Quid Pro Quo is a term we have all been hearing about lately. Mostly in reference to the Ukranian/Trump saga of the famed orange one feeling that his hands are larger than he thinks, or rather, he wants the world to know that
We all seem to be concerned about Russia and
Not withstanding its instigation of coups and alliances with extremists and right-winged juntas that would do America’s bidding abroad, Washington also participated in much more subtle influences of elections in all points relevant to United States interests throughout the planet. And, we might add, so did Moscow. “These two powers intervened in 117 elections around the world from 1946-2000, or an average of once in every nine competitive elections” says political scientist Dov Levin. And we are all well aware that they both continue to do so today.
Peter Kornbluh, currently the director of the National Security Archive Chilean and Cuba Documentation Project, which is affiliated with George Washington University, said in a 1997 interview with the New York Times as to the late 1990’s concerns that China was supplying illicit funds which dominated concerns about Democratic campaign financing, “China has done little more than emulate a long pattern of U.S. manipulation, bribery and covert operations to influence the political trajectory of countless countries around the world.”
When we look at the current state of Bolivia and their most recent elections we might not need to look to far to find the hands of the United States, Russia and China involved in some ways to the political unrest there. Bolivia holds over 9 million tons of lithium, which is the highest in the world per individual country and is 22% of the world’s total lithium deposits. Both Chile and Argentina, hold 18% and 16% respectively. We shouldn’t leave out the lithium deposits in Afghanistan which appear to be valued at over $1 trillion dollars. This was once noted in the early 2000’s as the mother lode of lithium and was quoted in a Pentagon memo that “Afghanistan could become the Saudi Arabia of lithium .” However, all eyes are now turning to Boliva.
The leftist Morales government of
Morales has been working to create a publicly-owned lithium industry to help diversify his country’s economy and raise more of its people out of poverty. His canceling of the contract with the German firm was over concerns that not enough of the financial benefit would be reaching the indigenous people who live near the untapped Salar de Uyuni salt flats, located high in the Andes mountains, which are home to the worlds largest known lithium reserves. It was only days after the re-election of Morales, who beat his right-wing opponent and former President Carlos Mesa by over 10 points, back in October when the right-wing demonstrations began. The vocal and impoverished protesters supporting Morales gained ground eventually urging the military to make a move and demand that the leader
The following video is Bolivian President Evo Morales delivering a scathing address directly to President Trump at the UN in Feb. 2019 regarding the political promises and practices of the United States and its relation to countries such as Bolivia.
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