Bolivia's Morales: US VP Pence Leading Campaign Against Leftist Latin American Governments

Morales expressed concerns about the covert tactics implemented by the United States government to undermine governments in Latin America.

Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke to RT the United States' campaign against Latin American governments who dared to stand against the country’s hegemony and imperialism Tuesday.

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"There are no military coups taking place in Latin America anymore, as coups are now happening through congresses and courts. It's yet another mechanism used by the United States to deal with presidents fighting against imperialism," Morales said.

If these measures falter, Morales says, the U.S. resorts to provocations and talks about military intervention when it cannot bend Latin American governments and leaders to their will. According to Morales, an example of this can be seen in the U.S. treatment of Venezuela, where they have called for a military intervention claiming that democracy and democratic principles have been undermined.

"And this has been happening throughout our history. That's how they (the US) invaded Libya and Iraq. This is the same for all coups on different continents. Therefore, we must protect sovereign states and our natural resources," the Bolivian leader explained.

On Friday, Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State said that the U.S. is preparing to take a series of actions to increase pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“You’ll see in the coming days a series of actions that continue to increase the pressure level against the Venezuelan leadership folks, who are working directly against the best interest of the Venezuelan people… We’re determined to ensure that the Venezuelan people get their say,” Pompeo said in a reference to the May 2018 elections which Maduro won but the Trump administration refuse to recognize despite assurances by international observers who were present during the electoral process.

Since then, the U.S. government imposed multiple unilateral economic and financial sanctions on Venezuela forcing the country to face an unprecedented economic crisis.  

Morales also expressed his dismay over the international reaction to moves against the governments of Cristina de Kirchner in Argentina, Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, and Rafael Correa of Ecuador. At present all the three countries are led by U.S. backed governments and the ex-leaders are facing various charges.

"There are some serious problems in Latin America. In Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador, the presidents, who used to be the guarantors of the sovereignty and dignity of the people, are now being subjected to political persecution," Morales said.

Last week, leftist legislators of Eurolat, Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly issued a 25 point statement from Vienna rejecting the imperialist intervention by the U.S in Latin American countries.

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Bolivia's Evo Morales: 'We Are Close to Returning to The Sea'

President Evo Morales considers that Bolivia's demand, for a sea access, at The Hague's International Court of Justice is "on track."

Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke, in a keynote address in Villa Tunari in Cochabamba, addressing Bolivia's maritime request submitted to The Hague's International Court of Justice (ICJ), stressing that the world's social movements supported the country's bid.

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"We are very close to our return to the Pacific Ocean, thanks to the Bolivian people. We hope this unity will continue in the battle to recover what is ours," said Morales, also noting that Chile must comply with the promises made so Bolivia could have a sea access.

President Morales said that "between October, November, maximum December there will be a ruling and any failure of the ICJ will be in compliance if we are States that recognize rights." During the event, former President Eduardo Rodriguez Veltze, Bolivian representative at The Hague's ICJ, was also made remarks.

Pdte. @evoespueblo desde Villa Tunari:"Recuperamos los recursos, recuperamos la patria, tenemos la nueva Bolivia. Ahora nos toca recuperar la salida al mar con soberanía y estamos muy cerca". pic.twitter.com/XmPsAN2m1P — Min. de Comunicación (@mincombolivia) August 26, 2018

President Evo Morales from Villa Tunari: "We recovered the resources, we recovered our motherland, we have the new Bolivia. Now it is the time to recover the sea with sovereignty and we are very close."

The president stated that Chile violated Bolivia's sovereignty in 1879 invading Bolivia's territory and stealing over 400 kilometers accessing the Pacific Ocean. In addition, he clarified that Chile failed to comply with the Treaty of 1866 that recognized the exit to the sea for Bolivia.

"We are with the truth, we are asking for justice to be done". Morales also welcomed the work of the international legal team and the experts who are championing the cause.

In 2013, Bolivia submitted the request at the ICJ in an attempt to restore part of the territory and garner "sovereign access" to the waters it lost. The action aimed to force Chile into negotiations, arguing that they had previously offered talks which were later retracted. 

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Evo Morales Rejects Militarization of Bolivia-Argentina Border

On August 17, the Argentine Government set up a military base in the border city of La Quiaca, near Bolivia, framed in the plan for a reform of the Armed Forces.

On Thursday, Bolivian President Evo Morales rejected the militarization of the Bolivia-Argentina border that President Mauricio Macri has ordered. The Bolivian president said that the Argentine Government seeks to intimidate and frighten the Bolivian people, but noted that this action does not scare them.

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Morales said that Argentina's move aims to rattle Bolivia. "They will try to scare us; We are not going to be scared, we are a united people, with social forces. They will try to intimidate us, they will not be able to," he said during a Public event in Chuquisaca, Bolivia.

The president said that he does "not agree with what Argentina did these last days, militarize the border with Bolivia, in La Quiaca, in front of Villazon." 

On August 17, the Argentine Government set up a military base in the border city of La Quiaca, near Bolivia, framed in the plan for a reform of the Armed Forces which is promoted by the country's executive to carry out internal security tasks. However, the Argentine Ambassador to Bolivia, Normando Alvarez, confirmed that an Argentinian military base will be installed in Abra Pampa, Jujuy Province, 70 kilometers away from the border with Bolivia.

Social and other media reports claimed that the United States had planned to open a military base in Argentina, near the border with Bolivia, in order to fight against drug-trafficking and terrorism. But, the Argentinian Government has denied the allegation.

"No, they are inventions; why do we need the United States military if we have professional military forces that can calmly develop their task," the ambassador remarked.

"NATO and U.S. military bases are synonymous with theft, synonymous with looting, confrontation, war. We have profound differences with the capitalist system, with North American imperialism, but for that we need unity. If we are united nothing is going to stop our process of change," Bolivian President Morales commented.

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Evo Morales Thanks Sao Paulo Forum for Support for 2019 Candidacy

La Paz, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed gratitude for the support from the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum for his candidacy for a new term in his country''s elections in 2019.

In a message on his Twitter account, Morales thanked the Latin American left for its support in the Havana Declaration.

We welcome the resolution of the 24th Sao Paulo Forum, which supports the constitutional candidacy of authorities for the peoples' self-determination by the American Convention. In democracy, it will be the people that will decide to give continuity to economic growth and to improve what has been achieved, Morales wrote.

The Bolivian president also welcomed that the final document of the meeting calls on Bolivia and Chile to find a solution to Bolivia's access to the sea on the basis of dialogue and international law.

We thank the resolution of the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum that calls on Chile and Bolivia to find a solution to the maritime confinement with dialogue and respect for international law for the integration of our peoples. The Hague's ruling must unite us, instead of dividing us, the head of State said in another Twit.

On Tuesday, the participants in the 24th Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum closed the event with a declaration that, among other issues, supports the candidacy of Bolivian President Evo Morales to run in the 2019 general elections, and calls to solve the Chilean-Bolivian maritime dispute peacefully.

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Bolivia Invests More than 12,9 Million Dollars in Vaccines

Bolivia's Ministry of Health spends 12,9 Million dollars annually on vaccines to be apply free to the population in order to prevent transmission or spread of 21 diseases. Each year the national government increases the budget to acquire the doses, which are not cheap. The average cost of each one is 21 Bs.(three dollars), not counting human resources, transport and accessories (syringe and cotton), explained Julio Sumi, head of the Expanded Program on Immunization.

These vaccines prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, pneumonia, Hib meningitis, polio, severe rotavirus diarrhea, and seasonal influenza. There are also doses against measles, rubella, mumps, yellow fever, diphtheria, military tuberculosis, meninguae, pneumococcal pneumonia, mumps and congenital rubella syndrome.

This list was complemented by a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) aimed at girls aged 10 to 12 to prevent cervical cancer.

The health official exemplified the difference between the cost of the HPV vaccine established in pharmacies between 1,200 Bs. (172 dollars) and 1,500 Bs. (215 dollars) each dose, while the Ministry of Health gave the two doses at no cost to schoolgirls.

Thanks to these vaccines, 80 percent of the population, especially children under five, were immunized against 21 diseases in 2017, Sumi concluded.

The vaccines and supplies purchased by this Bolivian ministry fulfill strict quality standards, which are certified by international institutions such as the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), according to an institutional bulletin of this state portfolio

Cuban president meets with Bolivia's Evo Morales to strengthen bilateral ties

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday met with his Bolivian counterpart, Evo Morales, to strengthen political and economic relations between the two nations following the election last week of the new head of State of this Caribbean nation.

Morales, who arrived in the Cuban capital earlier Monday, was received by Diaz-Canel with military honors at the Palace of the Revolution and later held talks in private.

Both leaders agreed to deepen political and economic ties between the two nations.

Promoting continental integration in an adverse geopolitical context was also a topic of conversation among both heads of State.

Earlier, Morales paid tribute to the island's national hero, Jose Marti, with a flower wreath at Havana's Revolution Square.

In statements to the press, the Bolivian leader congratulated Diaz-Canel on his election as president last week and highlighted Cuba's solidarity with the world in particular with medical brigades in more than 60 nations.

"We are here to move forward a new bilateral agenda and continue Fidel (Castro)'s legacy," Morales said.

He also said that his visit to Havana also responds to promoting the process of union and integration in Latin America and the Caribbean with the new Cuban president.

"We came to discuss various issues of a commercial cooperation and in terms of integration, to revitalize the agenda of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac)," he said.

During his visit, the Bolivian president will also visit the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology west of Havana to learn first-hand about Cuba's scientific developments and bolster cooperation in this sector.

Morales is the second president to visit Cuba after the election of Diaz-Canel last Thursday by the National Assembly.

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro visited Havana this weekend and met with Diaz-Canel to set up an economic, cultural and political cooperation plan for the next ten years.

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President Evo Morales Visits Cuba

The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, arrived yesterday in Cuba for an official visit.

He will meet the highest authorities of the Caribbean country.

As planned, the Bolivian leader will place a wreath to the National Hero Jose Marti on Monday and afterwards, Morales will have his reception and the official conversations with Miguel Diaz-Canel.

In the afternoon,the Bolivian president will visit the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Havana.

Morales is the second foreign leader who has visited Cuba since last April 19 Diaz Canel substituted Raul Castro as president of The Councils of State and Ministers.

The revolutionary Cuban leader, who finished this week his second term as the Head of the State and Government of the Caribbean nation, will continue as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba up to 2021.

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Bolivia: Massive Rallies Launch Evo Morales' Reelection Bid

Massive rallies were held in four Bolivian departments on Wednesday to launch President Evo Morales' 2019 presidential candidacy. Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) organized the support rallies in collaboration with the Federation of Campesino Workers of Cochabamba, Cocaleros (coca leaf growers) and neighborhood assemblies.

In Cochabamba, Jhonny Pardo, leader of the campesino federation, addressed the crowd of roughly 50,000 MAS supporters saying “we will guarantee the continuation of the process of change, even if it costs us our lives, we will achieve the continuity our brother Evo Morales.”

In La Paz, Sandro Ramirez of El Alto’s neighborhood assembly rallied supporters in Plaza San Francisco and criticized the opposition. “The right-wing’s goal is for Evo (Morales) not to participate in the 2019 elections, of course, because they don’t have a candidate,” Ramirez said.

In the Tarija and Cobija departments, the MAS party organized separate rallies. Via Twitter Morales thanked his supporters.

"I thank the Bolivian people who demonstrated in several cities to support the Democratic and Cultural Revolution and the Process of Change. Your love makes me commit to continue working for our homeland," Evo wrote.

Morales's opposition also took to the streets in what they called a national civic strike. Alfredo Reda, a government official, said the demonstrations were a failure because “it didn’t generate sufficient impact to paralyze productive, service and commercial activities.”  

The Opposition has, however, vowed to continue their protest with street blockages, and "massive marches". Juan Flores, president of the civic committees, said “we will coordinate with all the institutions an indefinite national civic strike. A national march towards La Paz will follow to ask the president to obey the will of the people.”

Rolando Villena, a former Bolivian ombudsman, has also voiced opposition to Morales' candidacy stating that the group, who are opposed to it will request a hearing with the Inter American Commission of Human Rights (ICHR), to present their arguments for the lawsuit against the state.

"We are going to request a hearing so that we can know the state (of the lawsuit) and where we are and continue in this action because there has to be a report from the International Commission on Human Rights," Villena explained.

Opposition groups presented a lawsuit against the decision by Bolivia’s Constitutional Tribunal to allow Morales to enter as a candidate in the 2019 presidential elections after Bolivians narrowly rejected a proposed constitutional reform preventing re-election.

Despite the results of 2016 referendum, several international organizations, groups, and political leaders have proclaimed their support for Morales.

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, a former Spanish president, said while speaking to gathering in Bolivia on Wednesday: "I'm here because I've seen Bolivia change, improve... If there has been a great president that is Evo Morales." Zapatero comments were supported by, Alberto Garzon a Spanish politician, economist, and member of United Left said: "We are twinned, the fight of Evo is the struggle of the peoples and workers of the whole world."

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