Here we go. The expected unrest in Bolivia has begun. To cut the long story short, several years ago Evo Morales became the first president in the country who represents the indigenous majority. He promised socially orientated policy changes, and he was elected with a landslide. He started implementing the promised changes, giving a bigger share to the people in the governing of his country, and thus effectively cutting the hands of the West-backed corporate oligarchy in the country.
But the counter-punch was inevitable. The eastern provinces which are dominated by the successors of the former European colonialist elite, and which are rich in energy resources, received the needed assurance for support from abroad, and they've now started a counter-"revolution". First they want to cut their provinces away from the central control, and effectively make them independent (South Ossetia and Ajaria, anyone? And Kosovo?) Then they'll get back their grip on the natural resources, and suffocate the economy of the rest of Bolivia.
Can you notice the similarity to the organised campaign against Chavez in Venezuela? A media smear campaign abroad, and a "hotter" approach at home (reference: the coup which was organised against him and which even succeeded for a while - but he was brought back to power by the people, who had eloquently voted to elect him. In a democratic
election). The similar examples in history are endless - and many of them are actually in the Americas. Yes, the US back yard.
The chess game never stops. The pawns have started moving again. And someone in the West is rubbing their hands with delight...
(Sorry for the dramatism :-))
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