Bolivia’s President Morales Says Hurricanes are Product of Capitalism

Source:  TeleSUR
September 9 2017

evo morales sept 2017.jpgThe Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks during a ceremony in
Potosi, Bolivia. | Photo: Reuters

Morales has long identified the system as the root cause of climate change.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales says the devastating hurricanes hitting Caribbean nations over the last week are caused by pollution created by the capitalist system, and is urging countries to implement the policies of the Paris Climate Deal.

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“It is urgent to retake the Paris Agreement,” Morales wrote on his official Twitter account. “The world calls for peace between brotherly peoples and not walls against human beings.”

The Bolivian president also welcomed the comments made by Pope Francis during his visit to Colombia, calling for “a reconciliation with Mother Earth.”

Morales said the world is demanding peace between peoples, and not walls, such as the one that President Donald Trump wants to build on the U.S.-Mexican border.



In June, Trump announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris agreement.

He said moves to negotiate a new “fair” deal that would not disadvantage U.S. businesses and workers would begin.

Only three sovereign nations are not part of the accord, which aims to stem global warming.

Of the other two, Nicaragua feels the agreement does not go far enough, and Syria remains mired in a civil war.

“It is urgent to retake the Paris Agreement. The world calls for peace between brotherly peoples and not walls against human beings.”

At the the COP 21 Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015, Morales had blamed capitalism for environmental destruction, calling it “the formula that has destroyed our species.”

Just back in July, the Bolivian leader had also remarked that “the U.S., the most industrialized and most polluted country in the world, cannot deny its responsibility for the damage it causes to the environment.”

Bolivia Slashes Chronic Malnutrition in Children by Nearly 50 Percent

Source:  TeleSUR
September 7 2017

children eat.jpgChildren eat in front of a huge pile of bananas in La Paz, Bolivia. | Photo: Reuters

Earlier this week, the government announced it had decreased the infant mortality rate in the country by 52 percent.

Bolivia has slashed chronic malnutrition in children under five years old by almost half, with a reduction in cases from 32.3 percent to 16 percent.

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The findings, a part of the National Demographic and Health Survey, also reported that in the case of children 23 months and six years old, chronic malnutrition was reduced from 25.1 percent to 15.2 percent.

The head of the Food and Nutrition Unit, Yecid Humacayo, said this was made possible through the government-initiated National Food and Nutrition Council, which was created with the participation of 10 ministries. The Council promoted several programs such as the Multisectoral Zero Malnutrition Program and the Law No .775 Promotion of Healthy Eating.

The country’s “My Health” program evaluated the nutrition of  some 1,797,460 children under five years of age in order to determine the figures.

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“#MyHealth provides educational talk to primary school children about adequate hand-washing and de-worming in #Siberia #Comarapa #SantaCruz”

Just this week, Bolivia’s health ministry also announced it had drastically reduced its infant mortality rate, by a staggering 52 percent between 2008 and 2016.

The ministry said on Monday that the deaths of children under one year old in Bolivia has fallen from 50 to 24 per 1000 births.

It had added that the percentage of pregnant women who were attended to during childbirth by healthcare personnel also increased from 71.1 percent in 2008, to 89.9 percent in 2016.

The South American nation has some ground-breaking health care programs in place.

Under the “My Health” program — launched by leftist President Evo Morales in June 2013 — all treatment is provided free of charge for residents in some of Bolivia’s poorest communities. The main beneficiaries are patients on low incomes who would otherwise not be able to pay to see the doctor and get prescription medication.

Over the last four years, doctors have seen more than 7.8 million patients and saved more than 17,000 lives.

Bolivia Slashes Infant Mortality Rate by 52 Percent

Source:  TeleSUR
September 4  2017

bolivia slashes infant mortality rate.jpgMillions of women have benefitted under government healthcare
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Bolivia has some precedent-setting health care programs in place under President Evo Morales.

Bolivia has drastically reduced its infant mortality rate – by a staggering 52 percent between 2008 and 2016 – according to the country’s health ministry.

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The Juana Azurduy Bonus

The ministry said Monday that the deaths of children under one year old in Bolivia has fallen from 50 to 24 per 1000 births.

It added that the percentage of pregnant women who were attended to during childbirth by healthcare personnel also increased from 71.1 percent in 2008, to 89.9 percent in 2016.

The government’s health department said that these achievements are due in part to the payments under the Juana Azurduy Bonus, an economic incentive program for pregnant women in the country.

With this initiative, 1.7 million women have benefitted, with nearly 291,000 women also having been provided for under the system of universal prenatal care.

Adolescent pregnancy prevention campaign

Moreover, the Ministry of Health has introduced the adolescent pregnancy prevention campaign, which has targeted more than 840,000 secondary school students in the nation.

Bolivia has some ground-breaking health care programs in place.

Under the country’s “My Health” program — launched by leftist President Evo Morales in June 2013 — all treatment is provided free of charge for residents in some of Bolivia’s poorest communities. The main beneficiaries are patients on low incomes who would otherwise not be able to pay to see the doctor and get prescription medication.

Over the last four years, doctors have seen more than 7.8 million patients and saved more than 17,000 lives.

Morales Slams Supporters of Venezuela’s Opposition Plebiscite

Source:  TeleSur
July 15 2017

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Bolivia’s President Evo Morales | Photo: Reuters

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister has thanked Bolivia for the support expressed by “the great leader of South American peoples.”

A “coup attitiude” against a democratically elected government

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales says those who want to give legitimacy to Sunday’s unconstitutional plebiscite called by the Venezuelan opposition have a “coup attitiude”.

Morales made the comment on Twitter, adding that Venezuela’s government has been democratically elected and attempts to label it a dictatorship are cynical.

The opposition has been trying to gather more support for its non-binding vote on the administration of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

CNE regards the plebiscite as illegitimate

Several former regional leaders have arrived in Caracas ahead of Sunday’s unrecognized ballot.

The ex-Presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia and Costa Rica have been invited by the opposition-led National Assembly.

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council, CNE, regards the plebiscite as illegitimate.

It’s overseeing a dry run, also on Sunday, ahead of the election for the National Constituent Assembly.

OAS interfering in Venezuela’sdomestic affairs

Earlier in the week, Morales reiterated his criticism of the Organization of the American States and its Secretary General Luis Almagro for interfering in Venezuela’s domestic affairs.

The Bolivian President said Almagro’s decision to back the plebiscite shows that individual nations’ human rights records are judged differently depending in their governments.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada responded on Twitter to say that his government was grateful for the support expressed by “the great leader of South American peoples.”

Moncada added, “Bolivia’s courage and solidarity will always remain in the memory of the Venezuelan people.”

Bolivia Fights Prison Overcrowding, Pardons 1,800 Prisoners

Source:  TeleSUR
December 25 2016

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Bolivian President Evo Morales. | Photo: Reuters

It is the fourth time President Morales has approved pardons since 2012.

Bolivian President Evo Morales pardoned around 1,800 prisoners Saturday, including pregnant women, handicapped people, inmates with minor sentences and those in custody awaiting trial.

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“The present decree’s aim is to give amnesty and total or partial pardons to people who have been deprived of their liberty,” he told a news conference in the central department of Cochabamba.

It is the fourth time Morales has approved pardons, a measure meant to address the issue of prison overcrowding in the country — there are about 15,000 prisoners in Bolivia, of whom less than a third have been sentenced, according to the official estimate.

Morales said that those pardoned included inmates with sentences of less than five years, one-time offenders, prisoners under the age of 28, single mothers with incarcerated children, prisoners with terminal illnesses as well as people with disabilities.

The decree will not be applied to prisoners convicted of homicide charges, terrorism, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, contraband, corruption, human trafficking, and assault on state officials.

Evo Morales: The Capitalist System Has Failed

Source:  Prensa Latina
December 12 2016

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Bolivia”s president Evo Morales today called the capitalist model a failure and criticized the policies of domination, intervention and looting in several countries around the world.

‘I feel that the capitalist system no longer has a plan and that the empire has failed,’ Morales declared in a meeting in the Foreign Ministry with the Bolivian ambassadors.

What has neoliberalism solved?

In his speech, the president recalled that these nations made believe that neoliberalism, free trade agreements and globalization were the solution for humanity.

‘That is what they sold the world. But what have they solved? Wealth continues to be concentrated in a few hands and poverty, the financial and climate crisis continues to grow,’ he warned.

Intervention for natural resources

The president criticized the intervention of the United States in the countries of the Middle East to control natural resources, which only leads to destabilization.

‘As long as the capitalist system or imperialism exists, foreign interference will continue,’ he added.

The leader also referred to the economic problems in European countries and the political situation in other nations that spend months without president.

Bolivia doing well

‘Aside from the international crisis and the fall in the price of oil, Bolivia is doing well and international organizations agree that the country will experience the most economic growth in South America,’ the president said.

He added that despite the severe drought, the prices of staple foods did not rise, thanks to irrigation and drinking water programs implemented by the Government.

‘With planning and investment it is possible to solve the country’s challenges,’ he said.

In hydrocarbons alone, Morales said, investments rose from 200 million dollars in 1985 to over 2 billion dollars a year in the last decade.

As for the minimum wage, it grew from 54 to 264 dollars a month.

After almost 11 years the support the Bolivian people have in their head of state continues.

Bolivia Has Cut Extreme Poverty in Half Since 2006

Source:  TeleSUR
August 30 2016

More than 2 million Bolivians have come out of extreme poverty in the last decade

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Aymara women stand at a fair held on the side of the Cholita fashion show at Villa Esperanza. | Photo: Reuters

Bolivia’s rapid economic transformation

Bolivia’s economy is on course to grow by 5 percent this year, placing it among the top performers in Latin America. It’s a sign of Bolivia’s rapid economic transformation in South America. Another indicator is falling poverty rates. When Evo Morales took office in 2006 the rate of extreme poverty was 38.2 percent. In 2016, that figure is now 16.8 percent.

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“More than 2 million people have left extreme poverty,” says Deputy Minister of Budget and Fiscal Accounting, Jaime Durán. A decade ago Bolivia was considered Latin America’s poorest country “Our economy was compared with African nations and not with those of the region,” claimed Durán.

World Bank: Bolivia is a world champion in revenue growth for the poor

A recent World Bank report confirmed that Bolivia is a world champion in revenue growth for the poorest 40 percent of its population. “It is one of the most important legacies of this this government,” said Minister Duran in a press briefing.

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Many residents of District 5 in El Alto have left extreme poverty. | Photo: teleSUR

Communities like District 5, in the city of El Alto near La Paz, are slowly beginning to reap the benefits of Bolivia’s commodities boom. “Twenty-five years ago, when I started working here, there were no paved roads, no sports centers and no parks,” said community representative Fanny Nina.

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Council Representative Fanny Nina says there have been huge improvements in the past decade. | Photo: teleSUR

While poverty and crime are still problems, “there have also been many improvements that have benefited my friends and neighbors,” Nina said. The residents of this small, remote town have access to better infrastructure, schools and potable water. “But we still have to fight the council for everything and we always need more.”

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Extreme poverty has not been eradicated completely in District 5, but local representatives like Fanny are determined to make people’s lives better.

Every year we see more changes for the better

The community still has its fair share of social problems, but “every year we see more changes for the better,” one resident told teleSUR as we accompanied Fanny Nina on one of her weekly walkabouts. Cholitas are still selling on the streets, but now they sell alone while their children attend school. “This used to be the exception, not the rule,” Fanny told me in between dealing with the demands of her constituents.

evo wins a third term 2.jpgBolivia’s socialist government has ambitious plans to bring even more people out of extreme poverty. Low-income residents like those in District 5 are the main targets. “By 2020, we will reduce extreme poverty to 9.5 percent,” President Evo Morales has said.

In 2005, the richest 10 percent of the population had 128 times the wealth of the poorest 10 percent. In 2015, this gap was reduced to 37 times.

The government expects moderate poverty to drop to 24 percent and the inequality of income between the richest and the poorest to decrease to 25 times over the next five years. “There is a strong emphasis on industrialization and in building a society where not only poverty is eradicated, but where we also see social changes,” Bolivia’s Minister for Development René Orellana, said.