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  Bolivia - Evo Morales
Juan Evo Morales Aima (born October 26, 1959) is a leader of the Bolivian cocalero movement, a loose federation of coca-growing campesinos who are resisting the efforts of the Bolivian government to eradicate coca in the province of Chapare.
As an emerging leader of the cocaleros, Morales was elected to the Bolivian Congress in 1997 as a representative of the provinces Chapare and Carrasco de Cochabamba.
Evo Morales, of the Movement to Socialism (MAS), was one of the leaders of this battle.
www.nadir.org /nadir/initiativ/agp/free/imf/bolivia/morales.htm   (886 words)

  
 Evo Morales to cut down his salary to half
Paris, France, January 6, 2006 (Notimex).- Bolivia's elected President, Evo Morales, announced he will cutting down his salary to half and that of the members of the parliament who will not be able to be reelected or to hold public office at the same time.
Morales, who arrived this Friday in Paris, stated in a press conference that he will be practicing an "austerity policy" during his term and explained that one of his first measures will be to reduce his salary and congress members' in 50%.
Morales explained that the average salary of a teacher is one thousand bolivars "thus if a parliament member earns 10,000 bolivars less, he will be contributing with 10 teachers and myself with 14".
www.quepasa.com /english/news/latinamerica/Morales.cut.salary/411370.html   (649 words)

  
 Evo Morales waits for his official confirmation as the new President of Bolivia - Pravda.Ru
Morales claimed the victory in the elections as praised to lead a new time in the history of the poorest country in South America.
Morales also said a governing Movement Toward Socialism party "is not only going to respect, but is going to protect private property," although "vacant, unproductive land" would be turned over to farmers with no land or very little.
Morales' Sunday victory is a new turn to left in South America, following the experiences of Chavez in Venezuela, Lula in Brazil, Tabare Vazquez in Uruguay and probably Michelle Bachelet in Chile, if she finally defeats the conservative coalition in the runoff scheduled for January 15.
english.pravda.ru /news/world/25-04-2006/english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/368/16649_Morales.html   (756 words)

  
 Evo Morales Ayma - Gran Jefe de los Pueblos Originarios - Presidente de Bolivia
This was right when the conservative MNR government got congress to approve Law 1.008, the Law of the Coca and Controlled Substances Regime, which considers the reduction and gradual substitution of crops qualified as excessive (beyond traditional chewing use), by planting alternative crops or even by forcefully pulling out coca plants without right to compensation.
Since 1996, Evo has held the position of president of the Coordinating Committee of the Six Federations of the Tropics of Cochabamba.
In 1989, when Evo was paying homage to companions who had fallen in the defense of the coca leaf, UMOPAR forces beat him savagely and dumped him in the bushes, thinking he was dead.
www.evomorales.net /paginasEng/perfil_Eng_sindi.aspx   (585 words)

  
 Evo Morales Has Plans for Bolivia -- In These Times
Evo Morales is a polarizing figure in Latin American politics: a proudly left-leaning indigenous activist who defends the traditional rights of peasants to grow coca and describes the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas as “colonization.” While opponents have labelled him a “narco-trade unionist,” the charismatic Morales enjoys widespread popular support.
Morales is an Aymara Indian, and many observers note that MAS has successfully brought together two strands of the left—the indigenous and the liberal—in one party.
If Morales wins less than 50 percent of the popular vote, the election will be decided by a congressional vote in January, and critics say that he has moved to the center in an attempt to win.
www.inthesetimes.com /site/main/article/2438   (1804 words)

  
 Newsvine - evo-morales   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Evo Morales has a new ally in his quest to promote Indian languages — U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. — which is teaming up with the Bolivian president for the local debut of Windows and Office software in the Andean tongue of Quechua.
President Evo Morales' socialist agenda has hit a potential snag after Bolivia's wealthiest regions voted for autonomy and his party failed to gain full control of an assembly elected to draft a new constitution.
Coca grower-turned-President Evo Morales vowed to end discrimination against Bolivia's Indian majority and lift this Andean nation's poor out of misery by tapping profits from abundant national gas reserves, as he was sworn into office on Sunday.
www.newsvine.com /evo-morales   (1138 words)

  
 FRONTLINE/WORLD . Dispatches . Dispatches . Bolivia: The Rise of Evo Morales | PBS
Evo Morales, former coca grower and Aymara leader, surprised Bolivia's political elite by winning 53.7 percent of the vote in the December 2005 elections.
Evo Morales and his vice-presidential running mate, Alvaro Garcia Linera, together on stage at the closing night of their campaign in La Paz.
Evo Morales with a traditional Yatiri (Aymara healer and clairvoyant) at the close of his campaign in La Paz.
www.pbs.org /frontlineworld/rss/redir/frontlineworld/blog/2006/01/bolivia_the_ris_1.html   (2380 words)

  
 Foreign Policy In Focus | Evo Morales No Che Guevara   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Evo Morales, president-elect of Bolivia, is often described in the Western media as a “leftist” if not a reincarnation of the legendary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Morales drew repeated applause from his Santa Cruz audience, a group harshly critical of him in the past, when he guaranteed a referendum on regional autonomy and a constituent convention, together with “no expropriation or confiscation” of private property or assets.
In Caracas, Morales proclaimed that he and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez were united in a “fight against neoliberalism and imperialism.” Warmly praising both Castro and Chávez, he embraced the Bush administration's severest critics as his role models.
www.fpif.org /fpiftxt/3021   (1865 words)

  
 What does Evo Morales want? By Jessica Holzer - Slate Magazine
As president, Morales would likely turn his "coca is not cocaine" battle cry into the law of the land, reversing nearly 20 years of U.S.-funded coca eradication and alternative development policy in Bolivia.
Morales describes the U.S.-funded alternative development effort in Chapare as a misguided policy that merely pushes poor farmers to produce crops for which there is little demand.
Morales' base of support is overwhelmingly concentrated in the tropical lowlands and high valleys in the center of the country.
www.slate.com /id/2094899/entry/2094904   (1736 words)

  
 Santa Cruz Indymedia: Forum: Bolivia After the Election of Evo Morales (1/18)
Evo Morales was elected primarily on his promises to nationalize the oil and gas resources.
Evo Morales and García Linera already have begun an ideological offensive against the concept of class struggle and, thus, the necessity for the existence of independent workers' organizations.
Although Evo Morales and Mexico's Zapatistas see taking power from dramatically different perspectives--the Zapatista rejection of taking state power is "absurd--how else can we change Bolivia" he told me two springs ago--both have initiated campaigns to write new anti-neo-liberal constitutions for their countries that would enshrine autonomy as a guiding principal of governance.
santacruz.indymedia.org /newswire/display/19339/index.php   (6042 words)

  
 Narco News Interviews the Hon. Evo Morales During His Hunger Strike
Last Thursday, in a dark morning for the legislative history of Bolivia, they succeeded in expelling Evo Morales from Congress with arguments that were completely illegal, burdos, without even adjusting their maneuver to the mechanisms of the Ethics Laws of the House of Representatives.
After these tragic acts and the arrests, the Congressmen from the traditional parties (fundamentally MIR, AND, MNR and NFR) came to an agreement: Evo Morales, the maximum leader of the coca growers and elected Congressman from the Chapare, had to be expelled.
Evo Morales, according to said regulation (of which we have a copy), had 15 days from the presentation of the accusation against him to present proofs exonerating him, but this never occurred.
www.narconews.com /hungerstrike1.html   (2052 words)

  
 Blog from Bolivia: Evo Morales: “The Voice of the People is the Voice of God.”
But Evo is still in campaign mode and still bearing grudges about what he called “ the dirty war” waged against he and MAS, including the emerging story of thousands upon thousands of people purged from the voter rolls around the country.
Evo is probably well aware of the task laid out before him, and will need whatever support and encouragement we will be able to give him.
Morales is treading on sensitive toes when he talks negative about America or does things like giving cheap oil to US consumers or other countries.
www.democracyctr.org /blog/2005/12/evo-morales-voice-of-people-is-voice.html   (2776 words)

  
 Bolivia's Evo Morales announces Cabinet - Boston.com
New President Evo Morales, a fierce critic of U.S. policies and free-market prescriptions, appointed a Marxist energy minister Monday and a Cabinet of Indians, intellectuals and union leaders, backing his promise to give a socialist shape to this poor South American country.
LA PAZ, Bolivia --New President Evo Morales, a fierce critic of U.S. policies and free-market prescriptions, appointed a Marxist energy minister Monday and a Cabinet of Indians, intellectuals and union leaders, backing his promise to give a socialist shape to this poor South American country.
Morales took office Sunday after winning the presidency in a landslide by promising to bring the poor Andean nation's natural resources under state control, fight corruption and end centuries-long discrimination against the Indian majority.
www.boston.com /news/world/latinamerica/articles/2006/01/23/bolivias_evo_morales_announces_cabinet?mode=PF   (671 words)

  
 Latest News - Coca Leader Evo Morales Poised to Win Bolivia Presidential Vote Sunday
Morales has called for the decriminalization of coca growing in the country's Chapare region, a slap in the face to the US, which adamantly opposes the move.
Morales, who still has coca fields of his own, became a coca grower leader in the Chapare in 1993, founded the MAS in 1995, and won a seat in the Bolivian Congress.
In 2002, Morales barely lost the presidential election to Washington favorite Gonzalo Sanchez de Losada, and a year later, Morales and the MAS were instrumental in popular protests that drove him from power.
www.november.org /stayinfo/breaking3/EvoMorales.html   (1332 words)

  
 Evo Morales Now Joins Hugo Chavez As A US Target
Evo Morales has made it clear that foreign investors will not lose the rights to their investments.
What they will lose once Morales' plan is implemented (he's giving them six months to comply) is their unfair share of the profits and benefits they never had a right to have in the first place.
Under the Morales plan, a new contract will be made between the government and foreign investors guaranteeing that the people of Bolivia will receive the majority of benefits from its own resources while at the same time foreign investors will receive their fare share but no more than that.
www.opednews.com /articles/opedne_stephen__060503_evo_morales_now_join.htm   (1862 words)

  
 Bolivia’s Morales wants coca referendum - Americas - MSNBC.com
Bolivian presidential candidate Evo Morales of the Movement Toward Socialism party carries a coca plant while greeting supporters on his way to vote.
Morales, 46, also said the government would study whether to increase the amount of coca legally grown for traditional consumption.
Morales thanked a cheering crowd for what he called his “great triumph,” but tempered that by saying he would await official results confirming the outcome.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/10519611   (715 words)

  
 barrio flores: Evo Morales in the New York Times
Administration officials are reluctant to speak on the record about Morales (the State Department and Pentagon press offices did not reply to repeated requests for an interview), but in private they link him both to narco-trafficking and to the two most militant Latin American leaders: Hugo Chávez, Venezuela's leftist populist military strongman, and Fidel Castro.
Increasingly in speeches and interviews, Morales has taken to emphasizing that when, for example, he speaks of nationalization, he is mainly speaking of Bolivia's reassertion of sovereignty over its natural resources and of partnership with multinational corporations, not, à la Fidel Castro, of the systematic expropriation of the multinationals' interests in Bolivia.
Morales also makes a point of emphasizing that the era of "state socialism" is past.
www.barrioflores.net /weblog/archives/2005/11/evo_morales_in.html   (1214 words)

  
 (DV) Dangl: Eyes on US Troops in Paraguay as Bolivian Election Nears
Evo Morales, an indigenous, socialist congressman, is expected to win the election.
The top two contenders in the presidential race are Evo Morales and Jorge Quiroga, a right-wing businessman with close ties to the Hugo Banzer dictatorship, and whose platform includes the privatization of the country’s gas reserves and a hard line approach against leftist protestors.
The socialist Morales is unpopular among international investors, and when he ran for president in 2002, the U.S. ambassador to Bolivia warned that the U.S. might cut economic ties if he won.
www.dissidentvoice.org /Nov05/Dangl1121.htm   (1495 words)

  
 Foreign Policy In Focus | So What if Morales Wins in Bolivia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Morales rose to national prominence a decade ago as the populist leader of the cocaleros (coca leaf producers) of the remote, lush Chapare region, where the Bolivian government has focused eradication efforts.
Even if Morales is successful, Podemos is still expected to enjoy a majority in the upper house which means it will be in a position to block or temper MAS initiatives necessitating legislative approval.
Morales quickly disassociated himself from any hint of an armed insurrection or golpe del estado; nevertheless, massive street protests have been an effective MAS tactic in the past and will likely be used again in the future.
www.fpif.org /fpiftxt/2988   (2001 words)

  
 Evo Morales ´ bet - Forum on Democracy :::::: Safe Democracy Foundation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The most probable fact is that the multinational companies decide that it is no worth betting for the failure of the initiative, but they will decide that the most important thing is to be present wherever the gas and the petroleum are.
Lula must be very upset, considering that Morales opted for the Chávez style in the competition for influence and that being Petrobras a public company, he is the direct responsible as President.
However, Evo Morales knows that he owns a grace period of 180 days, since it is very difficult that the transnational companies take a decision before the deadline to opt between accepting the imposed conditions or abandoning the country.
english.safe-democracy.org /2006/05/12/evo-morales-a-bet   (966 words)

  
 CNN.com - Leftist claims Bolivia poll win - Dec 19, 2005
Evo Morales is greeted by coca farmers and supporters in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on Sunday.
Morales, 46, is a friend and ally of Venezuela's outspoken leftist President Hugo Chavez and Cuban President Fidel Castro.
The prospect of Morales now becoming president horrifies conservatives in Bolivia and in Washington, who say his radical form of socialism would be disastrous.
www.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/americas/12/19/bolivia.election/index.html   (383 words)

  
 Evo Morales - dKosopedia
Born in 1959 in the tin mining town of Orinco in Oruro district in the Altiplano, Morales's ethnic Aymara family was part of the large migration of unemployed miners in the 1970s and 1980s to the lowlands, where coca gowing provided incomes.
The U.S. government wasted some $150 million on coca-eradication efforts in Bolivia in 2004, a year that still saw the Bolivians produce 60,500 acres of the crop.
First elected to the Bolivian Congress in 1997, Morales ran for president in 2002 and surprised observers by coming in second.
www.dkosopedia.com /w/index.php?title=Evo_Morales&redirect=no   (352 words)

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