Evo Morales [Source: declassifieduk.org]

In interview with British journalist, Morales says the U.S. uses NATO to provoke wars and sell weapons. U.S./UK-backed coup against him in 2019 was undertaken for lithium and because his government advanced an alternative economic model to the neoliberal “Washington Consensus”

In an interview with British journalist Matt Kennard at his home in El Trópico, a small town four hours from Cochabamba in the heart of the Amazon rain forest, former Bolivian president Evo Morales (2006-2019) called for an international campaign to eliminate NATO [the North Atlantic Treaty Organization].

According to Morales, this campaign should explain to people worldwide that “NATO is—ultimately—the United States. It is not a guarantee for humanity or for life. I do not accept—in fact, I condemn—how they can exclude Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. When the U.S. has intervened in Iraq, in Libya, in so many countries in recent years, why have they not been expelled from the Human Rights Council? Why was that never questioned?”

Morales continued: “We [in the Movimiento al Socialismo, MAS] have profound ideological differences with the politics implemented by the United States using NATO, which are based on interventionism and militarism. Between Russia and Ukraine they want to reach an agreement and [the U.S.] keeps provoking war, the U.S. military industry, which is able to live thanks to war, and they provoke wars in order to sell their weapons. That’s the other reality we live in.”

With the constant shipment of weapons to #Ukraine, the United States and  NATO continue with their policy of "fighting #Russia to the last Ukrainian  soldier". - iuvmpress.news
[Source: iuvmpress.news]

Coup Against Alternative Economic Model

Morales is one of the most successful presidents in Latin American history who closed down a U.S. military base in Bolivia, expelled the CIA and DEA, and helped reverse half a millennium of colonial history by helping Bolivia to industrialize its economy.

In November 2019, Morales was ousted in a U.S./UK-backed coup that culminated with the army’s massacre of anti-coup protesters. Morales survived an assassination attempt only because Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, sent a plane to rescue him.

The beneficiary of the coup, Jeanine Áñez—a conservative Christian who lost the October 2020 election to Luis Arce of MAS—was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June after being convicted of terrorism and sedition.

Morales—who returned to Bolivia after Arce’s election in October 2020—believes that the coup was prompted by his move to nationalize Bolivia’s oil and gas reserves.

Morales told Matt Kennard that “I continue to be convinced that the empire, capitalism, imperialism, do not accept that there is an economic model that is better than neoliberalism. The coup was against our economic model…we showed that another Bolivia is possible.”

Bolivia just wants to have friends : r/polandball
[Source: reddit.com]

“All For Lithium”

In 2021, the British Foreign Office released documents which showed that the British embassy in Bolivia had paid an Oxford-based company to optimize “exploitation” of Bolivia’s lithium deposits the month after Morales fled the country after being ousted in the coup. 

The documents also showed the UK embassy in La Paz acted as “strategic partner” to Áñez’ coup regime and organized an international mining event in Bolivia four months after democracy was overthrown.

Jeff Glekin, the UK ambassador, with Jeanine Áñez in January 2020. [Source: declassifieduk.org]

Bolivia possesses the world’s second largest reserves of lithium, a metal used to make batteries, which has been increasingly coveted due to the burgeoning electric-car industry.

Under the traditional imperial dynamic which had kept Bolivia poor, rich countries extract raw materials, send them to Europe to be made into products, and then sell them back to Third World countries like Bolivia as finished products at a mark-up. 

With Bolivia’s lithium deposits, Morales was adamant this system was finished. Bolivia would not just extract the lithium; it would build the batteries too. He told Kennard that:

“We started with a laboratory, obviously with international experts that we hired. Then we moved on to a pilot plant. We invested around $20 million, and now it’s working. Every year it produces about 200 tonnes of lithium carbonate, and lithium batteries, in Potosí [the capital of the Spanish empire where the Spanish had undertaken silver mining in the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.]” 

Bolivian state firm YLB's plant is seen at the Salar de Uyuni, a vast white salt flat at the center of a global resource race for the battery metal lithium, outside of Uyuni, Bolivia March 26, 2022. (REUTERS/Claudia Morales)
Bolivian state firm YLB’s plant is seen at the Salar de Uyuni, a vast white salt flat at the center of a global resource race for the battery metal lithium, outside of Uyuni, Bolivia, March 26, 2022. [Source: learningenglish.voanews.com]

Morales continued: “We had a plan to install 42 new [lithium] plants by 2029. It was estimated that profits would be five billion dollars. Profits! That’s when the coup came. The U.S. says China’s presence is not permitted but…having a market in China is very important. Also in Germany. The next step was with Russia, and then came the coup. Just last year, we found out that England had also participated in the coup—all for lithium.” 

Colonial Mentality

When Kennard told Morales that the UK Foreign office had denied that a coup took place, Morales responded that this was hard to comprehend and reflected “a totally colonial mindset. They think that some countries are the property of other nations. They think God put them there, so the world belongs to the U.S. and the UK. That’s why the rebellions and the uprisings will continue.”

With the People or the Evil Empire?

Morales has great admiration for Julian Assange whose detention, he said, “represents an escalation, an intimidation so that all the crimes against humanity committed by the different governments of the United States are never revealed. So many interventions, so many invasions, so much looting.”

The U.S. Is Determined to Make Julian Assange Pay for Exposing the Cruelty  of Its War on Iraq | Sri Lanka Guardian
Morales has great admiration for Julian Assange. [Source: siguardian.org]

Currently, Morales is working on building independent media in Bolivia, where he says that most of the media “belong to the empire or the right-wing.”

Optimistic about the recent victory of left-wing political forces in PeruChile and Colombia and Lula’s expected return to the presidency in Brazil, Morales told Kennard that, “in politics we must ask ourselves: Are we with the people or are we with the empire? If we are with the people, we make a country; if we are with the empire, we make money. If we are with the people, we fight for life, for humanity; if we are with the empire, we are with the politics of death, the culture of death, interventions, and pillaging of the people. That is what we ask ourselves as humans, as leaders: ‘Are we at the service of our people?’”


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13 COMMENTS

  1. Standard process of NATO wars under the aegis of its sidekick the UN, these two institutions created by the globalists to enslave the world:
    01. Opposite camps are armed (interest, ethnic or religious disagreements) and rivalries are stirred up;
    02. The populations, frightened by terrorist acts, flee towards the cities in the hope of better protection. Hunger and misery are growing;
    03. The mass media begin their propaganda and broadcast the images of the atrocities all over the world;
    04. In developed countries, medical and food aid is collected to be sent to crisis areas;
    05. NGOs helping only one of the opposing parties are militarily attacked by the other. This is when the intervention of the United Nations begins;
    06. Under the most diverse motives, the “forces of peace” sent by the U.N. find themselves in the crossfire and seek reinforcements;
    07. The “fabrication of consent” operated by the media hype having done its work, public opinion in the various countries is convinced to contribute to the effort “for peace” by sending reinforcements (troops and equipment);
    08. Arrived at its climax, the conflict can then be controlled at will or intensified;
    09. According to the Plan, the protagonists, behind the scenes, witness the destruction of the country or the exhaustion of the parties in struggle; one secretly supports the party which will be at the head of the future new government;
    10. The country is finally brought under the control of the United Nations. The “forces of peace” will leave when the new government will have become the faithful mouthpiece of the New World Order;
    11. The reconstruction of the country begins: the new government goes into debt with international financial institutions (WB, IMF) and, in exchange, makes available to high finance all its national wealth (natural resources, means of communication, productions, resources of his people, etc.);
    12. The circle is complete: the country’s dependence on the “powers of money” is accomplished (“Mission Accomplished” as GW Bush said). The intensive colonization of the country began.

  2. The people of the USA do not realize it but they, too, are colonized by their ruling, imperial class. Their savings and other dollar assets, pensions, insurance benefits, wages are “taxed” away by the inflation that has been induced by the US government. The US Federal Reserve has printed trillions of dollars, devaluing them against commodities, housing and other costs of living. Inflation is not a mysterious event. It is a way of transferring wealth upwards to the corporate class, stock-holders and landlords. The people are made to pay to support bloated military budgets that support generals who have not won a war since WW2. All they do is kill and destroy!

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