Evo Morales, the now-Former President of Bolivia, arrived in Mexico today with his former-Vice President and announced, “my ideology remains unchanged despite the coup d’état, and the most important thing is that I am alive to continue the fight”. Despite what CNN, the Post, the Times, the Telegraph, and the BBC announced, evidence indicates that Morales is just the latest victim of the endless regime change operations in Latin America by the United States.
Re-elected in October by a healthy margin of 11%, cries afoul of election fraud immediately flooded news stations. 1 day after the October 20th election, the Organization of American States’ Electoral Observation Mission in Bolivia (OAS) released a press statement, urging the parliamentary body of Bolivia to respect the will of the people after expressing “…its deep concern and surprise at the drastic and hard-to-explain change in the trend of the preliminary results revealed after the closing of the polls”.
In what the OAS described as “an inexplicable change in trend,” the statement explains in conspiratorial terms the rather simple matter of how geographical regions can affect polling data.
In American elections, it’s typical for Republican candidates to take large early leads based on the common trend that rural voters and states with small populations tend to vote Republican. These states’ polling data is collected quickly while the data from large population centers, locations that tend to vote Democratic, takes longer to accumulate.
Take one look at President Evo Morales and you’ll see that his base takes a while to get to the polls.
Who is Evo Morales
The nation’s first president drawn from the indigenous Andean population, Morales is the party leader of the left-wing, socialism-aligned MAS-IPSP, indigenous political party founded in 1998. Originally elected in 2005, Morales and Bolivia have not had ambassadorial relations with the United States since 2009, perhaps because MAS is a Spanish acronym for “Movement Toward Socialism”.
While possessing different kinds of political and economic strands of thought, MAS focuses on empowering the vast numbers of indigenous people endemic to the Bolivian Amazon, and the Bolivian highlands.
Mark Weisbrot at the Center for Economic and Policy Research points out that it’s this change in geographical features — namely mountains and jungles, that accounts for the sudden shift in polling numbers.
“The OAS statement implies that there is something wrong with the vote count in Bolivia because later-reporting voting centers showed a different margin than earlier ones,” Weisbrot said. “But it provides absolutely no evidence — no statistics, numbers, or facts of any kind — to support this idea”.
“And in fact, a preliminary analysis of the voting data at all of the more than 34,000 voting tables — which is all publicly available and can be downloaded by anyone — shows no evidence of irregularity”.
Marco Rubio (R – FL), eternal enemy of non-aligned Latin American executive bodies, tweeted hours before the OAS statement was released that Morales failed to gather the necessary votes to avoid a second round of elections while simultaneously offering no evidence to support claims.
“Fully support the findings of the @OAS_official report recommending new elections in #Bolivia to ensure a truly democratic process representative of the people’s will,” writes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Alarmingly, 16 samples of audio evidence were allegedly leaked of the opposition party in Bolivia discussing a coup d’état while specifically mentioning U.S. support from senators Ted Cruz, Bob Menendez, and Marco Rubio as well as certain Bolivian right-wing and military elements that might offer assistance.
The audio files leaked by Bolivian radio station Erbol, also mention calls from opposition leaders to burn government party structures and to put together a general strike across the country, some actions that have actually happened as reported by Caitlin Johnstone from Consortium News and Mark Weisbrot.
Glenn Greenwald tweeted video footage of the President & Vice President of the Bolivian Election Court being imprisoned by masked gunmen.
Writer Max Blumenthal reports: “Right-wing Bolivian opposition mob burns the house of Evo Morales’s sister”.
Conflict of interest
In scientific research, authors have to declare conflicts of interest. For example, if a team of researchers funded entirely by Coca-Cola releases a paper about how Coca-Cola doesn’t cause obesity or diabetes, they must declare a conflict of interest.
Paying a visit to the OAS website, one could suggest they should also declare a conflict of interest. A supposed multilateral organization, from January 1st to September 30th they received $18 million from the United States, while the other 21 member states couldn’t even manage 250K between them. This doesn’t just include poor nations like Haiti, but nations with seriously productive mining sectors like Chile, or ones possessing tourism sectors, like Peru or Costa Rica, as big as anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.
Roughly 97.5% of OAS’ funding comes from the United States. When a supposed multilateral international governing body, or whatever OAS is supposed to be, promotes and then ignores violent and destabilizing acts of regime change in a country while simultaneously accepting huge amounts of money from those who would benefit from a change in power there, questions will naturally arise.
Real GDP in Bolivia has grown massively since Morales took office in 2006, and as a report from the Center of Economic Policy and Research points out, this has been done by breaking clear of IMF treaties, massively reorganizing the economy, making huge public investments into different economic sectors, attempting overall to reach a degree of economic sovereignty.
This isn’t just one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America, but the most successful economic period in Bolivia’s history. One possible reason for this outward US aggression is Bolivia’s ample lithium reserves which Evo Morales has long planned on nationalizing. This likely represents a desirable target for DC trade warriors attempting to compete with China in production of batteries for smartphones and electric cars.
Venezuela can relate
In 2002, certain civil associations that like OAS received huge contributions from the United States government attempted a coup d’état in Venezuela. President Hugo Chavez was kidnapped by the military and forced to write a resignation letter which he latter rescinded.
One of the civil associations was called Ciudadania Activa, founded by the same man who founded the Venezuelan political party, Popular Will, which spawned the current so-called “Interim President of Venezuela” Juan Guaido, who was a political nobody until the attempted coup in Caracas this April.
Documents from Wikileaks show that in 2004 Ciudadania Activa received $769,000 from USAID to monitor a referendum to recall President Chavez. The unclassified documents also reveal that half a million dollars were spent supporting opposition political parties and instructing them on how to operate effectively to challenge Chavez in the 2006 elections. Venezuela Analysis reports $2.3 million over 2 years was given to political opposition.
The United States sought to replace the Chavismo government of Nicolas Maduro (another leader with indigenous roots) with Guaido, who surrounded himself with ex-members of the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA which Maduro’s predecessor Chavez nationalized. In doing so he removed Exxon, Mobil, and Citgo from doing business with the company.
WaL reported on the vast conspiracy between the April 2019 Venezuela coup conspirators and American petroleum giants, who just like OAS and the opposition party in Bolivia, took advantage of misinformation campaigns regarding election results spread by western media and government outlets to attempt to seize power in the country.
Unlike Bolivia however, the Venezuela attempt failed, and Guaido was forced into exile as the United States paid the Maduro regime back in kind for foiling it with a complete economic embargo which the UN believes to have killed 40,000 people at this point from starvation and medical shortages.
Writing for Consortium News, Caitlin Johnstone describes the way in which the United States has persecuted what she describes as “unabsorbed governments,” in Latin America.
“The U.S.-centralized empire just keeps throwing coup attempts at unabsorbed governments until they stick. The coup in Venezuela failed in 2002 and again in 2019, but they’ll just keep attempting them until one takes hold”.
“A kickboxer throws strikes in combinations with the understanding that most attacks will miss or do minimal damage against a trained opponent, but eventually one will get through and score the knockout blow. Imperialist regime change agendas employ the same punches-in-bunches philosophy: just keep attacking and undermining at every possible turn, and eventually something will stick”.
Her analogy of a kickboxer is apropos and excellent since throughout the last 80 years there hasn’t been any sort of intermission between acts of United States regime change operations in Central and South America.
From the military dictatorship in Nicaragua installed in the 1930s, to supporting the overthrow of Brazilian president Joao Goulart in the 1960s, to aiding the usurpation of the democratically-elected Chilean leader Salvador Allende in the 1970s, to the many attempted CIA assassinations of former Cuban president Fidel Castro, it’s clear that anyone wishing to hold presidential office in Latin America has two choices, submit, or face the consequences. WaL
PICTURED ABOVE: Former-Bolivian President Evo Morales. Photo credit Sebastian Baryli. CC 2.0
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