva sobre las grandes luchas que actualmente están teniendo lugar en Brasil.
L'élection de l'homme politique d'extrême droite Jair Bolsonaro à l'élection présidentielle brésilienne de l'an dernier a provoqué une onde de choc en Amérique latine et dans le monde entier. Quel a été l'impact des huit premiers mois du mandat de Bolsonaro? J'ai interviewé Elias Jabbour, professeur à l'Université d'Etat de Rio de Janeiro et membre du Comité central du Parti communiste du Brésil (PCdoB) pour connaître son point de vue sur les grandes luttes qui ont lieu actuellement au Brésil.
New regime change efforts are underway in Bolivia, this time, bizarrely, aimed at blaming Evo Morales’ leftist government for the fires raging across the Amazon. So far it’s a narrative confined to western funded NGO’s and their contacts in foreign media. However, one should expect an intensification of US intervention and regime change propaganda as the country faces general elections this October. To understand how the US operates in Bolivia, and how they have been defeated, it's worth looking back on the last major CIA-backed effort to get rid of Morales. 2008-2009 was the ‘media luna’ coup - a wave of violence by an elite that knew they couldn’t defeat Morales in democratic elections. It was defeated, in no small part, by the role Venezuela played in helping Bolivia overcome the conflict that very nearly spilled into open civil war.