October 24, 2003

MORALES SEEKS TRIAL OF FORMER BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT

Morales, a former presidential candidate and now a congressman, also repeated calls for trying Sanchez de Lozada, who has taken shelter in the United States, saying he fears for his own safety and that of his family at home.

Evo Morales, a leader of Indian coca farmers, helped lead the protests that toppled President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada last week after the president promoted a plan to export Bolivia's natural gas.
"We have to wait for better conditions. When gas is in the hands of transnationals, it is just a looting of our natural resources."
Morales, a former presidential candidate and now a congressman, also repeated calls for trying Sanchez de Lozada, who has taken shelter in the United States, saying he fears for his own safety and that of his family at home.
"We want to charge him with economic damages and crimes against humanity," Morales said. "We are soon going to see him in prison."

FULL STORY From Ioan Grillo on the Associated Press newswire

"... as soon as a grave question of principle was raised...

   

the scholars were seen to...
leave to their libraries to draw nearer the masses, to involve themselves in life; and the experience has proved that they know how to make themselves heard.
The moral agitation to which these events gave rise has not been extinguished, and I am among those who think that it must not be extinguished."

Emile Durkheim

The Intellectual Elite and Democracy, 1886

October 21, 2003

Debido al espacio
limitado enque nos encontramos
POR FAVOR SOLAMENTE
UNA PERONA EN LA AREA DE COMIDA
Si usted trae sus ninos, porfavor
traigan a alguin que se quede con
ellos en la area de espera.
Gracias por su coperacion.

October 18, 2003

Bolivia Ousts Enron Collaborator

Hundreds of news stories continue to break as the unrest increases in La Paz where over 30 thousand protesters have taken to the streets to protest the plans of Enron, Shell and BP Amoco to accelerate the exportation of natural gas. According to Amazon Watch: "Years of gas development have brought little economic gain to Bolivia's forest communities who bear the grievous social and environmental costs of gas operations. Now the scramble for profits from the new gas bonanza is driving energy giants such as BP, Enron and Shell to embark on massive new pipeline projects with little thought for the well-being of the nation's poorest peoples." The protests which began in September, have become increasingly violent, resulting in extreme measures. Bolivia's only international airport, in El Alto, just outside of the nation's capital in La Paz has been closed since October 11. Bolivia's current president, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, lacks the popular support enjoyed by the leftist majority in congress. The Economist summarizes the conflict quit succinctly:
"Mr Sanchez (or Goni, as Bolivians call him) was an effective liberal reformer in his first term, from 1993-7. Last year, he won the presidency again, but with just 22.5% of the vote, barely ahead of Evo Morales, of the far-left Movement to Socialism. The two men seemed to personify two Bolivias: Goni is a Chicago-educated mining magnate; Mr Morales, of Aymara Indian descent, is the rabble-rousing leader of the coca-workers union. ...
...Ecuador's President Lucio Gutierrez is facing strikes and protests, having lost the backing of the Andean Indian groups that helped bring him to power. A state of emergency was declared this week, as banana growers (Ecuador is the world's largest exporter of the fruit) blocked roads and ports, demanding higher prices and more state aid. " The strife has spread through the region, weaking the presidency of Alejandro Toledo in Peru, where a state of emergency has been in effect since June.

October 17, 2003

Bolivia at fever pitch as coalition falls

Fri 17 October, 2003 20:07 BST
By Alistair Scrutton
LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Bolivia's government coalition has fallen apart after a main ally of embattled President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada withdrew his support, echoing demands from protesters for the unpopular leader to step down. more

Bolivia Ousts Enron Collaborators

Hundreds of news stories continue to break as the unrest increases in La Paz where over 30 thousand protesters have taken to the streets to protest the plans of Enron, Shell and BP Amoco to accelerate the exportation of natural gas. According to Amazon Watch: "Years of gas development have brought little economic gain to Bolivia's forest communities who bear the grievous social and environmental costs of gas operations. Now the scramble for profits from the new gas bonanza is driving energy giants such as BP, Enron and Shell to embark on massive new pipeline projects with little thought for the well-being of the nation's poorest peoples." The protests which began in September, have become increasingly violent, resulting in extreme measures. Bolivia's only international airport, in El Alto, just outside of the nation's capital in La Paz has been closed since October 11. Bolivia's current president, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, lacks the popular support enjoyed by the leftist majority in congress. The Economist summarizes the conflict quit succinctly:
"Mr Sanchez (or Goni, as Bolivians call him) was an effective liberal reformer in his first term, from 1993-7. Last year, he won the presidency again, but with just 22.5% of the vote, barely ahead of Evo Morales, of the far-left Movement to Socialism. The two men seemed to personify two Bolivias: Goni is a Chicago-educated mining magnate; Mr Morales, of Aymara Indian descent, is the rabble-rousing leader of the coca-workers union. ...
...Ecuador's President Lucio Gutierrez is facing strikes and protests, having lost the backing of the Andean Indian groups that helped bring him to power. A state of emergency was been declared this week, as banana growers (Ecuador is the world's largest exporter of the fruit) blocked roads and ports, demanding higher prices and more state aid. " The strife has spread through the region, weaking the presidency of Alejandro Toledo in Peru, where a state of emergency has been in effect since June.

October 15, 2003

Building new or maintaining old refineries
is considered to be a crime in Russia more

October 14, 2003

It's The Truth

Pravda, 2.18.03 Interpol agents detained one of the members of the IMF-WB new mission to Argentina, Jorge Baca Campodonico, on Thursday, a few meters from the Sheraton Hotel of Buenos Aires. The former Peruvian Minister of Economy currently serves in the International Monetary Fund and is accused of links to the former chief of the Peruvian intelligence services, Vladimiro Montesinos. Montesinos was the main collaborator of the Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori (1990 - 2000) and is now under arrest in Lima for criminal actions against the public administration. Montesinos has also been prosecuted on connections with narcotraffic, corruption and political assassinations. more PRAVDA?

October 07, 2003

Although Dennis Jett now seems too be worried about whether we're committing war crimes in Iraq, the unjust imprisonment of Lori Berenson never seemed to weigh very heavily on his conscience, and he didn't seem to concerned about the rights of the 48 innocent victims of his cohort Alberto Fujimori mentioned in the document below.

In fact, he made sure the information was reported as classified information for fear that it "might jeopardize our diplomatic relations" with Peru.

October 06, 2003

This document describes the military detention, torture and release of 48 Oxapampa residents in February and March 1997, who were falsely accused of being MRTA members. more

October 03, 2003

ARCHIVE PUBLISHES PERU HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTS

on August 28, 2003
"...the National Security Archive posted on the Web

33 of the most important declassified U.S. documents
used by the Commission in its work"
in a letter to secretary of state Colin Powell on Dec. 19, 2002, representatives of the national security archive wrote:

"...Now, three months past the promised delivery date, the State Department has yet to release the material to the Peruvian Truth Commission, whose strict deadline is rapidly approaching.... (The Commission’s collection of information stage will be over at the end of January, while their final report is due by July 2003.)"

October 01, 2003

Former CIA director

James Woolsey


"...has been named in news reports as a possible candidate for a key position in the reconstruction of a postwar Iraq."

Who's with Wilson?


according to the conservative Center for Security Policy
"The Clinton Administration has placed itself squarely in the tradition of Presidents Wilson and Carter..."
Does this mean the self-christened "neo-Wilsonists" are correct that indeed we have had a nation policy of perpetual war for most of this century?