Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Enormous pressure

Even by the standards of Christian fruitcake politics, the Bolivian 'Guido' is a real nut:  "Bolivia Coup Led by Christian Fascist Paramilitary Leader and Millionaire – with Foreign Support" (Blumenthal/Norton).

"VIVA EVO! Morales Overthrown, But Bolivian Socialism Will Endure" (Vltchek):
"There is absolutely no way to reason with these people. They cannot be appeased, only crushed; defeated. In Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador or in Bolivia. They are like rats, like disease, proverbial symbols of fascism as in the novel The Plague, written by Albert Camus. They can hide, but they never fully disappear. They are always ready to invade, with zero notice, some happy city.
They are always ready to join forces with the West, because their roots are in the West. They think precisely like the European conquerors, like North American imperialists. They have double nationalities and homes scattered all over the world. Latin America for them is just a place to live, and to plunder natural resources, exploit labor. They rob here, and spend money elsewhere; educate their children elsewhere, get their surgeries done (plastic and real) elsewhere. They go to opera houses in Paris but never mingle with indigenous people at home. Even if, by some miracle, they join the Left, it is the Western, anarcho-syndicalist Left of North America and Europe, never the real, anti-imperialist, revolutionary Left of non-European countries.
They don’t need the success of the nation. They don’t want a great, prosperous Bolivia; Bolivia for all of its citizens.
They only want prosperous corporations. They want money, profit; for themselves, for their families and clans, for their bandit group of people. They want to be revered, considered ‘exceptional’, superior. They cannot live without that gap – the great gap between them and those ‘dirty Indians’, as they call the indigenous people, when no one hears them!"
If the people of Bolivia can't clean this mess up quickly, they will suffer decades of unspeakable suffering.

"Bolivia: The OAS and US Help Overthrow Another Latin American Government" (Flores):
"It should be noted that the 2008 coup was neutralized in part because of the role played by UNASUR, the Union of South American Nations. This regional bloc has been severely debilitated in recent years as a direct result of State Department pressure and the willingness of right-wing Southern American presidents to give up on long-term regional integration plans for short-term political benefits. The decline of UNASUR and CELAC (the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States – another target of the State Department), coupled with the OAS’s bias, leaves the region with no credible multilateral organization.

This is important, because the only way forward for Bolivia is to hold new elections, which will require independent electoral observation. Given that the OAS is unfit for such a role, the region should insist that the United Nations send an electoral mission. It is the only body that can carry this role out in an impartial manner.

Bolivia is at a flash point and measures have to be taken to reduce tensions. Its legislature must be allowed to function normally, which in practical terms means that  the safety of MAS legislators and their families must be ensured. A gesture for MAS supporters would be to reinstate the president and vice president of the Senate and the president of the Chamber of Deputies (should they desire to be reinstated); all three resigned under duress during the weekend of the coup. Only then can the legislature decide whether to accept Morales’ resignation. Finally, the MAS presidential candidate, whoever that ends up being, needs to receive guarantees for their safety and assurances from the international community that a MAS victory will be respected."
 "With Just Weeks To Decide, Hillary Clinton Claims 'Enormous Pressure' To Run For President" (Durden). There is no hurry as the superdelegates are going to pay no attention to the primary voters, and the field will still be so crowded with losers that the first ballot won't matter.

"The Sad Death of James Le Mesurier" (Murray).  This is all a bit off.  The White Helmets are still very much in play, having been just recently re-funded, and Turkey - still a major supporter of Islamist nutjobs in Syria, and with the Erdogan family personally greatly enriched through oil deals with ISIS - would be the last place to want to reveal connections between the White Helmets and jihadists.  The wife popped up with an anti-depressant story to lead us to consider suicide rather than assassination, looking like she might have been prompted by somebody who wanted to hide the assassination (could be the assassinating country itself, or somebody wishing to make it seem that retired assets/agents don't just retire to inevitable assassination).  US, UK, Syria, Russia, Turkey - there are lots of groups either not a fan of his work, or fearing he might spill the beans about his work (as amazing as it might seem, he might have had a conscience, and his depression, if real, might have led him to think he would feel better if he confessed).  The bottom line is the world is a much, much, much, much . . . much, much, much better place in his absence.  Seeing these pure assholes go helps assuage the pain of Bolivia.

"Narrative Managers In Overdrive After Death Of White Helmets Founder" (Johnstone). "BBC backtrack on their own fake news as claims regarding Istanbul death of White Helmets co-founder are deleted".  After the 'overly-refreshed' Boris wreath-laying cover-up, the BBC is having a rough week.

I'm not going to let it be said that the 'journalists' in the (((media))) don't have mad skillz.  Synchronized lying should be in the Olympics.  "MSM Adamantly Avoids The Word “Coup” In Bolivia Reporting" (Johnstone),  "The Bolivian Coup Is Not a Coup—Because US Wanted It to Happen" (MacLeod).

Bibi, staying out of jail:  "To save himself, Netanyahu is going to war with Gaza" (Konrad).

"This Olive Tree in Bethlehem Has Stood for 5,000 Years – and this Man Is Defending It" (Hammad).  Trees so old that they were alive when the people we call Palestinians called themselves Jews, and there wasn't a fucking Khazar around for thousands of miles.  That's why these 'anti-Semitic' trees have to go!
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