A. SERRANO MANCILLA— The surprise in the election was not Evo Morales’ good turnout after 14 years in office. The most noteworthy development was the anti-Evo vote consolidated among the opposition, through which Carlos Mesa—in second place—gained a good amount of Oscar Ortiz’s supporters. This had already been noted in the last survey conducted by the Latin American Geopolitical Strategic Center (CELAG). Mesa had a very low positive image (33%) but his electoral ceiling reached 40%. How can this be explained? It is because the useful anti-Evo vote was more latent this time.
PETER KOENIG—A look at Bolivia’s socioeconomic achievements should further convince anybody who thinks for the people, that Evo did very well, insisting on his candidacy for the 2019 elections. The Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington, finds that Bolivia’s remarkable gains have been largely the result of wise policy choices, rather than just a “commodities boom”.
Opposition parties and civic groups met Friday in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to also demand the resignation of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), which they have requested several times, because its members sided with the nation’s Constitutional Court to allow Morales to run a third term, a decision also backed by Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). Those present at the seven-hour long meeting Friday included Morales’ main opposition candidate and former president, Carlos Mesa, who refused to commit to any alliances with the several other opposition candidates, including Senator Edwin Rodriguez, a vice presidential candidate with the Democracy Party.
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ABDRE VLTCHEK—I am writing this essay in the city of Puebla, in Mexico. You know, the people of Mexico just recently voted, and overwhelmingly, they elected the left-wing Presidential candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. For three weeks I travelled all around the country. I spoke to hundreds of people. Most of them were hopeful; most of them were instinctively longing for socialism. Usually, they do not call it ‘socialism’, because for decades they were told not to use this word in any positive context, but what they describe when they dream, is clearly a form of socialism, nevertheless. But how can they define the position of their country in the world, or even their own position inside their country? You turn on the television set, and all you see is CNN in Spanish (‘Mexican edition’), or the extreme right-wing FOX, or some corporate-owned local TV station. Almost all international news in Mexican newspapers is taken from the Western press agencies. Can socialism be built like this, based on the Western indoctrination, disinformation system?
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JAMES PETRAS—The changes in Argentina and Brazil represent examples of extreme regressive transformations directed at reversing income distribution, property relations, international alignments and military strategies. The goal is to redistribute income upwardly, to re-concentrate wealth, property- ownership upward and externally and to subscribe to imperial doctrine.