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Bolivia Experiencing An Unprecedented Moment

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Bolivia Experiencing An Unprecedented Moment

Bolivia’s Plurinational Constitutional Court (TCP) ruled in favor of the indefinite re-election of national and subnational authorities on November 28, a decision which enables President Evo Morales to stand again in 2019.

LA PAZ.–The Plenary Chamber of the Plurinational Constitutional Court (TCP) ruled on November 28, in the city of Sucre, in favor of the indefinite re-election of national and subnational authorities. This enables President Evo Morales to be a candidate in the 2019 general elections, teleSUR reported.

The members of the TCP unanimously ruled that the right to run for office supersedes limits on re-election imposed by Bolivia’s constitution, citing the American Convention on Human Rights. Thus candidates who have already served two terms are now authorized for re-nomination for the general elections scheduled for the end of 2019, and the subnational, or regional elections to be held mid-2020, to elect the president, vice president, 154 legislators, nine governors, 339 mayors and 3,500 councilors, as reported by ABI.

The TCP approved an abstract judicial review request, filed September 18 by Nélida Sifuentes, Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) Senator, along with other government and opposition legislators.

In this regard, Bolivian President Evo Morales stated November 29 that the approval of the abstract review presented by MAS to allow the re-nomination of the country’s authorities guarantees the continuity of democracy, sovereignty and dignity, PL reported.

During a press conference at the Palace of Government, the President thanked social movements and the over 30 organizations which had presented their support for the appeal before the TCP ruling.

“This ruling is based on the constitution and international law, I appreciate so many spontaneous mobilizations,” noted Morales.

He recalled that the appeal for an abstract review requested that the TCP declare the unconstitutionality of five articles of the Electoral Law and the inapplicability of four other articles of the Political Constitution of the State regarding re-election limits in elections for the president, vice-president, governors, departmental assembly members, mayors and councilors.

“The Bolivian people are wise, they were not wrong and the national authorities will be able to run again in the 2019 elections to continue working for equality,” Morales stressed.

This request was one of the four routes approved by the MAS Congress on this issue, Morales also recalled on his Twitter account @evoespueblo.

“One of the constitutional means suggested by social movements last December has been recognized: we are authorized so that the vote of the people decides whether they give us their support for a new term. The Democratic and Cultural Revolution continues. Ever onward to victory!” the President tweeted.

The other options were: a reform of Article 168 of the Constitution, approved by the Plurinational Legislative Assembly and supported by at least 20% of the electorate; or by means of a law adopted in the Parliament by two thirds of members; while the third option was the possibility that the head of state resign six months before the end of his term, which concludes January 22, 2020, to present his candidacy for new elections.

The Bolivian leader also highlighted the profound changes made during the last decade in the country, which went from last to first in terms of economic growth in South America.

“What is happening in Bolivia is unprecedented,” the President recalled during an act held in the central department of Cochabamba.

He also stressed that the changes in the country are the result of the struggle and unity of the people.

When we arrived to government in 2006, Bolivia was the slowest growing economy in South America, and the penultimate in Latin America, however, international organizations have reiterated that this year we will be the fastest growing economy in South America, Evo noted.

The President highlighted the successes of the economic model following the nationalization of natural resources and strategic companies.

In 20 years of neoliberalism (1985-2005) the Gross Domestic Product rose from five to nine billion dollars, however, in the last decade it reached 36 billion, he emphasized.

Morales also referred to the 4th Gas Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, held last week in the city of Santa Cruz, with the participation of representatives of 18 nations and major international companies.

“Just imagine, the biggest gas producers come to Bolivia to debate the policies to guarantee energy for the world,” he said, as quoted by PL.

Four Effects of the Blockade Against Venezuela – INTERNATIONAL

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Misión Verdad
Translated by Tortilla Con Sal

No doubt remains that the blockade of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is intended to deepen the sabotage of the Venezuelan people’s social and economic life.

1. Funds frozen for the import of insulin

Ever since President Trump’s decree towards the end of this year, the Venezuelan State has confronted various difficulties trying to import medicines and foodstuffs not produced domestically. The financial blockade directly affects routine international payments for goods and services.

The Venezuelan government has repeatedly denounced this. On September 7th, President Nicolás Maduro denounced in the National Constituent Assembly the hold up in an international port of a cargo of over 300,000 doses of insulin, thanks to the “Donald Trump-Julio Borges pact”

President Maduro explained that the US-based Citibank financial institution refused to receive the money Venezuela was depositing to pay for the importation of this huge cargo of insulin for diabetic patients. As a result the insulin shipment was held up for many days in port. President Maduro explained that, “Even though we have the money to pay, they do not accept it”.

“Starting this week, I hold Trump and Borges responsible for the blockade of medicines,” President Maduro said, referring to the requests during 2017 from the leader of the Justice First party for these boycott measures .

2. Colombia’s blockade of malaria medicine

On November 3rd, Vice President Tareck El Aissami, denounced that Venezuela had purchased in Colombia a shipment of Primaquin, an anti-malaria medicine, but “Once the the laboratory (BSN Medical) knew the final destination was the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s Health Ministry, it arbitrarily blocked the dispatch of this medicine on the orders of Colombia’s President”.

President Madro confirmed this saying, “When we already had the money to buy the medicines and went to pay for them, the Colombian government forbade the sale of these anti-malaria medicines to te Venezuelan people. We will purchase them elsewhere, people in Venezuela will not lack the medicines to combat these diseases.”

In fact, the Primaquin and other medicines for chronic illnesses had to be purchased in India.

3. Suspension of funds for buying food

One year ago, Freddy Bernal, Secretary General of the Local Production and Supply Committees (CLAPs) denounced that, already back then, Venezuela was suffering an intense blockade of food imports.

He noted that, as part of the financial war against Venezuela, international banks suspended payments to foreign suppliers for three months holding up the arrival of 29 container ships carrying supplies needed to process and produce food products in Venezuela.

Bernal explained, “We spent 68 days looking for ways to pay and of course we have had to tell the country that this badly affected food distribution.”

The CLAP food packages have drastically reduced the effects of under-supply and inflation resulting from both the attacks on Venezuela’s currency and also the economic siege from overseas. But, last September, 18 million packages could not be distributed because payments were blocked. Venezuela’s authorities had to work with various allied countries to triangulate payments so as to bring the food products to Venezuela.

Chavista leader Aristóbulo Istúriz denounced this sinister development to the National Council of Economic Production explaining that once the food products were paid for, a shipping boycott was organized, which meant the 600 containers involved had to be shipped 100 at at a time instead of arriving in a single shipment.

Given these obstacles, clearly brought about by the powerful, hegemonic anti-Venezuelan countries the government recently entered into contracts for weekly imports from Mexico and Panama of more than 1.5 million packages of basic food products into the ports of La Guaira in Vargas state and Puerto Cabello in Carabobo state for distribution across the country via the CLAPs.

4. Blocking of payments for travel by Venezuelan sports teams

But medicines and foods are not the only major expressions of the de facto blockade imposed on Venezuela’s people. Sport is also affected.

President Maduro also denounced in the National Constituent Assembly that, on September 6th, an international bank informed the Bolivarian government that it was “impossible” to carry out payments by Venezuela to a US financial institution refusing to process the transfer of US$1.5 million from the Sports Ministry to pay suppliers of airline tickets, accommodation and other needs of leading athletes in various Venezuelan sports delegations.

Although the government tried to unblock the payments in order to pay for travel, accommodation and related expenses, President Maduro decided to place government airplanes at the athletes’ disposal, most especially Venezuela’s female volleyball team, whose participation in the 2017 South American championships was jeopardized by the US blockade against Venezuela.

The increase in areas affected by the international blockade against Venezuela is matched by the corresponding government responses to ensure the necessary protection of all Venezuela’s people. International alliances with the bloc of countries challenging US hegemony have allowed Venezuela, with difficulty, to cope with the US authorities’ tough measures which are aimed at fomenting social conditions clearing the way for the overthrow of the Chavista government.

The blockade is applied so as to affect Venezuela’s population directly, but the government has acted to neutralize or at least mitigate the effects of the Trump-Borges pact, a new way of describing the US intervention and coup.

Media Refuses to Report on Proven Trump Collusion—Because It’s Not With Russia

In Russia, there are free speech zones, gays are persecuted, and speaking out against the state is often met with police brutality — just ask the activist band Pussy Riot. Vladimir Putin is no hero. That being said, however, on a larger scale, Putin is not attempting to build an empire, he is not destabilizing the Middle East and installing dictators, he’s not funding ISIS, and he tends to resist moves by the globalists that are harmful to the well-being of the Russian people and their money.

Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is destabilizing the Middle East, they are funding terrorism, they are carrying out the wholesale slaughter of innocence and genocide in Yemen and when it comes to reporting on these crimes, corporate media at large is utterly and irresponsibly silent.

This irresponsible reporting by corporate media has led to a frenzy of disinformation filling the digital airwaves of entirely unprovable Russian collusion in the 2016 election. If the media was so hell-bent on ousting President Donald Trump’s corruption, why then are they only reporting on the non-existent evidence of Trump-Russia collusion while ignoring the mountain of evidence proving his collusion with the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world?

If corporate media were actually interested in exposing the alleged crimes of Trump, then why are they spending so much time faking headlines and lying about Russia when they could easily expose his ties to terrorists in Saudi Arabia?

Since Trump has gotten into office, he’s proven to America that he has no intention of making America great again. Every step forward he takes, like halting the flow of cash from the CIA to ISIS, he takes several more steps back.

His foreign policy, like that of his predecessors, does not fight terror. In fact, it does the opposite by creating blowback, thus ensuring the future and endless creation of terrorists for years to come.


Even if a smoking gun comes out and one day proves that Putin and Trump colluded to steal the election, would it really change anything?

Just like his predecessor, Barack Obama, and just like Clinton would’ve done, Trump cozied up to Saudi Arabia once he got elected and is carrying out the agenda of the neocon deep state dead set on provoking war.

To see how overt this Saudi Trump collusion actually is, we need only look at his stance on Saudi Arabia before he was elected.

While speaking with supporters at a campaign event in Bluffton, South Carolina in 2016, then-Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said if he is elected “you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center.”

“It wasn’t the Iraqis,” Trump said.

“You may find it’s the Saudis.”

Trump was referencing the fact 15 out of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. He also, somehow, had knowledge of what was in the 28 pages that would be declassified a few months later in July.

Trump went on to say the government has “papers…that are very secret” which may implicate the Saudis.

Before he was elected, Americans did find out that the 28 pages proved the United States government knew the Saudi Arabian government had a hand in and supported the terrorists who carried out the attacks on 9/11 — and covered it up.

“You will find out,” Trump said.

However, after he was elected, the only thing we’ve found out from Trump in regard to Saudi terrorism is his unwavering and overtly nefarious love of the terrorist nation.

Speaking to the New York Times last year, as the Intercept notes, Trump claimed that, without U.S. support and protection, “Saudi Arabia wouldn’t exist for very long.” The real problem, he continued, was that the Saudis are “a money machine …and yet they don’t reimburse us the way we should be reimbursed.” Asked if he would be willing to “stop buying oil from the Saudis” if they refused to pull their weight, Trump responded: “Oh yeah, sure. I would do that.”

Not surprisingly—he didn’t do that.

After going from implicating them in the worst terror attack ever to take place on US soil, Donald Trump is now best buds with the terrorist regime in Saudi Arabia. In fact, in May, Trump “completed largest single arms deal in US history, negotiating a package totaling more than $109.7 billion.”

Tis quite amazing what being president of the United States can do to a person’s integrity. But those of us who’ve been paying attention saw this coming a mile away. Just like George W. Bush and Barack Obama did, Trump bowed down to his Saudi masters.

While he showed the opposite of collusion with Russia by recommending sanctions against them—a de facto act of war—his collusion with the Saudi regime first became evident during his travel ban earlier this year.

Out of the 43 people who carried out terrorist attacks on US soil, only three of them came from the seven countries on Trump’s list — the other 40 terrorists came from countries who were not banned.

This handful of attacks on American soil hardly justifies restricting the travel from these countries once we look at the countries Trump did not ban — which are responsible for 93% of all terrorism in the United States causing death on a massive scale, including Saudi Arabia.

The majority of the 40 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, while the others were from Pakistan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Guinea.

As the Free Thought Project previously reported, during his campaign Trump registered eight companies tied to hotel interests in Saudi Arabia alone. And, in 2001, the alleged Saudi-hating Trump sold an entire floor of Trump Tower to the Saudis for $4.5 million.

Trump is openly showing favoritism toward, colluding with, has financial ties to, and sold billions in weapons to the terrorist nation of Saudi Arabia — yet the media still remains focused on unprovable Russian collusion. Make no mistake that this is deliberate.

While the media uses fairy tales of Russian election hacking to distract, Trump is proving to be just like all of his predecessors — fooling people into thinking he’s ‘MAGA’ while bowing down to the military-industrial complex. All the while, his ostensible resistance is rendered impotent by buying into lies deliberately devised to keep them from seeing the reality that he is no different than Obama or Clinton.

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