Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Is Backtracking Under Heavy US Pressure – Global Research

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12-11-19 08:30:00,

Bolivian President Evo Morales‘ decision to abide by the “recommendation” of the US-backed OAS that his country hold another election represents serious backtracking on his pro-sovereignty stance under heavy Hybrid War pressure following the mutiny of several police forces across the nation and the military’s refusal to restore law and order amidst several weeks of rioting.

Bolivian President Evo Morales stayed true to his word that he’d abide by the “recommendation” of the US-backed OAS following the conclusion of their audit on last month’s election by calling for another vote in the coming future. The organization alleged that it was “statistically unlikely” that he won a little more than 10% of the vote and narrowly avoided a second round of elections, claiming that there was “clear manipulation” of the process at play. President Morales’ decision to heed their “advice” represents a serious backtracking on his pro-sovereignty stance under heavy Hybrid War pressure after the mutiny of several police forces across the nation and the military’s refusal to restore law and order amidst several weeks of rioting. Had he been able to count on the armed forces’ support in quelling the disturbances, he wouldn’t have had to tacitly acknowledge that his latest re-election was possibly “fraudulent”, which therefore throws his legitimacy as the current head of state into doubt.

It’s somewhat understandable that he’s taken the position that he did because the US and its regional allies likely had a preplanned sanctions scheme that they were ready to roll out had he refused to comply with their de-facto demand, one which might have resulted in Bolivia’s top trading partner, Brazil, blockading the country and immediately triggering an economic crisis at home to compound the ongoing political one. Furthermore, the “opposition’s” threats to shut down the border and stop traffic along some of the country’s main roads could have worsened this scenario and brought Bolivia to a standstill. Nevertheless, there isn’t any guarantee that his opponents won’t be emboldened by his backtracking if they believe that he’s doing so from a position of weakness and that they only need to increase the pressure for a little longer in order to compel him to resign. After all, they can always argue that his current tenure isn’t legitimate since he’s sitting in office after a “suspicious” vote that he himself recognizes might have been “fraudulent” since he decided to hold another election after the last one was found by the US-backed OAS to have supposedly been rigged.

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Highlights from President Bashar Al-Assad’s Interview 31 October 2019

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01-11-19 09:04:00,

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad conducted an interview with two Syrian TV channels addressing a number of pressing topics especially with the latest developments on all levels including the military situation, the economy, and the political process in regards to presidential and parliamentary elections, and the Syrian constitution.

The interview will be aired this evening October 31, 2019, at 9 pm Damascus local time and will be broadcasted by a number of media outlets.

President Assad answered the pressing questions on the minds of each Syrian citizen, which as he repeatedly said is what essentially matters to him.

The following promo video is from the interview:

The video is also available on BitChute: https://www.bitchute.com/video/zt0G1Co2bCxc/

The following questions are among the questions Dr. Assad answered:

What role did Syria play in the killing of al-Baghdadi?

What is the problem with the Kurds and what is Syria’s position on the Russian-Turkish agreement?

How will the state deal with those who have been for years in areas outside the control of the Syrian state?

Are there previous or future Syrian-Turkish meetings at any level?

What did President Assad say about the date of the Idlib battle? And what message did he want from his visit to the Lines of Fire?

Is there international supervision of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections? Will the Syrian constitution change?

What is President Assad’s opinion on the performance of the Syrian government regarding the living situation?

What are the procedures of the Syrian state regarding the rise of the dollar against the Syrian Lira?

Has the anti-corruption campaign started in Syria? What is the role of the media in it?

On these and other headlines, President Bashar al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic in a special dialogue with the Syrian Main TV channel and the Syrian Ikhbariya News channel you will follow it on Thursday at 9 pm Damascus time

There were a number of strategic developments in the past few weeks, especially in the past few days that will affect the future of Syria and will draw the conclusion of the 8.5 years War of Terror waged by the USA and its armies of terrorists in uniforms and proxies on all fronts.

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President Donald J. Trump Is Ending the War on American Energy and Delivering a New Era of Energy Dominance

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24-10-19 12:31:00,

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The White House
Fact Sheet

Instead of relying on foreign oil and foreign energy, we are now relying on American energy and American workers like never before.”
President Donald J. Trump

ESTABLISHING ENERGY DOMINANCE: President Donald J. Trump has implemented policies that increase energy production and advance energy independence.

- Today, President Trump visited Pennsylvania to speak at the Shale Insight Conference—highlighting the incredible work being done to usher in a new era of energy independence.
- President Trump’s agenda is promoting a boom in energy production and manufacturing, advancing energy independence, and establishing American energy dominance.
- By unleashing America’s energy potential, the President is revitalizing local economies and creating jobs for American workers.
- President Trump’s policies are ensuring domestic energy prices remain low and improving the quality of life for all Americans.

ABOLISHING THE WAR ON ENERGY: President Trump ended the costly war on energy that hurt America’s vital energy producers and cost American workers their jobs.

- President Trump has ended the war on energy by rolling back excessive regulations.
- The Administration ended the job killing policies put in place by the previous administration, like the Clean Power Plan and “stream protection rule.”
- The President announced he is pulling the United States out of the fraudulent, ineffective, and one-sided Paris Climate Accord.
• Complying with the Paris Accord would have cost Americans billions of dollars and put millions of jobs at risk for no meaningful reduction of emissions.
• President Trump has opened up federally owned land and offshore areas for energy exploration and production.
- President Trump completed a 40-year effort to open up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge for American energy companies to explore and develop.

ADVANCING AMERICAN ENERGY: The Trump Administration is unleashing an unprecedented energy production boom and improving energy infrastructure.

- The United States is now the world leader in oil and natural gas production.
• Crude oil production reached a record high last year and is projected to reach another record high this year.
• Natural gas production is on pace to set a record high in 2019, which would be the third straight year of record production.

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Ms. Pumpkin Head for President: A Nightmare – Global Research

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21-10-19 08:28:00,

A few weeks ago I had a terrifying nightmare, so gruesome was it that I awoke screaming. In this dark horror show, I was carving a pumpkin for Halloween.  The cap came off easily and I disemboweled the slimy interior quickly, but as I did, I felt a strange sensation on my hand, as if a tongue were biting it. 

When I was finishing carving the face, however, the trouble really started.  The pumpkin head came alive as the eyes and mouth moved and then it started speaking in a voice that was familiar but one I couldn’t place.  Blond hair started sprouting from its head as it started shrieking and bouncing on the table in an hysterical manner.  I jumped back in fear and trembling as it started cackling, “I running, I running.” Blood ran from between the carved teeth and the blue eyes pulsated with the mania of a serial killer in a horror movie.

I awoke with a scream when I realized it was Hillary Clinton.

So hideous was this night terror that I kept it to myself. But a week later when the next Democratic pseudo-debate was being promoted, I said to my wife that something told me that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee and the debates were a sideshow.  She said she thought that would never happen and that Clinton was now hated and done for. I disagreed without recounting my nightmare because to describe it at that point would have induced more retching at the thought of the night monster.

Then this past week during the Democratic debate, the courageous Tulsi Gabbard put the lie to the murderous militarism of U.S. foreign policy and its regime change operations with its use of American supported terrorists in Syria and throughout the world.  She calmly and eloquently denounced the militarist positions of the other candidates standing beside her, as they listened disquieted and disturbed to a patriotic American speaking truth that they dare not even think, so bought and sold are they.

She was a woman alone among a cast of sycophants denouncing the murderous policies carried out by presidents Democratic and Republican and foisted on the American people through a vast network of propaganda,

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New President of the European Central Bank (ECB) has a Criminal Record. Christine Lagarde – Global Research

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14-10-19 08:43:00,

Image right: Lagarde and Moreno at Davos Economic Forum, January 2019

While Moreno’s predecessor Rafael Correa had denounced the IMF and World Bank as “neo-colonialist vampires who want to suck little countries of their sovereignty”, Lenin Moreno has fully embraced the IMF’s neoliberal agenda.

In March 2019, a  4.2 billion dollar “fake loan” agreement with the IMF was implemented, resulting in mass poverty through statutory wage reductions, dismissals of teachers and health workers, a spree of privatization of social services, a process of engineered inflation.

Extending the IMF Role to the EU

The IMF has a longstanding record of triggering poverty and economic destruction under its so-called “Structural Adjustment Programme” (SAP).  The latter consists in the imposition of drastic macroeconomic reforms as a condition for debt relief on more than 100 developing countries.

Will this model of macro-economic management be extended to all the member states of the European Union?

What is the broader relevance of the Ecuador crisis? How does it affect the European Union? What will be Lagarde’s role at the ECB?

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President Xi’s Trip to Nepal Will Unlock New Strategic Opportunities – Global Research

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13-10-19 05:42:00,

Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s trip to Nepal will unlock new strategic opportunities for bilateral relations, as well as positively influence their ties with India by improving the prospects for trilateral cooperation.

At first glance, observers would be forgiven for thinking that this visit will heighten the competition between China and India over the landlocked country between them. Still, a review of the most relevant developments in Nepal this century greatly helps in understanding why this won’t necessarily be the case.

Formerly a Hindu Kingdom until the monarchy’s abolishment in 2008 just two years after the end of its decade-long civil war, Nepal was historically regarded as a “vassal” state of India for centuries until communists were democratically elected to office and peacefully succeeded in winning their revolution at the ballot box.

Thus began the country’s irreversible movement towards strategic autonomy in domestic and foreign affairs, which has seen Nepal’s attempt to maintain a careful balance between its two much larger neighbors. While China respected the choice of its partner, India fell into the trap of zero-sum thinking and became concerned by it.

Nepali-Indian relations reached their lowest point in fall 2015 when Nepal accused India of enacting a de-facto blockade against it as a form of pressure designed to compel the authorities to concede regional statehood to the plains-dwelling Madhesi people of the south that form a significant minority and have important socio-economic connections to India.

Nepalese military personnel remove debris in search of survivors after a fresh 7.3 earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. /VCG Photo

Although India denied that it was blockading Nepal, especially with the intent of meddling in its internal political affairs to create a sub-state proxy entity along their shared border, many of the affected people blamed their southern neighbor for the hardships that they experienced as a result. It should also be noted that Nepal had been hit by a devastating earthquake earlier that year too from which it has yet to fully recover even to this day, so the shortage of food and fuel was especially catastrophic and perceived as the cruel punishment of an imperially minded country that panicked at the thought of losing its historic “vassal.”

The situation has tremendously changed since then,

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Ecuador under President Neo-coño Moreno: The IMF’s Deadly “Economic Medicine”, The Weaponization of Neoliberal Reforms – Global Research

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12-10-19 09:28:00,

Lenin Moreno: aka Neocon Moreno

A popular insurrection is unfolding against the adoption of sweeping IMF reforms imposed by the “centre left” government of President Lenin Moreno.

In March 2019, a 4.2 billion dollar IMF loan was granted to Ecuador.

“We are here to help you” says the IMF. Our objective is to help Ecuador “modernize its economy and pave the way for strong, sustained, and equitable growth.”

Nonsense

This loan agreement initiates a process of economic and social destruction. What is at stake is an engineered economic depression.

The Neocons in Washington are firmly behind the IMF’s deadly economic medicine.

Meanwhile, president Lenin Moreno, an alleged  socialist  and  “Leninist” inspired by Russian Revolutionary Vladimir Lenin has fully endorsed the neoconservative agenda.

While President Lenin Moreno leads the centre-left Movimiento Alianza PAIS (Patria Altiva I Soberana), he is a “Neocon” in disguise, a US proxy: nicknamed President NeoCon Moreno. in Spanish Señor presidente Neo-coño Moreno. 

Mike Pompeo and Moreno are buddies.

(image right, Quito, July 2019)

In Quito in July, Secretary of State Pompeo welcomed “new” relations with Ecuador. ” A new era has begun”, not to mention the arrest of  Julian Assange by British authorities in April.

The IMF’s Deadly Economic Medicine

It’s the standard IMF economic medicine, the so-called “economic package” (paquetazo)  imposed on indebted countries. It sets  the stage for a major dislocation of Ecuador’s national economy.

Quite deliberately, the policies of the IMF are intended to impoverish an entire country, take over Ecuador’s oil economy. The IMF acts on behalf of Wall Street and the “Washington Consensus”.

While the IMF policy conditionalities are couched in technical jargon, the objectives are crystal clear (emphasis added):

The authorities’ measures are geared towards strengthening the fiscal position and improving competitiveness and by so doing help lessen vulnerabilities, put dollarization on a stronger footing, and, over time, encourage growth and job creation.[Nonsensical statement]

“Achieving a robust fiscal position is at the core of the authorities’ program, which will be supported by a three-year extended arrangement from the IMF. The aim is to reduce debt-to- GDP ratio through a combination of a wage bill realignment,

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President Ecuador vlucht voor sociaal protest uit hoofdstad Quito | Uitpers

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08-10-19 08:26:00,

Op 3 april 2017 zat pas verkozen president Lenín Moreno (hij is verlamd aan beide benen) nog broederlijk samen met voorganger Rafael Correa op het balkon van het presidentieel paleis. Foto: Agencia de Noticias ANDES / CC BY 2:0

Na de afkondiging van harde besparingen op 3 oktober ondervindt president van Ecuador Lenín Moreno zwaar protest. Aanleiding is het intrekken van subsidies op brandstof en openbaar vervoer. De politie slaagt er ondanks harde repressie niet in die protesten te controleren. De president besliste daarom op 8 oktober de regering uit hoofdstad Quito te verhuizen naar de stad Guayaquil aan de kust.

Sinds hij op 24 mei 2017 werd verkozen tot president heeft Lenin Moreno een beleid gevoerd dat volledig ingaat tegen de beloften van zijn verkiezingscampagne. Twee jaar terug klonk hij nog heel anders.

Bij de eerste ronde van de presidentsverkiezingen op 19 februari 2017 haalde hij met de volle steun van president Rafael Correa 39,3 procent, in de tweede ronde op 2 april versloeg hij de rechtse tegenkandidaat Guillermo Lasso met 51,16 procent van de stemmen.

Moreno voerde campagne met de belofte het beleid van zijn voorganger Rafael Correa verder te zetten. Hij was reeds vice-president onder Correa van 2007 tot 2013. Het sociaal-economisch beleid van zijn voorganger was zeker niet perfect, maar zijn successen waren onmiskenbaar.

Een van de eerste politieke beslissingen van Correa – met volledige instemming van zijn vice-president Moreno – was een programma om de schuldenlast van zijn land aan het IMF en de Wereldbank af te bouwen.

Hij liet een grondwettelijk onderzoek uitvoeren naar de contracten voor die leningen en 3 miljard dollar van die schulden werden ongeldig verklaard, een vonnis waar het IMF en de Wereldbank zich bij neerlegden. Door te dreigen met internationale rechtszaken kon hij de overige nog uitstaande schuld met 60 procent verminderen.

Verkozen als erfgenaam van Correa

Tijdens de regeringsperiode van Correa (en vice-president Moreno) werd de levensstandaard van de gemiddelde Ecuadoraan aanzienlijk verbeterd. Armoede daalde in tien jaar tijd van 36,7 procent van de bevolking tot 22,5 procent. Na twintig jaar economische groei van 0,6 procent wist Correa een economische groei te realiseren van jaarlijks 3 procent. Het grootse deel van die groeiwinst werd gebruikt voor sociale programma’s.

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President Macron’s Amazing Admission

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12-09-19 07:42:00,

I don’t know whether the supposedly Chinese curse really comes from China, but whether it does or not, we most certainly are cursed with living in some truly interesting times: Iran won the first phase of the “tanker battle” against the AngloZionists, Putin offered to sell Russian hypersonic missiles to Trump (Putin has been trolling western leaders a lot lately) while Alexander Lukashenko took the extreme measure of completely shutting down the border between the Ukraine and Belarus due to the huge influx of weapons and nationalist extremists from the Ukraine. As he put it himself “if weapons fall into the hands of ordinary people and especially nationalist-minded people, wait for terrorism“. He is quite right, of course. Still, there is a sweet irony here, or call it karma if you prefer, but for the Ukronazis who promised their people a visa-free entrance into the EU (for tourism only, and if you have money to spend, but still…), and yet 5 years into that obscene experiment of creating a rabidly russophobic Ukraine and 100 days (or so) into Zelenskii’s presidency, we have the Ukraine’s closest and most supportive neighbor forced to totally shut down its border due to the truly phenomenal toxicity of the Ukrainian society! But, then again, the Ukraine is such a basket-case that we can count on “most interesting” things (in the sense of the Chinese curse, of course) happening there too.

Interestingly, one of the people the Ukrainians gave up in this exchange was Vladimir Tsemakh, a native of the Donbass who was kidnapped by the Ukie SBU in Novorussia (our noble “Europeans” did not object to such methods!) and declared the “star witness” against Russia in the MH-17 (pseudo-)investigation. Even more pathetic is that the Dutch apparently fully endorsed this load of crapola. Finally, and just for a good laugh, check out how the infamous’ Bellingcat presented Tsemakh. And then, suddenly, everybody seem to “forget” that “star witness” and now the Ukies have sent him to Russia. Amazing how fast stuff gets lost in the collective western memory hole…

Urkoterrorists Sentsov and Kolchenko

Urkoterrorists Sentsov and Kolchenko

Right now there seems to be a tug of war taking place between the more mentally sane elements of the Zelenskii administration and the various nationalist extremists in the SBU,

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President Putin’s Interview with Oliver Stone | The Vineyard of the Saker

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22-07-19 08:16:00,

Vladimir Putin answered questions from American film director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone. The interview was recorded on June 19, 2019 in the Kremlin

Oliver Stone: So, I interviewed Mr Medvedchuk. It was in Monte Carlo. He gave us a very interesting interview. He gave us his view of the Ukraine. I gather that you’re close with him.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: I would not say that we are very close but we know each other well. He was President Kuchma’s Chief of Staff, and it was in this capacity at the time that he asked me to take part in the christening of his daughter. According to Russian Orthodox tradition, you can’t refuse such a request.

Oliver Stone: Oh, you cannot refuse it?

I thought it was a big honour for you to be the godfather of his daughter.

Vladimir Putin: It is always a great honour to be a godfather.

Oliver Stone: Well, how many children are you godfather to?

Vladimir Putin: I will not give a number but several people.

Oliver Stone: Wow. Is it like a hundred or three hundred?

Vladimir Putin: No, no, are you serious? Certainly not. Just a few.

Oliver Stone: Otherwise I would ask you to be the godfather for my daughter.

Vladimir Putin: Does she want to become an Orthodox Christian?

Oliver Stone: Ok, we’ll make her that.

Vladimir Putin: You have to ask her.

Oliver Stone: As long as she stands in church, right?

Vladimir Putin: Of course. How old is she?

Oliver Stone: She is 22 now.

Vladimir Putin: Is she a believer?

Oliver Stone: Yes, she is a believer. She is raised Christian.

Vladimir Putin: I see.

Oliver Stone: You know, young people in America sometimes, they are different.

Vladimir Putin: Young people are different everywhere.

Oliver Stone: They are spoiled to some degree in the western world.

Vladimir Putin: It depends. The older generation always says that about the younger generation.

Oliver Stone: Yeah, I know, I know. That’s true. But I don’t know what is going on with the American culture.

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President Putin’s Press Conference Following G20 Osaka Summit 2019 (English subs) | The Vineyard of the Saker

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30-06-19 07:09:00,

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President Macron aangeklaagd bij Internationaal Strafhof – Ellaster

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19-06-19 01:24:00,

Zowel president Emmanuel Macron als de minister van Binnenlandse Zaken, Christophe Castaner, worden aangeklaagd voor misdaden tegen de menselijkheid. Op 11 juni 2019 diende Francis Lalanne — een van de meest prominente woordvoerders van de Gele Hesjes — een aanklacht in bij het Internationaal Strafhof in Den Haag, met het verzoek Macron en Castaner te vervolgen. In een door hem geïnitieerde petitie kon Francis Lalanne de 250.000 stemmen verzamelen, die nodig zijn om een rechtszaak te starten. Hij beschuldigt Macron en Castaner van misdaden tegen de menselijkheid en vertrouwt op artikel 35 van mensenrechten.

Bevestiging van ontvangst door het Internationaal Strafhof.

Volgens Francis Lalanne: “Een misdaad tegen de menselijkheid is een van de volgende handelingen wanneer het wordt gepleegd in het kader van een wijdverbreide of systematische aanval op burgers….” aanvallen waarvan er volgens Francis Lalanne legio zijn, “… gepleegd door de politie tegen de demonstranten.”

Tijdens zijn reis naar het Internationaal Strafhof in Den Haag werd de heer Lalanne vergezeld door de advocaten Sophia Albert-Salmeron en Ghislain Mabanga. Beiden zijn geautoriseerde ICC-advocaten. Ghislain Mabanga heeft de leiding in de zaak.

De rechtszaak is tegen Emmanuel Macron en Christophe Castaner aangespannen, omdat ze de belangrijkste politiecommandanten zijn, aldus Francis Lalanne. Tijdens de demonstraties gebruikte de politie wapens tegen de demonstranten, die worden gedefinieerd als ‘oorlogswapens’: handgranaten en harde rubberen kogels (LBD40-projectielen).

Volgens de advocaat van Francis Lalanne kunnen de Franse president en zijn minister zich niet beroepen op hun immuniteit voor het Internationaal Strafhof. Ze zouden in Frankrijk zelf immuniteit genieten, maar die geldt niet voor het internationale gerechtshof, dat juist in het leven is geroepen om staatshoofden aan te kunnen klagen.

Advocate Sophia Albert-Salmeron

Op 2 maart 2019 kondigde Priscillia Ludosky al aan dat een groep Gele Hesjes stappen wilde nemen om Macron en Castaner aan te klagen bij het Internationaal Strafhof. Priscillia Ludosky is de vrouw die eind 2018 de allereerste Gele Hesjes-demonstratie aanzwengelde. “We verzamelen video’s, foto’s of andere getuigenissen over het geweld tegen de demonstranten. We gaan naar het Internationaal Strafhof (ICC). Wat er aan de hand is, is niet normaal. Ik heb nog nooit iemand een LBD-projectiel op mij zien richten,

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Nieuwe president Litouwen wil relatie met Rusland normaliseren

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06-06-19 09:43:00,

De Litouwers kozen op 26 mei jongstleden Gitanas Nauseda als nieuwe president. In de tweede ronde versloeg de partijloze econoom zijn concurrent Ingrida Simonyte met twee derde van de stemmen.

Nauseda volgt Dalia Grybauskaite op, die na twee opeenvolgende ambtstermijnen niet herkiesbaar was. In de eerste ronde lagen beide kandidaten met ieder zo’n 31 procent nek-aan-nek. De zittende premier Saulius Skvernelis (Unie van Boeren en Groenen) eindigde met zo’n 20 procent op de derde plaats. De premier kondigde hierop aan af te treden.

Econoom

De nieuwe president werd in 1964 in Klaipeda (Memel) geboren. Na een studie economie in Vilnius ten tijde van de Sovjet-Unie, promoveerde hij in hetzelfde vak in 1993 in de Litouwse hoofdstad. Daarna vervulde hij diverse overheidsfuncties, meest recent bestuurslid van de Litouwse centrale bank. In 2000 stapte hij over naar de grootste private bank van het land, die inmiddels tot de Zweedse SEB-groep behoort.

Blijf op de hoogte van nieuws, opinie en achtergronden: Volg Novini!

In september 2018 stelde Nauseda zich verrassend kandidaat voor het presidentschap. Afgezien van zijn economische commentaren in het grootste dagblad Lietuvos rytas en zijn werkzaamheid als economisch adviseur van de presidenten Arturas Paulauskas en Valdas Adamkus, viel hij tot nog toe politiek weinig op.

Niet anti-Russisch

Anders dan Grybauskaite, die als communistische apparatsjik na het uiteenvallen van de Sovjet-Unie simpelweg naar het Amerikaanse kamp overliep, maar ook anders dan zijn tegenkandidaat Simonyte, die schertsend Grybauskaite 2.0 genoemd werd, ging Nauseda zich niet te buiten aan anti-Russische tirades. Zijn verzoenende karakter en politieke openheid deden het bij de kiezers goed. Net als zijn doelstellingen, het renoveren van de sociale structuren van het land en het normaliseren van de geruïneerde verhouding met buurland Rusland. Waarbij ook voor Nauseda overigens de loyaliteit aan EU en NAVO buiten kijf staat. Hij wil echter richting Rusland een meer zakelijke en constructieve toon aanslaan dan zijn voorganger, die zelfs zo ver ging Rusland een terroristische staat te noemen. Nauseda’s standpunt doet ertoe, want de president speelt in Litouwen een niet onbelangrijke rol in het buitenlandbeleid.

Relatie met Polen

Simonyte speelde het door haar agressieve retoriek zelfs klaar om in de tweede ronde minder stemmen te krijgen dan in de eerste. Anders dan Grybauskaite en Simonyte, die beide naast Litouws van huis uit ook Pools spreken,

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Interpreting President Putin’s Speech At The 2019 BRI Forum

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28-04-19 11:22:00,

Authored by Andrew Korbko via Oriental Review,

President Putin left nothing to doubt when he proudly proclaimed that Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union regional integration organization that it leads are strategically merging with China and its Belt & Road Initiative, with this process having unprecedentedly far-reaching strategic consequences for the supercontinent and 21st-century geopolitics as a whole.

This year’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) Forum is a monumental event bringing together several dozen heads of state and providing a platform for the international community to better understand this world-changing vision. President Putin gave an important speech during this event that can be summarized as his proud proclamation that Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU) regional integration organization that it leads are strategically merging with China and its BRI. There’s no doubt that this process will have unprecedentedly far-reaching strategic consequences for the supercontinent and 21st-century geopolitics as a whole, which is why his entire address deserves to be analyzed in full. What therefore follows is the transcript of his speech interspersed with brief interpretations of the text in order to help the reader appreciate just how significant of an event this was and what his words might mean for the future of Russian grand strategy:

Passage:

“President Xi Jinping, Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to thank my good friend President of China Xi Jinping for inviting me to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. I would like to express my appreciation for the opportunity to be here in such a large representative group and to meet with each other, to discuss current issues of global development and principles of cooperation.

I have listened with great interest – as I am sure many other people in this hall have – about the principles and goals of China’s development, that is, how the People’s Republic of China, the world’s largest economy today in terms of purchasing power parity, is planning to develop and build relationships with its partners. This is of fundamental importance both for Russia and, I am sure, for many of our colleagues who have gathered here in Beijing today.”

Interpretation:

When China talks,

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Open Letter to President Trump on the Arrest of Julian Assange – Global Research

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12-04-19 06:59:00,

Mr. President,

Your Deep State handlers have finally managed to have WikiLeaks publisher and editor Julian Assange dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrested. He faces extradition to the United States where more than a few people in high places have called for his execution.

If your administration follows through on a promise to prosecute Assange, it will look bad for you. After all, you praised Assange during the presidential campaign after he leaked the DNC trove. More than any fictional Russian attempt to spin the US election, the DNC leak turned people against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats and may have helped you win the election.

It really doesn’t matter if you support Assange or not. It is obvious you are not in control of your administration—the so-called Deep State and the neocon rabble are fully in control. It seems the only thing you really control is your smartphone and Twitter feed. 

I believe you will go along with Assange’s persecutors as part of a futile attempt to take down the “lying media,” but only because they lie about you, not because they lie to the American people. 

Mr. President, it is obvious, and has been since the campaign, that your presidency is about you and your overinflated ego. It has nothing to do with public service and the American people. 

All presidents since Truman—with the possible exception of Kennedy, assassinated for deviating from the establishment script—have served the interests of the financial elite and its national security state, its intelligence agencies (most prominently the CIA), and associated industries, notably the military-industrial complex, the latter which you served as salesman of the month for while on a whirlwind sales tour last year. 

It’s important to note that when British cops hauled Assange out of the embassy, he held a book in his hand: Gore Vidal’s History of The National Security State. It is precisely these people who are responsible for the persecution of Assange. They need to send a message: if you reveal “national security secrets”—the murder of journalists, for instance—you will be hunted down, renditioned, tortured, locked in solitary confinement, prosecuted, and possibly executed (as a number of our “representatives” and their script-reading talking heads have demanded). 

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Bolivian president condemns ‘persecution of Assange over US’ murders & spying’

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11-04-19 08:48:00,

Bolivian President Evo Morales has condemned the arrest and detention of Julian Assange, who he said is being “persecuted” for revealing US “human rights violations, murders of civilians and diplomatic espionage.”

“We strongly condemn the detention of Julian Assange and the violation of freedom of speech,” Morales tweeted on Thursday.

Our solidarity is with this brother who is persecuted by the US government for bringing to light its human rights violations, murders of civilians and diplomatic espionage.

The WikiLeaks founder was hauled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by British police on Thursday morning, after nearly seven years of de-facto house arrest. Assange was found guilty of failing to appear at a 2012 bail hearing, and is also facing extradition to the United States on a charge of conspiracy to commit a cybercrime.

We strongly condemn the detention of #JulianAssange and the violation of freedom of speech. Our solidarity is with this brother who is persecuted by the US government for bringing to light its human rights violations, murders of civilians and diplomatic espionage #FreeJulianpic.twitter.com/ls3PWBMSeq

— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) April 11, 2019

This charge relates to his publication of classified documents leaked by US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. One of the largest such leaks in history, the document haul included more than 251,000 diplomatic cables, and material detailing alleged US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa – whose government granted Assange asylum in 2012 – branded his more pro-US successor Lenin Moreno the “greatest traitor in Ecuadorian history” for rescinding the asylum claim and allowing British officers to enter his country’s embassy.

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‘Pathological hatred’: Ecuador’s Moreno sold ‘Assange’s head’ to the US – ex-president Correa to RT

“This is unheard of. These actions cannot leave one not outraged,” he told RT Spanish. Correa believes that Moreno’s decision was motivated by meetings with top-level US officials, including US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Vice President Mike Pence, and by “vengeance,” after WikiLeaks allegedly published documents implicating Moreno in a corruption investigation.

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Dear Mr. President, A Warning…

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07-04-19 07:52:00,

Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog,

Mr. President,

I write to you because I’m seeing something unfold that concerns you, and I have no way of knowing if you’re aware of it, nor have I seen anyone else mention it. That is, sir, you are being set up, a trap is being set for you, and unless you are aware of it, you may well walk into that trap eyes wide open.

It may not be in your briefing this morning, but the WikiLeaks organization has reported that high-ranking Ecuadorean state officials have told them Julian Assange will be expelled from their London embassy in a matter of “hours to days”. Now, I don’t know what your personal opinion is of Mr. Assange, maybe you think he deserves punishment for leaking secret files to the public.

Your personal opinion of Mr. Assange, however, is not the most important issue here, no offense. What’s most important to your own situation, as well as that of Mr. Assange, is that the people who are after him are the very same people who have been after you for 3 years, and who will double their efforts after suffering a huge loss due to Robert Mueller’s No Collusion report.

What the trap set for you consists of is that if you let these -largely anonymous- deep state actors get their hands on Mr. Assange, you will greatly empower them (even further). But, sir, his enemies inside US intelligence are the same as yours, and empowering one’s enemies is not the way to do battle.

We know they are the same people because of Robert Mueller. Mr. Assange was the only way Mr. Mueller could think of to link you to “the Russians”. This is a narrative built upon the -false- notion that “Russians” hacked the DNC servers and sent the contents to Mr. Assange. The narrative has been fully discredited by multiple voices multiple times, but Mr. Mueller has never retracted it.

For good reason: this way he -and others- can leave the story, and suspicion, open that there is a link between you, Mr. Assange and the Russians, despite the Mueller report’s no collusion conclusion.

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President Ecuador dreigt uitlevering Assange aan Groot-Brittannië

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05-04-19 08:15:00,

President Moreno van Ecuador beschuldigt Julian Assange en WikiLeaks privéfoto’s van zijn gezin te hebben gepubliceerd. Dat zou een zware inbreuk zijn op de voorwaarden van zijn politiek asiel in de ambassade in Londen. De president overweegt daarom hem uit te leveren aan Groot-Brittannië en uiteindelijk aan de VS. WikiLeaks laat weten dat de beschuldiging nergens is op gebaseerd.

Sinds enkele weken wordt president Lenin Moreno van Ecuador beschuldigd van corruptie (zie President Moreno van Ecuador verdacht van corruptie). Protesten tegen zijn neoliberale hervormingen en sociaal inleveringsbeleid nemen toe en na de recente onthullingen over corruptie eisen meer en meer Ecuadoranen zijn ontslag.

INA-papers

De recente onthulling van de INA-papers werden gedaan door een Ecuadoraans tijdschrift. INA is een offshore-investeringsbedrijf. Het Chinese bedrijf Sinohydro is de bouwer van de Coca Codo Sinclair hydro-elektrische stuwdam in Ecuador. Het bedrijf heeft 18 miljoen dollar betaald aan het offshorebedrijf Recorsa. Dat bedrijf heeft op zijn beurt al het geld overgeheveld naar 10 andere postbusbedrijven in Panama, waaronder INA Investments Corps. INA is eigendom van Edwin Moreno, broer van de president (het letterwoord INA is een verwijzing naar de drie dochters van Lenin Moreno Irina, Cristina en Karina).

President Moreno ontkent alle beschuldigingen. Hij zou het bedrijf in 2013 al verlaten hebben, maar documenten uit maart 2015 melden hem nog steeds als mede-eigenaar. Volgens hem is dit een smeercampagne van zijn voorganger Rafael Correa. Volksvertegenwoordiger Ronny Aleaga die het onderzoek tegen Moreno in gang heeft gezet is lid van de partij Revolución Ciudadana, die achter Correa staat.

WIkiLeaks-tweet

Op 25 maart publiceerde WikiLeaks een tweet waarin de organisatie schreef: “Corruptie-onderzoek geopend tegen Ecuador president Moreno, nadat inhoud werd gepubliceerd die van zijn iPhone (Whatsapp, Telegram) en gmail zou komen. New York Times berichtte dat Moreno heeft geprobeerd Assange te verkopen aan VS voor schuldverlichting.”


Op 27 maart noemde minister van buitenlandse zaken José Valencia deze tweet “een absolute leugen bedoeld om de waardigheid van ons land te schaden… we zullen geen verzinsels en belediging tolereren – ik kan nog niet zeggen waneer we actie zullen nemen, maar dat we actie zullen nemen is zeker.” Op 28 maart heeft minister van communicatie Andrés Michelena beweerd dat de INA-papers door Wikileaks zouden zijn gelekt in samenwerking met president Maduro van Venezuela en voormalig president Correa,

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President Moreno van Ecuador verdacht van corruptie

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01-04-19 03:42:00,

Op 24 mei 2017 werd Lenin Moreno nog verkozen als opvolger van Rafael Correa met de belofte diens sociaal programma en de strijd tegen corruptie verder te zetten. Twee jaar later heeft hij zowat al zijn electorale beloftes verloochend en wordt hij nu zelf verdacht van corruptie.

Na tien jaar sociaal progressief beleid onder president Rafael Correa (2007-2017) werd Lenin Moreno, voormalig vice-president tijdens Correa’s eerste mandaat (2007-2012), verkozen tot zijn opvolger met 51,16 procent van de stemmen in de tweede ronde.

Moreno’s verkiezingsprogramma kwam neer op een verderzetting van het sociaal-economisch beleid van Correa. Hij kreeg tijdens de verkiezingscampagne de volle steun van de nog altijd zeer populaire Correa. Een van de speerpunten van zijn programma was de strijd tegen corruptie in het overheidsapparaat en het bedrijfsleven.

Correa voerde vanaf 2007 overheidsprogramma’s voor sociale doeleinden in, verlaagde de armoede van 36,7 naar 22,5 procent en verhoogde het verplichte minimumloon. Dat beleid leidde tot een algemene verhoging van de welvaart in zijn land. Perfect was het plaatje niet, maar in vergelijking met alle presidenten voor hem was zijn bestuur op alle vlakken beter voor de gewone Ecuadoraan.

Ondanks hoge overheidsuitgaven kon hij een jaarlijkse groei van het bnp verwezenlijken van gemiddeld 1,5 procent per jaar, tegenover een gemiddelde groei van 0,6 procent in de twintig voorgaande jaren. Na zijn tweede mandaat verhuisde Correa naar België met zijn kinderen en zijn Belgische vrouw, die hij leerde kennen tijdens hun studies aan de Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL).

Moreno breekt met Correa’s bondgenoten

Wie er van uitging dat Moreno het beleid zou verderzetten van Correa werd echter vrij snel teleurgesteld. Binnen enkele maanden besliste president Moreno een aantal wetten af te schaffen die garant stonden voor de sociale programma’s onder zijn voorganger. Waar Correa er tijdens zijn tien jaar in was geslaagd totaal onafhankelijk te worden van buitenlandse schuldeisers zoals het IMF, besliste Moreno terug te keren naar het neoliberale beleid van voor 2007 en een lening aan te vragen bij het IMF van meer dan 5 miljard dollar. Zoals het IMF altijd doet met zijn leningen aan zwakke staten, stelde de bank strenge eisen op vlak van sociale besparingen, de verkoop van overheidsdiensten en de verlaging van belastingen voor privé-bedrijven.



In 2017 werd hij nog gehuldigd als het eerste staatshoofd ter wereld verkozen in een rolstoel (internationaldisabilityalliance.org)

Bovendien rekende Moreno af met politici die hij als een bedreiging zag voor zijn machtspositie,

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President Putin signs law blocking fake news, but the West makes more

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20-03-19 02:57:00,

Authored by Major Danny Sjursen (ret.) via AntiWar.com:

There are times when I wish that the United States would just drop the charade and declare itself a global empire.

As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America’s empire-denial, I’ve grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can’t be an empire, we’re told, because – unlike the Brits and Romans – America doesn’t annex territories outright, and our school children don’t color its colonies in red-white-and-blue on cute educational maps.

But this distinction, at root, is rather superficial. Conquest, colonization, and annexation are so 19th century – Washington has moved beyond the overt and engages in the (not-so) subtle modern form of imperialism. America’s empire over the last two decades – under Democrats and Republicans – has used a range of tools: economic, military, political, to topple regimes, instigate coups, and starve “enemy” civilians. Heck, it didn’t even start with 9/11 – bullying foreigners and overturning uncooperative regimes is as American as apple pie.

Still, observing post-9/11, post-Iraq/Afghanistan defeat, Washington play imperialism these days is tragicomically absurd. The emperor has no clothes, folks. Sure, America (for a few more fleeting years) boasts the world’s dominant economy, sure its dotted the globe with a few hundred military bases, and sure it’s military still outspends the next seven competitors combined. Nonetheless, what’s remarkable, what constitutes the real story of 2019, is this: the US empire can’t seem to accomplish anything anymore, can’t seem to bend anybody to its will. It’s almost sad to watch. America, the big-hulking has-been on the block, still struts its stuff, but most of the world simply ignores it.

Make no mistake, Washington isn’t done trying; it’s happy to keep throwing good money (and blood) at bad: to the tune of a cool $6 trillion, 7,000 troop deaths, and 500,000 foreign deaths – including maybe 240,000 civilians. But what’s it all been for? The world is no safer, global terror attacks have only increased, and Uncle Sam just can’t seem to achieve any of its preferred policy goals.

Think on it for a second: Russia and Iran “won” in Syria; the Taliban and Pakistan are about ready to “win” in Afghanistan;

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The Coup Against President Aristide 15 Years Later: The Clintons, the Canadians, and Western NGOs all Complicit in a Never-Ending Tragedy – Global Research

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03-03-19 10:05:00,

It’s almost as though the greater the devastation caused by neoliberalism, the greater the outbreak of NGOs.

Nothing illustrates this more poignantly than the phenomenon of the US preparing to invade a country and simultaneously readying NGOs to go in and clean up the devastation.”

– Arundhati Roy (August 16, 2004) [1]

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On February 29th 2004, fifteen years ago this week, following an insurgency by a rebel paramilitary army, U.S. Canadian, and French troops executed a coup d’etat against the democratically elected Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

This incident was notable in a long history of imperialist interests determined to thwart any semblance of emancipation from foreign control.

From the arrival of Christopher Columbus through the slave trade, military interventions, occupation and U.S. backed tyrannies, far away powers have profited from the sweat and blood of the people of this island community. [2]

Yet, the spirit of resistance has flourished! Following the world’s first and only successful slave revolt, Haiti had established its independence in 1804. A popular uprising in the 1980s would lead to the collapse of the brutal U.S. backed Duvalier regime. And in spite of U.S. and CIA backed actions to sabotage Haitian democracy, an array of grassroots organizations prevailed in their efforts to elevate Aristide, an advocate for the poor, to the presidency in December 1990. [3]

Aristide’s advocacy for the Haitian people and refusal to implement policies favourable to offshore financial interests coming at the expense of his fellow Haitians led to his 1991 ouster by a CIA-backed coup. U.S. President Bill Clinton would return Aristide to Haiti on the condition he would grant amnesty to the brutal Haitian military and implement structural adjustment programs and other reforms demanded by the World Bank and the other instruments of the so-called ‘Washington Consensus.’ [4]

It was defiance of these conditions by Aristide and his Fanmi Lavalas Party that led to the 2004 coup. [5]

In the 15 years since, a colonial occupation has asserted itself on the island nation in the name of ‘peace-keeping’ and ‘humanitarian relief.’ A closer inspection however, reveals that what may be portrayed as philanthropic benevolence is in fact a disguise for the continued oppression of a people daring to defy white supremacist exploitation.

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French President’s Promise to Crack Down on Anti-Semitism Could Threaten Critics of Israel

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21-02-19 10:13:00,

The French government will instruct police officers and magistrates to investigate critics of Israel who question its right to exist as a Jewish nation-state for possible violations of the law against anti-Semitic hate speech, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday night.

“Anti-Semitism hides more and more behind the mask of anti-Zionism,” Macron said in an address to the Council of Jewish Institutions in France. “Anti-Zionism is one of the modern forms of anti-Semitism.”

The French president added that France would adopt a definition of anti-Semitism proposed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. That definition has been condemned by supporters of Palestinian rights for including as an example of anti-Semitism: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

While Macron also said that not all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic, that distinction was quickly blurred by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who released a statement welcoming the news that France had adopted a “definition which determines that anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism.”

Since anti-Semitism is prohibited hate speech punishable by up to one year in prison under French law, critics of Israeli policies that discriminate against non-Jewish citizens and that deny basic civil rights to millions of Palestinians living under military rule could be at risk of prosecution. Supporters of a binational state, with equal rights for Arabs and Jews, and proponents of the right of Palestinian refugees to return to homes they were expelled from when Israel was founded could also be in legal jeopardy.

Macron said that action was necessary after a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the past week, in which 96 Jewish graves in Alsace were defaced with swastikas and Alain Finkielkraut, a well-known philosopher, was harassed by yellow vest protesters in Paris who called him a “dirty Zionist shit.”

When Macron visited the cemetery, in the Alsatian village of Quatzenheim, on Tuesday, a French television channel was forced to end a live broadcast on Facebook after their moderators became overwhelmed with vile anti-Semitic comments. “We are not talking about stupid or off-topic comments,” the channel explained, “but explicit calls for murder,

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Former US President Carter: Venezuela’s Electoral System “Best in the World” – Global Research

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06-02-19 03:57:00,

Former US President Jimmy Carter claimed Venezuela’s electoral system is “the best in the world” (agencies).

Mérida, 21st September 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Former US President Jimmy Carter has declared that Venezuela’s electoral system is the best in the world.

Speaking at an annual event last week in Atlanta for his Carter Centre foundation, the politician-turned philanthropist stated,

“As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.”

Venezuela has developed a fully automated touch-screen voting system, which now uses thumbprint recognition technology and prints off a receipt to confirm voters’ choices.

In the context of the Carter Centre’s work monitoring electoral processes around the globe, Carter also disclosed his opinion that in the US “we have one of the worst election processes in the world, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money,” he said referring to lack of controls over private campaign donations.

The comments come with just three weeks before Venezuelans go to the polls on 7 October, in a historic presidential election in which socialist incumbent President Hugo Chavez is standing against right-wing challenger Henrique Capriles Radonski of the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition.

Chavez welcomed Carter’s comments, stating yesterday that

“he [Carter] has spoken the truth because he has verified it. We say that the Venezuelan electoral system is one of the best in the world”.

Chavez also reported that he had had a forty minute conversation with the ex-Democrat president yesterday, and said that Carter, “as Fidel [Castro] says, is a man of honour”. The Carter Centre has recently confirmed it will not send an official delegation to accompany the presidential election, but may have officials observe the process on an individual basis.

Meanwhile, the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) electoral accompaniment delegation arrived yesterday in Venezuela.

The delegation’s head, former Argentinian vice-president Carlos Alvarez, mentioned that this was the Unasur’s first electoral observation mission, and that “for us it’s fundamental to consolidate our democracies, because it’s taken us a lot of struggle, effort and time to establish [democracy] in our countries”.

In press comments after meeting with officials from Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) Alvarez declared that based on his experience of electoral observation in South America,

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President Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference December 20, 2018 | The Vineyard of the Saker

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21-12-18 08:46:00,

President  Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference

December 20, 2018

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues, friends.

Let us begin our traditional end-of-year meeting that we call a news conference.

As always, I will spend just a few brief seconds to sum up the results of the outgoing year. A lot has been said already, but I have the latest data reflecting the most recent results, some just a couple of days old.

In the first nine months of 2018, GDP increased by 1.7 percent, while the Economic Development Ministry expects the annual increase to total 1.8 percent. Industrial output was growing at a faster pace, totalling 2.9 percent in the first ten months of 2018, with the annual results expected at 3 percent, up from a 2.1 percent growth in 2017. In addition, processing industries have been growing at a somewhat faster pace of 3.2 percent.

In the first three quarters fixed capital investment increased by 4.1 percent. Cargo shipments and retail trade are on the rise, having increased by 2.6 percent. Consumer demand growth has been apparent. This is a positive factor. After a lengthy interval, the population’s real income has shown some, albeit very moderate, growth. According to the latest statistics, real incomes will increase by 0.5 percent. I hope that this momentum will be maintained, since real pay levels are on the rise, having grown by 7.4 percent in the first nine months, which is expected to give us 6.9 or 7 percent by the end of the year.

Inflation remains at an acceptable level, although it has increased a little in the past week, by 0.5 percent, I think. Therefore, we will be able to reach the Central Bank’s reference rate of 4 percent and will have an inflation rate of 4.1 percent to 4.2 percent – somewhere just over 4 percent.

The unemployment rate is going down, which is good news. If last year it hit a historical low of 5.2 percent, this year it will be even lower – 4.8 percent.

The trade balance surplus is growing. In 2017, if you remember, it was around $115 billion. Over the three quarters of this year we already achieved $157 million.

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“Filipijns president Duterte voert oorlog tegen arbeiders en armen”

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14-12-18 03:52:00,

Filipijnse vakbondsactiviste en strijdster voor de mensenrechten Eleanor R. de Guzman was in België om de repressie onder president Duterte aan te klagen. “Dit is geen strijd tegen terrorisme of tegen drugshandel, maar een oorlog om de arbeiders en armen te onderdrukken.” Haar vader en echtgenoot riskeren zware gevangenisstraffen op basis van gefingeerde beschuldigingen. DeWereldMorgen.be sprak met haar.

Eleanor de Guzman is een 39-jarige vakbondsactiviste en strijdster voor de mensenrechten. “Iedereen kent me als Lengua. Ik ben al jaren actief in meerdere organisaties, reeds van in de jeugdbeweging. Ik heb lang voor de Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance BAYAN) gewerkt, een koepel van progressieve organisaties, die in 1985 werd opgericht door de oppositie tegen president Marcos. Recent ben ik actief bij de Kilusang Mayo Uno(May First Movement KMU). Dit is een koepel van progressieve vakbonden. Daar werk ik voor de afdeling mensenrechten.”

Repressie van vakbonden

“Ik ben hier om vakbonden en andere organisaties te informeren over de situatie van vakbondsactivisten en strijders voor de mensenrechten in de gevangenis. Op dit ogenblik worden 541 Filipijnen om politieke redenen vastgehouden, waaronder 204 sinds Duterte aan de macht kwam. Omdat mijn vader en mijn man als vakbondsleiders zware straffen riskeren heb ik de opdracht gekregen hun zaak als voorbeeld te gebruiken.”


“Mijn vader Rafael Baylosis (#FreeRBnow) is al zeer lang vredesactivist. Hij maakt deel uit van een team onderhandelaars van het National Democratic Front of the Philippines, dat zich sinds 1973 inzet tegen de sociale uitbuiting door grootgrondbezitters, tegen de militarisering van de ordehandhaving en tegen de invloed van de VS in het land. Hij werd in januari 2018 opgepakt op beschuldiging van het bezit van vuurwapens en explosieven, een misdrijf waarvoor geen vrijlating onder borgsom mogelijk is en waar 6 jaar of meer gevangenisstraf op staat.” 


“Mijn echtgenoot Marklen Maojo Maga (FreeMaojMaga) werd een maand later opgepakt met dezelfde drogreden én een beschuldiging van moord er bovenop. Hij zou een gepensioneerd generaal hebben vermoord in de deelstaat Mindanao, terwijl hij al jaren niet meer op het eiland Mindanao is geweest. Hij is reeds tien jaar organisator van KMU-acties.”

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“Hij organiseerde de sociale strijd van de ‘Jeepney-drivers’.

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Ron Paul: President Trump’s Iran Policy – Is It ‘Normal’?

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13-11-18 08:33:00,

Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces ) via SHTFplan.com:

Before the 2016 Presidential Election, and both before and after the inauguration, I wrote specifically about how important the midterm election would be, and the results if the President should lose even one House of Congress.  That happened: the Republicans just lost the House of Representatives. Now that the Democrats control it, not one piece of legislation will pass that is on the President’s agenda. In the supreme act of denial, the Republican party claims the “Blue Wave” was not successful; even the President declared a “victory” with the midterms.

Nothing could be further from the truth, on either count.

The Democrats intend to mount a non-stopping offensive against the President. First, they are going to demand that Mueller go on the attack again. They are already demanding the President’s tax returns. On Thursday, 11-8-18, thousands of people marched in Times Square in New York City in protest of Jeff Sessions’ departure from the White House…although Sessions was the one who tendered a letter of resignation. The mob of protesters carried mass-produced “No one is above the law” placards and signs.

Not one of those Marxists carried those signs when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resigned after Benghazi, where a U.S. Consular Outpost of the United States was destroyed, and the U.S. Ambassador and four of his staff murdered.

“Happy Veterans’ Day” is coming up, with the cliché eternal: “Thank you for your service.”

Nobody really cares about it, except the vets. Those who have to work receive time and a half for their pay, and Hallmark makes about another $50 million or so on the cards and gifts…about $10 million of that for the Government to “re-ingest” with the taxes….another day on the endless cycle:

The cycle of spending of disposable income, an indispensable part of the economy and all of the governmental employees on paid federal holiday, solemnly dispensed of at the expense of (to paraphrase Metallica) the government’s “disposable heroes.”

Where were the protests in the streets after Benghazi? Everybody was hidden, because at the time we were under Obama. When Donald Trump was elected President,

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President Putin in Paris | The Vineyard of the Saker

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12-11-18 10:55:00,

Interview to Russia Today TV Channel

During his visit to France to attend commemorative events marking the centenary of Armistice Day, Vladimir Putin answered questions from a Russia Today journalist.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon.

Question: Mr President, have you managed to speak with Donald Trump? Is there any progress in your talks?

Vladimir Putin: I have not so far; we only greeted each other. The ceremony is taking place in such a way that we have no opportunity to communicate, we were just observing events. But we will have a working dinner now, we may have an opportunity then.

In any case, we agreed that we will not deviate from the schedule of the host side. At their request, we are not to organise any meetings here, but perhaps on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Anyway, we are ready for dialogue. We are not the ones withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. This is what the Americans are planning to do. Both we and they are committed to restoring dialogue.

But it is more important to hold a dialogue not even at such high or a higher level, but at the level of experts. I hope that this comprehensive negotiating process will be resumed.

Question: Mr President, NATO is currently conducting the most large-scale exercises since the Cold War. Russia, in its turn, is conducting its own exercises as well. How necessary is this balance of power? What do you think about the idea of establishing a European military force alternative to the North Atlantic Alliance?

Vladimir Putin: As for an alternative all-European military force, this idea is not a new one. President Macron simply brought it back to life, but it was one of the former presidents, Jacques Chirac, who had talked to me about it before. These ideas preceded him as well.

Europe is, essentially, a powerful economic entity, a powerful economic union. And in general, it is rather natural for Europe to want to be independent, self-sufficient, sovereign in terms of its defence and security. I think that this process is, in general, positive, from the standpoint of strengthening the multipolarity of the world. In this sense,

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The Greatest President of All Time Is… : The Corbett Report

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10-11-18 08:22:00,

Well, another cycle of (s)election hysteria has come and gone in the disUnited States of Amerikkka, Inc., and, as you well know, everything in the world has transformed overnight. Now that the Demopublicans are in control of the House and the Republicrats have kept the Senate, we have all seen the drastic changes in our…

Haha. Sorry. I couldn’t keep a straight face while typing that twaddle. But in honour (that’s right, honoUr!) of my American brethren and their recent political ritual (meant to absolve them of any substantive action for another two years until they can once again stuff a piece of paper in a ballot box and go back to sleep), I thought I would engage in that age-old game that seems to be America’s other pastime: debating who was the greatest president of all time.

You know what I’m talking about.

“I think President Whiskey Rebellion was better than President If I Could Save The Union Without Freeing Any Slave I Would Do It!”

“No way! President Japanese Internment Camps was better!”

“Nuh uh! What about President He Kept Us Out of War?”

“Come on, guys! You’re all forgetting about President Kill List!”

As I say, you all know how that game goes.

Now, full disclosure: I’m not American. Heck, I’m not even a statist. As an anarchist, it would be physically impossible for me to care less who 51% of the 41% of the population that votes (s)elected to rule over everyone else. And as a Canadian, why would an American care what I thought anyway?

So I’ve decided to broaden the scope of this little debate. This is no mere American political argument about whether Millard Fillmore or William Henry Harrison was the G.O.A.T. of the Oval Office. No, that would be silly. Let’s expand the list a little and include executive office holders from around the world. Heck, let’s include off-worlders, too. And when I say the greatest of all time, I mean ALL TIME. Past, present and future. Real OR fictional.

With all those caveats in place, I think we can all agree that the greatest president of all time (and space) is .

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Iran President Warns of ‘War Situation’ as Sanctions Resume

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05-11-18 09:19:00,

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran greeted the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Monday with air defense drills and a statement from President Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a “war situation,” raising Mideast tensions as America’s maximalist approach to the Islamic Republic takes hold.

The sanctions end all economic benefits America had granted Tehran for its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, though Iran for now continues to abide by the accord that saw it limit its enrichment of uranium. While at the moment not threatening to resume higher enrichment, Iranian officials in recent months have made a point to warn the controversial process could resume at any time, faster than before.

The new American sanctions particularly hurt Iran’s vital oil industry, a crucial source of hard currency for its anemic economy. Its national currency has plummeted over the last year, sending prices for everything from mobile phones to medicine skyrocketing.

“Today, Iran is able to sell its oil and it will sell,” Rouhani vowed Monday as the sanctions kicked in.

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However, the noose of American sanctions appeared to be tightening. Iranian officials, meanwhile, reported a cyberattack targeting the country’s communication infrastructure, blaming the purported attack on Israel.

Iranian state television aired footage of air defense systems and anti-aircraft batteries in two-day military maneuvers underway across a vast stretch of the country’s north. It included surface-to-air missiles shooting down a drone.

The drill was to continue through Tuesday. Iranian army Gen. Habibillah Sayyari said both the national army and the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard were taking part in the exercise.

Rouhani, meanwhile, pledged to government officials in comments aired on state TV that Iran would overcome the sanctions.

“We are in the war situation, ” Rouhani said. “We are in the economic war situation. We are confronting a bullying enemy. We have to stand to win.”

He further stepped up the rhetoric, comparing Iran’s situation in the 1980s war against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the current one and President Donald Trump’s move to reinstate U.S. sanctions.

“Yesterday, Saddam was in front us, today Trump is front of us. There is no difference. We must resist and win,” he said.

Iran is already in the grip of an economic crisis.

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Chinese president roept leger op zich voor te bereiden op oorlog – Geotrendlines

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01-11-18 10:05:00,

De Chinese president Xi Jinping heeft zijn legermacht in de Zuid-Chinese Zee opgeroepen om voorbereidingen te treffen voor een mogelijke oorlog. Hij deed deze oproep tijdens een bezoek aan de Southern Theatre Command, een militaire post die verantwoordelijk is voor deze regio ten zuiden van China.

De details van deze toespraak werden een dag later vrijgegeven aan de Chinese staatsmedia. In deze toespraak zou de Chinese leider het volgende gezegd hebben.

“Het is noodzakelijk om de missie te versterken en ons te concentreren op voorbereidingen voor het voeren van een oorlog. We moeten alle complexe situaties in overweging nemen en bijbehorende noodscenario’s plannen. Ook moeten we meer oefenen op mobilisatie, meer gezamenlijke trainingen doen en confrontaties oefenen om de behendigheid van onze troepen te verbeteren en ons voor te bereiden op een oorlog.”

Spanningen rond Zuid-Chinese Zee lopen op

Eerder deze maand kwam een Chinees gevechtsschip in de Zuid-Chinese Zee bijna in aanvaring met een Amerikaans oorlogsschip. Het Chinese schip maakte een manoeuvre om het Amerikaanse schip te verjagen, een actie die door het Amerikaanse leger werd uitgelegd als ‘gevaarlijk en onprofessioneel’.

Het Amerikaanse leger heeft de laatste maanden haar presentie in de regio versterkt, tot ergernis van de Chinese regering. De Chinezen zien de aanwezigheid van Amerikaanse oorlogsschepen als een bedreiging, omdat deze activiteiten plaatsvinden in een gebied dat strategisch van zeer groot belang is voor China. Niet alleen omdat er veel olietankers en vrachtschepen door de Zuid-Chinese Zee varen, maar ook omdat het gebied beschikt over omvangrijke olie- en gasreserves.

Om de grip op de Zuid-Chinese Zee te versterken heeft China de laatste jaren verschillende nieuwe eilanden gecreëerd, waarop militaire observatieposten met havens en landingsbanen zijn gebouwd.

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While President Continues to Play Dumb on Murder, 2016 Reporting Shows Saudis Only Blacklisted Khashoggi After Journalist Criticized… Trump – Global Research

While President Continues to Play Dumb on Murder, 2016 Reporting Shows Saudis Only Blacklisted Khashoggi After Journalist Criticized… Trump – Global Research

19-10-18 04:11:00,

Jamal Khashoggi

As a columnist for the Washington Post, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi frequently criticized his home country’s government—denouncing the country’s treatment of women and most recently, in his final column published Wednesday, calling on Saudi officials to embrace press freedom. 

But as critics accuse President Donald Trump of conspiring with the Saudis to cover up Khashoggi’s suspected murder, one journalist on Wednesday highlighted an article published in the Independent, weeks after Trump was elected in November of 2016—noting that Khashoggi’s criticism of the Saudis wasn’t the only thing that led the government to ban his work from appearing in his home country.

While the move was likely fueled by his outspoken criticism of the monarchy and its policies, the journalist was only blacklisted from working in the kingdom after criticizing Trump.

Los Angeles Times columnist Virginia Heffernan posted about her realization late Wednesday after coming across the Independent article.

Just now realizing: Khashoggi was banned in KSA was not because he was critical of Mohammad bin Salman, the devastation of Yemen, Wahhabism, or the Salafi movement. It was because, ON NOVEMBER 10, 2016, in DC, Khashoggi mildly criticized…Donald Trump. https://t.co/GeFh0nlJ0l

— Virginia Heffernan (@page88) October 17, 2018

Citing the Middle East Eye’s reporting, the Independent published a story saying that Khashoggi spoke at the Washington Institute on November 10, 2016—the day after Trump won the presidential election—remarking that Trump’s Middle East stances were “contradictory.”

Soon after, a Saudi government source was quoted by the Middle East Eye as saying,

“The author Jamal Khashoggi does not represent the government of Saudi Arabia or its positions at any level, and…his opinions only represent his personal views, not that of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

By early December, Saudi authorities had banned Khashoggi “from writing in newspapers, appearing on TV, and attending conferences” in the kingdom, leading the author to a self-imposed exile.

To several political observers on Twitter, the revelation that the Saudis had so directly come to the defense of Trump gave new meaning to the fact that the president is now attempting to shield Saudi Arabia from the international outrage that’s exploded in the 16 days since Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul—especially following reports that U.S.

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Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro Risks His Life with Surprise Appearance at the United Nations General Assembly – Global Research

Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro Risks His Life with Surprise Appearance at the United Nations General Assembly – Global Research

04-10-18 05:19:00,

“The United States seems destined to plague all of the Americas with misery in the name of liberty.”  Simon Bolivar, 1829

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the Chief of Staff of former President Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, affirmed that: 

“Donald Trump’s government could eventually be considering taking military action in Venezuela to avoid domestic legal and political pressures facing the mid-term elections scheduled to take place in October.”

On September 3, 2018 the Permanent Representative of the USA to the OAS, Ambassador Carlos Trujillo, threatened Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros, and said that he was putting himself at risk if he decided to travel to New York to participate in the General Debate of the 73 Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.  Trujillo further stated that a conflict is being planned involving the Governments of Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru, to launch an attack against Venezuela.  On September 21, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that the US government is preparing a “series of actions” in coming days to increase pressure on the Venezuelan government.”

Despite threats to President Maduro’s life, including the August 4 assassination attempt  during which seven people were injured when “drone-like” devices exploded suspiciously close to President Maduro, and which Maduro attributed to a homicidal intent by political enemies such as Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos,  President Maduro himself arrived at the United Nations General Assembly, and spoke there on September 26.  He denounced increased US sanctions imposed on Venezuela, and denounced the August 4 assassination attempt against his own life, calling for an impartial investigation to identify the perpetrators.  He also stated his willingness to meet with President Trump, whom, he mentioned had also signaled willingness to meet with him.

The list of actions contemplated and threatened against the Venezuelan government of Nicholas Maduro Moro is very long and alarming, and follows the classic regime change blueprint of destabilization and intervention by which progressive governments have been weakened and eventually overthrown in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  The methods were partially enumerated by Venezuelan Ambassador Mr. Suarez Moreno during the September 5 meeting of the UN Security Council:

“We sound the alarm that the external aggression is continuing,

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Kan nieuwe president Mexico iets veranderen aan corruptie, war on drugs en Trumps migratiebeleid?

Kan nieuwe president Mexico iets veranderen aan corruptie, war on drugs en Trumps migratiebeleid?

11-07-18 04:03:00,

Mexico heeft een nieuwe president. Er komt met Andrés Manuel López Obrador niet enkel een nieuw persoon aan de macht, maar met hem gaat een geheel nieuwe politieke richting de tweede grootste economie van Latijns-Amerika regeren. De “Bernie Sanders” van Mexico, wordt hij genoemd. En: “een progressieve anti-Trump-kandidaat”, een “overwinning” en “hoop” niet alleen voor Mexico, maar “voor de hele regio”. Maar wat gaat hij kunnen (en willen) veranderen? We spraken met de Nederlandse journalist Jan-Albert Hootsen die al jaren in Mexico woont.

“De terugkeer van een progressieve wind door Latijns-Amerika”, schrijft de Britse krant The Guardian in de nacht van maandag 2 juli. De 65-jarige López Obrador heeft dan net de presidentsverkiezingen gewonnen. Voor het eerst sinds 1929 staat een zogenoemde linkse leider aan het roer van Mexico. 71 jaar lang zat de Institutioneel Revolutionaire Partij (PRI) er onafgebroken op de regeringsstoel en van 2000 tot nu wisselde die partij de macht met de christelijke conservatieve Nationale Actiepartij (PAN).

Volgens de Amerikaanse krant The New York Times vertegenwoordigt deze uitslag een duidelijke afwijzing van de huidige status quo in het land. Deze werd het laatste kwarteeuw dus bepaald door de centrumpartijen PRI en PAN die de globalisering omarmden. Vele Mexicanen hebben niet het gevoel dat dit beleid hen diende.

Links of rechts?

López Obrador kan daar volgens 53 procent van de stemmen grote verandering in brengen. John Feffer van de Amerikaanse nieuwssite Common Dreams noemt hem de “Bernie Sanders van Mexico”. Beiden waren eerst burgemeester van een stad – al is Mexico City met bijna 9 miljoen inwoners toch iets groter dan Burlington, Vermont met 42.000 inwoners. “En beiden regeerden op dezelfde pragmatische manier”, vindt Feffer.

Een vergelijking met buitenlandse politici is volgens Jan-Albert Hootsen (36), die al 11 jaar in Mexico woont en als journalist werkt, echter niet te maken. “López Obrador is links en progressief op sociaal-economisch gebied maar niet op vlak van ethische kwesties. Homoseksualiteit, abortus, gelijke genderrechten, over al deze onderwerpen spreekt hij zich niet uit. Hij is heel gelovig en heeft altijd sterke banden gehad met het ultra-conservatieve deel van de katholieke kerk in Mexico City”, vertelt Hootsen. “López Obrador kan alleen beschreven worden vanuit de Mexicaanse politiek. We moeten hem zien als een door en door typisch Mexicaanse populist.”

Wat houdt dat dan in?

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