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’s Evo Vows to Fight For World Without ‘Invaders’

 

Source: TeleSUR

1 January 2017

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Evo Morales. | Photo: Reuters

un security council logo.jpgBolivian President Evo Morales delivered his first speech as the country assumes the position of a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales said at the Security Council of the United Nations on Sunday that the country will be the voice of the people and will fight for a planet without “invaders” or “invaded” people.

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Morales’s words came as Bolivia became a non-permanent member of the Security Council for the third time — the other spanning 1964-1965 and 1978-1979.

The people’s rights to development

He also took to Twitter to send further messages of Bolivia’s hope, writing that the world must “work together to secure the people’s rights to development, and to fight capitalism which tries to commodify everything.”

Bolivia was incorporated as a non-permanent member on Sunday along with Ethiopia, Italy, Kazakhstan and Sweden.

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.

Rafael Correa Calls Trump ‘Ignorant’ over Fidel Remarks

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Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa meets Fidel Castro in Cuba in 2009. | Photo: EFE

Several countries rebuked the U.S. president-elect over his insensitive and inaccurate statement on Fidel Castro after his death.

Several leaders have slammed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump over his hostile statements on the death of Cuban revolutionary and leader Fidel Castro, with the most pointed critique coming from Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa who called Trump “ignorant.”

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In a tweet Sunday morning sharing an article about Trump’s remarks, calling Fidel a brutal dictator, Correa said, “The words of an ignorant (person) … an example of what Latin America can expect.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales also had some harsh words about Trump as he likened it to “fascism” having a “feast” over Fidel’s death.

“Almost everyone cries … but the president-elect of the United States with a group of people are celebrating,” Morales said in a speech Sunday. “I cannot understand and I want to tell you: fascism with a lot of cynicism celebrates Fidel’s death.”

The Russian government also criticized Trump’s comments on the death of the Cuban leader saying it was disrespectful.

Alexander Schetinin, the director of the Latin American Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry attacked Trump over his comments.

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“As for the various manifestations and desires to backbite and speak in a disrespectful manner in respect to a deceased person, a politician, I leave it to the conscience of those who do so,” Schetinin told RIA Novosti commenting on Trump’s statement on Fidel.

He added that the Cuban revolutionary was “a great politician of our time” who is “worthy of everyone’s respect.”

His comments came after people began to point to the stark difference between how Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted to the death of Fidel, calling him a “sincere and reliable friend of Russia,” compared to Trump’s reaction, as many question the back and forth praise between the two men.

Bolivian Program My Health attended over 8.8 million Citizens

Source:  Prensa Latina
September 27 2016

Through the program My Health, more than eight million 800 thousand Bolivians have received free medical attention in 306 municipalities of this Andean nation.

Ariana Campero Bolivia.jpgThis was confirmed on Monday by the Minister of Health, Ariana Campero, when analyzing the results of this policy implemented by the government of president Evo Morales with the advice of Cuban specialists since June 1 2013.
She specified that over 50 percent of those attentions were made in the homes of patients and the rest in medical institutions.

my health bolivia 1.jpgThe initiative started with the support of 155 doctors and 11 specialists focused on giving free consultations house by house and reinforcing the work of first-level health centers.

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Official data show that at present were added to this program two thousand 389 doctors who work in 359 consultation urban centers and 773 medical posts.
They attend mostly vulnerable population groups and indigenous villages in rural areas.

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.