[Editor’s note: This heart-warming story of a nation that has successfully freed itself from the nefarious dominance of the IMF, World Bank and most of all, the USA is yet another clear piece of evidence that the USA is in decline with it’s ability to dominate and oppress the nations of central and southern America waning rapidly.
I fervently hope this movement continues to grow to encompass the entirety of the Americas until finally, the USA is unable to dominate anyone outside it’s borders and the IMF and World bank have been utterly defeated by the peoples of the Americas.
Truly we are seeing the rise of a new world order to replace the now thoroughly discredited and rightfully despised New World Order introduced 30 years ago by Daddy Bush and best of all, the USA is increasingly becoming unable to stop it.
Evo is absolutely right, the USA should be spending it’s billions not on it’s military, but on caring for it’s own people, elevating it’s poorest to a decent standard of living, but we all know that is not going to happen as the US government long ceased to serve it’s own people and their interests. Ian]
Morales highlights Bolivian independence from the IMF and World Bank
President Evo Morales has highlighted the total Bolivian independence from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB), which have carried out “devastating economic policies for many years” in this South American nation.
“A day like today in 1944 ended Bretton Woods Economic Conference (USA), in which the IMF and WB were established,” Morales wrote on his official twitter account, adding that “These organizations dictated the economic fate of Bolivia and the world. Today we can say that we have total independence of them.”
In recent speeches when opening social works in this Andean-Amazonian nation, Evo Morales revealed that the economic dependence was so great that the IMF had an office in government headquarters and even participated in their meetings.
Bolivia is now in the process of becoming a member of Mercosur and Morales attended the group’s summit in Argentina last week.
Following his speech at Mercosur Summit held in Mendoza, Morales live-twittered that “in view of the global financial crisis of capitalism, we are in a moment of integration for the liberation of the people.”
“First the Great Homeland,” Morales said and warned that “Our Mercosur cannot repeat the bitter history of the Organization of American States (OAS): for political or ideological reasons expel or exclude some nations.”
“Interventions in Libya, Iraq and other countries are conducted to appropriate natural resources. The main purpose in Venezuela is oil,” Morales said in the forum where several leaders have supported some interventionist stances.
He also stressed that “neither as Mercosur member nations nor as America’s organizations, we can be accomplices of a U.S. intervention in Venezuela.”
Since 2006, a year after Morales came to power, social spending on health, education, and poverty programs has increased by over 45%.
Bolivia’s popular uprising known as the The Cochabamba Water War in 2000 against United States-based Bechtel Corporation over water privatization and the associated World Bank policies shed light on some of the debt issues facing the region.
At the time, the World Bank had stated, “Poor governments are often too plagued by local corruption and too ill equipped” and “no subsidies should be given to ameliorate the increase in water tariffs in Cochabamba.”
Some of Bolivia’s largest resistance struggles in the last 60 years have targeted the economic policies carried out by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Most of the protests focused on opposing privatization policies and austerity measures, including cuts to public services, privatization decrees, wage reductions, as well the weakening of labor rights.
Evo: Trump Should Allocate Military Budget to Fight Poverty
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill setting a record of US$696 billion in military spending.
President Evo Morales of Bolivia slammed President Donald Trump’s military budget asking, “Why doesn’t Trump focus his military budget on fighting hunger and poverty inside and outside of the U.S.?”
Referring to Trump’s request for an increase in the U.S. military budget, Evo stated that the “imperialist countries” should allocate their budgets to repair the damages they have caused to the peoples of the world and Mother Earth.
The head of state added that the president of the United States “calls for increasing the military budget to intervene and plunder countries in the name of freedom, bringing death and misery to the people.”
“Why doesn’t Trump focus his military budget on fighting hunger and poverty inside and outside of the U.S.?”
“The imperialist countries should allocate their budget to repair all the damage they caused to the peoples and Mother Earth. “
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act Friday, setting a record of US$696 billion in military spending, more than President Donald Trump asked for.
Trump’s initial budget requested US$603 billion. However, house members generously gave an extra almost US$100 billion as a first step towards the military’s revamping.
The increased budget spending breaks the boundaries instated by the 2011 Budget Control Act by around US$72 billion, allotting US$65 billion to overseas war spending and US$631.6 billion in defense spending.
Bolivia Builds Over 400 Libraries for Prisoners, Indigenous
Construction of the libraries form part of a literacy campaign in Bolivia targeting historically-oppressed communities.
The Bolivian government has created over 400 community libraries as part of a program called Bolivia Reads, a nationwide campaign promoting literacy in rural and urban areas across the country.
The libraries are designated for prisoners, Indigenous communities, people with disabilities, campesinos and the elderly.
“We are delivering 412 community libraries thanks to the efforts and support of society as a whole, the Armed Forces, Indigenous authorities, educational units and the general public who participated in the collection of books,” Minister of Education Roberto Aguilar said in a statement.
This year alone, 174,185 books have been collected throughout the country to fill the community libraries and provide basic training for citizens in areas that lack access to public books, a problem which the government is hoping to address, according to the official.
The Bolivia Reads initiative is part of the National Literacy and Post-Literacy Program promoted by the Ministry of Education established in 2014.
Under the government of President Evo Morales, the country’s first Indigenous president, illiteracy was reduced from 13.3 percent in 2001 to 2.9 percent in 2016, the lowest rate in the history of Bolivia.
“We are working and bringing education to everyone because education has no limits and that is why we reach young people, adults, elderly people, even those with disabilities,” Aguilar said.
Bolivia was declared free from illiteracy in 2008 by the United Nations.