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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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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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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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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