The kidnapping of president Evo Morales and the crisis of the international order By Hugo Moldiz Mercado

22 July 2013 — The Brazilian Post

The virtual kidnapping of Bolivian President Evo Morales on the 2nd of July, for about 15 hours, is too serious not to examine. What was the real nature of the operation?

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The MAS government in Bolivia: Are the social movements in power?

21 July 2013 — Bolivia Rising

Introduction and translation by Richard Fidler, Life on the Left

This following article is of particular interest for its discussion of the relationship between the Bolivian government leadership, the indigenous and peasant organizations, and the party based on the latter that is led by President Evo Morales and his team.  

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Greenwald: Snowden has enough information to cause US govt ‘worst damage in history’

13 July 2013 — RT

Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden possesses dangerous information which could potentially lead to America’s “worst nightmare” if it is revealed, according to the journalist who first published Snowden’s leaked documents.

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Video: U.S. Allies Violate Int. Law Pursuing Snowden

7 July 2013 — The Real News Network

Mark Weisbrot: Forced landing of Bolivia president’s plane and other tactics show that Snowden needs to speak directly to the public to get political asylum (inc transcript)

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Bolivia: The Hunt for the President’s Plane By Nil NIKANDROV

7 July 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

It is not that important from what source U.S. intelligence received a signal that Edward Snowden would be transported out of Russia on the airplane of Bolivian President Evo Morales; the important thing is that the information turned out to be disinformation. Through allied governments in Europe – France, Italy, Spain and Portugal – Washington tried to organize a humiliating inspection of the presidential airplane in violation of all international conventions and treaties on the immunity of state leaders…

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The Snowden Affair and the Destruction of Effective Democracy in Europe By Diana Johnstone

6 July 2013 — The Greanville Post

The Snowden affair has revealed even more about Europe than about the United States.

Certainly, the facts of NSA spying are significant. But many people suspected that something of the sort was going on.  The refusal of France, Italy and Portugal to allow the private aircraft of the President of Bolivia to cross their airspace on the mere suspicion that Edward Snowden might be aboard is rather more astonishing.

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Video: Bolivians Indignant at European Treatment of President Morales

5 July 2013 — The Real News Network

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‘New asylum way for Snowden’ after US blunders with Morales skyjacking

5 July 2013 — RT

By grounding Bolivian President’s plane Europe has united South America against the US – and opened new prospects for asylum seeking Snowden, believes the international affairs analyst Pepe Escobar.

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Snowden’s next stop: Latin America split on Snowden extradition

4 July 2013 — RT

The regional block’s reaction will mark a “new era of Latin American sovereignty,” Eva Golinger, attorney and author, told RT.

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Bolivia’s Morales Dissed and Pissed as France, Portugal, and Austria Violate Diplomatic Immunity By Dave Lindorff

3 July 2013 — Dissident Voice

Those of us who have been saying that the US has become a weak, or at least more ordinary power among many in the world because of its military failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and because of its economic decline, will have to recalibrate our analysis after watching the pathetic behavior of the leaders of Russia, Germany and France under pressure from the Obama administration not to allow Edward Snowden to gain asylum in those countries or even to escape his purgatory in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

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‘It’s appropriate EU countries should have attempted to catch Snowden’

3 July 2013 — RT

What Edward Snowden revealed concerns intelligence sharing between the European Union and America, the American and European intelligence agencies work “hand in glove,” John Laughland, from the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, told RT.

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Statement in solidarity with Evo Morales and in condemnation of imperialism

3 July 2013 — Bolivia Rising

The Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity express their indignation at the criminal attack perpetrated in the afternoon of Tuesday July 3 against Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma, by the government of the United States and with the clear complicity of various European states.

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In hunt for Snowden, US forces Bolivian presidential jet to land By Peter Symonds

3 July 2013 — WSWS

In a flagrant breach of international law and diplomatic norms, the Obama administration, in collusion with its European allies, today forced a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales to land in Austria, on suspicion that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board.

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‘Act of aggression’: Bolivia to file UN complaint over airspace blockade

2 July 2013 — RT

‘An act of aggression and violation of international law’ is how Bolivia’s UN envoy described Austria’s decision to search the Bolivian presidential jet for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The envoy has pledged to make an official complaint to the UN.

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