Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Hey all, remember me? Taking a fatty break from blogging right in the middle of Morales' historic electoral victory. 63% for Evo and 2/3 in the Senate, which translates to all you haters can suck it. Now the fun really begins.
Some comrades and I stored up on beer for the Sunday election and enjoyed a beautiful sunny and clear day in La Paz rather than blog the inevitable in a dark room all day. By the time everyone got to Plaza Murillo for Evo's speech that night with the Paceños busting out the singani things were a little out of control. Here is my fuzzy drunk photo of Evo and Alvaro. I've been on break since.
So let's catch up on some of the latest I missed in case you don't read my superior brother and sister sites linked on the side.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Tomorrow is election day in Bolivia and everyone knows that Evo Morales and his MAS party are going to win big time, oh yeah. But how should we understand such political success? Let's consult our trusty English language press sources to find out, fun after the jump!:
Friday, December 04, 2009
"We raise the hand to show that we are clean people without a dark past. It looks like a hitlerian salute but is about an imperial salute."
La Mala Palabra has published an interview with Diego Bracamonte, leader of the Nationalist Bolivian Youth, a fascist group aligned with the Santa Cruz Youth Union and Bolivian Falange. Not surprisingly, they are campaigning for Manfred Reyes as President. No wonder Manfred will be lucky to break 20% in Sunday's vote.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
It is the economy stupid.
Otto at Inca Kola News has been a lone wolf in the wilderness detailing Morales' miracle Bolivian economy. Now the respected Mark Weisbrot of CEPR weighs in.
WASHINGTON - December 3 - Bolivia's economic growth over the last four years has been higher than at any time in the last 30 years - with projected growth for 2009 the highest in the Western Hemisphere - due to a series of government initiatives in recent years that have helped Bolivia to cope with the impact of the world recession. This is one of the highlights of a new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research: "Bolivia: The Economy During the Morales Administration," by Mark Weisbrot, Rebecca Ray, and Jake Johnston. The paper looks at how Bolivia's economy has been able to progress despite a number of significant shocks, including falling remittances, declining foreign investment, the United States' revocation of trade preferences, serious bouts of political instability as a result of separatist political opposition movements, and recent declines in export prices and markets, along with other impacts of the global recession.
Evo's chief challenger Manfred Reyes understands fully that is campaign is just a clown show. The other day he bought tickets on the first flight out of La Paz to Miami the morning after Sundays Presidential election. Nuff said.
P.S. Otto got here first.