Bolivians Return Evo Morales’s Party to Power One Year After a U.S.-Applauded Coup


The West‚Äôs reaction to the 2019 Bolivian coup featured all of its classic propaganda tropes. Western officials, media outlets, and think tank writers invoked the standard Orwellian inversion of heralding a coup of any democratically elected leader they do not like as a ‚Äúvictory for democracy.‚ÄĚ

In this warped formula, it is not the U.S.-supported coup plotters but the overthrown democratically elected leader who is the ‚Äúthreat to democracy.‚ÄĚ

Internal documents show that President Lyndon Johnson ordered U.S. troops to the Dominican Republic in 1965 not because of any plausible threat to the United States, but because he felt threatened by Republicans in Congress. Political competition within the United States accounts for the disposition of many U.S. presidents to order interventions. Democratically elected leaders disliked by the U.S. as ‚Äúdictators‚ÄĚ has been a staple of U.S. foreign policy propaganda for decades.

During the assault, U.S. jets bombed bridges and other areas of the capital city of Santo Domingo, and U.S. troops conducted house-to-house raids and blew up entire buildings in residential neighborhoods. But even with such savagery and a huge military advantage, it still took the U.S. days to retake Santo Domingo and months to fully defeat the insurgency. Above, a U.S. checkpoint and search of civilians in Santo Domingo.

That is the rubric under which the Obama administration and its Secretary of State John Kerry somehow celebrated one of the world‚Äôs worst despots, Egyptian Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, as ‚Äúrestoring democracy‚ÄĚ following the brutal military coup he carried out.

But thanks to Sunday’s stunning rebuke in Bolivia, the standard tactics failed.

Communist revolutionary died aged 90, after antagonising 10 different US administrations, and snubbing an eleventh

Ever since Morales‚Äôs election victory almost exactly one year ago today, Bolivians never stopped marching, protesting, risking their liberty and their lives ‚ÄĒ even in the middle of a pandemic ‚ÄĒ to demand their rights of democracy and self-governance.

Leading up to the election, the coup regime and right-wing factions in the military were menacingly vowing ‚ÄĒ in response to polls universally showing MAS likely to win ‚ÄĒ that they would do anything to prevent the return to power of Morales‚Äôs party.

At least as of now, though, it looks as though the margin of victory delivered to MAS by the Bolivian people was so stunning, so decisive, that there are few options left for the retrograde forces ‚ÄĒ in Bolivia, Washington, and Brussels ‚ÄĒ which tried to destroy the country‚Äôs democracy.

Anyone who believes in the fundamentals of democracy, regardless of ideology, should be cheering the Bolivians who sacrificed so much to restore their right of self-rule and hoping that the stability and prosperity they enjoyed under Morales expands even further under his first democratically elected successor.

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Why Israel wants to see Maduro overthrown in Venezuela

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US-Israeli support for overthrowing Maduro is part of a broader regional agenda targeting Palestinian solidarity.

While various important factors and elements have fueled the dire situation in Venezuela today, Israeli meddling in Latin American affairs is one that is rarely mentioned.

After the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, his successor, Nicolas Maduro, soon faced the challenges of a capsizing economy, hyperinflation, and shortages of medicine and food fueled by low oil prices, despite the country’s massive reserves.

Protests against the worsening socioeconomic situation have led to polarisation and a political stalemate. There are pro- and anti-government camps, with no alternative third option or any hopes for an internal reconciliation.

The emergence of self-declared interim President Juan Guaido, backed by countries including the US, Canada, Australia and Israel Рeven as the United Nations and Venezuela’s top court and military reject his leadership, while Maduro has called for early elections Рbegs the question: whose interests is he representing?

Struggle for self-determination

Venezuela’s political chaos has resulted from a combination of the country’s extreme vulnerability as a petro state and the consequences of imperialist policies and endeavours that fuel internal corruption.

But the US-Israeli support for overthrowing Maduro is part of a larger agenda to cement an anti-Palestinian campaign in Latin America at the expense of the Venezuelan people. 

Although most Latin American countries supported the UN Partition Plan of 1947, which officially established the state of Israel and led to the Nakba, the region has been broadly friendly to Palestinians, hosting the largest Palestinian presence outside of the Arab world. 

Solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination was at its height during the Chavez years up until today, with the leadership making outspoken criticism of Israel’s flagrant violations of international law. Venezuela severed diplomatic ties with Israel in 2009 over its military campaign in Gaza. 

The recent UN Palestinian statehood vote, along with Palestine’s broader bid for statehood, has strong support in Latin America, including in Venezuela

The Bolivian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) was founded by Venezuela and Cuba during the Chavez era.

Bolivia’s Avo Morales

The US and Israel remain the only countries to vote against the annual UN resolution to end the more than half-century blockade against Cuba.

Furthermore, the recent UN vote in favour of Palestinian statehood, along with Palestine’s broader bid for international recognition, has strong support in Latin America, including in Venezuela. 

Under the Trump administration, there has been a slow and steady shift to impose anti-Palestinian¬†policies, such as cutting US aid to the¬†UNRWA¬†refugee agency and to the Palestinian Authority, along with introducing the ‚Äúdeal of the century‚ÄĚ, which eviscerates any hopes for Palestinian national aspirations. ¬†

Neo-conservative ideology

Synagogue of Satan

The Trump administration has empowered the extreme political right, spreading the neo-conservative ideology of Christian Zionism criminals throughout Latin America.

The UN vote to condemn the US embassy relocation to Jerusalem was rejected by Guatemala, Honduras and Brazil all with criminal leaders, amid regional moves to strengthen ‚Äúsecurity‚ÄĚ ties with Israel.

Countries including Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Ecuador have all recognized Guaido.

The presidents of Argentina, Ecuador, and Venezuela denounced Paraguay’s Lugo’s impeachment as a coup d’etat.¬†In 2009 Honduras was a victim of a coup d’√©tat. The people of Chili are definitely pro-Palestine and have many Palestinian citizens¬†from the Palestine Nakba.

Once a Nazi haven: President of Argentina Mauricio Macri and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Buenos Aires, 2017

It is extremely telling that the Trump administration selected Elliott Abrams as the new US envoy to Venezuela, reinforcing the notion that the US and Israel see this situation as a perfect opportunity to overthrow Maduro and install a pro-Israel regime in the country.

Elliott Abrams testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington on 9 February 2011 (AFP)

Elliott Abrams testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington on 9 February 2011 (AFP)

Abrams was convicted for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, which involved a US-Israeli plan to secretly supply Iran with weapons amid an arms embargo, in the name of freeing hostages. The ultimate purpose was to fund US-backed counterinsurgents and guerrillas fighting socialism or communism. 

Abrams was also implicated in massive human rights abuses perpetrated by pro-US regimes in El Salvador and Guatemala, and the Nicaraguan Contra rebels in the 1980s, which led to tens of thousands of deaths.

Abrams was later pardoned by the Bush administration and named deputy national security adviser to promote former President George HW Bush‚Äôs strategy of ‚Äúadopting democracy abroad‚ÄĚ, which included his role in a failed coup attempt against Chavez.

Abrams is also fiercely pro-Israel and was critical of the Obama administration for deeming settlement expansion in the Palestinian territories to be illegal, making him well-suited for the anti-Palestinian agenda in Latin America.

Looking ahead

The direction in which Venezuela is heading does not look promising for the region, especially in relation to Palestinian solidarity, given the Zionist-related meddling, both historical and contemporary.  

The successful takeover of Venezuela by pro-US forces will mean the cementing of anti-Palestinian¬†politics through an interventionist policy that erases and ‚Äúcleanses‚ÄĚ Palestine from the region.

The hope lies with the people of Venezuela, civil society and grassroots movements in Latin America. Only time will tell whether they can halt this Israeli-backed project to end Palestinian solidarity on the continent.