Saturday, 20 October 2007

Oh, The Money To Be Made in Crushing Bolivian Democracy...

Here come the vultures! Eva Golinger has an excellent piece on the role of USAID-OTI in destabilizing the elected government of Evo Morales in Bolivia. USAID has been working on this campaign for some time now. A Washington DC based company, Chemonics, has cut the deal of a century with USAID, landing a contract worth $120 million per year until 2011! Take that Indigenous Democracy!! We'll get you in the end!!

>>>You can also make a sure bet that the OTI, or should I say the CIA, is backing these protests in Bolivia's eastern city of Santa Cruz.

>>>In Bolivia, as in many countries, airport taxes are supposed to be handled through the federal government. But the managers of the Viru Viru international airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, connected tightly with the local political elites who form the main base of the USAID-OTI anti-government opposition in Bolivia, have been circumventing tax laws and refusing to hand over the taxes to the Bolivian federal authorities. Apparently the management put about $250,000 toward some mysterious honorarium administrative council! Imagine that!

>>>The managers of the Viru Viru international airport in Santa Cruz have been charging between $1,000 and $2,000 to every plane wanting to takeoff. So American Airlines of course begin canceling flights out of precaution; playing perfectly into the strategy (surprise, surprise) of portraying a weak unstable government and the national economy as a risky investment (economic destabilization anyone?).

>>>This past Thursday the Bolivian government stepped in to clean up the situation and put the airport under new management. Now of course the USAID-backed-elites have discovered the newest pretext of "repression" and under the snapping lens' of foreign reporters, who undoubtedly just happened to be on hand, the democratic warriors rushed the airport seizing it back for the elites little people and.. oh yes democracy!

>>>Maybe Evo should just do it, declare US Ambassador Philip Goldberg persona non grata.

>>>"Goni" Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, former-Bolivian President now wanted in his home country for crimes against humanity, is laughing it all up in DC from his spot in the propaganda matrix Inter-American Dialogue (IAD), a "respected" think tank well loved and financed by the good folks at the world bank, USAID and all the rest. The IAD loves to lecture poor people in the south on how they should run their democracy. If only they would just listen!

>>>In semi-but-not-really-related news Stephen Johnson, formerly of the Heritage Foundation, has been appointed deputy secretary for the Department of Defense in the Western Hemisphere.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

We Miss You Lovinsky!

Haitian Human Rights leader Pierre-Antoine Lovinsky has gone missing now for nearly two months and is believed kidnapped. All of my thoughts right now are with his wife and children. We all miss you Lovinsky! Here is a photo I snapped of him with demonstrators in front of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. back in July 2005.

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Haiti: Digging Through A History of Economic Violence

By Jeb Sprague

In mid-August 2007 Nazaire St. Fort and myself took a tap-tap transport heading out on Delmas toward downtown Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. We soon passed in front of the National Palace, the seat of so many past Haitian presidents and governments.

Crossing a street near the palace, we reached the Ministry of Planification and right next to it the Ministry of Finance. We visited two other government ministries soon after, spending the next few days traveling between them all, entering into rarely touched archives and in the process probably bugging quite a number of ministerial employees (although making friendly acquaintances along the way).

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Economic Justice for Haiti

I will have published a rather long blog entry on the Jubilee USA blog for October 4th. They have titled the piece, "Haiti: Digging Through A History of Economic Violence." It is timed with the last day of Jubilee USA's fast as well as their long campaign to get Haiti's debt dropped.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Oaxaca, Not Washington

>>>Kristen Bricker has written up an excellent review looking at the issue of direct democracy in Nancy Davies' new book The People Decide: Oaxaca's Popular Assembly.

>>>Meanwhile Al Giordano has tackled Clinton Inc™ for the vast empire of donor connections that it has leveraged in its corpo-democracy race for Washington's seat of power. And check out youtube to see Hillary Clinton confronted for signing on to another, yes another congressional bill giving Bush more war leverage, this time for a supposed already-planned-out bombing campaign on Iran.