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- Posted by Benjamin Melançon - March 12, 2005 at 6:16 pmMembers of the unemployed movement picketed outside Shell headquarters in Buenos Aires to protest increased gasoline and diesel prices, and Argentina's president Néstor Kirchner spoke strongly in support of a citizen's boycott of Royal Dutch Shell.
"Argentines don't have to buy anything from Shell. Let's unite and not buy a single thing from them, not even a can of oil, so they realise that we will not put up with this kind of thing anymore," Kirchner said Thursday, March 10, reported by Inter Press Service / Global Information Network.
Luis D'Elía, with the Land and Housing Federation, said Shell "wants to sabotage Argentina's recovery from the crisis," while Kirchner accused the corporation of not collaborating with the Argentine economic recovery, unlike the other oil giants, Spanish YPF-Repsol and Brazil's state-owned Petrobrás, which have not raised prices.
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 12, 2005 at 2:22 pm(Posted in Spanish March 11 at 8:26 PM)
Kind readers, this correspondent did not appear all day because, quite simply, the important things happened at the end of the day... here is an account of the deliberations of the social movements from this afternoon and a few of the words and deeds of the Carlos Mesa administration. The clock is ticking for the new actions in this conflict...
- Posted by Paul Silvester - March 12, 2005 at 7:12 amHoy recibí este correo sobre un articulo en la National Geographic. La pagina de web para este articulo es ..........
Today I received this email about an article in the National Geographic. The web page for this article is ............
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 11, 2005 at 8:26 pmQueridos lectores, este corresponsal no apareció en todo el día porque, simplemente, las cosas importantes pasaron al final de la jornada... va un recuento de las deliberaciones de los movimientos sociales de esta tarde y algunos de los hechos y dichos del gobierno de Carlos Mesa. Está comenzando a correr el reloj para las nuevas acciones en este conflicto...
- Posted by Benjamin Melançon - March 11, 2005 at 2:48 pmImprisoned Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune is in critical condition on his 19th day of a hunger strike, reports Randall White at HaitiAction.net.
Neptune and Interior Minister Jocelerme Privert have been refusing food to protest the illegal imprisonment of hundreds of opponents of the coup government.
Read the entire report.
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 11, 2005 at 8:07 amThere were no surprises in the long meeting between the Bolivian social leaders and President Carlos Mesa. The pressure from the movements across the country is going to increase, according to Evo Morales. And the government will begin its legal offensive, trying to criminalize the protests. Lets go to the facts
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 11, 2005 at 6:42 am(Posted in Spanish yesterday, March 10, at 6:49 PM)
The social movements have met with the president of the Chamber of Deputies and its leadership, as a kind of warm-up session before the 4 pm meeting with President Carlos Mesa in the Palace of Government. After almost four hours that meeting has not yet ended meanwhile, some news about what happened in the National Congress with the social leaders and an update on the state of the popular forces.
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- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 10, 2005 at 9:18 pmNo hubo sorpresas en la larga reunión entre los líderes sociales bolivianos y el Presidente Carlos Mesa. Las medidas de presión en todo el país se van a profundizar, al decir de Evo Morales. Y el gobierno comenzará su ofensiva judicial, tratando de penalizar las protestas. Vamos a los hechos...
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 10, 2005 at 6:49 pmLos movimientos sociales se han reunido con el presidente de la Cámara de Diputados y su directiva. Como fase de calentamiento antes de la reunión con el Presidente Carlos Mesa en Palacio de Gobierno a las 4 pm. Casi cuatro horas de reunión y no han terminado de dialogar... mientras, algunas noticias sobre lo ocurrido en el Congreso Nacional con los dirigentes sociales y una actualización del estado de las fuerzas populares.
- Posted by Claudia Espinoza - March 10, 2005 at 4:45 pmComo en los años 2000, 2001 y 2003, cuando los indígenas del Altiplano de La Paz renacieron a la lucha en las carreteras, bloqueando la política neoliberal y cercando a la ciudad sin dejar el paso de transporte ni alimentos, los dirigentes y dirigentas de Tupak Katari y Bartolina Sisa se reunieron en un ampliado, al mando de su organización departamental, para definir que están en movimiento. Exigen y no piden, la nacionalización de los recursos naturales como el agua y los hidrocarburos, porque no puede ser que se haya derramado sangre indígena para nada.
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 10, 2005 at 4:22 pmWhile the middle class pours into the Plaza Murillo, to cheer President Carlos Mesa in his palace, the stalemate between the right wing (with the government leading) and the left (with all the social movements united) continues
This morning there was a second meeting in the Bolivian Workers Federation (COB in its Spanish initials) offices. Mesa asked Evo Morales for a dialog, and Morales has invited his peers to come with him, as he had previously announced.
Lets move on to the facts
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 10, 2005 at 12:28 pmMientras la clase media se vuelca a la Plaza Murillo, para vitorear al Presidente Carlos Mesa en su palacio, el estado de "empate" entre la derecha (con el gobierno al frente) y la izquierda (con todos los movimientos sociales bolivianos unidos) sigue ahí...
Eszta mañana hubo una segunda reunión en la Central Obrera Boliviana. Mesa pidió dialogar con Evo Morales, quien ha convocado a sus pares para ir todos, como había anunciado.
Vamos a los hechos...
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 10, 2005 at 5:02 amFor the rest of the day (Wed, March 10), the Bolivian social leaders, united in a new mobilization pact, held meetings in La Paz, El Alto, and Cochabamba. In Santa Cruz, where the peasant farmers of Yapacani, in the north, have maintained a blockade of the entire area, there have already been conflicts in the city: the bus drivers, in response to the rise in fuel prices, have begun a blockade and were brutally repressed at midday.
- Posted by Benjamin Melançon - March 9, 2005 at 9:08 pmFlorida Farmworkers Victorious in Hard-fought Campaign
Turning Pressure to Other Large-Scale Purchasers the Next Step
Days into the launch of another Taco Bell Truth Tour by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in their "Boycott the Bell" campaign, Taco Bell's parent Yum corporation agreed to all the workers' demands.
Narco News School of Authentic Journalism scholar and professor Andrew Stelzer, writing for a reader-supported hard news Internet rag called the NewStandard (NewStandardNews.net), reported on March 7 about the tour, which aimed to bring attention to the Coalition's boycott of the five billion dollar pseudo-Mexican fast food chain. Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a lead organizer for the past five years, told Stelzer that as the boycott continues to gain the support of more than 100 religious groups, unions, human rights organizations, and celebrities, Taco Bell – already in contact with the Coalition – will eventually have to agree to the workers’ demands.
Eventually came soon for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), one of the most dynamic social movements in the United States today, with a victory that marks another stage of a long struggle for justice. Largely immigrant Mexican, Guatemalan, and Haitian tomato pickers formed the organization in Immokalee, Florida, in 1995.
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 9, 2005 at 8:35 pmDurante el resto del día los líderes sociales bolivianos, unidos en el nuevo pacto de movilización, han mantenido reuniones en La Paz, en El Alto y en Cochabamba. En Santa Cruz, donde los campesinos de Yapacaní, al norte, mantienen un bloqueo total de la zona, también hubo ya conflictos en la ciudad: los choferes de colectivos, obligados por el aumento a la tarifa de combustible, han comenzado a bloquear y fueron brutalmente reprimidos a mediodía...
Por su lado, el gobierno de Carlos Mesa ya tiene una resolución ministerial para criminalizar las protestas y pretenden con eso dejar todo en manos del Fiscal General de la República: que actúe penalmente deteniendo a los manifestantes y bloqueadores como si fueran delincuentes... ah, y Mesa anda pidiendo disculpas a Evo... vamos a la historia inmediata.
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 9, 2005 at 1:53 pmGood day, kind readers, this morning the landscape has changed and there is a new story to tell. The social movements in Bolivia, ALL of them, have united to coordinate their efforts, to organize more demonstrations and fight against the new (or recycled) right wing that just last night gave more power to the administration of President Carlos Mesa. Lets take a look at this immediate history
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 9, 2005 at 12:08 pmBuenas, queridos lectores, esta mañana ha vuelto el paisaje a cambiar de nueva cuenta. Los movimientos sociales de Bolivia, TODOS, se han unido para coordinar esfuerzos, para realizar más manifestaciones y pelear contra la nueva (o reciclada) derecha que anoche apenas daba más fuerza al gobierno del Presidente Carlos Mesa. Vamos a la historia inmediata...
- Posted by Al Giordano - March 9, 2005 at 8:45 amA new poll by the Mitovsky survey research company in Mexico shows that public opinion not just in Mexico City, but also nationwide - is turning rapidly against the desafuero plot to remove Mexico City Governor Andrés Manuel López Obrador from the 2006 presidential race.
The numbers are interesting because they show dramatic growth both nationally and in the countrys largest metropolis of sentiment against the desafuero and a corresponding shrinkage of any support for the anti-democracy maneuver that continues to be promoted by President Vicente Fox and other political insiders.
Nationwide, 48 percent of the people oppose the desafuero whereas only 15 percent support it. And by tracking the sharp shift in public opinion in the nations capital where the desafuero debate had a head start on the national discussion and now 80 percent of the public opposes the plot the poll makes it clear that those nationwide numbers are trending upward for democracy, as support for the attempted pre-electoral coup detat is dwindling sharply toward the single digits
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 8, 2005 at 9:59 pmA few minutes ago, with no deliberation, the 157 members of the Bolivian Congress unanimously approved a resolution presented by Congress President Hormando Vaca Diez, in which the Bolivian legislature rejects the resignation of President Carlos Mesa.
The congressmen agreed to go directly to a hand vote, and practically every hand went up when Vaca Diez asked for votes in favor. After announcing that there was a majority in favor of rejecting Mesas letter, there was applause and the atmosphere relaxed.
A multi-party commission, made up of women congress members, has left the Congress building and crossed the street to go to the Palace and request Mesas presence.
This marks, at least for the moment, the end of this tense and curious chapter, which we will analyze soon and with a bit more calm for all of you.
For now, we are closing this broadcast see you soon.
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 8, 2005 at 8:37 pmHace unos minutos, sin deliberar, los 157 parlamentarios bolivianos aprobaron por unanimidad un proyecto de resolución presentado por el Presidente del Congreso Nacional, Hormando Vaca Diez, en el que el Poder Legislativo de Bolivia rechaza aceptar la renuncia del Presidente Carlos Mesa.
Los parlamentarios aceptaron ir directamente al mecanismo de voto a mano alzada y prácticamente todas las manos se levantaron cuando Vaca Diez pidió su voto a favor. Luego de anunciar que existía una mayoría en favor de rechazar la carta de Mesa hubo aplausos y el ambiente se relajó.
Una comisión multipartidaria, compuesta por mujeres parlamentarias, ha salido del edificio del Congreso y cruzó la calle para ir hasta Palacio a solicitar la presencia de Carlos Mesa.
Esto marca, al menos por el momento, el fin de este tenso y curioso capítulo que, próximamente, analizaremos con calma y detalle para ustedes...
Por ahora, cerramos transmisiones... hasta pronto.
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 8, 2005 at 3:44 pmEl Alto has decided to relieve the people and lift the blockades although two districts have now broken with the neighborhood leadership and are planning on maintaining the blockades there. Other mobilizations will continue because the demand to get the Suez Group out of Bolivia still stands. Evo Morales and the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party will not accept the presidents resignation, and announced that their blockades will continue. The only thing that seems certain is that the Bolivian President will end up stronger than ever this afternoon when the National Congress ratifies his post.
- Posted by Al Giordano - March 8, 2005 at 2:58 pmA curious and disturbing quotation appeared in this mornings New York Times under the byline (of course) of Juan Forero, regarding the crisis in Bolivia and the proposed resignation of President Carlos Mesa:
"Mesa has to understand that governments have the right, the legitimate right, to use force," said Eduardo Gamarra, the Bolivian-born director of the Latin America and Caribbean Center at Florida International University in Miami. "You can't just burn down a building or take over a government building because you don't like government policy."
There you have it. Gamarra wants blood: not his own, cowardly, geek-positive plasma, but that which flows through the veins of people who cant afford an education at his gringo university the blood of the poor, of the farmer, of the indigenous, of those uppity citizens who believe in that radical ideal that a government should be of, by, and for the people.
Gamarra's call to use force, in the context of Bolivian history, is an open call on the pages of the New York Times for a massacre of epic proportions
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 8, 2005 at 1:12 pmEl Alto considera desgastante seguir en bloqueos, aunque dos distritos han roto con la dirigencia vecinal y piensan mantenerlos. Seguirán otras movilizaciones porque no renuncian a su demanda de sacar a Suez de Bolivia. Por otro lado, Evo Morales y el MAS no van a aceptar la renuncia, anunciaron la continuidad de los bloqueos pero lo más seguro es que el Presidente de Bolivia saldrá esta tarde muy fortalecido con la ratificación en el cargo por parte del Congreso Nacional.
- Posted by Gissel Gonzales - March 7, 2005 at 9:41 pmPara entender mejor el problema que vivimos en Bolivia, estos son comunicados de los movimientos sociales que luchan en este momento, por un cambio de modelo de Estado, dar de baja al modelo neoliberal impuesto.
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 7, 2005 at 7:58 pmThe uncertainty in Bolivia is growing. The National Congress has decided to meet tomorrow to consider Mesas resignation. Evo Morales Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party, for its part, is meeting right now and evaluating the situation. The people of El Alto are waiting until early tomorrow morning to have a general assembly of neighborhood presidents. And the only thing that is clear is that the agitation here is great.
All of Bolivia is discussing and criticizing President Carlos Mesa in different ways. Nevertheless, despite the fact that it is his decision, the first conclusion that emerges is that the National Congress has a huge responsibility. Members of Congress received Mesas resignation letter and have decided not to meet until tomorrow, arguing that it would be impossible to bring together every congressman from the distant corners of the country.
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 7, 2005 at 6:10 pmAlthough El Altos decision about the resignation of Carlos Mesa hangs in suspense until 7 am tomorrow morning, the people of El Alto have already made two things clear: that Mesa can leave on his own, but that it will be under his responsibility and not theirs, and that their mobilization will not stop until Aguas de Illimani, the property of the French-based multinational Suez corporation, leaves for good.
- Posted by Luis Gomez - March 7, 2005 at 5:30 pmLa situación de vacío se generaliza en Bolivia. EL Congreso Nacional ha decidido reunirse hasta mañana para considerar la renuncia de Mesa. Por su lado el MAS de Evo Morales está en estos momentos reunido evaluando la situación.b Los alteños esperan hasta mañana temprano para tener una asamblea de presidentes. Y lo único claro es que la agitación es grande...