Inside Bolivia’s right-wing base on eve of election; plus, Ex-OPCW chief defends whistleblowers…

21 October 2020 — Grayzone

Inside Bolivia’s right-wing base on eve of election

By Anya Parampil, Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton

We entered the power base of Bolivia’s far-right, Santa Cruz, where the 2019 coup was hatched, and where the country’s elite seeks to consolidate its hold on power in the election this October 18.

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Ex-OPCW chief defends Syria whistleblowers and reveals he was spied on before Iraq war

By Aaron Maté

Exclusive: former OPCW chief José Bustani defends the whistleblowers who challenged a cover-up of their Syria probe; reacts to the US and allies recently blocking his UN testimony; and reveals he was spied on before the Bush administration ousted him over the Iraq war.

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Unelected Bolivian govt detains, doxxes, threatens international observers on eve of election

Ben Norton

Bolivia’s unelected transitional administration has repeatedly threatened international electoral observers, detained monitors from Argentina in the airport, and shared the private information of Spanish supervisors with a far-right activist.

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Chomsky: OPCW cover-up of Syria probe is ‘shocking’

Aaron Maté

Noam Chomsky says that the OPCW’s cover-up, under US pressure, of a Syria chemical weapons probe raises “very severe suspicions.”

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Bolivia militarizes on election eve: Dispatch from the capital La Paz

By Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton

Hours before polls opened in Bolivia, de facto Interior Minister Arturo Murillo launched a massive military show of force, praising security forces for removing “dictator” Evo Morales from power in 2019.

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Chomsky: from nuclear weapons to Iran, Trump’s worst threats are dangerously ignored

By Aaron Maté

Noam Chomsky warns that the Trump administration poses a unique threat to humanity, and its most reckless policies are receiving far too little attention.

 

Bolivian coup officials and supporters stalk international election observers, launch violent incitement campaign

By Ben Norton

By the time a team of electoral observers arrived in Bolivia – including members of The Grayzone – right-wingers had already published a flood of online threats, smearing them as “terrorists” and circulating photos captured while stalking them in the airport.

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