Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Evo Morales and the New Wave of Democracy in Latin America

Published April 30th, 2007

Evo MoralesEvo Morales, the 47 year old President of Bolivia, is the first indigenous head-of-state in America. Democratically elected with 54% of the vote, he is soft-spoken, honest, mature, humble and trying to balance a history of oligarchic elitism with the growing needs on his people. His Vice-President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, is a dedicated neo-socialist mathematician with a rational approach to change. They symbolize the new breed of government which has the Bush Administration perplexed and unable to put in their pocket. Consequently, Donald Rumsfeld ordered an airbase be built in nearby Estigarribia, Paraguay capable of launching an offensive to gain control of Bolivia’s natural gas resources.

Listen to Greg Palast, author of Armed Madhouse, interview President Palacios of Ecuador explaining how the World Bank really works. Listen to John Perkins, author of the NY Times bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, explain how US’s foreign policy plays Deal or No Deal where the bankers always win. Listen to Chalmers Johnson, author of Nemesis (The Last Days of the American Republic) detail Rumsfeld’s military offensive into the heart of South America. Listen to President Evo Morales in an exclusive interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales of Democracy Now.

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