Morales, who is not a strongman like Assad or Maduro, seems to have taken the easy option to go into exile in Mexico. This may get his attackers to not put these plans into motion.
Long History of Covert Operations
The US government has been hostile to Morales ever since diplomat Philip Goldberg was expelled for plotting to take down the government.
The most controversial episode in this covert war was the Bolivian state’s imprisonment of Brooklyn Jew Jacob Ostreicher in 2012. Ostreicher, who is believed to be a CIA operative, was caught laundering drug money in the country for unknown ends.
Instead of allowing the local justice system to play out, the CIA pulled off a daring escape and smuggled Ostreicher back into the United States.
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13 years of Evo’s combination of nationalism with socialism have improved the living standards of the vast majority of the people he ruled.
- Nationalization: Morales took power on a mandate to nationalize
the country’s natural gas industry. The referendum, which caused former
president and current opposition leader Carlos Mesa to resign, saw
overwhelming support to put the nation’s natural resources back in the
people’s hands. Morales kept his promise and profits from the industry
have been kept in the country ever since.
- Cash Stipends: Morales’ program that gives cash bonuses to the
parents of students, families expecting children and the elderly has
helped significantly reduce poverty in the country.
- Agrarian Reform: The Bolivian state under Morales confiscated land that was being speculated on or illegally held and gave it to peasants who wanted to work on it.
Morales, however, was not perfect. Bolivia, even before Morales, has long depended on remittances from its massive diaspora in open-borders Argentina, which has destroyed the country’s demographics and destabilized it.
While the Bolivian government has diversified its economy enough to depend on this less, they protested weak and mostly empty threats by the Macri government to deport some of its own citizens back home in 2017.
The country’s newly installed leadership, will likely pave the road for a government that will undo all of Evo’s popular reforms, as happened in Ecuador after Lenin Moreno replaced populist Rafael Correa. Moreno immediately brought back the International Monetary Fund as soon as he took power and is now fighting off a popular uprising.
The recent history of American backed coups and regime changes also doesn’t bode well for the anti-immigration movements of the West.
The war in Afghanistan produced millions of refugees, hundreds of thousands who today live in Europe. Support Russia Insider –
The failed regime change attempt in Syria has displaced millions, with a low estimate of 500,000 having arrived in Europe since 2012.
The Trump administration is considering giving residence status to hundreds of thousands of random Venezuelans after a failed attempt to starve their country into overthrowing the Maduro government steeped the country in chaos.
Conservative figureheads are pressuring the White House to enact this policy in order to “defeat socialism.” All of this could be avoided by simply ending the policy of embargoing/deplatforming Venezuela from global financial services and ending CIA operations in the country.
While a few elite interests benefit from the global brotherhood of plutocrats, nobody else does. Bolivia will be objectively worse with the IMF and Wall Street back in charge, and a renewed wave of emigration in response to the restoration of high finance or civil war would not be surprising.
Claims of electoral rigging are as usual baseless.
Source: National Justice