PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Silence Reigns on the US-Backed Coup Against Evo Morales in Bolivia” / Common Dreams / Mark Weisbrot ☮

A man holds a flag with a picture of former Bolivian President Evo Morales during the first campaign event of MAS party ahead of presidential elections on September 9, 2020 in El Alto, Bolivia.  (Photo: Gaston Brito/Getty Images)

Bolivia has descended into a nightmare of political repression and racist state violence since the democratically elected government of Evo Morales was overthrown by the military on November 10th last year. That month was the second-deadliest in terms of civilian deaths caused by state forces since Bolivia became a democracy nearly 40 years ago, according to a study by Harvard Law School’s (HLS) International Human Rights Clinic and the University Network for Human Rights (UNHR) released a month ago.

Morales was the first indigenous president of Bolivia, which has the largest percentage of indigenous population of any country in the Americas. His government was able to reduce poverty by 42% and extreme poverty by 60%, which disproportionately benefited indigenous Bolivians. The November coup was led by a white and mestizo elite with a history of racism, seeking to revert state power to the people who had monopolized it before Morales’ election in 2005. The racist nature of the state violence is emphasized in the HLS/UNHR report, including eyewitness accounts of security forces using “racist and anti-indigenous language” as they attacked protesters; it is also clear from the fact that all of the victims of the two biggest massacres committed by state forces after the coup were indigenous.

What has received even less attention is the role of the Organization of American States in the destruction of Bolivia’s democracy last November.

As the New York Times reported on 7 June, the organization’s “flawed” analysis immediately following the October 20th election fuelled “a chain of events that changed the South American nation’s history.

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PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Dem Leader Defends Her Losing Record with Republican Talking Points” / The Jimmy Dore Show / Jimmy Dore ☮

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared on the Face the Nation and sounded a lot like the party she claims to oppose.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Maniac Sheriff Insults DAPL Veterans with an Absurd Lie” / The Jimmy Dore Show / Jimmy Dore ☮

North Dakota’s Morton County Sheriff Paul D Laney announced he had received “intel” that veterans with PTSD were being manipulated by DAPL protesters.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Trump Threatens Prison for Burning Flag- So Does HILLARY!” / The Jimmy Dore Show / Jimmy Dore ☮

Everyone is going crazy because Donald Trump is against burning the US flag, but did you know Hillary Clinton is also against burning the US flag.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Media Fawns Over Neo-Nazis (The So-Called Alt-Right)” / The Jimmy Dore Show / Jimmy Dore ☮

Donald Trump’s base includes Nazis, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists and the KKK, including his Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a former executive of the Neo-Nazi website, Breitbart. The Los Angeles Times and Mother Jones both wrote fluff pieces praising their fashion and ascendancy in Washington thanks to Donald Trump.

PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “The Bell Sisters, Ding and Dong (Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann), Hilariously Explain Why They Think Trump Won” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

By now many people have put forth reasons as to why they think Hillary Clinton was defeated by Donald Trump. Perhaps the best explanation comes from Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, who utilize a more… um, unorthodox—I guess you can say—type of rationale to explain why Trump won. It’s so stupid it’s hilarious!

PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Veterans Heading to North Dakota to Protect Citizens from Criminal Cops” / The Jimmy Dore Show / Jimmy Dore ☮

Led by Marine and former Baltimore Sargent Michael A Wood Jr and Wes Clark Jr, veteran and son of General Wesley Clark, a group of veterans are traveling to North Dakota in order to stand with water protectors against the police who are committing state-sanctioned violence in defense of corporate profits.