Evo Morales Reaffirms Bolivia's Support for Cuba vs. U.S. Blockade

President Evo Morales reaffirmed yesterday Bolivia's support for Cuba in the struggle against the economic and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the Caribbean island for more than 50 years.

The president posted on his Twitter account @evoespueblo: 'We reiterate our solidarity with the sister Republic of Cuba, which for more than 50 years has heroically faced the U.S. criminal blockade, hardened by a government determined to impose its arrogance, pride and racism at the expense of world peace and the people's peaceful coexistence.'

Morales criticized the measures adopted by Washington and described them as 'the worst attack on the principles of sovereign equality of the States.'

He also called for non-intervention and non-interference by the United States in internal affairs, because 'they violate the rights to freedom of commerce and navigation,' he said.

On November 1, during the presentation at the United Nations of the draft resolution entitled 'Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America on Cuba', the permanent representative of Bolivia, Sacha Llorenti, asked for the total lifting of that measure.

Llorenti affirmed that the blockade of Cuba is unjust, immoral and illegitimate, and an example of the United States' unilaterality.

'The United States imposes a blockade that contravenes the UN Charter, undermines the principles of sovereignty and attempts to undermine the Cuban people's self-determination,' he stressed.

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Bolivia's President Winds UP Working Visit to Cuba

Bolivia''s President Evo Morales wound up a state visit to Cuba after meeting First Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel, his last activity of his agenda in the island.

In the encounter, Morales was accompanied by his Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni, the Cuban Television prime news hour reported.

The Bolivian Head of State was seen off at Havana international airport Jose Marti by Diaz Canel personally. He's flying to Mendoza, Argentina, to attend a Mercosur gathering.

Morales arrived in Cuba on Wednesday evening from Managua, Nicaragua, where he attended celebrations for the 38th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution and took part at the 23rd Meeting of the Sao Paula Forum, in which he reaffirmed his solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela.

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Bolivia's Evo Morales Says Racism a Tool for World Domination

Morales warned against the perils of racism, referring to the state of ignorance, turned economic and institutional apparatus, as a tool of domination.

"Racism is one of the instruments of domination, subjugation, and humiliation, not only in Bolivia but throughout the world," said President Evo Morales.

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A member of the Aymara nation, and the first Indigenous president of Bolivia, Morales was speaking at the Fifth Session of the Ibero-American Network Against Discrimination in the city of Santa Cruz.

During his speech Morales warned against the dangers of racism, referring to the state of ignorance, turned economic and institutional apparatus, as a weapon of domination. He added that what is needed to free Pachamama from the scourge of racism was a “plurinational planet.”

"Like here, in Bolivia, the cost was hefty. We suffered a lot in 2006, 2007, 2008, to form a plurinational state. Our goal should be, our desire should be, to develop a plurinational America, a plurinational planet, and not only a plurinational state of Bolivia because our people are so diverse around the world," Morales emphasized.

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The Bolivian president said that approving measures against racism is simple, but difficult to implement and enforce.

He suggested taking counsel from young people to achieve a more just society, free of racism and discrimination.

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Evo Morales: New Cabinet Will Be Committed to the People

La Paz, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The new cabinet that will be in charge of the country's management in the period 2017-2018 will be mainly committed to the Bolivian people, Bolivian President Evo Morales said today.

Addressing the press, after a meeting with representatives, deputies and senators, the president stressed that some ministers of the previous administration will no longer be a part of the cabinet, but others will be ratified with the aim of strengthening the country's policy.

On the other hand, the parliament will have to choose the new justice authorities, which will count with men and women with a lot of commitment to the State and with experience to improve this sector, Morales added.

Questioned on the case of the ex-minister of Environment and Water, Alexandra Moreira, the president of the Andean-Amazon nation said that social networks have echoed negative comments on this situation.

Moreira had to appear before the Pluri-national Legislative Assembly to report on the crisis of the water supply; however, she submitted her resignation with a document in which he responded to at least 10 requests for a written report containing data on the rationing of the liquid of La Paz since November, because of a severe drought.

The ex-minister stressed the improvement in the last weeks of the supply service in the 94 districts of the city, affected by the rationing initiated on November 8, due to the drying of Hampaturi and Incachaca dams.

She also considered that the Government acted in a timely manner to face this emergency, implementing a distribution of drinking water through tanker trucks and fixed tanks.

Starting this day, the preparatory work begins to appoint the new board of directors of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of Bolivia.

Former statements of the president of the Legislative Assembly, Álvaro García Linera, report that the activities of the new period include laws on the energy system, export of electricity.

In addition, the plan includes the construction of dams, treatment of atomic energy and the Lithium, plant. In that region, about 80 thousand people are without electricity for more than 48 hours, a situation they are trying to solve as soon as possible.

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Bolivia Decrees National Mourning for the Death of Fidel Castro

La Paz, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government today has declared a seven-day period of mourning for the death of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, considered by the president, Evo Morales, as a teacher of principles and values.

'National mourning is declared for the death of the former President of the Republic of Cuba, citizen Fidel Alejandro Castro, throughout the territory of the Plurinational State of Bolivia for seven days, without suspension of public or private activities,' the decree stated.

'In public buildings the Flag of the Plurinational State of Bolivia will be raised with black crepe as a sign of mourning at a national level,' the statement released by the Ministry of Communication stresses.

After learning about the death of Fidel Castro, Morales on the verge of tears said that the Commander was a master of principles and values, protector of the people and guide in the fight against imperial domination.

'The leader of the Cuban Revolution always accompanied us, and taught us to raise our voice in the face of capitalism that steals our natural resources.

His struggle was not only for Cuba and Latin America, but for the whole world, hence our tribute to the great politician, a man who gave his life for the peoples of the planet.

His career is enviable and his example as the most supportive man in the world is unattainable.

Fidel Castro was at the forefront of Latin American and Caribbean integration projects, proof of which was in his altruistic idea of giving free operations to thousands of Latin Americans.

I saw him share the initiative with the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, and it seemed impossible to me, but that dream came true in Bolivia, and 700,000 citizens were given surgery by Cuban doctors.' said the President.

'That miracle is Fidel Castro, it is the Cuban Revolution,' emphasized the first indigenous president of this Andean-Amazonian nation.

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President Morales Requests Access to Communication to Free People

Tiquipaya, Bolivia, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The best way to liberate peoples is through communication, declared Bolivian President Evo Morales while analyzing the influence of the press in today's political and cultural processes.

We must have responsibility with what we report. We need communicators with ideological training, principles, values and ethics, said the president last night at the inauguration of Third Abya Yala Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication.

Morales called to promote the means that defend the people, before those that become spokesmen of imperial ambitions.

The leader added that since the beginning of his government in 2006, 100 community radios had been installed throughout the country at the service of social movements.

He also highlighted the launching of the Túpac Katari satellite in orbit and its operations that began in 2014 and allowed a significant expansion and democratization of access to telecommunications in this nation.

The leader also insisted that the best form of liberation is with communication and mentioned the expansion of access to social networks.

Morales owns the Twitter account @evoespueblo that 'serves to communicate always with the truth'.

In another part of his speech, the head of state acknowledged the work of Telesur, 'a means of communication that defends the peoples and contrasts with CNN that defends the empire and, as a United States Attorney, is wherever there is or wherever can sharpen problems to defend the capitalist system.

The Third Abya Yala Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication will finish next Saturday in Tiquipaya, in the central department of Cochabamba.

According to the program, around 1,500 participants from several Latin American nations will analyze in eight alternative working tables the democratization of the rights of indigenous peoples to inform the world about their culture, identity, principles and values.

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Evo Morales Says Israel One of World's Most Barbaric Warmongers

The main objective of humanity should be “to eradicate” capitalism and imperialism, recommended the Indigenous head of state.

On the International Day of Peace, Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned the imperialist and warmongering policies of Israel and the United States during his address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York Wednesday.

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“Israel's warmongering policies are probably one of the most barbaric examples in the world,” said Morales, vigorously condemning Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians. “We have to stop the genocide against the Palestinians.”

As for the U.S., they must immediately end the blockade on Cuba and gave the island reparations, he said.

Imperialism and capitalism are the root causes of the issues humanity is facing in the 21st century, he added, and the main objective of humanity should be “to eradicate” capitalism.

“Capitalism is the worse enemy of life and humanity, and of future generations; it destroys Mother Earth; concentrates wealth the hands of a few; and generates extreme poverty,” he told global leaders.

“If we don't build another system soon for society, we will replace sustainable development with sustainable death,” he warned.

"A lot of people in the world are either refugees or displaced, because of global warming or because of the wars and conflicts, while more than 800 million people in the world are hungry," he stated. “This is the face of capitalism.”

“We condemn violence and terrorism but in order to address terrorism we must address the roots of this plague: wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few: the greater the poverty and inequality, the greater the discrimination, which encourages violence.”

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The leader highlighted that since Bolivia kicked out U.S. military bases, the fight against drug trafficking has significantly improved, as the U.N. documented—contradicting what Washington argues.

“Terrorism and drug trafficking are twins that the North American empire uses in order to invade and control the world, I am certain of that,” he said.

“When the Drug Enforcement Agency was in Bolivia, only half of the drugs seized was incinerated, the other was to get rich,” he said, quoting information from military officials.

He also rejected the management of Luis Almagro as the head of the Organization of American States, “We don't need a manager from the empire to govern us,” he said, stressing that the existence of the OAS would no purpose if the organization did not respect the sovereignty of peoples.

He expressed his support for the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro which has been targeted by Almagro.

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Evo Morales Denounces Acts of Violence by Striking Miners

Bolivian President Evo Morales denounced the recent acts of violence carried out by a group of striking miners. 

Bolivian President Evo Morales denounced the kidnapping and assassination of the country’s Vice Minister of the Interior Rodolfo Illanes, calling it an act of “conspiracy” against his administration during a press conference on Friday.

His comments take place after government officials confirmed Thursday evening that striking miners from the Federation of Mining Cooperative in Bolivia, known as Fencomin, were responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Llanes.

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The striking miners in Bolivia seized Illanes Thursday morning in a move authorities slammed as a “kidnapping” amid an escalating conflict between mine workers and President Evo Morales’ administration.

More than 100 arrests had been made in relation to the murder. Bolivian authorites early Friday morning said that they had recovered Illanes' body which reports say has sign of torture. 

In his remarks on Friday morning, Morales said the recent actions carried out by the Bolivian miners were rooted in self-serving political interests rather than genuine social change.  

"This mobilization of the Fencomin was a political conspiracy and there was no genuine social demands for the sector," President Morales told the media on Friday.

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The Fencomin miners, formerly allied with Morales, launched the indefinite strike after a series of deadlocked negotiations. They demand better working conditions and pay and reform of the country’s mining act, including elimination of certain environmental obligations, among other points. 

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