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  • Leader of Mexico's brutal Zetas drug cartel captured

    07/15/2013 7:46:43 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    NBC.com ^ | 07.15.13
    Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel, has been captured in the first major blow against an organized crime leader by a Mexican administration struggling to drive down persistently high levels of violence, a U.S. federal official confirmed.
  • Snowden case: France apologises in Bolivia plane row

    07/04/2013 3:32:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 3, 2013 | BBC News
    France has apologised to Bolivia for refusing to allow President Evo Morales' jet into its airspace, blaming "conflicting information". Bolivia accused France, Italy, Spain and Portugal of blocking the plane. It said some wrongly believed US fugitive Edward Snowden was on board. Speaking in Berlin, French President Francois Hollande said he granted permission as soon as he knew it was Mr Morales' plane. President Morales was flying back to Bolivia from Moscow when the plane was forced to stop in Vienna.
  • Bolivia vs. Europe over Snowden-linked plane delay

    07/03/2013 4:53:58 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 3, 2013 | ANGELA CHARLTON
    Bolivia's president left Europe for home on Wednesday in a flurry of diplomatic drama after his flight was rerouted and delayed in Austria, allegedly because of suspicion he was trying to spirit NSA leaker Edward Snowden to Latin America. Bolivia accused the United States of ordering European countries to block President Evo Morales' flight from their airspace, and accused European governments of "aggression" by thwarting the flight.
  • Bolivian minister: Evo Morales’ plane rerouted on suspicion Snowden on board

    07/02/2013 4:05:58 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 62 replies
    wapo ^ | 7/2/13 | ap
    LA PAZ, Bolivia — The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, the country’s foreign minister said. Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the plane, which landed in Vienna, and said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane. “We don’t know who invented this lie. We want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President...
  • Bolivian minister: Evo Morales’ plane rerouted on suspicion Snowden on board

    07/02/2013 4:09:13 PM PDT · by mylife · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/2/13 | Associated Press,
    LA PAZ, Bolivia — The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, the country’s foreign minister said.
  • Fugitive Alberto Morales shot, killed near Grapevine Lake

    02/16/2013 6:22:06 AM PST · by ken in texas · 45 replies
    WFAA TV Web site ^ | Feb 16 2013 | JASON WHITELY
    GRAPEVINE — After an intensive four-day manhunt, fugitive Alberto Morales was shot and killed near Grapevine Lake late Friday night, according to Grapevine police. Morales — considered armed and extremely dangerous — had been at large after stabbing a Miami-Dade County detective with a pair of eyeglasses Monday night as he was in transit to Las Vegas for a trial.The violent escape happened in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Grapevine.
  • Report: Miami-Dade officer stabbed in Texas

    02/12/2013 8:03:38 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | February 12, 2013
    <p>A Miami-Dade police officer was stabbed in the back and in the chest outside Dallas, Texas while transporting a prisoner back to Las Vegas, Dallas television station CBS 11 is reporting.</p> <p>A manhunt for the escaped prisoner is taking place.</p>
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • Bolivia: Morales says victory ‘deepens democracy’

    08/11/2008 11:42:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 134+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 8/11/2008 | Naomi Mapstone in La Paz
    Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president, has claimed a reinvigorated mandate for constitutional reform after a partial count of Sunday’s recall referendum showed he had won more than 60 per cent of a national vote of confidence in his government. The president is expected to move swiftly to seek approval for a draft constitution that would redistribute wealth from the hydrocarbons industry, intro­duce land reform and open his way to run for a second term. Addressing supporters from the balcony of the presidential palace on Sunday, Mr Morales said the vote had “deepened democracy”. “We are convinced that it is important to...
  • Bolivians attack Venezuelan army plane with stones

    12/06/2007 7:30:11 PM PST · by The Bronze Titan · 9 replies · 58+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6 Dec 2007 22:35:28 GMT | Reuters
    LA PAZ, Dec 6 (Reuters) - In a violent show of anti-Venezuela sentiment, a crowd of about 200 Bolivians hurled stones at a Venezuelan military plane and prevented it from refueling after it landed on Thursday, local radio reported. After hearing the incoming plane, the mob seized control of the airport in the Amazonian city of Riberalta and attacked the aircraft. Regional leaders had said they suspected it was carrying arms and not humanitarian supplies, according to the radio reports. "We won't put up with these Venezuelans who come to the country and do whatever they want. We won't let...
  • UNASUR decides to establish South American Parliament in Bolivia[Union of South American Nations]

    10/20/2008 11:52:41 AM PDT · by BGHater · 132+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 17 Oct 2008 | Xinhua
    The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) decided at a meeting on Friday to set up a South American Parliament in Bolivia to promote the bloc's integration. Chilean President Michele Bachelet, also the UNASUR's temporary president, and Bolivian President Evo Morales opened the meeting in Bolivia's Cochabamba province which drew representatives from 12 countries in the region. "There are many tasks that the UNASUR is urged to accomplish, as part of the Latin American and Caribbean efforts," Bachelet said. Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia said that UNASUR members consider it necessary to promote the construction of the institutionalism and the...
  • Bolivia Becoming a Hotbed of Islamic Extremism, Report Concludes

    06/16/2009 10:31:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 450+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | June 16, 2009 | Nora Zimmett
    A poor, agrarian, landlocked country in South America with a nearly 100 percent Christian population is hardly the place one would expect to become a hotbed of Islamic extremism in the Western Hemisphere. But a recent report by the Open Source Center (OSC) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence says it's so. .... One Muslim leader named in the OSC report is Mahmud Amer Abusharar, founder of the Centro Islamico Boliviano (CIB) in Santa Cruz. Abusharar emigrated from the Palestinian territories in 1974 and claims to have built Bolivia’s first mosque in 1994 so that he would...
  • Bolivia blames capitalism (for climate change - UN needs to approve the rights of Mother Earth)

    12/10/2010 1:25:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies · 3+ views
    Daily News ^ | 12/11/10
    Bolivia blames capitalism Mexico: Bolivian President Evo Morales said capitalism was responsible for climate change in his speech at the Climate Change Summit Thursday and he insisted on the need for the developed countries to make new commitments to reduce their greenhouse effect gas emissions. “We are sometimes debating only the effects of global warming, and not the causes, and we should be responsible and debate those causes,” said the Bolivian President in the high level segment of the 16th Climatic Change Summit in Cancun. Morales recalled the responsibility of the Governments so that key decisions are adopted to face...
  • Bolivia cuts retirement age, nationalizes pensions

    12/03/2010 9:28:25 PM PST · by Cardhu · 14 replies
    Business Week via AP ^ | December 3rd 2010, | CARLOS VALDEZ
    LA PAZ, Bolivia Bucking a global trend, leftist-led Bolivia is lowering its retirement age and nationalizing its pension funds. Bolivia's Congress approved legislation early Friday to make Bolivians eligible for full pensions at age 58. The country's 70,000 miners will get to retire two years earlier. The previous retirement age was 65 for men and 60 for women. Bolivia's decision to lower its retirement age runs counter to a global trend to raise retirement ages as life expectancies rise, birth rates drop and national treasuries come under strain from pension obligations. France raised its minimum retirement age to 62 last...
  • President Tells Pope How to Reform Church (No, not that president)

    06/16/2010 10:00:21 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 2 replies · 230+ views
    TFP ^ | 6/10/2010 | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    A rather unexpected voice just joined the chorus of the liberal media outcry over sex scandals among some Catholic clergymen: none other than Evo Morales, Bolivia’s socialist and neopagan president. A Neopagan Socialist... Indeed, Mr. Morales, leader of the Movement to Socialism, figured he should teach the Pope how things in the Church ought to be run. For those who may not know, he was inaugurated President of Bolivia in 2006 using indigenous pagan rituals.1 The Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos, of Cochabamba (6/20/2006), described the ceremony: “Evo Morales assumed political power with a spectacular display of religious rituals alluding to...
  • Bolivia nationalizes 4 power companies

    05/02/2010 12:45:35 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 362+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/1/2010
    Bolivian President Evo Morales announced a workers' day takeover of four power companies on Saturday, expanding the state's dominion over key industries. Morales signed the nationalization decree at offices of one of the companies in the central city of Cochabamba hours after police and soldiers moved in to secure them. The companies include Bolivia's largest power producer, Empresa Electrica Guaracachi SA, which is controlled by Rurelec PLC of Britain, as well as Empresa Corani SA, a hydroelectric company operated by GDF Suez, which itself is partly owned by the French government. Also nationalized were the Valle Hermoso company, operated by...
  • Bolivian President Morales flees food price protest [w/dynamite]

    02/13/2011 3:10:40 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 30 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 12 February 2011
    Bolivian President Evo Morales has abandoned a public event in the face of an angry protests over food shortages and price rises. Mr Morales was due to address a parade to commemorate a colonial-era uprising in the mining city of Oruro. But he and his team left the city to avoid a violent demonstration by miners throwing dynamite.There have also been protests in other Bolivian cities over the shortage of sugar and other basic foodstuffs.Mr Morales cut short his visit and returned to La Paz after protesters set off explosions close to where he was preparing to give a speech...
  • Heads of Canadian alien smuggling organization sentenced

    05/10/2010 12:42:29 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 420+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | May 6, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Heads of Canadian alien smuggling organization sentenced BURLINGTON, Vt. - On May 3, Jose Manuel Galdamez-Serrano, 56, Norvin Gonzalez-Morales, 29, Ruben Damas-Hernandez, 31, and Emmanuel Antonio Galdamez, 27, of Montreal, Quebec, were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Burlington following their guilty pleas to alien smuggling offenses. The defendants were extradited to the United States from Canada to face the charges contained in the indictment. Chief U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced Jose Manual Galdamez-Serrano to 60 months imprisonment and three years of probation following his guilty plea to one count...
  • Russia offers Venezuela nuclear help, Chavez says

    04/03/2010 2:08:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 696+ views
    (AP) via YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 04.03.10, 07:01 / Israel News | n/a
    <p>Atomic energy was one of many areas of cooperation discussed as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made his first visit to the South American country.</p>
  • Chavez, Morales, Mugabe lash out at Copenhagen

    12/16/2009 10:19:11 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 874+ views
    AFP ^ | December 17, 2009
    Firebrand leaders Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Robert Mugabe turned up the heat at the UN climate talks, dumping the blame for global warming squarely at the feet of capitalism. Mr Chavez, the President of Venezuela, was one of the first world leaders to take the podium at the venue of the Copenhagen talks. He seized the occasion to characterise newly-minted Nobel Peace laureate US President Barack Obama as a warmonger. "I don't think Obama is here yet," said Mr Chavez. "He got the Nobel Peace Prize almost the same day as he sent 30,000 soldiers to kill innocent people...
  • THE GIANT NO ONE SEES: RED REVOLUTION COMES TO "GREEN GIANT" BRAZIL

    11/03/2009 1:23:40 AM PST · by Cindy · 35 replies · 2,706+ views
    INATODAY.com - INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANALYSIS TODAY ^ | November 3, 2009 | Toby Westerman
    SNIPPET: "Lula and Chavez have established a "strategic relationship," and recently agreed upon a joint Brazilian-Venezuelan oil venture worth billions of dollars. Lula and Chavez have joined with Daniel Ortega, the returned Nicaraguan Marxist dictator, to form an anti-U.S. Latin American military alliance - all with Russian assistance - funded by the region's abundant oil reserves. Brazil is engaged in its own arms build-up and Lula is determined that Brazil will become at least a first-rate regional power. Unfortunately, Lula is establishing Brazil as an anti-American military power by aligning with nations hostile or potentially hostile to the U.S. Lula...
  • Rousseau in the Tropics

    07/22/2009 9:56:17 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 8 replies · 1,863+ views
    Conservative Underground ^ | 21 July 2009 | Ken Martin
    It's good, occasionally, to take a trip down memory lane. It helps to put things into perspective. Hugo Chavez ought never to have been elected president. By rights, he ought to be growing old in a jail cell somewhere. Well, it's been seventeen years, maybe he’d be in a half-way house by now. As an army officer in 1992, he led a military revolt against the legal, constitutional government of Venezuela, and attempted to overthrow the democratically elected president of the time, Carlos Andres Perez. He gambled that once the shooting started, the minister of defense and the rest of...
  • Alleged Assassination Plot Roils Bolivian Politics

    04/18/2009 6:25:31 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 6 replies · 481+ views
    WSJ ^ | Apr 18, 2009 | By ANTONIO REGALADO and DAVID LUHNOW
    Mystery deepened on Friday surrounding the breakup of a suspected assassination plot against Bolivian president Evo Morales that left three dead, as opposition leaders cast doubt on the government's story and said it was using the plot to influence coming elections. The hazy details of what happened on Thursday, in accounts by Bolivian authorities, seem lifted from the pages of a Hollywood script. An alleged plot against the president and other top officials was broken up by an elite police squad. Three men were killed in their underwear after a half-hour shootout at a hotel. Allegedly among the dead were...
  • Alleged Assassination Plot Roils Bolivian Politics Opposition Leaders Charge Setup

    04/18/2009 7:26:34 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 4 replies · 484+ views
    WSJ ^ | 4/18/09 | ANTONIO REGALADO and DAVID LUHNOW
    Mystery deepened on Friday surrounding the breakup of a suspected assassination plot against Bolivian president Evo Morales that left three dead, as opposition leaders cast doubt on the government's story and said it was using the plot to influence coming elections... An alleged plot against the president and other top officials was broken up by an elite police squad. Three men were killed in their underwear after a half-hour shootout at a hotel... The dead are believed to be 49-year-old Eduardo Rózsa Flores, Santa Cruz-born son of a Hungarian father and Bolivian mother; Árpád Magyarosi, a Romanian-born Hungarian; and Michael...
  • Bolivia passes land from rich to poor

    03/14/2009 8:53:04 PM PDT · by coloradan · 24 replies · 1,242+ views
    Reuters / Yahoo ^ | March 14 2009 | Reuters
    LA PAZ (Reuters) – Emboldened by a new leftist constitution, Bolivia President Evo Morales on Saturday handed over ownership of farmland seized by the state from wealthy estate holders to poor indigenous people. Morales handed out around 94,000 acres of lands recently confiscated from five big ranches in Bolivia's wealthy eastern lowlands, a stronghold of his conservative political opponents. The ranchers have been accused of employing workers in conditions of semi-slavery. [...] "It is not that these lands were not in production, but that they were the site of human rights violations against the Guarani, who will now be their...
  • Bolivia Orders US Diplomat to Go (Expels 2nd Diplomat for ‘Conspiracy’)

    03/09/2009 4:48:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 284+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 9 March 2009
    Bolivian President Evo Morales has ordered the expulsion of a US diplomat he accused last week of colluding with opposition groups in recent unrest. He said Francisco Martinez, a political officer at the US embassy in La Paz, had links to groups involved in violent opposition protests. President Morales ordered the US ambassador to leave the country six months ago over similar allegations. The US government has denied the latest allegations as baseless. Since his election in 2006, Bolivia's first indigenous president, a leftist who came to national prominence as a leader of the country's coca farmers, has frequently accused...
  • Bolivia halts US anti-drugs work

    11/02/2008 12:33:02 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 10 replies · 543+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/1/08
    President Evo Morales has announced he is suspending "indefinitely" the operations of the US Drug Enforcement Administration in Bolivia.Mr Morales accused the agency of having encouraged anti-government protests in the country in September. He did not say whether its staff would be asked to leave the country, as coca- growers have been pressing him to do. Bolivia's first indigenous president once served as the leader of the country's union of coca-growers.
  • Will Obama Help Hugo Chavez Spread Marxism? (FReep this Digg!!!)

    11/02/2008 8:28:51 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 530+ views
    Digg ^ | November 2, 2008
    FReep this Digg!!! If you haven't already, go to Digg, set up and account, vote for this article by clicking on the Digg icon (thus ensuring that libtards can't vote it down and bury it), and then feel free to post endless articles and video exposing ObamaNation on Digg yourself. Let's keep it up until election day!!! FREEP THE VOTE!!!
  • Latin leftists gloating over 'Comrade' Bush's bailout

    10/24/2008 7:57:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 540+ views
    McClatchy via The Kansas City Star ^ | 2008-10-24 | Tyler Bridges
    CARACAS, Venezuela — They don't call him President Bush in Venezuela anymore. Now he's known as "Comrade." With the Bush administration's Treasury Department resorting to government bailout after government bailout to keep the U.S. economy afloat, leftist governments and their political allies in Latin America are having a field day, gloating one day and taunting Bush the next for adopting the types of interventionist government policies that he's long condemned.
  • Top Obama Campaign Member Met With Ahmadinejad in New York Tonight

    09/24/2008 7:42:49 PM PDT · by kristinn · 143 replies · 8,163+ views
    Wednesday, September 24, 2008 | Kristinn
    <p>A founding member of the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois met in New York City tonight with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.</p> <p>Jodie Evans, who co-hosted Obama's first major fundraiser in Hollywood in February 2007 just after Obama announced his candidacy and is a top fundraiser and donor to Obama's campaign, led a delegation of leftist anti-American groups that held a private meeting near the United Nations. The stated purpose of the meeting was to "serve as an opening for diplomatic resolution" to prevent war between Iran and the United States.</p>
  • How Do You Say "Axis of Evil" in Spanish?

    09/18/2008 11:27:50 PM PDT · by GoingBacktoCali · 8 replies · 265+ views
    The Neocon Latina ^ | 9/19/08 | GoingBacktoCali
    We are all now very familiar with the aptly-named triple threat posed by Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. But there's another gathering storm closer to home and the media only feigns interest. Cuba's old news. And Venezuela's rants against colonialism and America have reached the level of parody. But recently Bolivia has stepped up and is trying to play with the big boys.
  • Crisis In Bolivia-- 30 Dead As Marxist Evo Morales Attempts Power Grab

    09/14/2008 9:01:45 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 7 replies · 244+ views
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | 09/15/2008 | self
    Marxist President Evo Morales, a Chavez lackey and supporter of the Iranian regime, blamed opposition activists for killing government supporters this weekend. --Opposition leaders said the Marxist fighters were armed and intended to start fighting in the region. Here is AMAZING Footage of fighting at the airport in the city of Cobija this weekend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF9e32_rqcU . . Former Bolivian Congressman and political dissident Jose Brechner sent this report on the crisis earlier today: The socialist government of president Evo Morales centralized all the financial resources of the state and doesn´t want to give back the taxes from oil revenues to...
  • Tehran, La Paz natural allies: Ahmadinejad tells Morales

    09/01/2008 5:29:15 PM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies · 339+ views
    AFP ^ | Sep 1, 2008 | Farhad Pouladi
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes the V for 'victory' sign as he waits for the arrival of his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales in Tehran. Ahmadinejad told Bolivia's visiting Morales on Monday their two nations are natural allies and would boost energy ties, state media reported. (AFP/Atta Kenare) TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Bolivia's visiting left-wing President Evo Morales on Monday their two nations are natural allies and would boost energy ties, state media reported. "The two revolutionary nations and the governments of Iran and Bolivia are natural allies and will boost their relations in the fields of...
  • Caracas flight stoned in Bolivia

    12/11/2007 11:02:11 AM PST · by river rat · 5 replies · 607+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Martin Arostegui
    CARACAS, Venezuela — A mysterious Venezuelan air force flight came under attack from vigilantes when it touched down last week at an airfield in northern Bolivia amid fears that the transport plane was delivering weapons. Suspicions were only deepened when officials confirmed that a Venezuelan banking official on board the flight had been carrying a briefcase stuffed with $160,000 in cash. The airfield, at Riberalta, is located near a Bolivian uranium-mining area, adding to long-standing suspicions that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is trying to purchase uranium from his Latin American neighbor for transshipment to Iran.
  • Boston Musician killed after SUV slams into his taxi cab

    05/29/2007 4:57:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies · 479+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2007
    BOSTON (AP) - A Somerville man who was allegedly fleeing police when he crashed his car into a taxi -- killing a passenger in the cab -- is due in court today on a number of charges. Prosecutors say Javier Morales being chased by state police early Sunday morning when the SUV collided with the taxi. Killed was 23-year-old Paul Farris of Medford. The Tufts University grad was the lead singer in a Boston-based rock band and was planning to attend law school. Farris' girlfriend and the cab driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. The charges against the 29-year-old...
  • Quirky relations: In Latin America, church still influences state

    02/01/2007 3:29:47 PM PST · by siunevada · 4 replies · 199+ views
    Ctholic News Service ^ | January 31, 2007 | Barbara J. Fraser
    LIMA, Peru (CNS) -- When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told Archbishop Roberto Luckert Leon recently that he would "see him in hell," he was fanning the coals of an ongoing war of words with Catholic leaders. And when Bolivian President Evo Morales' government picked a fight with that country's bishops shortly after his inauguration, he seemed to be biting the hand that had helped the country's grass-roots movement put a president in power. But while some of the region's political leaders appear to be trying to distance themselves from the institution that has been a political as well as a...
  • Opposition walk out of Morales' speech (Evo gave a four-and-a-half-hour speech.. Nature calls? No.)

    01/22/2007 7:03:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 327+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/07 | Alvara Zuazo - ap
    LA PAZ, Bolivia - Opposition lawmakers marched out of Congress in protest Monday during a four-and-a-half-hour speech by Evo Morales marking his first year in office as South America's first indigenous president. In Monday's address, Morales recalled being expelled from Congress in 2002 on charges he'd incited violence as leader of Bolivia's coca growers' union, a post he still holds. He slyly called Sen. Luis Vasquez, who was president of the House when it voted to expel him, "my best campaign manager." Deputies of Vasquez's party, the main opposition group Podemos, then got up and filed out in silence. Their...
  • Chavez warns of US-backed coup plot in Bolivia

    10/10/2006 6:11:44 PM PDT · by mylife · 40 replies · 620+ views
    Chavez warns of US-backed coup plot in Bolivia Press Trust of India Caracas (Venezuela), October 10, 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned of a US-backed plot to topple his close ally, Bolivian leader Evo Morales. The US government "is not going to give Evo a honeymoon. A destabilising plan is already under way to impede Evo from governing," Chavez said in a televised speech on Monday. "First to impede him from governing so that the Bolivian people will become disenchanted," Chavez said. "And later, to topple him." The Venezuelan leader has suggested previously that Washington was linked to moves to...
  • Morales blasts Bolivia's high court as colonial relic

    10/05/2006 10:49:04 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 6 replies · 526+ views
    Agencia EFE ^ | 5 Oct 2006 | Staff
    La Paz, Oct 5 (EFE).- President Evo Morales said Thursday that Bolivia's Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the extent of the mandate of the Constituent Assembly and denounced the tribunal as a "nasty aftertaste of the colonial state." He commented in Bolivia's official capital, the southern city of Sucre, after meeting there with assembly delegates from his Movement Toward Socialism, or MAS.
  • Bolivian opposition raises doubts over military accord with Venezuela

    09/28/2006 7:32:50 PM PDT · by Colorado Doug · 13 replies · 466+ views
    Herald Tribune AMERICAS ^ | September 28, 2006 | Alvaro Zuazo
    LA PAZ, Bolivia A vaguely worded military pact between President Evo Morales' government and Venezuela ran into resistance Thursday in the opposition-controlled Senate. The accord, presented May 26 during a visit by President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, would bring armed forces under the two leftist administrations closer together and have Venezuela help Bolivia construct a military base in the northern city of Riberalta and a river port on its border with Brazil. "Disarm who? Control of what forces? It could mean anything — whatever you want is in there," Carlos Borth, senator from the conservative opposition party Podemos, told the...
  • Clintonwatch: In the Mud with Morales

    09/23/2006 7:04:04 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 10 replies · 695+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 23 Sept 2006 | Editorial
    Geopolitics: Radical chic is thriving in the whirl of parties at the United Nations these days, and no one is being courted more solicitously as one of the downtrodden than Evo Morales of Bolivia. You remember "radical chic," don't you? The 1960s and 1970s phenomenon, described by Tom Wolfe in his "Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak-Catchers" tells how New York's glitterati threw black-tie parties to court supposedly "real" revolutionaries — like Black Panthers, Puerto Rican separatists or Indian liberationists — in a bid to feel "authentic." It's been a long time, but radical chic isn't dead. Which explains why...
  • Bolivia's Evo Morales Defends Coca Cultivation and Use Before the UN (Translation)

    09/20/2006 1:42:25 PM PDT · by StJacques · 34 replies · 2,819+ views
    elmundo.com.bo ^ | September 20, 2006 | El Mundo - Bolivia ( translated by self )
    Evo Morales takes the coca leaf to the UN and defends it After unexpectedly wielding a green coca leaf in his right hand, Bolivian President Evo Morales demonstrated Tuesday before world leaders one of the many injustices which he came to raise before the United Nations. Before the initial surprise and reserved applause immediately afterwards, Morales said that to criminalize the coca leaf was an "historic injustice." "This leaf represents the Andean culture, the environment and the hope of the people," said Morales, who before being President was the leader of the Bolivian coca growers. "It is not possible...
  • Struggle for land in Bolivia (author takes surprising stance)

    09/14/2006 2:53:21 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 463+ views
    BBC ^ | September 14, 2006
    As Bolivian President Evo Morales tries to implement a controversial "agrarian revolution", the BBC's Damian Kahya visits the east of the country to talk to both settlers and landowners. Settler building a house (Photo: Amy de Wit) The settlers say they will not give up and are still building houses Land is a cause of conflict now in Bolivia. A recent survey by the Catholic Church here found that just 50,000 families own almost 90% of Bolivia's productive land. Evo Morales, the country's first indigenous president, was elected earlier this year on a platform promising to redistribute land. Few...
  • Explosive Turn In Bolivia

    09/10/2006 12:20:56 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 5 replies · 397+ views
    Publius Pundit ^ | 9 Sept 2006 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    Bolivia is on fire. The fiery democratic revolutionary babes of Santa Cruz are no more. Now, it’s angry citizens of The Media Luna - four provinces, led by Santa Cruz, fighting to the last man against the brutal expansionary communism of Evo Morales’ Bolivia. This is going well beyond peaceful demonstrations to the first stages of insurgency and maybe war. Revolutionary war. They are fighting tyranny. They’re fighting with axes, fists, and cudgels, in an action that began with a general strike Friday in four provinces against Morales’ effort to rewrite the constitution to maximize his own power. Attendence was...
  • Ex-Bolivia President: US Won't Clarify His Missile Scandal Role

    08/17/2006 5:58:10 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 273+ views
    Excerpt - LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP)--Bolivia's former president says Washington is refusing to clarify that he had nothing to do with the secret removal of anti-aircraft missiles to U.S. soil - an incident that has him facing treason charges under Bolivia's new leftist government. "They ought not to be leaving us hanging," said Eduardo Rodriguez, a former Supreme Court chief who stepped in as caretaker president last year after two Bolivian leaders were ousted by street protests. He organized December elections won by the radical leftist Evo Morales, a remarkably strife-free process for such a polarized nation. Twenty-eight Chinese-made shoulder-fired...
  • Changes in Bolivia create growing concern for U.S.

    07/29/2006 8:08:05 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 4 replies · 529+ views
    MySanAntonio.com ^ | 07/29/2006 | Rebeca Chapa
    COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — The sun sets golden on the small town of Anzaldo, deep in the Bolivian countryside. On a recent evening, Lolita Antezana took a 90-minute taxi ride from Cochabamba to Anzaldo, her freshly purchased table and 10 chairs lashed atop the roof. With its dusty streets, quiet tenor and predictable routines, the town has always been her home. At 79, Antezana said she's "too old to get involved in politics." But even she finds herself excited about Bolivia's new president, Evo Morales. She saw him on television, playing soccer with some kids in La Paz, a decidedly unpresidential...
  • Bolivia's Morales says Catholic Church leaders behaving like 'Inquisition'

    07/27/2006 6:35:33 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 17 replies · 2,753+ views
    AP ^ | 26 July 2006 | AP
    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - President Evo Morales said yesterday that members of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy are behaving as if they were in "the times of the Inquisition" as he defended his government's plan to remove Catholicism as the sole religion taught in schools. His comments came a day after Education Minister Felix Patzi referred to Catholic "monsignors" as "liars" and said they have been serving the oligarchy for the 514 years since Spain colonised the country. "I want to ask the (church) hierarchies that they understand freedom of religion and beliefs in our country," Morales told reporters....
  • Bolivia education minister calls for ban (of Catholic Education)

    07/11/2006 5:30:43 PM PDT · by The Cuban · 16 replies · 740+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | July 10, 2005 | ALVARO ZUAZO
    LA PAZ, Bolivia - Bolivia's education minister called for an end to religious education in the country's schools, drawing criticism from the Roman Catholic Church which could see its schools affected by the proposed change. Education Minister Feliz Patzi said at an assembly on education reform that the government aims to make education secular in Bolivia, where Catholicism has been the official religion since the country's founding in 1825. "Secular means that there is no monopoly on religious teaching," Patzi said. "Secular means that there is no indoctrination." Reforms drafted by the education assembly in Sucre, about 335 miles south...
  • Chavez Influence Dominates Vote in Bolivia

    06/29/2006 10:30:00 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 242+ views
    Al-Guardian ^ | June 29, 2006 | FRANK BAJAK and FIONA SMITH
    CURAHUARA DE CARANGAS, Bolivia (AP) - ... Being Aymara Indians like Evo Morales, South America's first truly indigenous leader, they might be expected to line up squarely behind him. Yet they, like many Bolivians, have their doubts, fearing they are being led into a dangerous alliance with Cuba and Venezuela. They worry about Morales' effort to make his ``people's revolution'' permanent, beginning with elections Sunday for a national assembly to rewrite Bolivia's constitution. Jaime Perez, a powerful Aymara leader, takes issue with Morales' alignment with ``the socialist politics of Cuba'' and with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who strengthened his own...
  • Bolivia says workshop front for US spies (Morales Alert)

    06/23/2006 9:54:33 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 7 replies · 512+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Fri Jun 23, 2006 | Frank Bajak
    LA PAZ, Bolivia - Students attending a conflict resolution course in this politically tumultuous Andean nation got some unexpected extracurricular experience when Bolivia's leftist government accused the program's sponsor of being a front for U.S. spies.