Chomsky praises Snowden and condemns US hypocrisy

Typically eloquent Noam Chomsky, speaking this weekend at the Geneva Press Club: My own opinion is that Snowden should be honored. He was doing what every citizen ought to do, telling. [Applause] He was telling Americans what the government was doing. That’s what’s supposed to happen. Governments as I mentioned before always plead security no…

Bolivia has more climate answers than the US of A

Naomi Klein on an event that received virtually no Western media coverage (except Democracy Now!): Cochabamba, Bolivia It was 11 am and Evo Morales had turned a football stadium into a giant classroom, marshaling an array of props: paper plates, plastic cups, disposable raincoats, handcrafted gourds, wooden plates and multicolored ponchos. All came into play…

Washington wants war over cooler degrees

Who is really serious about addressing climate change? Here’s Bolivia’s leader Evo Morales in Copenhagen: The budget of the United States is $687 billion for defense. And for climate change, to save life, to save humanity, they only put up $10 billion. This is shameful.

Bolivian democracy in action (and the West should notice)

Bolivia this week re-elected an inspirational man to lead the country for another five years. The Wall Street Journal isn’t pleased (rambling about dictatorships), but the Guardian editorial perfectly explains the reason why Noam Chomsky calls the country a leading example of real democracy: President Evo Morales won a stunning victory in Bolivia yesterday, taking…

Look, over there, your enemies are ours as well

This sounds like desperate spin by the Zionist state. Evidence, please: Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The two South American countries are known to have close ties with Iran, but this is the first allegation…

Why this war on drugs is absurd

Evo Morales, New York Times, March 14: This week in Vienna, a meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs took place that will help shape international antidrug efforts for the next 10 years. I attended the meeting to reaffirm Bolivia‚Äôs commitment to this struggle but also to call for the reversal of a…

Anti-Semites under every coca leaf

Some in the mainstream media – the unthinking, reactionary kind, ie. the Washington Times – see anti-Semitism everywhere: The appearance of a Star of David on new national identity cards has alarmed opponents of [Bolivian] President Evo Morales, who recall how the symbol was used to brand Jews in Nazi Germany. Yes, Morales is a…

This is what they do

“Violation of US policy”? Pulease: In an apparent violation of U.S. policy, Peace Corps volunteers and a Fulbright scholar were asked by a U.S. Embassy official in Bolivia “to basically spy” on Cubans and Venezuelans in the country, according to Peace Corps personnel and the Fulbright scholar involved. “I was told to provide the names,…