REDD uses poor nations for carbon offsets so corporations in rich countries can continue polluting. Now, without a U.S. ambassador, there is less conspiracy, and more political stability and social stability.”, And in reference to the IMF and World Bank, which had served to force Bolivia to divert funds away from social welfare programs, he added “Without the International Monetary Fund, we are better off economically.”. The realisation that nothing that even ‘Black Gold’ can buy can satisfy our need to be whole is the key. Chinese investment bad, US investment good!! I believe the author of this article must be one of Evo asskissers! Had other governments achieved such incredible economic success, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund would be shouting about it from the rooftops. Otherwise, telling Bolivian people that they have no right to a highway or to extract gas to fund social programs (as some NGOs demanded), means telling Bolivians they have no right to develop their economy or fight poverty.”. Before Evo became president, 5% of property owners owned 70% of the arable land. And bang on cue, the trolls arrive! The Spaniards extracted one billion ounces of silver from Potosi using slave labour methods that differed little from Belgian atrocities, and of course that is only one element of the exploitation. The country’s radio, television, and online media routinely offers indigenous cultural content. I am pleased to have expelled the U.S. ambassador, the Drug Enforcement Administration and to have closed the U.S. military base in Bolivia. This was achieved by both massive public investment and redistribution of wealth. Unlike the Guardian we are NOT funded by Bill & Melinda Gates, or any other NGO or government. US Ambassador Greenlee wrote in a cable, in January 2006, just months after Morales’ election, “U.S. Yet Washington increases the military budget this year by $80 billion, an amount that could make public college free. He asked, “why have media outlets, seemingly so concerned about Bolivia’s environment, failed to investigate what might be the steepest reduction in greenhouse gas emission per capita of any country in the world?”. in Latin America’s Radical Left  (2014) pp. The United States needs to get serious about defending the island nation—here’s how. On the 2017 anniversary, mobilizations around the country backed the Process of Change and rejected the previous year’s vote. Our Bitcoin JTR code is: 1JR1whUa3G24wXpDyqMKpieckMGGW2u2VX. Evo won in 2005 with 53.7% of the vote, followed by re-elections in 2009 with 64.2% and 2014 with 61.3%. Over the first week of her tenure Jeanine Anez, the self-proclaimed interim president of Bolivia, has managed to nullify many of the achievements made by the government of ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales during the 13 years of his presidency. Right after Evo’s inauguration, the US ambassador made it clear to him that funding by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and IMF depended on his “good behavior,” [vii] that is: back off nationalizing Bolivia’s petroleum resources. After a mass literacy campaign that used Cuba’s YES I CAN program, 850,000 were educated and by 2008 Bolivia was declared free of illiteracy. A central challenge facing Latin American governments is overcoming this dependency on raw material exports to a world market controlled by Western powers. Decrecimiento The Water War saw massive popular protests in response to the government’s attempt to sell off the public water works for the city of Cochabamba, substantially raising people’s water bills. It is the very act of the consumption of the self that diminishes, fragments and atomises us. Until this occurs, activists in rich nations have no right to tell Bolivians what they can and cannot do to satisfy the basic needs of their people. He was elected on the back of some of the most inspiring mobilisations against corporate globalisation, in particular the famous ‘water wars’ through which corporate giant Bechtel was kicked out of Bolivia after a disastrous privatisation of the water system in the city of Cochabamba in the year 2000. Reflecting on the historic significance of the changes underway in Bolivia, Morales declared: “We are the indigenous blood of Mother Earth. Est-ce qu’il y a eu un Coup d’état en Bolivie ? What we are consuming as a community is nothing but our misplaced and misrecognised selves: as a ‘lifestyle’ compulsion. The Bolivian government planned to build a highway — actually to widen, pave and connect two roads with a 20-40 mile new connector — going through the TIPNIS. Even the World Bank has recognized the country as world champion in income growth for the poorest 40% of its population. When Morales rejected these “orders,” including naming government ministers and military leaders without seeking prior US embassy consent, Washington began financing Bolivian opposition groups seeking to overthrow the indigenous government.