June 25, 2006

The Newest Popularity Poll

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Here is the newest poll on Morales' and Linera's popularity. The numbers have not changed much, though have gone a bit down.

But, what I'd like to highlight is the support the Electoral Court (CNE) has among the population. The total at national level is 76% and within the main cities is 77%. That is unprecedented support for, what I consider, an excellent job by the CNE in organizing the December elections and now the Consituent Assembly and fererendum elections in July 2.

This is in high contrast with the criticism the CNE is getting from the government. Morales himself has expressed his lack of trust with the CNE. This doesn't make sense. Why is he trying to delegitimize the electoral court?

June 18, 2006

What's the Deal With Brazil?

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I will take some time off of politics to talk about an equally important subject: Football or as we Americans call it, Soccer.

As you know, the World Cup finals 2006 (WC) is bein hosted in Germany. We are having lots of fun over here with, not only the games, but also all the other events going on.

But, to the issue at hand! I have been thinking about Brazil and its games. In the media here, there is a lot of speculation about Brazil, its game and its players. Many people are criticizing the way Brazil has been playing. On the one side they say that Brazil's game is disappointing. That the game many anxiously awaited is nowhere to be seen. That happy, crafty and, to some, artful way of playing is notoriuosly missing. Many more are even questioning the quality of the Brazilian game. They say that there is no such a game, and that it all was just a myth created by the media.

On the other hand, commentators are blaming the players. Of all, people are blaming Ronaldo, to whom they attribute an overwheight problem. Another player who gets some heat is Cafu, about whom people say he is too old. Others argue that the Brazilian team is too full of super stars. And, that every time a pack of super stars come together does not work well.

But, I belong to those who are defending the Brazilian team. Yes, sure, I am a fan of the Seleção, but I also think that there is a reason why it is behaving that way.

First, there is the need to accept that the Brazil games have been short of lame. Indeed, we are not seeing the best of what the Brazilians can do. In fact, we are just watching glimpses of what could be. I also accept that Ronaldo has been very, but very, slow in the games. In his first game he barely touched the ball. In the last game against the Ausies, he made just one play worth mention. Second, I think there is a logic to what is going on. I think this is part of Brazil's tactical plans to shoot for their sixth world championship. The world media have practically made them the default favorites. The ones who should win. Therefore, all the teams, the Germans including, are preparing their games with one goal only: to destroy Brazil's defensive squad. The team itself, Brazil, is being very careful in not letting all this hype get to their heads. That is why I think they are purposely playing the way they are playing. It seems to me, they are taking it one game at a time, and are trying not to show all they've got. Thus, keeping their opponents in the dark, of what shuld be something very clear. After all, most Brazilian stars and their games are very well known around the world.

Lastly, if we take a look at Brazil's wins, they are scores that win, but do not humiliate the opponent. I think they have a modesty which on the one side can be noble, but on the other, can be deceiving (because they don't want to show all the can do).

I think that Brazil does have a real chance at becoming world champs this July, if they follow their strategy (assuming I am right). They will always have an element of surprise for every opponent. I remember four years agon, Ronaldo also had hard moments in the beginning of the finals, but towards the end, he left all his critics with their shoes in their mouths.

PS. Another contender to get to the finals, for me, is the Argentinean team. This time around they play, just beautiful.

June 15, 2006

Alive and Kicking!

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I am finally online, again. All is not quiet in the front, but at least I am able to blog. I have not been able to find out what was wrong. Talking to computer people I have been advised that it may be a virus. If it is, I don't know how it got there. I am very careful with my PC. It boggles my mind.

So, while it seems the OS is working well, It might just be temporary. Viruses have a tendency to show up again and again until they are removed. But, I am taking the appropriate steps already and hopefully I'll be good soon.

On Bolivia news, I was surprised to hear Evo Morales speak of "war against the empire" during his celebration of Che Guevara. The worst thing is that he conditions this action to an attack, not only to Bolivia, but to Venezuela and/or Cuba.

Leaving aside the fact that if "the empire" decides to start a war against Bolivia, Bolivia could not do anything other than stand aside and watch, to commit to armed conflict in the name of other nations is just crazy talk.

Or not?

June 12, 2006

Big Time Trouble With My Computer

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I just want to share with readers that I am having big time trouble with my computer. It must be something wrong with Windows XP. It doesn't load up, so therefore I cannot do any work or access the internet.

This is the first time something like this is happening to me. I don't know whether it is because my laptop is too old (4 yrs. old) or I have installed too many programs (I do have 20 gigs of mem) or I have a virus (I have three layers of protection: firewall, antivirus and antispam). I am fearing I will have to do a radical move, such as to install a new OS on it.

So, please bear with me while I get through this. Blogging will be irregular, but not abandoned!


June 08, 2006

Is Morales Delivering?

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Regardless of what one might think about Morales' politics, it seems he is serious on delivering his promises. On less than six months of his presidency, he has nationalized the hydrocarbons and has contracted out the development of the iron mines in the east, known as el Mutun. Now, it seems as though he is preparing to fulfill another of his promises: Land reform!

Bolivia starts "land revolution" amid owners' ire
Reuters via Yahoo! News Sat, 03 Jun 2006 3:58 PM PDT
Bolivia's leftist president, Evo Morales, took a first step on Saturday toward handing over a fifth of the country's territory to poor farmers, a day after angry landowners vowed to form self-defense groups.

Bolivia head starts land handout
BBC News Sat, 03 Jun 2006 8:42 PM PDT
Bolivia's president begins a programme to redistribute land, as owners pledge to defend their estates.

Bolivia Launches 'Agrarian Revolution'
phillyburbs.com Sat, 03 Jun 2006 3:20 PM PDT
LA PAZ, Bolivia - Leftist President Evo Morales launched a sweeping land reform plan on Saturday by handing over roughly 9,600 square miles of state-owned land to poor Indians.

Bolivia landowners vow self-defence as talks fail
Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News Sat, 03 Jun 2006 9:11 AM PDT
LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Angry Bolivian landowners vowed to form land-defence groups as talks with the leftist government broke down over plans to redistribute a fifth of the impoverished South American country's land.

Jindal Steel gets mining rights in Bolivia, to invest $2.3 bn
India Daily Sat, 03 Jun 2006 10:12 AM PDT
Jindal Steel and Power Ltd on Friday said it has won the development rights of 20 billion tonnes of iron ore reserves in Bolivia and will invest 2.3 billion dollars over the next 10 years for mining and setting up a steel plant in the South American country.

Bolivia Launches 'Agrarian Revolution'
ABC News Sat, 03 Jun 2006 3:06 PM PDT
Bolivian President Evo Morales Launches 'Agrarian Revolution' With Handouts of State Land to Poor Indians

Morales launches Bolivia land reforms
Aljazeera Sat, 03 Jun 2006 10:49 PM PDT
The Bolivian president has started a land reform plan by handing over about 25,000 square kilometres of state-owned land to poor Indians.

JSPL to set up steel plant in Bolivia
Deccan Herald Sat, 03 Jun 2006 3:51 PM PDT
Against stiff global competition, the Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) has been allowed, by the Bolivian government, to set up a US$ 2.3 billion integrated steel plant in the South American country by sourcing locally available rich iron-ore.

Morales hands over state lands to poor Bolivian Indians
The Jamaica Observer Sat, 03 Jun 2006 6:55 PM PDT
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Leftist President Evo Morales launched a sweeping land reform plan yesterday by handing over roughly 7,700 square miles (20,000 square kilometres) of state-owned land to poor Indians.