Evo Morales has been very successful at combatting the drugs trade through peaceful means...but the USA doesn't like it when Latin American Presidents don't do as they are told
Earlier this month, the Huffington Post reported on claims that the U.S. government has secretly targeted Bolivian President Evo Morales with a drug sting code-named ‘Operation Naked King’. It confirmed the socialist President’s suspicion that the USA is trying to undermine his government for refusing to play their game.
The department in question is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, which Morales expelled from his country in 2008. He accused them of bribing police officers, violating human rights, covering up murders and destroying infrastructure. Morales had a different approach to drug trafficking: persuade coca farmers to plant new crops, work in co-operation with them, and promote alternative development. Speaking at last week’s United Nations meeting, Morales pointed out his way of doing things hasn’t spilled one drop of blood, and furthermore his policy is working: cocoa leaf production in Bolivia has fallen to a 13-year low.
Despite that victory, the DEA announced this week plans to officially ‘decertify’ Bolivia- that’s official language for ‘Do as we say or we’ll punish you financially.’ Like Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica, Evo Morales is an outspoken critic of Capitalism and U.S imperialism in its foreign policy. An indigenous man, he wants to protect the environment, stop invading other countries for oil, and fight for social justice and global equality. It’s no wonder the White House hates him.
In this video report from Democracy Now, Nick Wing of The Huffington Post and Kathryn Ledebur, the director of Andean Information Network, share their views.
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