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As Anger toward Belarus Mounts, Recall the 2013 Forced Landing of Bolivia’s Plane to Find Snowden

Glenn Greenwald | Substack – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

24 May 2021 – What Belarus did, while illegal, is not unprecedented. The dangerous tactic was pioneered by the same U.S. and E.U. officials now righteously condemning it.

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Despite U.S. Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding a Way to Stay Independent

Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Apr 2021

29 Mar 2021 – Bolivia has decided to act against the coup makers. The U.S. government is now using that action to delegitimize the government of President Arce. Platforms such as TMS might turn out to be essential as a conduit for Bolivia to tell its story and not be suffocated by Washington’s information war, a vital part of the regime change strategy.

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Former President Evo Morales Returns to Bolivia One Year after Being Forced into Exile by Military Coup

Kenny Stancil | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

9 Nov 2020 – Twelve months after being driven into exile by right-wing forces, socialist former president Evo Morales was “received by the very social movements who defeated the coup and restored democracy.”

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Bolivia’s President-Elect Luis Arce Attacked with Dynamite

teleSUR - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2020

On 5 Nov 2020 night, the Movement Towards Socialism spokesperson Sebastian Michel denounced that Bolivia’s President-elect Luis Arce was attacked with dynamite while he was in a meeting at the party’s headquarters in La Paz city. No injuries reported.

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Ending Regime Change –> In Bolivia and the World

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

28 Oct 2020 – Less than a year after the United States and the U.S.-backed Organization of American States supported a violent military coup to overthrow the government of Bolivia, the Bolivian people have reelected the Movement for Socialism and restored it to power.

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Socialist Luis Arce Wins Bolivian Election

Countercurrents - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

19 Oct 2020 – A year after former Bolivian president Evo Morales was ousted in a military coup that installed a far-right regime, Morales’ ally Luis Arce declared victory after exit polls showed the socialist candidate with a large advantage over his two main competitors. “Democracy has won,” Arce, who served as Morales’ finance minister, said.

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As Bolivian Regime Delays Elections a Third Time, Media Continue to Ignore Coup

Bryce Greene | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2020

6 Aug 2020 – When a country’s military oust a sitting president by force, that is a military coup. Referring to it simply as a “resignation”–as in the Washington Post’s 11/10/19–fails to capture the nature of the overthrow. Describing Morales’ ouster as merely happening “amid widespread unrest” is a way of telling readers: “This sort of thing happens all the time in this part of the world. No need to look into it.”

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Bolivia’s Coup-born President Áñez (Who Deposed Evo Morales) Tests Positive for COVID-19

teleSUR - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

9 Jul 2020 – Bolivia’s de facto president Jeanine Áñez today announced via her Twitter account that she had tested positive to COVID-19 while other members of her team are infected as well.

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Bolivia: The Open Veins Are Bleeding Six Months after the Coup

Verónica Zapata | Resumen - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

On 10 Nov 2019 a violent coup d’état took place in Bolivia navigated by the U.S. and with the backing of the armed forces, the police and paramilitary groups forcing Evo Morales to resign at gunpoint. The objective was to regain control of lithium and to erase a government with an indigenous face that for the first time since the genocidal conquest of America had come to power.

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Bolivia: An Election in the Midst of an Ongoing Coup

Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

10 Feb 2020 – On May 3, 2020, the Bolivian people will go to the polls once more. They return there because President Evo Morales had been overthrown in a coup in November 2019. Morales had just won a presidential election in October for a term that would have begun in January 2020. The Organization of American States claimed that there was fraud in the election and Morales was prematurely removed from office.

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(Castellano) Bolivia: Por Hablar de Golpe de Estado Te Catalogan como ‘Sedicioso’ y Te Persiguen Penalmente

Alex Anfruns – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

28 Dic 2019 – En Bolivia hay que tener cuidado con lo que se dice y se hace, si no quiere que un juez le acuse de “sedición y terrorismo” para meterle entre rejas. Fue el caso de periodistas argentinos y venezolanos que visitaron el país para informar sobre las masacres.

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Bolivia’s Coup Dictator Seeks to Annihilate Opposition from Exiled

Ramona Wadi | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

27 Dec 2019 – In light of what is occurring in Venezuela, the latest imperialist intervention in Bolivia must be exposed as a plan not only to oust Morales, but also as one aimed at regional destabilisation. Deposed President Evo Morales will be working with an international team that includes the Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon, who in 1998 issued an international arrest warrant for Pinochet.

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Bolivia’s Lithium Is Fair Game in a World Ruled by Spheres of Influence

Joaquin Flores | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

4 Dec 2019 – The US approach to overthrowing governments in Latin America and the trail of tears and blood it left in its wake will no doubt be highly motivating to the broad masses of Latin Americans who will support the coming Latin American bloc.

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Interview with Ex-President of Bolivia Evo Morales: ‘The Murders Must Stop’

Interview by Jens Glüsing – Der SPIEGEL, 2 Dec 2019

28 Nov 2019 – Bolivia’s long-time president, Evo Morales, has fled to exile in Mexico. What led to his departure and the conditions under which he would consider returning. At 60, he was Bolivia’s first indigenous president. The former head of the coca-farmers’ union is a symbolic figure among the Latin American left.

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Bolivia: Post-Coup Update

Eric Zuesse – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

29 Nov 2019 – In short: rigged ‘elections’ will be held, in which Evo Morales is to be excluded, and in which there will be no repercussions against the U.S.-stooge-regime participants if their side fails to win those ‘elections’. The Bolivian people won’t have any legal right to hang the coupsters. The U.S. regime will see to that.

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After Evo, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia

Vijay Prashad | Peoples Dispatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

The overthrow of the elected leader cannot be understood without a glance at the nation’s massive reserves of this crucial mineral.

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(Castellano) En Bolivia como en Palestina

Carlos Aznárez | Resumen Latinoamericano – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

20 nov 2019 – Bolivia se está pareciendo a Palestina. Esta dictadura boliviana de hoy, baleando desde helicópteros o tanquetas, torturando y asesinando, tiene además un odio de clase contra quienes gracias a un gobierno popular y revolucionario. En Palestina, el ocupante no solo se apodera de territorios, expulsando a los habitantes nativos, demoliendo sus viviendas y destruyendo sus cultivos, sino que también manifiesta un profundo odio hacia quienes, a pesar de las continuas persecuciones y masacres, mantienen un perfil de resistencia política y sobre todo cultural.

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In Bolivia as in Palestine

Carlos Aznarez | Resumen – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

20 Nov 2019 – Bolivia resembles Palestine these days. This unfolding Bolivian dictatorship, which orders its military and police to repress the indigenous-peasant people, are shooting from helicopters or tanks, torturing and murdering. In Palestine, the occupier not only seizes territories, expelling the native inhabitants, demolishing their homes and destroying their crops, but also manifests a deep hatred towards those who, in spite of continuous persecution and massacres, maintain a profile of political and above all cultural resistance.

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“They’re Killing Us like Dogs” – A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help

Medea Benjamin | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

22 Nov 2019 – I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup that forced Evo Morales out of power.

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“We Refuse to be Burned”: 500 Years of Resistance, Colonization, and Coups in Bolivia

Maya Ajchura Chipana | The Red Nation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

18 Nov 2019 – I am writing this because I don’t see many Bolivian voices represented in the media. Here is my story.

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Bolivia Coup Led by Christian Fascist Paramilitary Leader and Millionaire–with Foreign Support

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

11 Nov 2019 – Bolivian coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho is a far-right multi-millionaire who arose from fascist movements in the Santa Cruz region, where the US has encouraged separatism. He has courted support from Colombia, Brazil, and the Venezuelan opposition.

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Bolivia in Crisis: How Evo Morales Was Forced Out

Angus McNelly – The Conversation, 18 Nov 2019

12 Nov 2019 – Evo Morales has left Bolivia on a plane for Mexico, a day after he resigned as president. Morales and his vice-president, Álvaro García Linera, stood down from office on November 10, following a ‘suggestion’ by the head of the military, Williams Kaliman.

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Top Bolivian Coup Plotters Trained by US Military’s School of the Americas, Served as Attachés in FBI Police Programs

Jeb Sprague | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

13 Nov 2019 – The United States played a key role in the military coup in Bolivia, and in a direct way that has scarcely been acknowledged in accounts of the events that forced the country’s elected president, Evo Morales, to resign on November 10.

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Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm’s Lithium Deal

Eoin Higgins | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

11 Nov 2019 – “Bolivia’s lithium belongs to the Bolivian people. Not to multinational corporate cabals.”

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Bolivia’s Evo Morales Steps Down: Reaction from Latin America and Beyond

Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

11 Nov 2019 – A round-up of international reactions to the news of the resignation of Latin America’s longest-serving leader.

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(Português) Queimadas na Bolívia Matam 2,3 Milhões de Animais

David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

27 de set 2019 – De acordo com informações da Agência France-Presse, os incêndios florestais que atingiram o leste da Bolívia já mataram mais de 2,3 milhões de animais silvestres. Entre as espécies atingidas estão onças-pintadas, pumas e lhamas. A mídia boliviana exibiu carcaças de animais carbonizados em florestas fumegantes.

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Bolivian Fires Are Threatening People and Wildlife–It’s Not Just Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest That’s Ablaze

Claire F.R. Wordley – The Conversation, 2 Sep 2019

23 Aug 2019 – Up to 800,000 hectares of the unique Chiquitano forest were burned to the ground in Bolivia between August 18 and August 23. That’s more forest than is usually destroyed across the country in two years. Experts say that it will take at least two centuries to repair the ecological damage done by the fires, while at least 500 species are said to be at risk from the flames.

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UN: Bolivia’s Universal Healthcare Is ‘Model for the World’

teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

23 May 2019 – The U.N.’s World Health Organization praised Bolivia’s newly implemented universal health care system, known in the country as the Single Health System. The WHO pointed out that Bolivia’s leftist government has given generous funding and resources to health, ensuring free treatment for all.

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Latin America’s “Pink Tide” and the Challenge of Systemic Change: Bolivia

The Next System Project – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2017

7 Aug 2017 – In the late 1990s and the 2000s, Latin America experienced a “pink tide” of sorts, with a number of self-proclaimed socialist governments coming to power. By 2010, leftist governments were in power in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, with Peru joining the ranks in 2011. We asked three analysts to describe some of the institutional innovations implemented in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador during this time, and to reflect on the relationship between organized citizenry and the state in these transitions in order to elicit lessons learned.

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(Castellano) Bolivia celebrará jornada de poesía a favor de la paz en el mundo

teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2016

El Movimiento Poético Mundial espera organizar actividades similares en 24 países de América latina.

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Bolivia Prepares Literacy Programs in 36 Indigenous Languages

teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2016

Since Evo Morales took office illiteracy has been reduced from 13.3 percent to 2.9 percent, the lowest rate in the history of Bolivia.

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Behind the Bolivia Miner [Fake] Cooperatives’ Protests and the killing of the Bolivian Vice-Minister

Stansfield Smith | Dissident Voice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2016

The Bolivian cooperatives’ protests and their August 25 killing of the Bolivian Vice-Minister of the Interior requires us to question our assumptions about cooperatives. What are the Bolivian mining cooperatives? Regardless of their initial intentions, cooperatives existing in a surrounding capitalist environment must compete in business practices or go under. The Bolivian mining cooperatives themselves underwent this process, and have become businesses whose owners hire labor.

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October 9, 1967: Che Guevara Is Executed in Bolivia

Richard Kreitner – The Nation, 12 Oct 2015

Che Guevara was executed by the Bolivian army on this day in 1967. When his self-selected executioner hesitated before firing, Guevara allegedly spat at him and shouted: “Shoot me, you coward! You are only going to kill a man!”

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Bolivia: Mediators Are Formed In Culture of Peace

Henry A. Aira Gutiérrez, Correo del Sur - Culture of Peace News Network, 3 Aug 2015

July 22, 2015 – Culture of peace and conflict resolution are new phrases that Bolivians can use to avoid going to court. With the implementation of the new moral codes as of August 6, it is also the expression of the mediators, whose job is to reduce the caseload in the courts for civil and commercial matters.

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Bolivia: 15 Years after the Cochabamba Water Revolt, Echoes in New Cases of Corporate Abuse

Philippa de Boissière, Upside Down World – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2015

27 Apr 2015 – Fifteen years ago this month the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia were victorious in their now-famous showdown with one of the most powerful multinational corporations in the world, in what has come to be known as the Cochabamba Water Revolt. Fast forward to South America 2015.

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U.S. Blocked Declaration of a Right to Health Care, Says Bolivia’s President

Eric Zuesse – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2015

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has blamed U.S. President Barack Obama for the failure of the recent Organization of American States Summit of the Americas to issue a final declaration, and he says that a major sticking point was Obama’s opposition to a provision that health care is “a human right.”

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Bolivia Declares Israel ‘Terrorist State’, Scraps Visa Exemption Agreement

Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Aug 2014

South America Takes Moral Leadership Away From the Immoral West: 30 Jul 2014 – Bolivia has declared Israel to be a “terrorist state” and renounced a visa exemption agreement with the country in protest over the ongoing Israeli military offense in Gaza which already killed more than 1,300 dead and left over 7,000 wounded.

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(Castellano) Bolivia es declarada territorio libre de analfabetismo por la Unesco

TeleSur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jul 2014

La nación suramericana alcanzó esta meta tras la aplicación del método Yo Sí Puedo, diseñado por Cuba y empleado en naciones como Venezuela, que fue declarada libre de analfabetismo en 2005.

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Bolivia Makes Child Labor Legal from Age 10

The Associated Press – Al Jazeera America, 21 Jul 2014

Child labor has been common in a nation that ranks as one of the poorest in the Americas.

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(Castellano) Evo Morales Promulgó Ley de Control de Armas en Bolivia

TeleSur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2013

El presidente de Bolivia, Evo Morales, promulgó una Ley para el control de armas en Bolivia, a través de la cual se busca regular el porte y tenencia de armas de fuego por parte de civiles y militares en ese país suramericano. La norma establece un nuevo tipo penal que es el tráfico ilícito de armas, que tendrá una pena de hasta 30 años de cárcel según quien lo efectúe, en este caso miembros de las Fuerzas Armadas y la Policía.

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Forcing Down the Bolivian President’s Plane Was an Act of Piracy

John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jul 2013

Imagine the aircraft of the President of France being forced down in Latin America on “suspicion” that it was carrying a political refugee to safety – and not just any refugee but someone who has provided the people of the world with proof of criminal activity on an epic scale.

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(Castellano) Bolivia Ha Reducido 60 Veces la Brecha Entre Ricos y Pobres Desde 2006

Agencia Boliviana de Información – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2013

El ministro de Economía y Finanzas Públicas de Bolivia, Luis Arce, informó este jueves [14 feb 2013] que durante los gobiernos neoliberales, el 10 por ciento más rico de la población boliviana generaba alrededor de 95 veces más dinero que el 10 por ciento más pobre. Hoy esa brecha se acortó a 36 veces, son 60 veces que se ha reducido la brecha entre los más ricos y los más pobres”, aseveró Arce. “Nuestras políticas fructificaron para que nuestros hermanos del campo abandonen la extrema pobreza”, enfatizó.

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Bolivia Reducing 60 Times the Gap between Rich and Poor Since 2006

Agencia Boliviana de Información-AB I – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2013

The Bolivian Minister of Economics and Public Finances, Luis Arce reported yesterday [14 Feb 2013] that during the previous neoliberal governments the richest 10% of the population generated around 95 times more income than the poorest 10%. “Today this gap has narrowed with the richest now earning 36 times more than the poorest. The gap between the richest and poorest has narrowed by 60,” he said. “Our policies have resulted in our rural brothers getting out of extreme poverty,” he stressed.

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Bolivia Nationalizes Electricity Companies in Hopes of Improving Rural Access

Jacob Chamberlain – Common Dreams, 7 Jan 2013

Bolivia President Evo Morales has nationalized two electricity distribution companies owned by Spanish utility company Iberdrola in the latest of several industry nationalizations since Morales took office, which has included oil, mining, telecommunications, and energy generation companies.

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(Castellano) Evo Morales Nombra a Sean Penn “Embajador de Causas Nobles de Bolivia”

TeleSur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2012

“El Presidente le ha pedido (…) que lleve nuestras reivindicaciones, nuestra propuesta de retorno al mar a los distintos escenarios, en los que podamos avanzar de manera significativa en el contexto internacional”, señaló el ministro de la Presidencia.

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‘End of Capitalism’: Bolivia to Expel Coca-Cola

Russia Today – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2012

In a symbolic rejection of US capitalism, Bolivia announced it will expel the Coca-Cola Company from the country at the end of the Mayan calendar. “December 21 of 2012 will be the end of egoism and division, it should be the end of Coca-Cola,” Bolivian foreign minister David Choquehuanca decreed. Last year, Bolivia became the second Latin American country not to have a single McDonald’s.

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Bolivia Pushes Back Against Swiss Commodities Giant Glencore

Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero - CorpWatch, 30 Jul 2012

Glencore corporation, the secretive Swiss commodities giant which has become one of the world’s biggest traders of grain, oil and minerals, has hit an unlikely roadblock: On June 22 [2012], the Bolivian government seized the company’s Colquiri tin and zinc mine. Colquiri was the third Glencore operation to be nationalized by Bolivia in the last five years.

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Bolivia Has Transformed Itself by Ignoring the Washington Consensus

Luis Hernández Navarro – The Guardian, 26 Mar 2012

In the past six years, Bolivia has become one of the Latin American countries most successful at improving its citizens’ standard of living. Economic indicators such as low unemployment and decreased poverty, as well as better public healthcare and education, are outstanding.

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McDonald’s Goes Belly Up in Bolivia

Pravda – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2012

McDonald’s leaves Bolivia healthier forever! It is the first Latin-American country that will remain without any McDonald’s, and the first country in the world where the company has to close because it persists in having their numbers in the red for over a decade.

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Bolivia: New Food Policy to Boost Small-Scale Farms

Franz Chávez – Inter-Press Service IPS, 25 Jul 2011

In the midst of heated debate with agribusiness, the Bolivian government has launched an agricultural production model aimed at boosting food sovereignty by supporting small farmers, in order to generate surpluses to cushion the swings in international food prices.

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The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia’s Historic Bill

Nick Buxton – Yes! Magazine, 2 May 2011

A new law expected to pass in Bolivia mandates a fundamental ecological reorientation of the nation’s economy and society.

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Bolivia Enshrines Natural World’s Rights with Equal Status for Mother Earth

John Vidal in La Paz – The Guardian, 18 Apr 2011

Bolivia is set to pass the world’s first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country’s rich mineral deposits as “blessings” and is expected to lead to radical new conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry.

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Governing by Obeying the People: Bolivia’s Politics of the Street

Benjamin Dangl – Toward Freedom, 28 Feb 2011

From across North Africa to Wisconsin, activists are navigating a new terrain of global protest and relationships with their governments. Whether in ousting old tyrants or dealing with new allies in office, the example of Bolivia holds many lessons for social movements. An illustrative dynamic is now unfolding in this Andean country where the movements hold sway over the government palace, and the leftist President Evo Morales says he “governs by obeying the people.” But sometimes the people don’t give him any other choice.

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Bolivia Formally Recognizes Palestine as Independent State

DPA – Haaretz, 27 Dec 2010

Bolivia has formally recognized Palestine as an independent and sovereign state within the 1967 borders, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Wednesday [22 Dec 2010]. Reports last week indicated that such a decision was imminent.

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Bolivia: Cancun Deal is Hollow and False – Its Cost Will Be Measured in Human Lives

Plurinational State of Bolivia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2010

A so-called victory for multilateralism is really a victory for the rich nations who bullied and cajoled other nations into accepting a deal on their terms. The richest nations offered us nothing new in terms of emission reductions or financing, and instead sought at every stage to backtrack on existing commitments, and include every loophole possible to reduce their obligation to act. While developing nations – those that face the worst consequences of climate change – pleaded for ambition, we were instead offered the “realism” of empty gestures. Proposals by powerful countries like the US were sacrosanct, while ours were disposable.

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Bolivia: ‘Never Before Have We Seen Such Changes’

Green Left Weekly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2010

Alina Canaviri Sullcani is a Bolivian indigenous peasant now visiting Australia. Canaviri is active in Santa Cruz as a leader of the National Federation of Indigenous Peasant Women of Bolivia “Bartolina Sisa” and the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party led by President Evo Morales. She spoke at the Latin America solidarity conference in Melbourne over October 8-9, 2010. Green Left Weekly’s Federico Fuentes spoke to Canaviri on the process of change in Bolivia being led by Morales, the country’s first president from the indigenous majority.

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From Rebellion to Reform: Bolivia’s Reconstituted Neoliberalism

Jeffery R. Webber – International Socialist Review, 20 Sep 2010

In various Latin American countries, leftists greeted the victory of Morales in Bolivia as an unequivocal advance toward socialism. Atilio Borón, a well-known Argentine intellectual, suggested that Bolivians had just elected “a President committed to the construction of a socialist future for his country.” For Mexican radical Ana Esther Ceceña, the continuation of the Morales–García Linera administration for an additional four years signified an opportunity to “deepen a creative pathway which does not repeat the exhausted roads of developmentalism,” but rather “invents fresh pathways” toward the “conceptualization and construction of no-capitalism.” She asks, rhetorically: “Will Bolivia be the example which offers the key for beginning that new era of humanity, the era of living well [vivir bien] in no-capitalism?”

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United Nations Emits Report of “Harmony with Nature” Bolivia’s Initiative

Pía Figueroa – Pressenza International Press Agency, 6 Sep 2010

“The present technological era has meant an impoverishment of the relationship of human beings with nature”. This is one of the conclusions of the report “Harmony with Nature” that United Nations General Secretary will present to the General Assembly as a Bolivian initiative, that counts with the sponsorship of other 61 countries.

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Bolivia Throws Down Gauntlet, Demands Real Climate Action

Max Ajl – Truthout, 10 May 2010

Is this feasible? Probably, yes. But even if it proves impossible, at least someone is trying, even if they are dreamers. At least the future of the earth is on some leaders’ agendas. At least the future of the earth is on some people’s agenda. The Cochabamba Conference, impelled by a globalized and surging social movement demanding a livable Earth, has thrown down the gauntlet. Hopefully, we will pick it up before gun turrets stud our electrified steel frontier with Mexico, to be built circa 2030 when the Mexican agricultural system collapses under heat stress. That is the world of the future: a dead world of walls. I’m with Morales and Pachamama.

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Bolivia’s Fight for Survival Can Help Save Democracy Too

Naomi Klein – The Guardian, 26 Apr 2010

The people’s summit to tackle climate change is a radical, transformative response to the failure of the Copenhagen club.

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Message to Bolivia: Nature’s Rights Are Also Human Rights

Eduardo Galeano – Znet, 26 Apr 2010

Message of the author of the Open Veins of Latin America to participants of the First World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba from April 19 to 22, as an alternative to the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.

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(Castellano) Cumbre Sobre Cambio Climático en Bolivia Supera Nivel Previsto de Participación

TeleSur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Apr 2010

A la localidad de Tiquipaya, a 15 kilómetros de Cochabamba, han arribado delegaciones compuestas por unas 22 mil personas procedentes de 92 países para participar en la Conferencia.

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BOLIVIA CREATES A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR CLIMATE TALKS THAT FAILED AT COPENHAGEN

Pablo Solón - The Guardian, 26 Mar 2010

Bolivia will host an international meeting on climate change next month because it is not prepared to ‘betray its people.’In the aftermath of the Copenhagen climate conference, those who defended the widely condemned outcome tended to talk about it as a "step in the right direction". This was always a tendentious argument, given that tackling […]

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BOLIVIA, A BEACON OF HOPE

Matt Kennard – The Guardian, 9 Mar 2010

The inspiring example of Evo Morales’s Bolivian government. There’s a game I’ve been playing recently. Any time I read the news and get depressed about the parlous state of our world, I type "Bolivia" into Google news and wait for the results. It’s really all you need to brighten up your day. In the last […]

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BOLIVIA LEADER CALLS ALTERNATIVE CLIMATE MEETING

AP – New York Times, 9 Jan 2010

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales said Tuesday [5 Jan 2010] he’s inviting activists, scientists and government officials from around the world to an alternative climate conference following the failure of a summit in Copenhagen to produce binding agreements. The leftist leader said the April 20-22 meeting in Cochabamba will include indigenous […]

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BOLIVIA: REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE

The Guardian – Editorial, Dec 8 2009, 10 Dec 2009

President Evo Morales won a stunning victory in Bolivia yesterday, taking 63% of the popular vote and guiding his party to win control of congress. Bolivia’s first indigenous president has won the biggest popular mandate in recent memory, destroying three political parties that rotated the presidency between them for the last two decades. In doing […]

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BOLIVIA RE-INVENTS DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN THE LEAD

Judy Rebick - Rabble, 18 Nov 2009

On December 6, Bolivia will hold a general election where Evo Morales, the first Indigenous President in South America will no doubt be re-elected.  His party, the MAS,  has recently released an election programme that Susan Harvie has kindly summarized and translated.  Bolivia is reinventing democractic socialism.   They are in the process of creating […]

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BOLIVIA, THE NON-VIOLENT REVOLUTION

Gabriela Amaya, 21 Sep 2009

In this article, the author analyses some of the factors that establish the “Bolivian Process”, led by President Evo Morales, as a peaceful, non-violent humanist process. A new revolutionary constitution that extends rights to more Bolivian citizens at home and abroad and Morales’ response to conflictive situation corroborate this assessment.When Evo Morales announced his support […]

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(PORTUGUESE) BOLÍVIA: UNIVERSIDADE INDÍGENA SERÁ INAUGURADA NO PRÓXIMO SÁBADO

Prensa Latina, 10 Apr 2009

Chimoré (Cochabamba) 10/Abril/09 – Segundo o diário Los Tiempos outros centros desse tipo estão sendo construídos nos povoados de Warisata (La Paz) e em Machareti (Chuquisaca). Aguilar explicou à estatal Rádio Pátria Nova que a cerimônia central se realizará em Chimoré mas que as universidades de Warisata e Macharetí estarão unidas em uma teleconferência. Segundo […]

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BOLIVIA SETS NEW GLOBAL HIGH MARK FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

Sara Miller Llana - Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Jan 2009

A new constitution approved handily Sunday also risks dividing the nation.      Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales, easily won his campaign for a new constitution Sunday – promising vast new powers to the country’s indigenous majority and bolstering his political clout.     Critics say Mr. Morales is dangerously dividing the nation and merely following […]

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Full Moon Over Bolivia

Johan Galtung, 17 Nov 2008

La Paz-Santa Cruz 17/Nov/08 A full moon illuminates the mountains, the altiplano, and that vertical capital La Paz, as well as the plains around Santa Cruz, center of the four (of nine) departments of the medialuna, half moon shaped, part demanding autonomía from La Paz, and for municipalities. Deep polarization and serious violence. Why? History, […]

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REFOUNDING BOLIVIA: MORALES CALLS FOR VOTE ON A NEW DEMOCRATIC CONSTITUTION

Raul Burbano, 17 Oct 2008

Bolivian President Evo Morales has called for a national referendum on the country’s new draft constitution on December 7. The demand of the Bolivian people for a new and socially, politically and economically inclusive constitution is at the heart of the present political upheaval in that country. Right-wing forces representing the country’s traditional ruling oligarchy […]

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The Destabilization of Bolivia and the “Kosovo Option”

Michel Chossudovsky, 30 Sep 2008

The secession of Bolivia’s Eastern provinces is part of a US sponsored covert operation, coordinated out of the US State Department, in liaison with US intelligence. The death squads armed with automatic weapons responsible for killing supporters of Evo Morales in El Porvenir are supported covertly by the US. According to one report, "USAID has […]

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The Rule of Law Must Finally Evolve into the Rule of Justice

Alfred de Zayas | CounterPunch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jan 2022

14 Jan 2022 – Many politicians, academics, media pundits are wont of invoking the “rule of law”, a “rules-based international order”, “values diplomacy,” etc.  But what do all these benevolent-sounding slogans actually mean in practice?  Who makes the rules, who interprets them, who enforces them?  What transparency and accountability accompany these noble pledges?

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How Can Some Progressives Get Basic Information about Nicaragua so Wrong?

John Perry and Rick Sterling – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2021

On 7 Nov Nicaragua held elections in which current president Daniel Ortega received 75% support. Not surprisingly, the US government described the election as a “sham.” Of more concern is that many on the left seem to agree.

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U.S. Cold War Interventionism, 1945-1990

Roger Peace | US Foreign Policy - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2021

The idea that the United States should lead the world, replacing the British Empire, had been advanced by various U.S. leaders and influential citizens since the late 19th century. This ambition was in keeping with age-old aspirations of great states and empires, and also with the trajectory of U.S. history. The U.S. expanded across North America in the 19th century, became an imperial power in Asia in 1899, declared Latin America an exclusive sphere of influence in the early 20th century, and became the foremost global economic power prior to the First World War.

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Florida’s Republican Governor Awards Medal of Freedom to Che Guevara’s Assassin

Michael Stephen Smith | CovertAction Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

6 Oct 2021 – After Rodriguez ordered Che be shot, his hands were chopped off and shipped to Langley, but not before he stole the Rolex from Che’s corpse that was meant for the son of one of his compatriots in Bolivia.

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Jesus, Judas and Che Guevara

Prof. Johan Galtung - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2021

Che Guevara, of the Bolivia diaries and the brilliant movie based on them, was assassinated by the CIA on 9 Oct 1967. In an interview in the early 60s he conveyed to this author his disappointment that his respected Fidel privileged Soviet support against a US attack, and the Soviets wanted raw sugar in return for their industrial goods.

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The Fall of the U.S. Empire–And Then What?

Prof. Johan Galtung - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2021

An empire is a transborder Center-Periphery system in macro-space and macro-time with a culture legitimizing a structure of unequal exchange between center and periphery: economically, exploiters/exploited as inequity; militarily, killers/victims as enforcement; politically, dominators/dominated as repression; culturally, alienators/alienated as conditioning. Empires have different profiles.

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(Castellano) Evangélicos: El nuevo reino terrenal de la ultraderecha en América Latina

César G. Calero | CETRI - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2021

31 ago 2021 -La derecha latinoamericana ha visto en el auge evangélico una oportunidad para captar votantes en un nicho social que nunca han conseguido : los pobres.

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Brazil: Struggles of the Roofless

Mario Sergio Conti interviews Guilherme Boulos | New Left Review - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

Jul/Aug 2021 – With Lula currently holding an overwhelming lead in opinion polls for the 2022 presidential election, the stakes are high. Latin America has started to roll back the gains of the right of recent years. Could his return to power make the region a beacon of non-conformity once again? Guilherme Boulos—coordinator of Brazil’s Sem Teto and PSOL presidential candidate—speaks to Mario Sergio Conti about the political crisis, bairro psychoanalysis, and the politics of impeachment.

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Toward Global Solidarity: A Politics of Impossibility

Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Aug 2021

14 Aug 2021 – This post is my stimulus essay for a Forum sponsored by Great Transition Initiative, a project of the Tellus Institute, dedicated to the exploration of humane and ecologically resonant adjustments to the challenges and threats posed by the onset of the Anthropocentric Age.

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(Français) Mise à Jour Sur la Culture de la Guerre

David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Aug 2021

Il ne semble pas probable que l’avancée de la démocratie et de la conscience anti-guerre puisse renverser l’empire américain et sa culture de guerre, mais comme son prédécesseur, l’empire soviétique, finira par s’effondrer à cause de ses propres contradictions. Et à ce point lá, le développement de la démocratie et de la conscience anti-guerre sera essentiel si on peut faire un changement radical dans la gouvernance mondiale, une ONU basée directement sur le peuple et promouvant une culture de paix.

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Corporate Courts vs. the Environment

Nick Dearden | Al Jazeera - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Aug 2021

2 Aug 2021 – Corporate courts were invented to protect the West’s control of the world against decolonisation. They are now undermining attempts to halt climate change. Italy expects to be ordered to hand millions of dollars over to an oil exploration corporation, following the Italian government’s decision to ban such exploration off its coast.

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Culture of War Update

David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Aug 2021

1 Aug 2021 – It does not seem likely that the advance in democracy and anti-war consciousness can overthrow the American empire and its culture of war, but like its predecessor, the Soviet Empire, it will eventually collapse from its own contradictions. At that point, the development of democracy and anti-war consciousness will be essential if we are to make a radical change in global governance, a UN based directly on the people and promoting a culture of peace.

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Evo Morales Denounces New U.S.-led Operation Condor

Nan McCurdy and Nora McCurdy | CovertAction Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jul 2021

19 Jul 2021 – Operation Condor was a U.S.-directed secret intelligence program in the 1970s-’80s in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay, which resulted in the torture and “disappearance” of thousands of people. Plan follows precedent of state-sponsored assassination campaign targeting leftists.

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Biden’s Failure to End Trump’s War on Cuba Is Threatening Lives

Danny Glover | The Nation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

29 Jun 2021 – Imagine a country developing and producing Covid-19 vaccines enough to cover its entire population, but being unable to inoculate everyone because of a syringe shortage. Cuba has already vaccinated about 2 of its 11 million people, and hopes to have 70 percent of the population vaccinated by August. Yet, because of the 60-year US embargo the country is facing a shortage of millions of syringes. Biden promised to return to Obama’s policies of engagement with Cuba, but the embargo and other Trump-era restrictions remain in place.

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Assange Turns 50 in Jail–A Reminder of a Western Democracy Paradox He Exposed: Non-Freedom Gives a Sense of Freedom

Slavoj Žižek | RT - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

3 Jul 2021 – Today, WikiLeaks co-founder Assange is celebrating his 50th birthday, being held at the Belmarsh maximum-security prison in London as Washington seeks his extradition to the US, where he could be jailed for up to 175 years if found guilty. That reminds us of the dark aspects of the ‘Land of the Free’ and most of Western democracies.

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Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (14 Jun 1928 – 9 Oct 1967)

Encyclopædia Britannica – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, theoretician and tactician of guerrilla warfare, prominent communist figure in the Cuban Revolution (1956–59), and guerrilla leader in South America, Guevara was a medical doctor specialized in leprosy. Traveling around South America, he observed conditions that spurred his revolt against poverty and capitalist exploitation, adopting Marxist ideology, theory and practices. He is revered by many as a martyred cultural hero, having become an iconic cult figure as a symbol of anti-imperialist struggles everywhere.

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US-Funded Belarusian Regime-Change Activist Arrested on Plane Joined Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Ben Norton | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

27 May 2021 – Belarusian regime-change activist Roman Protasevich, whose arrest on a grounded plane caused a global scandal, joined Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion and was cultivated by the US government’s media apparatus.

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Many Civilian Airplanes Hijacked by States before Lukashenko’s

Petri Krohn | Moon of Alabama – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

24 May 2021 – While the incident unfolded yesterday I amused myself with reading the know-nothing responses from several European prime ministers and officials.

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Manufacturing Consent for War: 70 Years of CIA Coups, Assassinations, False Flag Operations and Mass Murder

Jeremy Kuzmarov | CovertAction Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

21 May 2021 – A Review of Vijay Prashad’s book, Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations, with foreword by Evo Morales (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2020).

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U.S. and Its Allies Try to Split the World in Two

Eric Zuesse - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

17 May 2021 – The USA’s response to the increasing economic success of China and other nations that until recent decades were impoverished former colonies is to organize its own allies–especially the English-speaking countries–to become a totally separate global economic trading and military alliance standing against that “third world”–and thereby force all non-aligned nations to have to either choose to be allied with the United States or else.

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Earth Democracy: Recognising the Rights of Nature, Respecting Human Rights

Prof. Vandana Shiva | Jivad – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Apr 2021

21 Apr 2021 – Earth Democracy is a world view, paradigm and practice that is based on the recognition that everything is interconnected, the Earth Is Living, the Earth has rights, that we have duties to care for the Earth , and regenerate her soil, seeds and biodiversity, her water and food systems. Our rights flow like a spring from our duties.

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(Français) Le néo-colonialisme, la suprématie blanche et le défi de la Chine

Franklin Frederick | Investig'Action - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

12 Avr 2021 – Un récent article de l’Atlantic Council, influent think tank occidental, fait une référence sans détour à la guerre froide pour définir la politique à mener à l’égard de la Chine. Franklin Frederick remonte pour nous les racines de ce cercle d’influence. Elles prennent leur source dans une idéologie raciste et réactionnaire qui fait consensus auprès de l’élite impérialiste.

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Antiquities, Monuments, Statues, Heritage Sites and Colonial Legacy versus Divergent Cultures, Philosophies, Ethnic Nationalism and Religious Beliefs

Prof. Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Apr 2021

1 Apr 2021 – A Global Dilemma between Preservation of the Past and the Destruction of Human History – The bottom line is that the oppressed must not transform themselves into the oppressors.  This philosophy was espoused by the first democratically elected President Nelson Mandela of South Africa in 1994, in a bloodless transformation of power from the previous oppressive white minority government.

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U.S. Joins “Rules-Based World” on Afghanistan

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Mar 2021

The U.S.A. asked the United Nations to lead peace negotiations for Afghanistan. Could U.S. leaders finally be opening a door to the “rules-based world” of the UN and international law, which they claim to uphold but in practice routinely ignore and violate?

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Capital, Science, Technology

Raúl Delgado Wise and Mateo Crossa Niell | Monthly Review - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

1 Mar 2021 – The Development of Productive Forces in Contemporary Capitalism – How capitalism has become a parasitic entity with an essentially rentier and speculative function. Underlying this is an institutional framework that favors the private appropriation and the concentration of the products of general intellect.

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#R2P Propaganda for US War in Ethiopia Reaches Anarchists and Black Lives Matter

Ann Garrison | Black Star News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

Shortly after the 13 Mar 2021 Black Alliance for Peace webinar on the Horn of Africa, I came across a radio broadcast featuring “Anarchists from the Horn of Africa.” They were presenting the rebellion of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front as the struggle of a grassroots movement for autonomy being violently put down by the Ethiopian central government with the help of neighboring Eritrea.

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What Does an Ecological Civilization Look Like?

Jeremy Lent | YES! Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Mar 2021

Unless we move from a civilization based on wealth accumulation to a life-affirming, ecological civilization, we will continue accelerating toward global catastrophe. A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia—yet communities everywhere are already creating it.

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