Bolivia: As Elections Near, US-Backed Interim Government Mobilizes Military, Arrests Opposition Leaders – Global Research


23-01-20 04:02:00,

Interim President of Bolivia Jeanine Añez has ordered troops to the streets and forced opposition candidates to organize abroad for fear of arrest ahead of the country’s first elections since a US-backed coup last November.


Wednesday, January 22 marks the day that Jeanine Añez is set to stand down as “interim” President of Bolivia, beginning the process for fresh elections set for May 3. Añez came to power in November, following a U.S.-backed coup that deposed the Movement to Socialism’s (MAS) Evo Morales. However, she is certainly not acting as if she intends to relinquish her power, let alone move towards new elections. Instead, she has sent the military, replete with tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, into the capital cities of all nine departments of the country.

8pm: The Bolivian military is riding about central La Paz with their guns out and sirens on. They’re not going to an incident, the objective is to intimidate the population.

— Ollie Vargas (@OVargas52) January 17, 2020

MintPress News’ Ollie Vargas was on the scene in the center of the capital La Paz, where he filmed hundreds of armed soldiers performing drills outside the Cathedral of St. Francis and dozens of military vehicles circling the city, sirens on and guns drawn.

“The purpose of that is to intimidate people ahead of possible protests against the coup on the 22nd of January…This was a show of force saying you are not going to be able to march what you want. The military is preparing for a war-style operations if marches do arrive in the city. It is about intimidating the people,” he said in an interview with TeleSUR English; “The point was to be a show of force, rather than itself be an act of repression. It was there to show what repression could come.”

Huge mobilization of the Bolivian military in the center of La Paz, outside San Francisco cathedral.

In six days, social movements will be protesting here against the coup.

— Ollie Vargas (@OVargas52) January 16, 2020

The military played a leading role in the November coup,

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British Elections: The Cause of Labour is the Hope of the World – Global Research


12-12-19 01:03:00,

Former presidents, ministers, members of parliament, trade unionists, and political leaders from four continents sign an open letter explaining why the world needs a Labour government.


We, the undersigned, express our solidarity with the Labour Party for today’s election in the United Kingdom.

After a decade of austerity, the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister would send a message of hope across the world that a future of social justice is possible. A Labour victory would be an inspiration to millions fighting for a future beyond neoliberalism – one in which the interests of ordinary people could be advanced, our social fabrics restored and the domination of an economic elite over our democracies brought to an end.

Faced with the rising tide of the far-right in many countries, the need for progressive governments with transformative social agendas has never been greater. Electing Labour under Jeremy Corbyn would be a step in the right direction – helping to contribute to a new era of internationalism, peace and diplomacy, which challenges reactionary politics with a spirit of co-operation.

It is also increasingly clear that we are running out of time to tackle the climate crisis. A Labour government, with a commitment to a Green New Deal and radical action to bring about carbon neutrality, would be a watershed in the battle to save our planet and particularly its poorest people from the consequences of ecological breakdown.

We wish the Labour Party the best in this election, and hope it can be the start of building not just a better Britain – but a world for the many, not the few.


Dilma Rousseff, former president of Brazil, Workers’ Party

Yanis Varoufakis, MP, leader, MeRA 25 (Greece)

Srećko Horvat, co-founder, DiEM 25

David Adler, policy director, DiEM 25

Rafael Correa, former president of Ecuador, Acuerdo Nacional

Guillaume Long, former Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Acuerdo Nacional

Pablo Iglesias, MP, leader, Podemos (Spain)

Miguel Urban, MEP, Podemos

Idoia Villanueva Ruiz, MEP, international spokesperson, Podemos

Juan Carlos Monedero, founder, Podemos

Íñigo Errejón,

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EU elections over: Exit polls show surge for right-wing & green parties amid high turnout


27-05-19 07:34:00,

The three days of European Parliament elections have concluded across the EU. Exit polls show a surging rise of right-wing and Euroskeptic parties, and a heavy blow dealt to pro-EU centrists.

The pro-European bloc EPP and the Social-Democratic alliance S&D have lost their combined majority and are expected to shrink significantly – from 221 and 191 back in 2014 to 179 and 150, respectively. They remain the two largest voting blocs in the parliament, however.

Here is the first overall projection with global figures for the political groups based on the structure of the outgoing Parliament ⬇

— European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) 26 мая 2019 г.

The predicted rise of right-wing parties across the union has apparently come true. In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party looks set to obtain around 24 percent of votes, according to different exit polls, narrowly beating President Emmanuel Macron’s party, which is expected to score some 22 percent.

In Hungary, PM Viktor Orban’s party scored a solid win, receiving support of some 52 percent of the voters. His closest competitors, the leftist Democratic Coalition and centrist Momentum Movement got 16 and nearly 10 percent, respectively.

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The German ruling coalition suffered significant losses, as the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) scored around 28.7 and 15.6 percent, respectively. The country’s Greens, meanwhile, surged to second place with almost 21 percent of votes, doubling its result from the previous election. The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) came in fourth, scoring nearly 11 percent, almost 4 percent more than in 2014.

Germany, Infratest dimap 9:53 pm CEST projection:

CDU/CSU-EPP: 28.3%
GRÜNE-G/EFA: 20.3%
SPD-S&D: 15.6%
AfD-EFDD: 10.8%
FDP-ALDE: 5.4%
FW-ALDE: 2.1%
VOLT-*: 0.8%

— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) 26 мая 2019 г.

Austrian right-wingers have apparently been left unshaken by the political scandals that have caused the ruling coalition to collapse.

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Indian Elections: From Here to Eternity | New Eastern Outlook


03-05-19 04:35:00,


Elections in India don’t happen in a day. They are rather a month-long affair. The world’s largest democracy, with a 900 million electorate (more than the entire population of Europe) is in the process of electing the 543 members of the 17th Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament), in an election which began on 11th April and is due to end on 19th May. But the statement made by those 900 million is often as obscure as it is loud.

It is just not the population, but also the multitude of communities, cultures and languages which make India appear more like a continent than a country. This is what makes deciphering Indian elections difficult not just for the novice but for experienced psephologists. To add to the problem, 84 million of these registered electors are first-time voters, who have just reached the minimum voting age of 18 and thus have no voting history from which to gauge their likely intentions, if one is even necessary.

It is helpful to try to understand the way elections work in India, and how the leader of the world’s largest democracy gets elected, because the process demonstrates both the triumphs and disasters of democracy. The fact that such vast elections are held at all, and the system is maintained by the people, is undoubtedly a triumph. But at the same time, how can anyone get what they want, or hope the system might deliver it one day in the future?

In or out of your house

General elections in India choose members of both the lower house (Lok Sabha) and upper house (Rajya Sabha) of the bicameral parliament. Lok Sabha members are directly elected, but Rajya Sabha members by an indirect method. The representatives of each State and the two Union territories are elected by the members of the Legislative Assemblies of those States and the members of the Electoral Colleges of those Union Territories. 12 further members are nominated by the President.

This hybrid system is supposed to produce “checks and balances”, in the classic British parliamentary tradition. No one interest should be able to ride roughshod over all others. But can you imagine any one interest group, political, financial, ethnic or religious, trying to make the rest of the country jump to its tune?

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US and Soros Take Stab at Thai Elections | New Eastern Outlook


20-03-19 02:59:00,


Western regime change efforts have intensified ahead of upcoming elections in Thailand. Opposition groups attempting to take power and remove Thailand’s powerful, independent military from Thai politics have received extensive, well-documented funding and political support from Washington, London, Brussels, and Western corporate foundations, including the most notorious of all – George Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF).

One such front – Human Rights Watch (HRW) – has recently released a report condemning upcoming elections as undermining the “right to vote.”

To understand Soros-funded propaganda published by HRW, one must first understand why Thailand has been targeted for regime change in the first place.

Why Thailand?

The Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand serves as a pivotal regional hub economically and geopolitically. It has the second largest economy in ASEAN and remains the only Southeast Asian state to have avoided Western colonization.

While some analysts still cling to Cold War-era stereotypes regarding Thailand’s role in the US-led war against Vietnam, the country has since dramatically pivoted away from Washington.

Thailand’s military in particular has begun replacing its aging American weapons with Chinese, Russian, and European weapons. This includes everything from small arms to Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters, European warplanes, Chinese main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs), and even Chinese-built ships and submarines.

Thailand has also become a key partner in China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. High-speed rail lines are already under construction with proposals for the construction of more lines entering final negotiations.

While Thailand – by necessity – still maintains ties with the West, and Western allies like Japan – it is clear that it has balanced out these ties – with the momentum of Thai foreign policy tilting decisively in favor of Eurasia at Washington’s expense.

For all of these reasons and more, the US has been involved in long-term regime change efforts in Thailand, starting at least as early as 2001 with billionaire and former Carlyle Group adviser Thaksin Shinawatra’s ascent into political power.

By 2001 it was already clear that China’s rise regionally and globally was imminent and that the process of encircling and containing Beijing had become a priority for US foreign policy. Placing proxies like Thaksin Shinawatra into power in Thailand was aimed at creating a unified front of US client states along China’s peripheries.

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Thai Elections: US Seeks Regime Change vs China | New Eastern Outlook


07-03-19 10:46:00,


Heavily biased headlines emanating from US and European media should already make it abundantly clear which side of upcoming Thai elections in March Western special interests are on.

The current Thai government is led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a general of the Royal Thai Army and the leading figure of a 2014 coup that ousted the regime of now ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of also-ousted ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Both Shinawatras are now convicted criminals and live abroad as fugitives evading jail.

Despite these apparent complexities, the story is very simple.

The Shinawatras lead neo-liberal forces the US has been cultivating inside Thailand (as well as other nations around the globe through organisations like the National Endowment for Democracy) to eventually transform the nation into a client state.

Thailand’s military, a powerful and independent institution, along with the nation’s constitutional monarchy, have opposed these forces, or more accurately, have attempted to accommodate them without ceding too much of Thailand’s national sovereignty in the process.

Current Government’s Pivot Toward China

The current government has decisively pivoted toward Beijing and other emerging global powers. It has begun replacing aging Vietnam War-era US military hardware with modern Chinese, Russian and European defence systems. In addition to the Cold War-era “Cobra Gold” military exercises held annually with the US, Thailand is now taking part in joint exercises with China.

Thailand is also in the middle of negotiating large infrastructure deals with China regarding mass transit systems including a high speed rail network that will connect Thailand to China via neighbouring Laos. Thailand represents one of several key pillars to China’s global One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative.

It is clear then why the US seeks to not only remove the current government from power in upcoming elections, but also why it seeks to permanently reduce the Thai military’s role in politics to prevent such a dramatic pivot from ever taking place again.
The US goal in Thailand, as it is in every nation along China’s peripheries, is the creation of an obedient client state that serves US interests both economically and geopolitically. Failing that, the US would settle, as it has in Iraq,

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Upcoming Thai Elections Next Battlefield in US-China Power Game | New Eastern Outlook

Upcoming Thai Elections Next Battlefield in US-China Power Game | New Eastern Outlook

21-10-18 12:52:00,


Elections are set to be held sometime in early 2019 for the Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand.

The nation has struggled with political instability since former police colonel-turned-billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra came to power in 2001. Two military coups, one in 2006 and another in 2014, have unfolded in attempt to remove Shinawatra and his political party from power after indulging in unprecedented corruption, abuse of power and human rights violations.

Shinawatra, his sister who sat as prime minister for him from 2011 to 2014 and several other prominent members of his political party now reside abroad in Europe and the United Arab Emirates. Shinawatra and his political allies have repeatedly used violence as a tool to seize back power, resulting in headline-grabbing episodes of bloodshed in 2009, 2010 and again in 2014.

Key to Shinawatra’s political staying power is the immense support he receives from the United States, Europe and their collective influence over global media. Returning Shinawatra to power and pivoting Bangkok away from its growing ties to Beijing and back toward Wall Street and Washington has been a major priority of the US State Department and its functionaries in Southeast Asia for now nearly two decades.

“Pro-Democracy Forces” Represent a Fugitive and his Foreign Sponsors 

Thaksin Shinawatra lives abroad to evade multiple arrest warrants, myriad pending criminal cases and a criminal conviction coupled with a two year jail sentence handed down by Thai courts. His status as a fugitive clearly bars him from running for or holding public office.

Despite this restriction he still openly runs Thailand’s main opposition party, Pheu Thai. Fearing that Pheu Thai may be disbanded for this very fact before next year’s elections, it appears he had created a multitude of other parties to create a front he hopes to use to win elections and restore himself to power.

This includes billionaire heir Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s Future Forward Party which has repeatedly denied any ties to Thaksin Shinawatra despite Thanathorn himself admitting during an FCCT event that he had previously supported Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party in 2011 and participated in Shinawatra’s various, deadly “red shirt” street protests. Also relevant is Thanathorn’s uncle working as a senior minister in Shinawatra’s previous governments and Thanathorn’s family owning the notoriously pro-Shinawatra Matichon Media Group which includes the Matichon and Khaosod newspapers.

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Will Elections ever be Valid Any More? | Armstrong Economics

Will Elections ever be Valid Any More? | Armstrong Economics

18-10-18 09:06:00,

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You have stated that you believe Kennedy was assassinated by the US Intelligence community. Given all this stuff with Comey, FBI, CIA, and NSA all conspiring against Trump, do you think that the real risk of interfering with our elections is not the Russians but closer to home? Is this a practice that always takes place that we are just suddenly becoming aware of these days?

Thank you

see you in Orlando


ANSWER: Absolutely. It is being called Spygate and it is very disturbing. The Democrats did absolutely everything to put Hillary in office. They thought they won. They had the press in their pocket like CNN, New York Times, and the Washington Post leading a host of others. We have to realize that Democracy is dead. I really do fear that Trump will be the LAST democratically elected president. What comes after Trump is not going to be warm and endearing.

Politicians have been rigging elections since ancient times. There can be no greater example of political corruption that required desperate reform than the calendar. Cato or the more moderate Cicero both criticized Julius Caesar who became pontifex max (high priest) taking charge of the calendar. The Romans used the moon calendar but knew it was incorrect and thus it required adjustments by inserting days. The corruption degenerated to such a point that elections could be postponed by the insertion of days. This realization led to bribing the high priest to even insert months to affect the political elections. This is why Julius Caesar revised the calendar to eliminate the political corruption. Moreover, interest rates would rise during elections because of the amount of money being paid out in bribing votes.

In mid-April 2018, the report that the U.S. had 3.5 million more registered voters than “live adults” originated with a National Review article of 11 August 2017 that built on information compiled by Judicial Watch’s Election.  Some have criticized this saying it is misleading since they since the information was compiled from only 462 counties in 38 states, yet the entire U.S. comprises over 3,000 counties in fifty states.

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Swedish elections 2018 far below European standard | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Swedish elections 2018 far below European standard | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

21-09-18 09:44:00,

Michael Aastrup Jensen – Arkivfoto: Niels Ahlmann Olesen

Michael Aastrup Jensen a Danish politician (left) from OSCE says: “I have not seen anything that comes close to how undemocratic the Swedish voting system is” and “we have to send a sharp signal to Sweden that they need to introduce rules like those in Denmark and most other countries”.

Aastrup Jensen has experience from elections in many European countries and also Russia but he has never seen anything like the Swedish election.

He states:

“In all the many election observations I’ve been on, I have not seen anything that comes close to how undemocratic the Swedish voting system is”.

“Even though 60 percent voted against the current government Sweden would likely end up with the “unimaginable situation” in which it continues to govern, thanks to parties’ refusal to work with the Sweden Democrats.”

Many media outlets in Sweden and abroad have picked up the news about the Swedish elections 2018 and the fraudulent voting circumstances.

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Are We Making Elections Less Secure Just to Save Time?

Are We Making Elections Less Secure Just to Save Time?

04-09-18 12:31:00,

It’s been almost two years since Russian military hackers attempted to hijack computers used by both local election officials and VR Systems, an e-voting company that helps make Election Day possible in several key swing states. Since then, reports detailing the potent duo of inherent technical risk and abject negligence have made election security a national topic. In November, millions of Americans will vote again — but despite hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid poured into beefing up the security of your local polling station, tension between experts, corporations, and the status quo over what secure even means is leaving key questions unanswered: Should every single vote be recorded on paper, so there’s a physical trail to follow? Should every election be audited after the fact, as both a deterrent and check against fraud? And, in an age where basically everything else is online, should election equipment be allowed anywhere near the internet?

The commonsense answer to this last question — that sounds like a terrible idea — belies its complexity. On the one hand, the public now receives regular, uniform warnings from the intelligence community, Congress, and other entities privy to sensitive data: Bad actors abroad have and will continue to try to use computers to penetrate or disrupt our increasingly computerized vote. Just this past March, the Senate Intelligence Committee recommended that “[a]t a minimum, any machine purchased going forward should have a voter-verified paper trail and no WiFi capability.” Given that a hacker on the other side of the planet will have trouble connecting to a box in Virginia that’s not connected to anything at all, it stands to reason that walling off these sensitive systems from the rest of the world will make them safer.

Tammy Patrick, a former Arizona election officer and current senior adviser at the Democracy Fund, which, like The Intercept, is funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, said that although she isn’t aware of a jurisdiction that “connects their voting equipment using Wi-Fi,” other wireless technologies are sometimes built in. Additionally, computers only one degree removed from the digital ballot boxes themselves will often connect to the internet, Patrick explained. “What does happen more frequently is that the vote storage unit may be removed [from the voting machine] and used to modem in results,” she said.

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