Evo Morales is the democratically elected president of Bolivia. He's very popular there with the indigenous people. He's one of them. He's an Indian. He ran on a platform of undoing the worst of the racist, imperialist, White European and American excesses via his Movement Towards Socialism (MAS). He ran on giving the Bolivians control of their own resources to share the wealth of those material resources and to reform landownership. The rich hate him.
George W. Bush and his administration have worked hard to overthrow Evo. It hasn't worked. Evo threw the U.S. ambassador, Philip Goldberg, out of Bolivia. Then he threw the DEA (U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency) out of Bolivia. The DEA had been acting as a front for the CIA and DIA. Both Goldberg and the DEA had been working hand-in-glove with fascist landowners of European descent to ruin Morales's plan to raise the living standard of the indigenous peoples. Bush has retaliated by taking away Bolivian trade deals by claiming Morales isn't living up to anti-cocaine deals. Morales is anti-cocaine. He's not anti-coca plant or leaf.
Morales won a huge majority in a popular free-and-fair election he called after the trouble started. He put down the rebellion of the ultra-rich secessionists. He's semi-nationalized the hydrocarbons industry. He's also gained the backing of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). That last aspect is huge. South America said no to the U.S. attempted coup and breakup of Bolivia.
...in January 2008, the embassy was caught giving aid to a special intelligence unit of the Bolivian police force. The embassy rationalized its assistance by saying, "The U.S. government has a long history of helping the National Police of Bolivia in diverse programs." U.S.-Bolivian relations were next roiled in February, when it was revealed that Peace Corps volunteers and a Fulbright scholar had been pressured by an embassy official to keep tabs on Venezuelans and Cubans in the country (Burbach, U.S. Maneuvers to Carve up Bolivia with Autonomy Vote, http://globalalternatives.org/node/86). This violated the founding statutes of the Peace Corps, which prohibit any intelligence activities by volunteers.
On Sept. 11, in the department of Pando, a paramilitary militia with machine guns attacked pro-Morales Indians near the capital of El Cobija, resulting in at least 13 deaths. In a separate action, three policemen were kidnapped. The next day Morales declared a state of siege in Pando and dispatched the army to move on Cobija in order to retake its airport, which had been occupied by right-wing bands. Army units were also sent to guard the natural gas oleoducts, one of which had been seized by the autonomy movement, cutting the flow of gas to neighboring Brazil and Argentina.
Source: November 18, 2008
Orchestrating a Civic Coup in Bolivia
By ROGER BURBACH
So, what will Barack Obama do?