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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

WaPo - clueless on Bolivia

ya know what... the wapo is clueless and it's too bad cuz when you're clueless, reason would suggest that you go about finding a clue rather than regurgitate the bush administration's propaganda...
Though his presidency symbolizes the expansion of Bolivian democracy to fully include the country's poor, indigenous majority, Mr. Morales is a throwback to Latin America's past. His "socialism" is the populist statism that first appeared in the region more than half a century ago. Mr. Morales promises to nationalize Bolivia's oil and gas reserves, reverse the sale of state companies to foreign investors, and defy the international financial community. Like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, his mentor, he expects to raise living standards through statist pump-priming; foreign trade and investment are regarded with suspicion. That these policies have led repeatedly to catastrophe, and were long ago discredited elsewhere in the world, is trumped in these Latin countries by the politics of class resentment, anti-Americanism and, more often than not, authoritarian muscle.

here's what morales said when he met with argentina's president nestor kirchner yesterday during his visit to buenos aires...
After meeting with President Kirchner Evo Morales said that his country aims to achieve "changes and deep transformations in Bolivia’s democracy". He reassured President Kirchner that "it is false that his government plans to take away private property, on the contrary, we are going to protect it and also guarantee that private investors recover their investment and make a profit, however, those profits must be balanced ". Evo Morales also reassured everyone that he is ready to open a dialogue with the United States.

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