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
>>>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
>>>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
>>>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.