[Marxism] Bolivia - some "concrete realities", as requested.

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 4 11:29:00 MDT 2006


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[Bolivia is the third Latin American country to spurn the USA's "School of
Assassins." Argentina and Uruguay announced last week that they would 
no longer send their military personnel to the training facility, infamous for
training torturers, death-squads and assassins. -NY Transfer]

Prensa Latina, Havana
http://www.plenglish.com

Bolivia: Bye, Bye, SOA

La Paz, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia, joining Venezuela, Uruguay and
Argentina, will gradually pull out its military personnel from the old
School of the Americas, an infamous US training facility, it was
announced here.

Minister of the Presidency Ramon Quintana made the announcement while
replying to a question by Prensa Latina on the recent visit of a US
religious delegation who requested Bolivia to withdraw from what has
been described as "a school of dictators", where people are trained in
repression and killing.

The center was established by the US Armed Forces in the Panama Canal
Zone in 1946 with the name of "School of the Americas", and in 2001 it
was  rechristened as "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security
Cooperation."

According to Quintana, the presence of Bolivian soldiers will be
gradually  reduced "in the shortest time possible" until total
withdrawal.

He indicated that later in the year Bolivia will also step up
cooperation mechanisms to allow for the training of its soldiers in
South American countries, under a new doctrine of "regional security"
to be agreed upon by Evo Morales and ministers of Defense of the area.

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Prensa Latina, Havana
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Bolivian Bus Drivers on Strike

La Paz, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian administration was 
striving Monday for a dialogued solution to avoid a threatened 
nationwide strike by bus-drivers on Tuesday, but warned it will 
eventually impede any roadblock by force, if necessary.

A presidential spokesperson said the government is endeavoring 
to find a solution to the problem, but its decision that 
inter-provincial buses must pay taxes like any other company is 
non-negotiable.

He noted that the administration will guarantee the normal 
development of all activities and would not allow the roadblocks 
announced by the national Confederation of Bus and Taxi Drivers, 
which is calling the strike.

That group, opposed to President Evo Morales' government, 
alleges -in anticipation- that forcing inter-provincial transport 
businesspeople to pay taxes is the beginning of a policy that will 
extend to private vehicles commuting to the cities and short route 
buses.

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LOUIS PROYECT explained his frustration with the Bolivia discussion:
>This is one of the main reasons I have gotten sick of this thread from the 
>very start. It is about everything except the concrete realities of Bolivia 
>or any other country. It has provided both sides with an opportunity to 
>spout *abstractions* either about the need for socialist revolution or for 
>national revolutions (which to be fair to Joaquin is simply a formulation 
>that expresses the *combined* character of the revolution.)
>
>But who needs abstractions? We need *knowledge* in order for us to deepen 
>our understanding of the country in question and to think strategically. 
FULL: http://lists.econ.utah.edu/pipermail/marxism/2006-April/040762.html






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