February 17, 2007

About 'Andinomania' and Morales in Der Spiegel

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Two articles called on to my attention today. Firs there is the discussion of the 'andinomania' takin over the Andean Region. This guy has a bone to pick with Morales. :-)

The other article is an interview Der Spiegel, the German Newsweek, did to Morales. Once again, I have to say, Morales' arguments sound sincere, good in principle, but either misled or very naive. Full of contradictions, he explains his government, its plans for Bolivia and its relations with the US, Brazil and Venezuela-Cuba.

Here it is:
DER SPIEGEL 35/2006 - August 28, 2006
URL: http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,434272,00.html
"Capitalism Has Only Hurt Latin America"

Bolivia's President Evo Morales, 46, talks to DER SPIEGEL about reform plans for his country, socialism in Latin America, and the often tense relations of the region's leftists with the United States.

SPIEGEL: Mr. President, why is such a large part of Latin America moving to the left?

Morales: Injustice, inequality and the poverty of the masses compel us to seek better living conditions. Bolivia's majority Indian population was always excluded, politically oppressed and culturally alienated. Our national wealth, our raw materials, was plundered. Indios were once treated like animals here. In the 1930s and 40s, they were sprayed with DDT to kill the vermin on their skin and in their hair whenever they came into the city. My mother wasn't even allowed to set foot in the capital of her native region, Oruro. Now we're in the government and in parliament. For me, being leftist means fighting against injustice and inequality but, most of all, we want to live well.

SPIEGEL: You called a constitutional convention to establish a new Bolivian republic. What should the new Bolivia look like?

Morales: We don't want to oppress or exclude anyone. The new republic should be based on diversity, respect and equal rights for all. There is a lot to do. Child mortality is frighteningly high. I had six siblings and four them died. In the countryside, half of all children die before reaching their first birthday.

SPIEGEL: Your socialist party, MAS, does not have the necessary two-thirds majority amend the constitution. Do you now plan to negotiate with other political factions?

Morales: We are always open to talks. Dialogue is the basis of Indian culture, and we don't want to make any enemies. Political and ideological adversaries, perhaps, but not enemies.

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