Disapproval Rating for Colombia's Duque Reaches 70 Percent

The survey highlighted that 79 percent of respondents believe that the situation in the country is getting worse and only 11 percent feel optimistic about the government measures.

The disapproval towards the government of Colombian President, Ivan Duque, has reached 70 percent, a survey from the Invamer group read on Wednesday.

RELATED: Colombians Make Third National Strike in Less Than Two Weeks

The survey, made at the end of November, highlighted that 79 percent of respondents believe that the situation in the country is getting worse and only 11 percent feel optimistic about the way the government has handle the crises inside the South American nation.

The Duque administration is also not saved in terms of handling international relations since 49 percent believe that it is getting worse and only 30 percent believe it is on track.

Against the issues that most concern Colombians, 88 percent pointed to citizen insecurity, followed by corruption with 84 percent and the economy with 78 percent.

The national strike that has been carried out by workers' centrals and various social sectors in the country since November 21, on which an agreement for its termination is not glimpsed for now, had a decisive influence on this study, given the zero governmental capacity to meet the demands popular.

Further adding to the problems in Colombia has been Duque's crackdown against former FARC members, with many being killed by forces loyal to the president. 

While Duque denies playing any role in these kilings, his administration has done little to protect these former FARC personnel, despite the wide-spread attacks against these men and women. 

  • Published in World

Bolivia forced to repeal controversial immunity decree for armed forces

La Paz, November 29 (RHC)-- The decree that gave criminal immunity to military and police forces in Bolivia was repealed on Thursday, after the de facto government stated that the country achieved what it called "the desired peace."

The self-proclaimed president of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez announced the repeal of the decree, much questioned by international human rights organizations and throughout the country itself, where violence since the failed elections of Oct. 20 leaves 34 dead, many for gunshots during military and police operations.

"We have achieved the desired pacification," Añez said at a brief press conference at the government palace in the city of La Paz.

De facto president argued that the supreme decree she issued on Nov. 14, two days after assuming power, was "a constitutional appeal" taken in the face of "violent actions never seen before" in the Bolivian "history."

Añez expressly referred to what she called "days of terror" in the city of El Alto, La Paz, where on Nov. 19 at least 10 civilians were shot dead after a military and police operation, when groups protested against what they called a coup by the now de facto government of Añez.

Likewise, the de facto government has denied that the armed forces fired, while entities such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which sent a delegation to Bolivia, denounced excessive use of force in the case of El Alto and other operations in the nationwide.   Ten other civilians were shot dead in the Sacaba region in Cochabamba on November 15th in a law enforcement intervention.

Amnesty International, the Ombudsman of Bolivia, which filed an appeal for unconstitutionality, and other international and country entities strongly criticized Supreme Decree 4078, which exempted military and police from criminal responsibility if they acted with "proportionality" and "in self defense."

According to the Bolivia Ombudsman, 34 people have died and 832 have been injured as a result of violence since the elections of 20 October, which have now been annulled.

The violence began the day after the elections, when Evo Morales was declared the winner amid accusations of fraud from the opposition led by Carlos Mesa of the right-wing party Comunidad Ciudadana (CC) and urban agitation by civic committees headed by Luis Fernando Camacho.

Morales announced on Nov. 10 his resignation, forced by the Armed Forces, after a preliminary report from the Organization of American States that warned of "serious irregularities" in the elections, something that until now has not been presented in its final version.

The next day Morales left for Mexico, where he was given asylum, and since then the army has been carrying out joint operations with the police, who asked for their support when they were overwhelmed by massive protests in the midst of a power vacuum.

Añez declared herself president on November 12th and Decree 4078 was issued on the 14th.

Morales's resignation has been described as a "coup d'etat" by several Latin American governments and politicians, as well as several leaders and social movements in the world.

Edited by Ed Newman
  • Published in World

Bolivian soldiers tear gas funeral procession for slain protesters

La Paz, November 22 (RHC)-- Bolivian military forces tear gassed a massive funeral procession in La Paz Thursday, as supporters of ousted president Evo Morales carried coffins of slain protesters through the streets. 

Thousands of demonstrators were mourning the eight indigenous protesters killed by the Bolivian police and military Tuesday in El Alto.  But security forces descended on the procession as it drew near the presidential palace.  Coffins were left in the streets as tear gas forced the demonstrators to disperse.  

It was the latest act of military repression since the coup that forced Evo Morales out of office almost two weeks ago.  At least 32 people have been killed by security forces in the violence that followed — mainly indigenous people.

Edited by Ed Newman
  • Published in World

US-initiated ‘world war’ against Iran has failed and Washington has gone mad, IRGC militia commander says

A “world war” against Tehran has been foiled, a militia belonging to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards has announced, describing recent protests over fuel price hikes as a plot instigated by Washington and its allies.

“A full-fledged world war against the system and the revolution was born and, fortunately, the child died at the moment of birth,” said Brigadier General Salar Abnoosh, a deputy head of the Basij militia, one of the five forces of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The commander accused a “coalition of evil” comprising the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel, of being behind several days of unrest in the Islamic Republic.

The Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that protests had erupted in around 100 cities across Iran after the government raised fuel prices. As a result of the military’s “insight and timely action,” the unrest ended “in less than 24 hours and in some cities in 72 hours,” the Corps claimed.

Also on rt.com Iranian protesters should be angry at the regime in Washington, not Tehran...

The group’s deputy commander, Brigadier General Ali Fadavi, said that Washington has “gone mad” over the fact that the country has returned to normalcy and that there is no more “disorder” in the streets.

Hours earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had called on Iran’s “brave protesters” to share videos and photographs exposing abuses by Iranian law enforcement and military personnel. He said the material would be used to “sanction” Iran for human rights violations.

Tehran has scoffed at Washington’s statements of support for the protesters, noting that US sanctions have barred “delivery of food and drugs to the elderly and patients.”

Also on rt.com Pompeo urges Iranian protesters to send him videos so that US can ‘expose & sanction’ Tehran for alleged abuses

  • Published in World

Bolivian cable company Entel takes teleSUR off the air

La Paz, November 22 (RHC)-- The Bolivian telecommunications company Entel S.A. reported Thursday that they would take the signal of teleSUR off the air for "grid reorganization."   This takes place as teleSUR is broadcasting major -- and almost exclusive -- coverage of the repression of protests against the military coup in Bolivia.

The president of teleSUR, Patricia Villegas, responded to the move by Bolivia on her Twitter account.  "Before they said they had technical problems.  Obviously, censorship does not accept euphemisms.  We will continue to inform and hold strong to our commitment to report the truth."

In a statement sent to teleSUR, Entel says that due to what they said was "the reorganization in the television grid," the "General Conditions of signal transmission of teleSUR will be ended."

Edited by Ed Newman
  • Published in World

Amid ongoing Bolivian coup, MAS lawmaker sworn-in as new Senate president

La Paz, November 15 (RHC)-- The Chamber of the Bolivian Senate swore in the legislator of the Movement to Socialism (MAS), Monica Eva Copa, as its new president, amid a coup d'état that the country is currently undergoing.

Also, the Chamber of Deputies managed to form a quorum with 74 MPs from the MAS party and an opposition deputy.  In the session, they elected parliamentarian Sergio Choque (MAS) as the new president.

In this way, both Chambers return to normal with new leadership after the resignations provoked by the coup d'etat that led to the forced resignation of several officials of the MAS Government, including legitimate president Evo Morales, and vice president Alvaro García Linera.

The first secretary of the senate, Omar Aguilar, opened the session with a minute of silence for the fallen during the last days due to violence and police-military repression in the streets.  "Our only goal is to seek the unity and peace of all Bolivians," Aguilar said.

For her part, the new president of Senate, Monica Eva Copa, highlighted in her speech the courageous attitude of the former president, Adriana Salvatierra, who was beaten by police forces before the parliament headquarters, but who managed to open the way for deputies to install Thursday's session.

Edited by Ed Newman
  • Published in World

Tens of thousands pour into Baghdad’s Tahrir Square as Iraq protests continue

Baghdad, October 31 (RHC)-- Anti-government protests are continuing in Iraq, where tens of thousands of people marched on Baghdad’s Tahrir Square demanding the removal of the government. 

At least 225 people have been killed in the Iraqi government’s crackdown against the protests, which erupted earlier this month over corruption, mass unemployment, and the lack of basic public services. 

Al Jazeera reports Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi may soon be ousted, after his two main political backers, Muqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri, agreed to work together to remove Madhi from office in response to the growing protests.

Edited by Ed Newman
  • Published in World

What they can’t forgive to Evo Morales

The Bolivian people have decided their destiny in vital elections, not just for the progress and political, economic and social stability of that nation, but also for the region, and in which the current president Evo Morales - according to all the official polls – holds all the winning tickets, despite the media offensive and violent actions that have tried to subvert the domestic order in the country and turn the electoral process against him.

It’s obvious that at this point nothing else could be expected. The courage, optimism, Morales’s faith in his cabinet and in his town, but above all, his work dynamic, his truthfulness, have put him at the head of his people and before the world as an example of dignity that the regional right-wing willing to please the United States and the U.S. government itself, with their Moroe-like outbursts, cannot forgive him.

In recent days, Evo Morales presided over a great march in El Alto city - the same that 16 years ago fought for the nationalization of gas against the government of President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his vice president Carlos Mesa - and another rally in La Paz - as the closing of the campaign - and he looked confident and smiling, surrounded by thousands of people who followed him. He ratified the importance of being with those in need, listen to them, and learn from them.

His election campaign has suffered all kinds of attacks and setbacks but he has been unstoppable, solving key problems, dealing with new works and social projects and leaving aside the talk and empty actions of his opponents, some very well known to the people and not precisely because of his good deeds. Thanks to their direct and close work with municipal and local governments, international aid and hundreds of volunteers, a few hours ago it was confirmed that they were finally able to quench the fire outbreaks that remained in the Chiquitania region, although about that, the so-called large media have said nothing.

"There are no more heat spots or active fire in Chiquitania," said Cinthia Asin, secretary for the Sustainable Development and Environment of the Government of Santa Cruz, the same region where offices and establishments were violently assaulted a few weeks ago related to the Movement To Socialism (MAS) resulting in injuries to dozens of people, in the voice of the opposition candidate Carlos Mesa himself – what a coincidence? - should not choose violence as a form of action but they were “very brave” to express their dissatisfaction with Morales government.

Evo, however, has lived up to the standards of a leader who is only interested in keep on changing the lives of his people and the welfare of his country, and especially that of the poorest. That’s why he moves away from electoral talks to launch programs like the BDP-Lab that supports young entrepreneurs to have their own companies with seed capital and supports them with 30% subsidized housing loans, boosting not just youth unemployment but also that they can buy their own home.

He even travelled last week to the Potosí region, where the largest lithium reserves worldwide are found to promote a project that will allow them to become the largest producer of lithium batteries for electric vehicles and, at the same time, become a hub of economic environmentalist development with the direct participation of Bolivian students and engineers who receive training at a Technology Center, one of the kind in the country.

In early September, the indigenous president was also able to pass a law that guarantees access to universal and full healthcare to people suffering from cancer, and not just through the development of programs but also ensuring its infrastructure. He then ratified that Bolivia would continue to advocate, firstly, for more social policies, and here the Unique Health System (UHS) created during his period of mandate occupies an important place. The creation of this system made possible the construction of three nuclear medicine centers, equipped with the best technology to fight cancer in cities like El Alto, La Paz and Santa Cruz.

That is what the far right-wing cannot forgive to Evo Morales, that his government continues to work nonstop, that they are attacked and yet, continue to provide opportunities for the youngest, almost 30% of the entire Bolivian population, the same young people who in 13 years the government built more than 5,000 schools for them, increased the resources sent to universities as well as jobs, just to mention those examples.

They can’t forgive him that amidst all that, he speaks in the United Nations, signs agreements and promotes concrete actions with world leaders to favor the fight against the eminent problems of the climate change, and that without resorting to economic measures known as “paquetazos” he still invests in social resources while ECLAC confirms that the Bolivian economy – once again - will grow the most and achieve more stability in the region by the end of 2019.

  • Published in Specials
Subscribe to this RSS feed