Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It's Time for a New Relationship with Bolivia

Doug Hertzler, Andean Information Network

Evo Morales is the most popular President Bolivia has ever had. Last month he won re-election with 64% of the vote in spite of the fact that he is often at loggerheads with Bolivia’s upper classes that control the country’s print and television media.

Evo Morales and representatives of the U.S. government have a history of tense relations as well. The situation dates back to the 1980s, when the United States government declared the War on Drugs and Evo Morales became the leader of a federation of indigenous farmers’ unions representing the growers of the coca plant. The U.S. policy of forced eradication of coca turned Morales’ home community into a war zone.

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