Bolivia coup ended a period of stability the country hadn’t seen for over 180 years, Evo Morales tells Rafael Correa on RT

21-11-19 06:02:00,

Deposed Bolivian president Evo Morales, speaking exclusively to RT Spanish, has predicted a return to turbulent times for his country. He’d had a long-term development plan but the ‘coup’ ended a rare period of stability, he says.

“There had never been political calm in Bolivia, with the exception of the time when Andrés de Santa Cruz was in power, between 1829 and 1838… It was the period of the greatest prosperity for the country. It used to be one of the leaders in the region,” Morales was speaking with Ecuador’s former president, Rafael Correa, on his show Conversation with Correa, aired on RT Spanish.

But then Bolivian political life became a rollercoaster, with “presidents swapping every two years,” which took a heavy toll on the wellbeing of the population, Morales lamented.

“I remember when I was a soldier in the armed forces in 1978, three presidents changed in one year; all were generals… During the five years before I took office [in 2006], there were five presidents.”

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None of a host of leaders had a long-term or even a medium-term development plan for the country, Evo Morales said.

He insists that his rule gave Bolivia a rare period of stability, which was “very important” not just for the country itself but for the whole Latin American region. “But now a coup has taken place” and this stability is over, the 60-year-old ex-president said with regret.

‘Fascist’ opposition targeted officials’ relatives

Morales described the tactics employed by the country’s opposition to gain power as “fascist”; it included attacks, blackmail and intimidation. “They burn the homes of officials down. The police do nothing and then join the protesters.”

The ex-president said the demonstrators targeted the relatives of his allies to make them resign from their positions.

They threaten the wives of public servants, saying: ‘If your husband doesn’t leave, we’ll burn you alive.’ The wives call their husbands in tears and eventually they quit.

This happened to President of the Chamber of Deputies,

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How Al-Qaeda Ended Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Here Is The Congressional Authorization

07-02-18 10:44:00,

After the terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a rebrand of Jabhat al-Nusra, which is the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate, claimed responsibility for the dramatic downing of a Russian Su-25 fighter jet over Idlib in northwest Syria on Saturday – the first Russian plane downed in Syria since 2015 – a number of analysts have published articles asking the obvious million dollar question: where did al-Qaeda get the portable anti-aircraft missile system used in the attack?

Once such article in Al Monitor speculates on the following: “The three immediate questions that arose from the attack were how the downing was made possible, how the militants acquired the arms and whether there was a bigger-level player behind the attack.”

MANPADS are heat seeking shoulder fired missiles capable of hitting targets flying at anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 feet. Image source: Activist Post

And Al Monitor seems to answer its own question in the following when listing the array of allied groups now operating under the leadership of al-Qaeda (HTS) – among them groups previously “vetted” and approved to receive advanced weaponry by the CIA (specifically the TOW anti-tank missile):

Dozens of miles of Idlib province are contested among an array of groups, including the terrorist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a rebrand of Jabhat al-Nusra, which was affiliated with al-Qaeda; the Free Syrian Army; and its affiliate Jaish al-Nasr, which is considered a “moderate opposition group” that received weapons from the United States. Minutes after the downing of the Su-25, Alaa al-Hamwi, the military commander of Jaish al-Nasr’s aid defense battalion, claimed responsibility for the attack. Alaa argued that Jaish al-Nasr’s command supplied weapons to protect against the Russian air assault.

Later, however, HTS claimed responsibility for downing the plane.

Though US intelligence and defense officials have long denied that so-called “vetted” groups in Syria were recipients of anti-aircraft systems, rumors to the contrary have been persistent for years. The latest denial came immediately on the heels of Saturday’s Russian jet shoot down, which resulted in the death of the pilot on the ground as he came under fire by jihadists

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