Lucho, a grateful Bolivian man

I met him one morning at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM). He is small, thin, and his hair shows specific traits that clearly denote his indigenous roots.

The introduction was brief as we barely exchanged some words. But he said he came from a very humble family, which I already knew.

He came from a very distant place in Bolivia named Canton de Huacanapi, in Oruro, where his father and some of his siblings herded goats and other animals. Lucho was quiet, a country boy, distant to the usual city customs.

Right after he told me about his relatives and how much he missed them, he confessed he would not be able to end his studies even though his dream was to becoming a doctor in medicine and return home to assist his people.

And so it began a friendship that lasted while he was here in Cuba. While most of his schoolmates went back to their homeland at the end of every school year, he could not do it as his family could not afford the round-trip tickets.

Lucho regrets it, but he knew his duty was to finish what he started in Cuba. He liked to dream of his definitive return, the doctor’s office he would open at the feet of the mountain, the smile of his neighbors and friends who never had the chance to visit a doctor. In Canton de Huacanapi —where he lived back then—, people healed with plants and beverages, traditions and knowledge that were passed on from generation to generation.

Few years passed before I met him in his doctor coat. He was not that quiet, shy, country boy anymore. He had definitely changed. He had not only graduated as a doctor, but he was also training to become a cardiologist at the Calixto Garcia Hospital.

We met in a bus stop at the heart of El Vedado neighborhood. He tried to tell me the whole story in few minutes: he had overcome his fears. He got used to the Cubans’ way of life and he even liked the food!

The grateful Bolivian man stumbled over words. But he found time to thank his President. “Lady, had it not been for my President Evo Morales, I would have been herding goats all my life in my beloved Canton de Huacanapi along with my parents and siblings! I am doctor thanks to him. He gave us the opportunity to study. It has been really a dream. Who would have thought my parents will say one day with pride their son is a doctor?”

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz/CubaSi Translation Staff

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Donald Trump and the U.S.’s Involve in the Coup in Bolivia

The United States government, prone to assess the rest of the world with guarantees and lists, even when no one has requested their opinion, finally broke its deafening silence about Bolivia’s latest events.

They did so 24 hours after the terror enforced by the fascist hordes of the opposition, with the conspiratorial betrayal of military police forces, compelled the stepping down from office of President Evo Morales.


According to press dispatches, on Monday, Donald Trump, welcomed the resignation of the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, which he labeled as "a strong signal" to the "illegitimate" regimens of Venezuela and Nicaragua , and praised the role of Bolivian military.

"The United States praises the Bolivian people for demanding freedom and the Bolivian military for complying with their oath to protect not only one person, but the Constitution of Bolivia," said Trump in a statement.



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These events send a strong signal to the illegitimate regimes in Venezuela and Nicaragua that democracy and the will of the people will always prevail."


Trump's statements took place while the police and military in Alto, La Paz and other Bolivian cities repressed MAS supporters to prevent them from taking to the streets in support of their president.


While Saturday and Sunday paramilitary forces killed and harassed indigenous and poor settlers, threatened to kill the relatives of members of the government, torched or looted the houses of officials, including that of President Evo, neither the United States, nor its political instrument, the OAS cared a bit about the defense of the Constitution.


The "strong signal" sent by Trump cannot be more powerful, not just for Venezuela and Nicaragua, but for the entire world. Firstly, it means an overt support to those who many even within the United States consider a coup d’état.

Democratic congressmen from the United States Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar described the situation Bolivia is living as a coup d’état.



"What is happening in Bolivia right now it’s not democracy, it’s a coup d’état," Ocasio-Cortez wrote in his Twitter account.

On the other hand, Omar said
:"There's a word for the President of a country being pushed out by the military," she wrote on Twitter. "It's called a coup."


Likewise, and immediately after Evo Morales’s resignation, the United States Socialism and Liberation Party accused the U.S. imperialism of being the sponsor of the coup in Bolivia, and expressed his solidarity with the people of that South American nation.


The pretext put forward to muscle Evo Morales out of the presidency: "that he is a dictator who wants to perpetuate himself in power" a huge lie that only exists on the front pages of the newspapers in the hands of the oligarchy.


The relations between Washington and La Paz worsened since the arrival in office of president Morales, using as pretext their defense of indigenous coca growers. According to official U.S. data, assistance to Bolivia began to dwindle in 2007 and ceased in 2013, when Evo expelled the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) because of its interference and subversive nature.


Although, after Trump's arrival to the White House, Bolivia had been excluded from the list of dictatorships proclaimed by John Bolton. It’s no secret to anyone that the country was a pebble in the United States shoe, besides nationalizing its natural resources, for the invariably anti-imperialist position of its president.

If there were any traces of doubts about the North American involvement in the coup, audio files recently published by the Bolivian press confirmed the opposition's collusion with the representatives in the Senate of the Cuban-American mafia Bob Menéndez, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

The latter, considered by Trump as his brain for Latin American matters, oddly, neither on Sunday nor Monday had he heard about what happened in Bolivia and only until a few minutes before the end of this comment he praised on Twitter the role played by the OAS to justify the coup.

The message sent by the U.S. administration can’t be clearer: fascist coups, based on terror and crime, are their best weapons to defend "democracy."

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The Price Evo Morales Ayma is Paying

Evo resigns in the name of peace in Bolivia, with total detachment. However, there are still those who insist on saying that he is paying «the ambition for power».


The legitimate President of Bolivia, elected sovereignly and democratically, has not been able to finish his term because a violent coup d’état put him to choose between defending his position and watch his people’s blood spilled.


Evo Morales chooses, as always, for his people, to prevent traitors from massacring them. The president resigns in the name of peace in Bolivia, with total detachment and humility. However, there are still those who insist on saying that Evo is paying «the ambition for power».

Those who seek justifications for what is going on in Bolivia only reproduce an old and cynical bourgeois argument: the poor are to blame for their poverty, blacks are responsible for racism, and women have themselves get raped and Evo, the Indigenous, socialist, elected at the polls president is guilty, and not a victim, of the coup.


Evo is paying, for sure, the ambition of the oligarchs, who lost dearly while the people won. They cannot tolerate the decrease of extreme poverty in Bolivia from approximately 38% to 15%, the reduction of illiteracy to 2% and the unemployed rate by more than half, from 8% to 4%. They don't forgive him for filling the gap between the rich and the poor.


The President of Bolivia is paying for being an indigenous and keep that condition with pride and faithfully. For raising the flag of the plurinational state, the multicolored wiphala, under which being a woman or belonging to the original peoples makes you no lesser, and a 30-year-old young lady can be at the head of the Senate. The flag of inclusion for everybody.

Evo Morales Ayma is paying for not complying with the United States; for supporting Cuba and Venezuela, Cristina, Lula, Correa; be faithful to the legacy of Fidel and Chavez; for joining ALBA and not FTAA; the irreverence of affirming that in the United States there are no coups because there is no U.S. embassy.

The price paid by Evo and Bolivia is that of neoliberal pride, for not selling his country, for not giving it in. The price Evo Morales is paying are the mineral resources of his nation, which he did not trade for a pat on the back from Washington or a nod from the OAS; the 74 billion he returned to Bolivia with the nationalizations.


Evo is paying a high price, but he has no debt to his people.

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Anti-Cuban Mafia in Miami pulling the strings behind Bolivia’s coup d’état

Bolivian digital media Erbol released a series of 16 audio recordings involving directly opposition leaders plotting a coup d’état against the government of President Evo Morales. The coup has been coordinated by the U.S. embassy in that country.

According to the audio recordings, the U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Bob Menendez would be involved in the coup as they had direct contact with opposition groups whose goal was to bringing about a change in the leadership of Bolivia. In this regard, retired officers, and the former mayor of Cochabamba and refugee in the U.S. after being accused of corruption back in 2009, Manfred Reyes Villa, was also mentioned as one of the masterminds in an operation orchestrated from abroad.

The audios also mention the calls of opposition leaders to burn down buildings belonging to the government party and incite a general strike throughout country. In this line, an eventual attack against the Cuban Embassy would be part of the operation, a situation very similar to the coup d’état occurred in Venezuela with President Hugo Chavez in 2002.

Local media point out that such destabilizing plan would have been coordinated by the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia before the presidential elections and confirm U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have had direct contact with the opposition in Bolivia in a strategy to overthrow (Evo) Morales.

The plan focused on Evo Morales. If he won the elections held last October 20th, a civil-military transition government would be established by the new government. The new government would claim fraud in the electoral process and would not concede defeat in Morales’ win.

In the audio recordings leaked via social networks, the opposition leaders called to burn down governmental buildings and attack the Cuban Embassy in that nation.

The audio leaking went public amid the political crisis after Evo Morales’ electoral victory, who is accused of committing fraud by the opposition.

Some weeks ago, Evo Morales had warned about alleged plans to execute a coup d’état against him and his government had audio recordings to prove him right. Neither the opposition in Bolivia nor the U.S. Embassy has said a word so far on the audio leaking.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Díaz/CubaSi Translation Staff

President Morales calls meeting with social organizations of Bolivia

La Paz, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales summoned an emergency meeting with social organizations to analyze the 48-hour period for his resignation, demanded by the opposition leader Fernando Camacho of Santa Cruz.

'I am requesting an emergency meeting with our union leaders, the COB workers union, Conalcam, other social sectors, to plan what they think about the demand,' said the president in an interview with Radio San Gabriel, when asked about the term demanded by the president of the so-called Pro Santa Cruz Civic Committee.

Morales added that he depends on the people, on the social forces.

With an extremist line of speech, Camacho proclaimed before national television cameras that with the support of other opponents from six regions he grants the president a 48-hour term to resign, and said that term expires this Monday at 19:00 local time.

During the interview, Morales explained the opposition no longer talks about elections, but about resignation and that the deadline is on Monday.

In this regard, he said the people will also say their last word, because the true patriots are those who create the country's resources, and not those who privatize them.

According to the leader of Aymara origin, the mobilization of the opposition groups does not respond to an alleged fraud in the elections of October 20 because they now demand their departure from the government, which means that it is a 'coup' not against Evo, but against the people.

The president reiterated his confidence in the Bolivian people and in the process of change initiated in 2006.

He warned against the turn that the right-wing groups want to impose to return to the past, against which he valued the struggles of the peasants, other social sectors of the cities, professionals and the Police.

In reference to the two deaths recently recorded in a confrontation between blockers and residents of Montero, department of Santa Cruz, Morales warned that an opposition sector is looking for deaths coming from the police or the Armed Forces.

He stressed that the police has resisted until now without firing, but at any time it can respond to a provocation and blame the government, as is the case now in Santa Cruz in relation to those killed in Montero.

He considered the painful incident should be investigated, and that the Public Ministry and justice should imprison those responsible.

Morales insisted that the first thing to abide by is the Constitution, which means the results of elections held on October 20 must be respected, and stressed, that this process is subject now to an international audit with the objective of making it transparent.

Today, the Supreme Electoral Court asked the Foreign Ministry to manage before the Council of Electoral Experts of Latin America the realization of a parallel audit to that directed by the Organization of American States, as confirmed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Diego Pary.

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SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA MIGUEL DÍAZ-CANEL BERMÚDEZ IN THE XVIII SUMMIT OF THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT

Esteemed President Ilham Aliyev,

Distinguished Heads of State and Government,

Delegates and guests,

With heartfelt emotion, I thank you for the warm welcome given by the people and government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to which we are bound by 27 years of continuous relations.  We have taken a long though indispensable trip to get here.

We have arrived in the beautiful and prosperous Baku, after travelling more than 11 300 kilometres. And we have broken the siege imposed by the blockade, whose brutality has increased in the last few months, because the tremendous present challenges demand that we take the role that, as the movement gathering the majority of the planet, Non-Aligned countries should play in the international arena.  

This time, as in 1961, it is crucial that we work together, in adherence to the Bandung founding principles, to guarantee the peace and development of our peoples.  This is our responsibility as politicians because no one else will do it for us.

Others may remain indifferent to the contempt openly shown by the US and other governments for the just claims of the South nations; to the obscene politicization of human rights and the flagrant disrespect for the right of peoples to determine their political, socio-economic, and cultural system; to the lack of commitment to multilateralism and international treaties.  We are not indifferent to this, because all of these actions go against our people's interests.

There are nations that have paid the highest price for progress with their blood, sweat and suffering, and that were born out of colonial looting and exploitation, after centuries of economic and social underdevelopment. They are more than entitled to ask the following questions:

- Why does military spending continue to be irrationally increased while the investment in development and cooperation is being reduced?

- Why is the seriousness of climate change being underestimated when it threatens the existence of Small Island States and the survival of the whole humankind?

- Why do not we silence weapons and compensate the most underdeveloped and impoverished nations for their plunder by giving them a fair, special and differentiated treatment?

Your Excellences,  

Cuba feels honoured to have been the first Latin American country that joined the NAM. This comity of free nations operating under democratic rules with no veto is what we defend and dream of seeing in the United Nations someday. We rely on the strength of these values to reaffirm here:

- Our solidarity with all the peoples that struggle to have their free right to self-determination recognized.

- Our rejection of the unilateral decisions taken by the US in support of Israel and against Iran, which lead to a greater instability in the volatile Middle East region.

- Our call to put an end to the war against the Syrian people and find a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

- Our welcome to the process of inter-Korean rapprochement and dialogue, and our condemnation of unilateral sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

- Our strong rejection of the US campaigns against the political forces, left-wing leaders and progressive governments of Latin America and the Caribbean.

- Our steadfast solidarity with the constitutional President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution, and the civic and military unity of its people. Venezuelan people have been capable of defending the country’s sovereignty in the face of the greatest threats and dangers.

- We also reaffirm our support for and solidarity with the government of Nicaragua in the face of the United States’ attempts to destabilize this sister nation.

- We congratulate the people of the Plurinational State of Bolivia for their active participation in the electoral process and President Evo Morales Aymapor for his reelection.

- We denounce the coup d’état attempt and the campaign of misrepresentation, destabilization, and violence, unleashed by sectors of the opposition, and instigated by the United States against the peace and security of citizens in Bolivia. This is the Bolivia of native peoples that have been vilified for centuries, and which was positioned by its extraordinary leader among the countries with the greatest growth and reserves in our region.

- We particularly reject the decision to activate the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) because of the great risks it poses to our region and the whole world. This treaty is aimed at giving military support to the US desire to revive the Monroe Doctrine, in their stale efforts to make "America great", at the expense of turning the free nations of the continent into their backyard again.

Esteemed leaders that have gathered here today,

During the Cold War they called us the Third World.  Since we did not belong to any of the two blocs, we were supposed to remain free from wars.  However, our peoples do know that if the weapons got ever cold, it was only between the powerful nations, because we were the ones that suffered the casualties and the losses.

Practically every nation in Africa, Asia and Latin America has suffered the painful cost of either liberation or interventionist wars, and low, middle and high-intensity conflicts, from the second half of the 20th century until present.

Even where there was no death and destruction, prices increased because the cost of what we buy shot up while the cost of what we sell went down. We lived the establishment of the dictatorship of the US dollar and the abusive financial institutions, arising from the so-called Bretton Woods agreement, a major sham that made the world revolve around the swings of imperial politics.

The powerful players have acted from their comfortable bullet-proof rooms and turned our countries into laboratories and markets for their weapons, leaving behind millions of dead, displaced, hungry and abused persons, and refugees.

They have dictated universal rules of conduct that they constantly break and made lists to exclude or punish us, if we do not submit to the blind laws of the imperial hegemony and market.

The Third World War is not the next War.  It is the war whose start date is undetermined and whose end date has not been calculated. It is the war that has been bleeding noble and peaceful nations for many years, with the weapons of imperial armies, mercenary soldiers, and terrorists disguised as emancipators, supposedly on behalf of the fight against terrorism, the defence of democracy, freedom or human rights.  This is a lie!

Never before were so many lies told, with such shamelessness and at a terrible cost to the vast majority of humankind, to serve the interests of a minority that has taken their wealth to mind-blowing excesses.

In the 21st century, there is a shower of threats and various degrees of aggression against all the sovereign governments refusing to serve the hegemonic power to allow the establishment of military bases, surrender their resources, or yield to its command.

We have the example of heroic Venezuela, whose great and practically endless energy reserves had been plundered for decades, until they were rescued by the Bolivarian Revolution that put them at the service of its people, solidarity, and regional and international cooperation.

Venezuela withstands the most wicked accusations, the application of psychological war techniques, and the promotion of destabilization, with the intention to trigger an internal conflict, which has failed a thousand times.  

Most infamously and cynically, the empire is accusing the Bolivarian Government of being Cuba's instrument. 

Since they do not practice solidarity or even know what it is, blinded by their evilness and impotence, they accuse our health care workers of being soldiers in disguise, and they persecute and block the trade between our nations, damaging the vitality of our economies.

They break agreements, and unleash commercial, electronic and media wars.  They close doors, build walls, confiscate assets, steal funds, ban exchanges. They ignore and infringe international laws.  They promise to make America great, their America that is different from ours, at the expense of reducing the space that is left for the rest of the planet.

As our José Martí would say, they "go through the air asleep, gulping down worlds".

The time has come to reply to them.

Non-Aligned countries represent more than two thirds of the United Nations and around 55 per cent of the global population.  We bring together nationalities, cultures, identities, human and political forces of every kind, who love peace and wish to accomplish their own development, with no exclusion or hegemonism.

If we go over our common history, the remarks, and the agreements of our leaders in the course of six decades, we learn first of all that our movement has a libertarian and anti-imperialist vocation and that an extraordinary strength may arise from solidarity and cooperation.

Together we have defeated colonialism and apartheid, we have faced aggressive and interventionist actions, famines and natural disasters, epidemics, and economic and political siege. 

We thank the Non-Aligned Movement for its historic stance of condemnation and rejection of the blockade imposed for more than five decades against our nation, and the Helms-Burton Act. The latter has a marked extraterritorial nature and is a reflection of the exacerbated aggressiveness of the US against the resistance of our people.

This criminal policy remains the main obstacle to our development, and it is also an expression of this great power's disrespect for the human rights of Cubans, international law, and free trade.

Going against any human logic of coexistence on the basis of respect for differences, the blockade is hardened day by day. Barely a week goes by before the announcement of new measures that strangle our economy.

Like the pirates of old times, the current United States administration as expanded its siege policy to the seas, by obnoxiously persecuting and sanctioning the companies, vessels, and shipping companies engaged in transporting fuel to the island. 

Today we want to reiterate to you that we will not give in to the threats and pressure.  We will not abandon our efforts to make progress in our project for the construction of a prosperous and sustainable nation; a nation that will become more prosperous and sustainable if it is freer, and more independent, socialist, and sovereign.

Your Excellences,

On behalf of Cuba I want to acknowledge the work of Venezuela in the chairmanship of the Movement, in the midst of the most complex and difficult conditions under the empire’s political siege.

At the same time, we commit to fully support the work of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the 2019-2021 triennium.

If you allow me, in conclusion, I will take a short page in the long history of the Non-Aligned Movement in order to go back to its essence. This is part of a speech delivered by Fidel Castro, the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution and one of the bravest and boldest champions of non-alignment.  In the VI Summit held in Havana in 1979, Fidel said,

"The strength of our united countries is very great.  Those of us meeting here represent the vast majority of the people of the world. Let us close ranks and unite the growing forces of our vigorous Movement in the United Nations and in all other international forums to demand economic justice for our peoples and an end to foreign control over our resources and the theft of our labour! Let us close ranks in demanding respect for our right to development, to life and to the future!". End of quote.

We cannot wait for the bombs to be dropped on Venezuela or Cuba, as they are already being dropped on Syria and were dropped before on Iraq and Libya. We cannot wait to support their reconstruction.  Let us stop the aggression. Let us timely stop the unbridled ambition and prepotency of the empire.

Cuba takes pride in having been the setting of the Proclamation of Latin America as a Zone of Peace and having hosted in our motherland the talks to put an end to the long conflict in Colombia. Nowadays Colombia is also at risk because of the constant efforts to destabilize the region, promoted by the US from Colombia itself, where they keep 9 of their 76 military bases in the whole Latin America.

I would also like to remind you of our country’s permanent will to establish dialogue with no pre-conditions and on the basis of reciprocal respect. Three years ago, during the previous Summit, just 21 months had elapsed since the reestablishment of relations between the United States and Cuba.

There in Isla Margarita, a Venezuelan territory, our Army General Raúl Castro Ruz reaffirmed “…our disposition to engage the United States government in a civilized relationship", though he also warned that "Cuba will neither renounce any of its principles nor compromise on its sovereignty and independence.  Cuba will not cease defending its revolutionary and anti-imperialist ideals, or supporting the self-determination of all peoples."

We confirm our decision to continue cooperating with the peoples that demand it, guided by the principle of sharing what we have, not just giving away our leftovers, because courage is the only thing we have in excess.

We have come here to reaffirm to the NAM that the new generations of Cuban leaders will continue endorsing the principles that we have upheld for almost 60 years in this comity of nations, and that we have the challenge of rectifying the imbalance that is jeopardizing world peace, as well as the strength to do it.

I echo José Martí’s words about Our America, and say to the members of the Non-Aligned Movement,

"We can no longer be a people of leaves, living in the air, our foliage heavy with blooms and crackling or humming at the whim of the sun's caress, or buffeted and tossed by the storms. The trees must form ranks to keep the giant with seven-league boots from passing!  It is the time of mobilization, of marching together..."

They have the strength given by weapons.  We have the strength of our peoples.

There is a whole world historically left behind that is waiting for our agreements and actions.

I propose to align ourselves, but only around our points of consensus.

Not to make war, but peace.

Not to defend hegemonism, but multilateralism.

Not to defend intervention, but sovereignty.

Not to defend exclusion, but inclusion.

Not to defend hatred, but solidarity.

Not to defend the control of the world by the most powerful, but the true freedom and democratization of the United Nations and international relations.

Only unity can save us.  We are more. We can do more.

Thank you very much.

Evo Morales Has 13-Point Lead in Presidential Race: CELAG Poll

La Paz, October 7 (RHC)-- Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has a 13.4 percent lead over his nearest rival, says a new poll published on Sunday by the CELAG think tank.

The poll gives Evo Morales 38.8 percent, just 1.2 percent short of a first-round victory in the upcoming October 20th elections.  The survey also indicated majority support for the government’s nationalization of strategic industries and social programs for the poorest.

The poll gave second-place candidate Carlos Mesa 25.4 percent, and third place Oscar Ortiz 11.3 percent. This indicates that Morales is on course for a first-round victory, as under Bolivian law, only 40 percent is required if the candidate is at least 10 points ahead of their nearest rival.

Both Carlos Mesa and Oscar Ortiz are backed by right-wing forces in the country and have long criticized the country’s economic model under Morales’ period in office.

Mesa is a former President and Vicepresident who served during the neoliberal period pre-Morales era and presided over the privatization of natural resources, and the repression of protests against it.

Meanwhile, Ortiz, is backed by the right-wing parties dominant in the city of Santa Cruz, the same organizations that led the U.S.-backed ‘media luna’ coup in 2008 and 2009.

Both candidates will struggle against Morales who has maintained high general approval ratings during his 13 years in power. The poll indicates that 67 percent of voters think Morales has managed the country well since 2006, and 31.4 percent think he has done so badly.

Beyond the electoral candidates, the survey asked voters’ opinions on two key issues of the campaign, the question of nationalization of strategic industries, and the question of social programs for low-income families.

Since coming to power, Morales has nationalized the country's large natural gas reserves, along with other natural resources and strategic companies. There has also been a number of social programs launched and aimed at helping the most vulnerable sectors of the population.

Both policies have been heavily criticized by the right-wing opposition who label the measures as ‘populism’. However, both receive widespread approval.

On nationalization, 51 percent say that public ownership is positive for the economy, with 33.8 percent saying that it harms growth.  On social programs, 61.7 percent say they are essential for providing dignity to those of low incomes, meanwhile 31.7 percent say they encourage laziness.

The issue of surveys and polls have become a contentious issue in Bolivia.

One outlier poll, published by a religious NGO and the UMSA University, gave Morales a lead of just 7 percent.  However, that poll was ruled inadmissible by the country’s electoral authorities due to issues relating to its funding.  It was later revealed that the U.S. government had funded that particular poll.

Edited by Ed Newman
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Evo Morales says the root of the problem is the capitalist system

United Nations, September 25 (RHC)-- The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, said Tuesday that the multiple problems that afflict the planet have their roots in the capitalist system, which favors the unequal distribution of wealth and the senseless accumulation of goods and money in the hands of a few people.

"Let's say it very clearly: the root of the problem is in capitalism," said the Bolivian president in his speech at the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations, which began work on Tuesday.  Morales also warned that "Bolivia will not give up its right to sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean."

He explained that "the underlying problem is in the model of production and consumerism, in the ownership of natural resources and in the unequal distribution of wealth."  The president made reference to the problems that afflict the planet, such as "inequality, hunger, poverty, the migration crisis, unemployment", among others.

According to Evo Morales, "it is intended to commercialize everything to accumulate more capital" and the world is being controlled by a global oligarchy, only a handful of billionaires.  He described as "unfair, immoral and inadmissible" that 26 people in the world have the same wealth as 3.8 billion people.

In his speech, Evo Morales made reference to the maritime dispute that Bolivia has had with Chile for 136 years and that was taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).  He recalled that in his last ruling, in October 2018, that instance determined that: "Bolivia had a coastline of more than 400 kilometers along the Pacific Ocean."

Meanwhile, in the September 2015 judgment, it established that "the issues in dispute are not matters resolved by an arrangement of the parties, by an arbitration award, by a judgment of an international tribunal or governed by agreements or treaties in force."

Edited by Ed Newman
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