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No Refuge for the Amazon in Evo Morales' Bolivia

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/29/no-refuge-amazon-evo-morales-bolivia

Yes, Brazil is deforesting and so is Bolivia. Bolivia will mine the things that China can no longer export, such as tungsten. As the article mentions, other countries in SA not in the headlines have also deforested. What is difference between a “developed” and an un- or underdeveloped country??? Is it perhaps the amount of forest and scrub remaining in their landscape?
America, PLANT TREES…
In your corporate lawns,
In your front lawns
In your back lawns
Around your city halls
Along your highways.
America, PUT PLANTS in your windows.
Sell seedlings.
You want those people over there to do it, then you do it too.
I cry for South America’s forests, and for lost forests everywhere. Do what you can do.

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Mining for rare earths and other minerals will have a lot of places doing this as the US tries to wean itself from dependence on Chinese imports.

Stop politicizing the situation, help has been offered from many different Presidents and Countries from all over the world for days and weeks and just now after tremendous pressure from people in his own country he is finally allowing help. Hopefully, this is the case for the people of Bolivia, the animals and the beautiful jungle that is burning!

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I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed with Evo on this issue.
You can’t be a supporter of indigenous people while you allow their forests to burn and then give it away to multi-national agribusinesses.

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This was my reaction as well. Evo always seemed like he was on the right path for the people and the environment. I suspect that the US Empire has a hand in this industrialization/rape of Bolivia for international corporate profit. And I figure the IMF/Banker boys have a hand in it too.

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A “pink tide” of fuel for the fires of farcical “socialism”

Looked at the write up for this 2015 book. I take it you are saying Evo is doing the best he can given the circumstances ??

I believe in Morales, knowing something of his lifelong fight against the elite and interference from afar.

But I just don’t know what is going on there.

Perhaps you could shed some light ??

How good is that book ???

An article I wrote on Morales and Bolivia

https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/socialist-standard/2010s/2018/no-1371-november-2018/material-world-bolivia-morales-comes-up-against-capitalism/

Blog Posts I have done on the topic:

How different has his deeds been from his words when on 21 April, 2008, President Evo Morales of Bolivia delivered the opening address to the Seventh Session of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.:

“If we want to save the planet earth, to save life and humanity, we have a duty to put an end to the capitalist system. Unless we put an end to the capitalist system, it is impossible to imagine that there will be equality and justice on this planet earth. This is why I believe that it is important to put an end to the exploitation of human beings and to the pillage of natural resources, to put an end to destructive wars for markets and raw materials, to the plundering of energy, particularly fossil fuels, to the excessive consumption of goods and to the accumulation of waste. The capitalist system only allows us to heap up waste. I would like to propose that the trillions of money earmarked for war should be channelled to make good the damage to the environment, to make reparations to the earth.”

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Quite the interview, or monologue !! Glad to hear Matt Kennard say Evo Morales was the real McCoy - that is my impression as well.

It is interesting to me that I have been using the world racket for some time now to describe our financial world. To see this man, who worked for the Financial Times, describe it in that exact word is revealing.

I’m working my way thru “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis, and I have recently watched the movie of the same name twice.

For me, the movie line that most affected me was when Mark Baum (movie), whom I take it is a facsimile of Steve Eisman (book), says before a crowd of Wall Streeters that ‘fraud is bad not because it isn’t nice - but because in the end it has never worked.’

That rings - and gives one hope.

Thanks for the link - I will take a look at the book “The Racket” asap.

I am familiar with that story - shocked when I first learned of it. Many years later I red Andrew Bacevich’s book “Breach of Trust”, and the Butler story is in there again, as well as several others I was unaware of.

If fraud doesn’t work in the end, then this system s going to come crashing down again, with a global warming add on. It is difficult to envisage any way to fix this system. If it can’t be fixed, then what ?

Though it may not be a definitive refutation, The Grayzone has a different view: