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  •  vestiges of a colonialism "we thought" long over (23+ / 0-)

    from your link, PhilJD

    The unusual treatment of the Bolivian military aircraft touched a sensitive nerve in the region, which has a history of U.S.-backed coups.

    Regional leaders, particularly from the left, rallied behind Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president and a former union leader of the country’s coca farmers.

    “(These are) vestiges of a colonialism that we thought were long over.

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

    by allenjo on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 06:26:16 AM PDT

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    •  Diplomatic tensions between US-Bolivia (16+ / 0-)

      form the backstory to this situation --

      Bolivian officials were quick on Tuesday to accuse the United States of strong-arming the Europeans into denying access to their air space in an “act of intimidation” against Morales for suggesting that while attending an energy conference in Moscow he would consider granting asylum to Snowden if requested. Morales said earlier this week no request had been made.


      The Bolivian government said it had filed a formal complaint with the United Nations and was studying other legal avenues to prove its rights had been violated under international law.

      Morales has yet to restore full diplomatic relations with the United States after expelling the U.S. ambassador in 2008.

      In May of this year, Morales expelled a U.S. development agency from Bolivia in protest after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry referred to Latin America as Washington’s “backyard.”

      The comment was a stark reminder of the United States’ history exploiting South America’s natural resources and supporting some repressive right-wing governments.

      We're all going to need to do a quick study of CIA/US involvement in controlling the political processes of S American countries as this story takes wing.  We'll need to give special attention to the Iran-Contra era under Reagan and Poppy Bush (VP and former CIA head), from which sprang Poindexter and his early 2000's Total Information (TIA) program, which a shocked Congress de-funded, but which went underground to become today's NSA programs.  Who here at dKos has the scholarly chops for writing these diaries?  

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