After Socialist Victory in Bolivia, Media Still Whitewash Coup

23 October 2020 — FAIR

Washington Post depiction of pro-Evo Morales mural in BoliviaBolivia’s Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party won a decisive victory in the country’s presidential elections on Sunday, with its candidate Luis Arce apparently winning by a large enough margin to avoid a runoff, likely achieving an absolute majority. The leading opposing candidate, neoliberal Carlos Mesa, and the right-wing unelected President Jeanine Áñez congratulated Arce on his victory. Continue reading

Bolivia’s Fight Against Imperialism Heads For Its Decisive, Violent Moment Of Reckoning

5 October 2020 — See You in 2020

Mao Zedong, who had many years of experience with militarily fighting the forces of imperialism and reactionary nationalism, concluded that the mission of the retrograde facets of society is to “Make trouble, fail, make trouble again, fail again…until their doom-that is the logic of the imperialists and all reactionaries the world over in dealing with the people’s cause and they will never go against this logic. This is a Marxist law. When we say ‘imperialism is ferocious’, we mean that its nature will never change, that the imperialists will never lay down their butcher knives, that they will never become Buddhas, till their doom.” Continue reading

As Bolivian Regime Delays Elections a Third Time, Media Continue to Ignore Coup

6 August 2020 — FAIR

Washington Post: Bolivia’s Morales resigns amid scathing election report, rising protests

Reports like the Washington Post‘s (11/10/19) failed to convey the reality that Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced out by the military.

In the Bolivian elections last October 20, incumbent President Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism party (MAS in Spanish) won a 10-point victory over his nearest challenger, as pre-election polls predicted. The next day,  the Organization of American States issued a statement challenging the legitimacy of the elections, asserting a “hard-to-explain change in the trend of the preliminary results.” Immediately, right wingers violently took to the streets to protest the president. The OAS issued a followup statement confirming their analysis on November 10. The same day, the military forced Morales to step down.

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‘We will coup whoever we want’: Elon Musk and the overthrow of democracy in Bolivia

28 July 2020 — MRonline
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This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

On July 24, 2020, Tesla’s Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that a second U.S. “government stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people.” Someone responded to Musk soon after, “You know what wasn’t in the best interest of people? The U.S. government organizing a coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia so you could obtain the lithium there.” Musk then wrote:

“We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it”

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WaPo Prints Study That Found Paper Backed an Undemocratic Bolivia Coup

5 March 2020 — FAIR

WaPo: Bolivia is in danger of slipping into anarchy. It’s Evo Morales’s fault.

The Washington Post editorial board (11/11/19) stated as fact that Bolivian President Evo Morales “moved to falsify the results of the October 20 vote so as to hand him a first-round victory.”

President Evo Morales won re-election in Bolivia’s presidential election last October 20, as pre-election polls predicted. He received 47% of the vote in an election with 88% turnout. He beat his nearest rival by just over 10 percentage points, which meant a second round was not required.

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How the Global North’s Left Media Helped Pave the Way for Bolivia’s Right-Wing Coup

10 December 2019 — FAIR

[This is a must read for anyone who calls themself ‘progressive’. Another excellent study of the myopia the Western left suffers from by Fairness & Accuracy in the Media. WB]

by Lucas Koerner

In our brave new age of hybrid warfare, corporate media play the role of ideological heavy artillery within the arsenal of Western imperialist powers. Day in and day out, “reputable” establishment outlets bombard progressive and/or anti-imperialist governments in the Global South with endless salvos of smears and libelous misrepresentations (e.g., FAIR.org5/23/188/23/184/11/197/25/19).

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Evo Morales and Álvaro García Linera Analyze Bolivia Coup

24 November, 2019 — John Riddell

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On November 10, 2019, Bolivia’s military threw its support behind an uprising of rightist pro-Imperialist forces, forcing the resignation of the elected government led by President Evo Morales and driving him into exile in Mexico. Rightist gangs unleashed a wave of murderous violence across Bolivia against all suspected of sympathy with Morales.

Canada’s government was shamefully quick in endorsing the coup. (See Yves Engler, “Canada Backs Coup Against Bolivia’s President”.)

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Unpacking Media Propaganda About Bolivia’s Election

11 November 2019 — FAIR

Pro-coup editorials rely on—and misreport—questionable evidence from the dubious OAS

Unpacking Media Propaganda About Bolivia’s Election
To endorse the coup in Bolivia, numerous editorials in major US media outlets paint President Evo Morales as undemocratic. Exhibit A in their case is the Organization of American States’ (OAS) claims that there was fraud in the October 20 Bolivian election in which Morales was elected for a fourth term. They also argue that he should not have been allowed to run again in the first place.

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Police in Bolivia Pepper Spray Journalist ‘On Purpose’ During Live Coverage of Anti-Coup Protests

16 November 2019 —  Source: Common Dreams

“I hate to be the story because we are here to report on what is happening to the people in the amazing country,” said Al-Jazeera English senior correspondent Teresa Bo. “I hope it helps denounce that such practices cannot be tolerated. Not here not anywhere.”

by Jon Queally, staff writer

Teresa Bo, a senior correspondent for Al-Jazeera was sprayed directly in the face—clearly "on purpose," she says—while covering anti-coup demonstrators in the city of La Paz, Bolivia on Friday, November 15, 2019. (Photo: Al-Jazeera/Screenshot)

Teresa Bo, a senior correspondent for Al-Jazeera was sprayed directly in the face—clearly “on purpose,” she says—while covering anti-coup demonstrators in the city of La Paz, Bolivia on Friday, November 15, 2019. (Photo: Al-Jazeera/Screenshot)

Becoming part of the story she was seeking to cover, international news correspondent Teresa Bo was assaulted by Bolivian state security forces on Friday—shot directly in the face, while on camera, with tear gas or pepper spray.

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Bolivia: Senate Elected a New President – Eva Copa Rada

16 November 2019 — Internationalist 360°

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Parliament should, as soon as possible, pass a law to call new elections and appoint members of the national Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

https://i0.wp.com/www.albatv.org/local/cache-gd2/3355f785ac2e4a440b85b77c8215465a.jpgThe Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), the party of Bolivia’s legitimate president, Evo Morales, managed on Thursday to reconstitute the leadership of both chambers of Parliament, so that both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies are functioning again.

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Bolivian Army Massacres Peaceful Protesters in Cochabamba

15 November 2019 — Internationalist 360°

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I condemn and denounce before the world that the coup regime that took power by assault in my beloved Bolivia represses with bullets from the Armed Forces and the Police the people who demand pacification and replacement of the Rule of Law. Now they murder our brothers in Sacaba, Cochabamba.

Condeno y denuncio ante el mundo que el régimen golpista que tomó el poder por asalto en mi querida Bolivia reprime con balas de las FFAA y la Policía al pueblo que reclama pacificación y reposición del Estado de Derecho. Ahora asesinan a nuestros hermanos en Sacaba, Cochabamba.

— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) November 15, 2019

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