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    Quote Originally Posted by MR2 Fan View Post
    Don't forget the most evil term of all right now....SOCIALISM...MWAHAHAHAHAAA

    Supreme Court verdict was not directed at Lula, but at the undemocratic nature of the judicial system in Brazil

    The solidarity campaign drew in jurists and intellectuals, politicians, and celebrities, a range of people who felt that the imprisonment of Lula was unjust. What had become very clear was that the legal mechanisms had become a political instrument of the elite to attack the left politicians and left movements. The collaboration between the government prosecutor and judge Sergio Moro indicates that there was this weaponization of the Law – what is known as Lawfare – to prevent the Workers’ Party from winning elections, and to make sure that the Brazilian elites hold power. What ‘Free Lula’ meant was not only the freedom of Lula, but also an end to Lawfare as an instrument against the people.

    It must be chilling for the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to watch the television and see Lula walk confidently out of his prison and into the political domain. Elections have brought the left back to power in Argentina, with the left retaining power in Bolivia. Even in Colombia, the left has made significant gains. Mass protests in Chile and Ecuador suggest the tide has turned in those two countries. Bolsonaro must know that the turn to the left in Brazil is imminent. The left now has its champion out on the streets.
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    Luis Eduardo Camacho, a far-right tax evader, has successfully led a Coup against the democratically elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales.

    After a hotly contested election was called for Morales in the first round of voting (Morales allegedly won by more than 10 points over his closest rival), there were riots in some cities. Notably in the Santa Cruz province where the right is more popular, not so much in other cities and in the rural areas where Evo has most support. Last night, President Morales announced he was asking Congress to start proceedings for a new general election. Today (the equivalent to) the Secretary of Defense of Bolivia, Gen. William Kalimán, "suggested" he should resign. And so he did, citing the higher calling of non-violence.

    Morales has denounced that his sister's house had been burned and his own house broken into and ransacked.

    Independent journalist have reported that the families of the members of his cabinet where held hostage by paramilitaries to force the cabinet to resign. They have also reported on attacks on civilians in Santa Cruz by paramilitary organizations. People of color in Santa Cruz have been destroying their phones, so that in case they are detained by these guards they can't be accused of being supporters of Evo Morales.

    Evo Morales whereabouts are unknown, he was thought to have taken a plane to request asylum (presumably) in Argentina, but the Air Forces of Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina denied it entry into their airspace. He is thought to be negotiating asylum in the Mexican embassy in La Paz. The Mexican Foreign Minister has called for the inviolability of the Mexican Embassy to be respected by the Coup forces (he didn't call them that).

    General Kalimán is a close associate of the United States Southern Command, having held a relatively minor rank in the Chaparé Region military, in the 2010s he quickly rose to the post of Military attaché of the Bolivian embassy in D.C. and was later made leader of the Joint Task Force of coca eradication.

    And that kids, is another chapter of U.S. intervention in American democracies. U.S.-Led regime change for the control of natural resources.
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    American people don’t really know and don’t really care what the establishment is doing abroad. We’re busy getting shafted ourselves by this bipartisan establishment. Most of us think by defeating our political opposition, we’d be able to save this nation...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed_Insanity View Post
    Spoiler:
    Republicans are crazier and worse off for sure. Article does contain criticisms for both. Anyway, critical of Obama is not proof of trump being better, but does sort of explains trump... on a personal level, I can be critical of Obama but that doesn’t mean if I have a time machine, I’d recast my vote for McCain or Romney, okay? I’m merely being retrospective... Obama didn’t do his job perfectly, can we agree on that?

    Point is that both parties got us where we are today, neither will get us out of our troubles because one is crazy and the other one is useless and we’ll continue to be screwed if we don’t relearn the lessons learned from the 20s and 30s.
    Both sides are not responsible for ripping babies out of their mothers arms and jailing them. One side is though.
    Both sides are not responsible for a Muslim ban. One side is though.
    Both sides are not responsible for the increase in racial tensions. One side is though.
    Both sides are not ...

    Why am I bothering? You continue to examine the deficiencies of the right and the left then weight them exactly the same, no matter how egregious. Something something parable something log in your eye something speck in someone elses eye something. Except you have a log in each eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaultyMario View Post
    Luis Eduardo Camacho, a far-right tax evader, has successfully led a Coup against the democratically elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales.

    After a hotly contested election was called for Morales in the first round of voting (Morales allegedly won by more than 10 points over his closest rival), there were riots in some cities. Notably in the Santa Cruz province where the right is more popular, not so much in other cities and in the rural areas where Evo has most support. Last night, President Morales announced he was asking Congress to start proceedings for a new general election. Today (the equivalent to) the Secretary of Defense of Bolivia, Gen. William Kalimán, "suggested" he should resign. And so he did, citing the higher calling of non-violence.

    Morales has denounced that his sister's house had been burned and his own house broken into and ransacked.

    Independent journalist have reported that the families of the members of his cabinet where held hostage by paramilitaries to force the cabinet to resign. They have also reported on attacks on civilians in Santa Cruz by paramilitary organizations. People of color in Santa Cruz have been destroying their phones, so that in case they are detained by these guards they can't be accused of being supporters of Evo Morales.

    Evo Morales whereabouts are unknown, he was thought to have taken a plane to request asylum (presumably) in Argentina, but the Air Forces of Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina denied it entry into their airspace. He is thought to be negotiating asylum in the Mexican embassy in La Paz. The Mexican Foreign Minister has called for the inviolability of the Mexican Embassy to be respected by the Coup forces (he didn't call them that).

    General Kalimán is a close associate of the United States Southern Command, having held a relatively minor rank in the Chaparé Region military, in the 2010s he quickly rose to the post of Military attaché of the Bolivian embassy in D.C. and was later made leader of the Joint Task Force of coca eradication.

    And that kids, is another chapter of U.S. intervention in American democracies. U.S.-Led regime change for the control of natural resources.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neanderthal View Post
    Both sides are not responsible for ripping babies out of their mothers arms and jailing them. One side is though.
    Both sides are not responsible for a Muslim ban. One side is though.
    Both sides are not responsible for the increase in racial tensions. One side is though.
    Both sides are not ...

    Why am I bothering? You continue to examine the deficiencies of the right and the left then weight them exactly the same, no matter how egregious. Something something parable something log in your eye something speck in someone elses eye something. Except you have a log in each eye.
    Right and left are apples and oranges. They are just not the same. By saying apples are rotten doesn’t mean oranges must be sweet or vice versa. They’re both rotten! So what if one rots more? We still shouldn’t consume the less rotten fruit!

    When you quoted Mario’s truth, do you think Obama would intervene less? Yeah, no babies caged, but we’ll just install a more humane and politically correct dictator who’d serve our interests?

    The ‘establishment’s concentration of wealth and power is deep in our political system.

    Anyway, what’s your guys’ take on these American meddling/interventions around the world? All GOP’s fault? If we remove that evil party everything would be fine?
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    RE: Bolivia - I've been watching the situation pretty closely, for two reasons: I have a colleague in La Paz right now who has been under off and on communication blackout. I imagine he'll be fine, but right-wing coups tend to put people on edge.
    Secondly - It was already planned that this week I'm starting my Varieties of Human Experience students learning about capitalism, hegemony, neoliberalization, globalization, etc. So I've got some real current, breaking-news-type material now. Fun times.
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    You're writing an article or paper about it? Anyway, looking forward to reading it!

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    Oh no, I leave that stuff to my colleagues who are actual cultural anthropologists or in the other related fields (History, Geography, Latin American Studies). I have enough background in it from my degrees to teach the basics to undergrads and know who/what to refer to if someone needs more depth, but I certainly don't have the grounding to publish on US interventionism in the global south.
    Give it 200 years and transplant it to North America (preferably in the plains or plains-adjacent), and then I'd be fully qualified to write about it.
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