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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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MSM Adamantly Avoids The Word “Coup” In Bolivia Reporting​, ​by Caitlin Johnstone  ​ ​
​ ​There has been a military coup in Bolivia backed by violent right-wing  rioters and the US government, but you'd hardly know this from any of the mainstream media headlines...
 ​ ​The indigenous leader of a socialist South American government which has successfully lifted masses of people out of crushing poverty, which happens to control the world's largest reserves of lithium (which may one day replace oil as a crucial energy resource due to its use in powering smartphones, laptops, hybrid and electric cars), which has an extensive and well-documented history of being targeted for regime change by the US government, simply stepped down due to some sort of scandal involving a "disputed election". Nothing to do with the fact that right-wing mobs had been terrorizing this leader's family, or the fact that the nation's military literally commanded him to step down and are now currently searching for him to arrest him, leading to ousted government officials being rounded up and held captive by soldiers wearing masks.  

​ ​Two days before Bolivian president Evo Morales was pushed out by the country’s military, Mark Weisbot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research penned a warning about what was happening, and what might unfold, in a Nation article titled, The Trump Administration Is Undercutting Democracy in Bolivia.
He noted:
​ ​Multilateral organizations like the Organization of American States (OAS) have a certain perceived impartiality because they are, in theory, controlled by a diverse group of nations. But sometimes a great power can wield a disproportionate influence. It could theoretically be a coincidence that both the Trump administration and the OAS have tried—without offering any evidence—to discredit Bolivia’s national election in the past couple of weeks. But it’s more likely that this dangerous, ugly, and destabilizing operation is being pushed by Washington.
​ ​This “destabilizing operation” came to a head yesterday when Morales resigned under pressure from the military amidst a wave of protests and violence. The situation is Bolivia is complicated, but one thing you can be sure of is anything you hear or read in U.S. mass media will be a heaping pile of lies and propaganda...
​ ​Morales was barred by the constitution from running for another term, but he attempted to override this with a referendum which he lost 51% to 49%. The Bolivian Supreme Court later ruled that term limits were unconstitutional, so he decided to run again. He then won this new election in the first round by the 10% spread required, but the Organization of American States (OAS) immediately called into question the validity of the result. This sparked weeks of protests and culminated in yesterday’s military coup. According to Mark Weisbot, the OAS has provided zero evidence of election fraud, and also notes that approximately 60% of the OAS budget comes from the U.S. government.


Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm's Lithium Deal
"Bolivia's lithium belongs to the Bolivian people. Not to multinational corporate cabals."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/11/bolivian-coup-comes-less-week-after-morales-stopped-multinational-firms-lithium-deal  

​The Many Ways Sanders and Warren are Different, and Why It Matters:

​Moon of Alabama:
Hong Kong - "Marginal Violence" Fails To Win More Protest Support
​ ​After nearly six months of violent "protest" the U.S. supported anti-Chinese rioters in Hong Kong are switching into overdrive.
Today there were more than 16 hours of continuous violent rioting by small groups of black clad "protesters"...
​ ​Violence against the  government was supposed to create a violent response which would then increase the support for the protests. That theory seems not to work in Hong Kong. Legit demonstrations are now reduced to a few hundreds of people. The hundred thousands who attended the first demonstrations no longer come. They have recognized that the core protesters' "mild force" is just senseless violence and that these rioters are completely unreasonable.
Today they intentionally burned a man who was verbally opposing them:
​ ​By Monday evening, Leung Chi-cheung, a 57-year-old father of two daughters, was fighting for his life in hospital with severe burns to his body as well as head trauma.
​ ​The video footage then showed Leung returning to confront the protesters, whereupon a dispute ensued.
“During the dispute, he was doused with flammable liquid and set alight,” a police source said.
Another source described the attack as ruthless.
“The victim stood up bravely after the sabotage, but the rioters tried to burn him alive,” the source said. “Such an attack is inhumane.”

​ ​Over the weekend multiple Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) were filmed leading convoys in around the northern cities of Tal Tamir and Kobani, escorting other armored vehicles along with infantry crew members. Syrian Kurdish and local media are mistakenly describing the armored Bradley M2 infantry fighting vehicles rumbling across the highways as "tanks"...
​ ​One Pentagon official was pressed during a briefing last Thursday over how a country's sovereign resources could be legally stripped away on its own soil, to which a US commander responded: "U.S. troops have the... authorization to shoot if a representative of the Syrian government comes to the.. oil fields and says, 'I am here to take property of these oil fields.'"

​Iran announces new oil field find with 53 billion barrels, increasing "proven reserves" by over 30%​.
https://apnews.com/a6adb7b30adb444998541b1b5aca4332  

Shrink the military, shrink injustice​, ​The US Green New Deal must be anti-imperialist

​As UK snap elections lean towards a hung Parliament, UKIP's Nigel Farage announces he will not contest the Tories in 317 local elections. He wants Brexit, actually wants it. What's his strategy?
​ Farage listed two main points that he could work with that speaks directly to Labour voters who voted Leave:
Johnson has promised no extension to the Transition Period beyond 2020, keeping No Deal on the table.
Johnson would negotiate based on a Canada+ Trade Deal.
 Both of these things were part of Farage’s “Big Ask” in the first place. By conceding he got most of what he wanted, something to campaign against Johnson on, since Johnson wasn’t about to give Farage anything official publicly.
 The Tories cannot form an alliance with an outsider like Farage. That would be damning to them, conceding they are the past.
https://tomluongo.me/2019/11/11/farage-saves-brexit-johnson-big-ask/  

 No Recession Ever Again? The Yellowstone Analogy​, Charles Hugh Smith​
 ​Just ​as forestry management's policy of suppressing forest fires insured uncontrollable conflagrations, so central banks' attempts to eliminate recessions insure a financial conflagration that will burn down the entire global financial system.
​ ​The first task of those at the levers of neoliberal global capitalism is to deny that global capitalism is in crisis.
https://www.oftwominds.com/blognov19/recession-conflagration11-19.html  

​ ​Amber Dykshorn stood at her kitchen window and watched the storm come in.
​ ​It was a very dark Saturday night in the middle of the summer in the middle of a year that is on track to be the wettest in more than a century. The wind blew over the farm, the rain came down and she heard the ominous pings on her roof – pea-sized hail, striking the still-fragile stalks of the only corn her husband, Chris Dykshorn, was able to plant before he took his own life in June.
​ ​Chris had lost all hope.
​ ​The couple was absolutely drowning in debt, and they desperately needed a good year just to keep the farm going.
​ ​But then the rain just kept on coming, and now Amber has to deal with three young kids and $300,000 in farm debt all by herself
​ ​Did their crop insurance cover hail damage? She had no idea. That was something Chris would have taken care of, if he were here. Instead she was alone, with nearly $300,000 in farm debt, three kids ages 5 to 13 and a host of grief-fueled questions. Why hadn’t she been able to save him? What would happen to them now?  

​Beaten​

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