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The introduction from a non officially approved version of what happened in Bolivia by Jeff Mackler and Lazaro Monteverde writing for Counterpunch:

“On Sunday, October 20 Evo Morales was re-elected president of Bolivia with 46.85 per cent of the vote against his nearest competitor, Carlos Mesa, who received 36.74 percent. In anticipation of a Morales victory the U.S. corporate media launched a fake news disinformation barrage nine days earlier aimed at discrediting the result and setting the stage for a well-orchestrated fascist-led coup. Presented to the world as a popular democratic revolution against a dictator, the coup was led by fascist groups in alliance with Bolivia’s defecting police and army. The relentless media watchdog, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), aptly reported: “The New York Times’ editorial (11/11/19) accused Morales of “brazenly abusing the power and institutions put in his care by the electorate. The Washington Post (11/11/19) alleged that ‘a majority of Bolivians wanted [Morales] to leave office’ –a claim for which they provided no evidence – while asserting that he had ‘grown increasingly autocratic’ and that ‘his downfall was his insatiable appetite for power.’ The Wall Street Journal (11/11/19) argued that Morales ‘is a victim of his own efforts to steal another election,’ saying that Morales ‘has rigged the rules time and again to stay in power.’” FAIR’s corporate media accounting goes on to list several major media outlets in the country that dutifully sang the same song. Not a single major daily challenged these baseless accusations. These “manufacturing consent” specialists were unanimous in denouncing Morales and his re-election long before the votes were tallied. The Bolivian coup was conceived as a relatively quiet U.S.-supported regime change endeavor in comparison to the overt and monstrous full court failed coup that U.S. imperialism conducted against the Venezuelan government of Nicholas Maduro several months earlier.

     On November 10, twenty-one days after his election victory Morales, in the name of “peace” and to avoid “violence and bloodshed,” resigned the presidency and fled to Mexico at the invitation of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. On November 22 Morales told a New York Times reporter in Mexico that the coup leaders had placed a $50,000 “wanted dead or alive” price tag on his capture. Mexico’s air force jet sent for the rescue operation arrived via a circuitous route including a stop in Paraguay after several nations – including U.S.-allied Peru and Ecuador – denied flyover or refueling rights. Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who greeted Morales upon his arrival, denounced the coup as well as the concerted interference with Mexico’s effort to retrieve Morales. No doubt the U.S.-backed coup makers had informed their allies of Morales’s departure plans, while evaluating the merits and demerits of arresting, if not murdering him by the still-undeclared formal coup leaders.”

Funny, this coup seem to just come and go.  The overthrow of democratically elected government not really a big deal.  As to the reasons why, I would assume that Morales was not big business friendly enough and thus, regime change was the way to go.

Contrast this with Pinochet coup and bloody dictatorship, that was open for business, and deemed quite acceptable by the major Western powers.

This is the world we live in, and the majority of people don’t even have the slightest clue about the depth of treachery and malfeasance being carried out in their name.

Elected by and abiding by the will of the people. Obama should try it sometime.

Bolivia once again is beginning to assert itself as a independent national entity.  More importantly, a democratic entity that actually resembles a democracy.

From Al-Jazeera:

“Evo Morales, the Bolivian president, signed a decree authorising the nationalisation at the offices of one of the companies in the city of Cochabamba on Saturday, hours after police had moved in to secure them.

“We are here to nationalise all the hydroelectric plants that were owned by the state before, to comply with the new constitution of the Bolivian state,” Morales said.”

Taking back what once belonged to the people, for the benefit of the people.  What a unique idea!

“Basic services can not be a private business. We are recovering the energy, the light, for all Bolivians.”

Thank you Mr.Morales, thank you for stating the obvious.  The wave of privatization and the idea that private ownership is the best only way for a nation to function has engulfed North America presently needs examples to show that the private ownership model is not a one size fits all solution.

“This is essentially what Morales, the Bolivian president, was elected on,” Alex Van Schaick, a Bolivia analyst, told Al Jazeera.

A government doing what it promised to do….*cough*…yes we can… *hack* hope and change; others should try that.

“It is the state’s obligation to compensate investors for their assets, we made an effort to reach an agreement with the private, multinational companies, but they were unwilling to reach an accord,” he said.

Several companies have launched legal action over the compensation they were offered as part of the nationalisation.”

Essentially, “how dare they take away my golden egg laying goose?”  I would be surprised if there was not a tooth and nail dragged out process of wresting Bolivia’s energy sector away from the robber barons who infested the country circa 1994.

Bolivia is doing it right.  Running its country for the people, as a opposed to the wealthy elites.  Bravo!

I look southward and see the swirling Health Care debate in the United Stated and (still) marvel at the public system we have set up here in Canada.  Yet, the Alberta Tories seem to think that Health Care is a bad thing.  I quote from David Eggen’s Op-Ed from the Edmonton Journal:

[…] As it happens, health expenditures in relation to gross domestic product in Alberta have stayed at between five and seven per cent for the last 15 years. We continue to compare favourably to other jurisdictions. The Canadian average is about 10 per cent, France and Switzerland are at about 11 per cent and the United States is at 15 per cent. To me, this sounds pretty sustainable.

This helps to reveal the real agenda behind Liepert’s and Duckett’s draconian actions. It is not about “saving medicare” or responding to the recession. People don’t stop getting sick when the economy is weak.

The Alberta government’s real plan is to destabilize our health-care system so it can implement private, for-profit experiments to “fix” medicare. They are purposefully breaking the health-care system so they can hire private contractors to repair it at inflated prices. […]”

Eggen is right on the money when it comes to the model of first breaking the public system, and then rebuilding it with private contractors reaping the profits.  They tried that in Bolivia; it did not work out so well.

The problem here is the Zombie Electorate which would happily vote a frakking can of beans into office as long as it represented the Progressive Conservatives.

If you would like a non governmental view of what is going on with the Health Care system in Alberta check out the Friends of Medicare Web page.

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