Posts Tagged ‘Bolivia’

Hugo Chávez Frías: Onwards towards a Communal State! On the anniversary of Caracazo, February 27

March 1, 2010

By President Hugo Chávez Frías, Axis of, Feb 28, 2010


Zamora lives, the fight continues,” is the motto brought to life by our people. There could not be a better occasion for the enactment of the Organic Law of the Federal Council of Government than the unveiling of the statue of the Peoples General Ezequiel Zamora in the El Calvario Park, Caracas downtown. We were accompanied by representatives of Community Councils from all around country and the legislative power.

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Evo’s New Cabinet: Ten Men, Ten Women

January 30, 2010, Saturday 23 January 2010

by: EFE  |  Los Tiempos (Bolivia)


President Evo Morales

On Saturday, January 23, Bolivian President Evo Morales kicked off his second term as leader of the country by announcing the appointment of his new Cabinet. Morales has replaced more than half of the ministers from his previous administration, and brought gender parity to his new team by apportioning exactly half of the ministerial positions to women.

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Neoliberalism and the Dynamics of Capitalist Development in Latin America

November 19, 2009
By James Petras and Henry Veltmeyer. Axis of Logic, Nov 19, 2009

Editor’s Note: All those interested in the political, economic and social directions being taken by the people and governments of Latin American states will do well to invest time in reading this treatise by James Petras and Henry Veltmeyer. Those who think they understand the future of the left on the continent may be surprised by what is happening in countries ranging from right wing governments such as Colombia to leftist states like Venezuela after reading this document. Time and energy given to building socialism and combatting the Global Corporate Empire everywhere in the world will be informed by neo-capitalist movements across Latin America. This analysis deserves careful study.

– Les Blough, Editor

An analysis of the dynamics of capitalist development over the last two decades has been overshadowed by an all too prevalent “globalization” discourse. It appears that much of the Left has bought into this discourse, tacitly accepting globalization as an irresistible fact and that in many ways it is progressive, needing only for the corporate agenda to be derailed and an abandonment of neoliberalism. This is certainly the case in Latin America where the Left has focused its concern almost exclusively on the bankruptcy of “neoliberalism”, with reference to the agenda pursued and a package of policy reforms implemented by virtually every government in the region by the dint of ideology if not the demands of the global capital or political opportunism. In this concern, imperialism and capitalism per se, as opposed to neoliberalism, have been pushed off the agenda, and as a result, excepting Chavéz’s Bolivarian Revolution, the project of building socialism has virtually disappeared as an object of theory and practice.
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Venezuela cuts ties with Israel over Gaza attacks

January 15, 2009

Reuters, Jan 14, 2009

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela has cut ties with Israel in protest over its military offensive in the Gaza Strip, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Last week President Hugo Chavez expelled Israel’s ambassador from Venezuela over the attacks, which have sparked international condemnation.

“Venezuela … has definitively decided to break diplomatic ties with the state of Israel given the inhumane persecution of the Palestinian people carried out by the authorities of Israel,” said a statement read over state television.

Israel’s 20-day offensive, launched to halt rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas Islamist militants, has killed more than 1,000 Palestinians. A Palestinian rights group said 670 of those killed were civilians. Thirteen Israelis have been killed — three civilians hit by Hamas rocket fire and 10 soldiers.

Socialist Chavez is a harsh critic of both Israel and the United States and has called the Israeli offensive in Gaza a Palestinian “holocaust.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales, a close Chavez ally, on Wednesday also cut ties with Israel to the protest the attacks.

An envoy from Israel, which is under increasing pressure to negotiate a ceasefire, is scheduled to meet Egyptian mediators in Cairo on Thursday.

Chavez in 2006 threatened to break ties with Israel over its five-week war in Lebanon in a diplomatic spat that led both countries to withdraw their envoys.

(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

South American leaders back Morales

September 16, 2008
Al Jazeera, Sep 16, 2008
South American leaders announced the “full and firm support” for Morales [Reuters]

South American leaders at a crisis summit in Chile have issued a statement strongly supporting Evo Morales, the Bolivian president, and rejecting any break-up of Bolivian territory.

The meeting, where the statement was released late on Monday, was convened as an attempt to resolve the political turmoil in Bolivia that has left at least 18 people dead.

In the statement the presidents of nine South American countries expressed “their full and firm support for the constitutional government of President Evo Morales, whose mandate was ratified by a big majority”.

The statement was agreed by Morales and the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Cristina Kirchner, the president of Argentina, said after the six hours of talks that “the agreement was unanimous”.

Rebellious governors

The leaders also said they were looking at creating a committee to attend talks between Morales’s government and rebel governors in Bolivia’s east who oppose his rule and are seeking autonomy for their states.

They encouraged both sides to negotiate an end to Bolivia’s political crisis, which has disrupted natural gas supplies to Argentina and Brazil.

Morales accused his enemies at home of mounting a “civic coup” [AFP]

“After nine hours of debating, they came out with unrestricted supoport for the democratically elected government of Bolivia,” Lucia Newman, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Santiago, said.”Morales came out saying … this proved, finally, that Latin America recognises and is ready to defend its democratically elected leaders.”

At least 18 people died and 100 were wounded in Bolivia’s northern state of Pando last week after clashes broke out between government supporters and opponents.

The South American leaders condemned the deaths in Pando and called for a commission to investigate allegations many of the victims were pro-Morales peasants shot dead in an ambush.

Morales’ government has said it will charge the rebellious eastern governor with genocide for allegedly ordering the machine-gunning of peasants, a part of Bolivian society that strongly supports him.

Coup claim

On arrival in Santiago, Chile’s capital, Morales accused his enemies at home of mounting a “civic coup d’etat”.

The summit statement said the presidents “warn that our respective government energetically reject and will not recognise any situation that attempts a civil coup and the rupture of institutional order and which could compromise the territorial integrity of the Republic of Bolivia”.

“We hope opposition groups can understand this statement as being from all of South America, not just its presidents,” Morales said after the summit.

The violence in Bolivia has also sparked a diplomatic standoff between Bolivia and Venezuela on the one side, and the US on the other, with Morales and Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, expelling Washington’s ambassadors to their countries, accusing them of backing the opposition.

Washington responded by ordering the Bolivian and Venezuelan envoys to the US to leave.