recent election results from ‘Our Backyard’

First, this most exhilarating news comes from telesurenglish.net:

Alberto Fernandez and running mate former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner celebrate after election results in Buenos Aires

Argentina: Progressive Fernandez Wins Presidency, Defeats Macri’, Oct. 27, 2019

“As the candidates needed 45 percent of the vote to avoid a second round, the 47 percent obtained by the Fernandez-Fernandez ticket has been enough to give them the win.
With almost 90 percent of votes counted, Argentinian opposition progressive ticket Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner have won over right-wing incumbent President Mauricio Macri with 47,75 over 40,76 percent respectively in Sunday’s general elections.

As the candidates needed 45 percent of the vote or 40 percent with a 10-point lead over the runner-up to avoid a second round, the 47 percent obtained by the Fernandez-Fernandez ticket has been enough to give them the win.

The ballot was effectively a referendum between Macri’s austerity and the “social contract” of the left-leaning opposition, who have attracted voters who have been hurt badly by the Macri’s neoliberal model that led to the most severe economic crisis in decades.

Argentina’s choice could have far-reaching implications: it is one the world’s top grain exporters, is stirring the energy world with its huge Vaca Muerta shale field and is on the cusp of restructuring talks with creditors over US$100 billion in debt.

Fernandez, a relative unknown until this year outside Argentine political circles, holds a 20-point lead in most opinion polls after thumping Macri in an August primary.

The economy has taken center stage with the country in the grip of recession for most of the last year, the outlook for growth darkening, annual inflation over 50 percent, job numbers down and poverty up sharply.

The conservative incumbent won backers with plans to reform Argentina’s notoriously closed economy with trade deals and a successful push to lure foreign investment into energy projects and infrastructure.”

As you likely already know, on Oct. 24 Evo Morales of the MAS Party (Movement to Socialism) with 99.99 percent of the votes counted in Bolivia, Evo Morales was again elected president of the Andean country Bolivia with 47.07 percent of the votes. 

His closest rival Carlos Mesa received 36.51 percent, putting Morales over the 10% threshold advantage that would have required a run-off.”

Of course the OAS, the EU, and US are contesting the vote as illegal, chock full of violence (there indeed was, but only from the opposition likely fueled by CIA provocateurs. They’d announced that if Evo were to win, they’d putsch him, and they sure have been trying.  See: ‘a US-made color revolution seems to be afoot in Bolivia’, Oct. 24, 2019, c99%. Evo had told the OAS officials to go ahead and count the votes again, as many international observers had given the results their official okey-dokeys.  But it’s still up in the air as I type, and the hasthtag #Bolivia is alive with smears and lies still.  Will the OAS soon punish Evo and MAS with sanctions, and/or declare Carlos Mesa the ‘interim President of Bolivia?  (i’d included a brief CV of him in the link above.)

@camilateleSUR

‘The United States threatens “serious consequences” for Bolivia’s government before vote counting has even completed, offering a deceptive and inaccurate version of events surrounding the Bolivian election.
Michael Kozak at the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere’:
(Camila’s Tweet of Kozak’s rant)

On the other hand, this from Jeremy Corbin, and good on him!

@jeremycorbyn 4h4 hours ago  “Congratulations to @evoespueblo on his re-election as Bolivia’s President. Evo Morales and his movement have secured indigenous peoples’ rights, halved extreme poverty and presided over impressive economic growth.”

The non-aligned movement (NAM) meeting in Azerbaijan had also acknowledged him as the new President.  (#NAM on TwitterMore on NAM and the huge global protests against neo-liberalism from Flowers and Zeese below the fold.  You can find a storify by Tweet of a number of them here.

(I’ll stick some illustrative Tweets from AndeanInfoNet, ruptly, etc. )

Sadly, in UruguayUruguay’s General Elections Exit-Polls Confirm Runoff Vote, telesurenglish, Oct. 27, 2019

“Some 2.7 million Uruguayans were summoned to vote this Sunday to choose their next president, vice-president, senators, and deputies of the Parliament.

The first results from validated exit polls indicate that there will be a second electoral round between the leftist Broad Front candidate Daniel Martinez and right-wing representative of the National Party Luis Lacalle Pou after Sunday’s elections.

According to various exit polls, the leftist Broad Front would reach around 37 to 40 percent of the votes while its contender the National Party would have around 30 percent, meaning an absolute majority over 50 percent would not be reached resulting in a runoff vote to be held on Nov. 24.

“We will continue to do everything to ensure stability and certainties. Uruguay has to continue growing, distributing wealth and being a land of justice,” Martinez said while acknowledging the Broad Front will face Lacalle in a second round.

While the security ‘Live without Fear’ referendum, presented by National Party’s Jorge Larraña, was rejected as it didn’t obtain more than 50 percent of the popular vote. The constitutional referendum wanted to change the law by allowing police night raids, the creation of a National Guard, and reducing rights for detainees.”

On Oct. 27, 2019 telesur english had reported: ‘Colombians Vote in Regional Elections Marred with Violence’  (e.g., no Presidential election)

“Colombians went to polls Sunday to choose provincial governors, mayors and regional legislators in elections that could influence the 2022 presidential contest, following campaigning marred by violent attacks on candidates.

RELATED:Colombia:
Violence Against Social Leaders Remains Before Polls

Colombian President Ivan Duque Sunday asked his countrymen to vote “conscientiously” in the elections.”

“ Unlike last year’s presidential elections, when voters largely split between left and right-wing candidates, President Ivan Duque’s Democratic Center party and leftist parties will have only limited wins, said Ariel Avila of the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation think tank.

“Everything seems to indicate that political machines have aligned, organized and political clans will win,” he said.

Seven candidates have been killed, a dozen attacked and more than 100 threatened, says voting rights group the Electoral Observation Mission (MOE).

“Local elections are really where political power in this country is in play,” said the MOE’s Alejandra Barrios. “They are the start, what structures the next elections, which are legislative and presidential.

The elections would show the power of political clans, she added.  Colombia’s best-known clan is the Char family of business tycoons who dominate politics in the coastal province of Atlantico and its capital, the port city of Barranquilla.

Their candidates have held the mayor’s office for more than a decade and their current pick is leading the polls.

The diverse local alliances backing candidates make the election “atypical”, Interior Minister Nancy Patricia Gutierrez told Reuters, adding that about 142,000 police and military will safeguard Sunday’s voters.

“Whoever has control of the mayor’s office or the province has a 50% probability of leaving a successor because of the levels of contracting and the economic resources that gives,” Avila said.”
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From Zeese and Flowers Oct. 27, 2019: ‘Revolts Against The Neoliberal World Order’ (a few excerpts):

“Protests against the US and big finance-imposed neoliberal capitalism have exploded across the globe. Two weeks ago, in Pink Tide Against US Domination Rising Again In Latin America, we reviewed 12 Latin America nations that are rising up against privatization, the cutting of social programs, soaring prices and low wages. In the last week, mass protests in Chile and Bolivia have begun and Lebanon has widespread protests against debt and austerity measures. The Nonaligned Movement, which is critical of the use of illegal unilateral coercive measures by the United States to force countries to bend to its will, is meeting in Azerbaijan.

A central part of the recent rise of the Pink Tide was the mass protests in Ecuador led by indigenous peoples and the labor movement. Their actions forced President Moreno to repeal a package of laws that were demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This week, after Moreno arrested movement leaders, talks broke off and then, on Thursday, the indigenous movement convened to form a popular parliament to develop a new economic plan to avoid detrimental changes required by the IMF. The future in Ecuador is uncertain, but the people are not backing down.

Chile Explodes In Long-Suppressed Rage, Government Responds With Abusive Military Force

[See a number of representative Tweets and Instagrams here.]

This Friday, more than one million people took to streets in the Chilean capital of Santiago uniting in a call against extreme neoliberal capitalism. The capital was brought to a standstill after a week of widespread protests that were met by a heavy police and military force. So far, 16 people have died, over 200 have been wounded and over 1,500 have been detained, including children.” [snip]

“The government declared a state of emergency and, for the first time since Pinochet, ordered the military with tanks and armored vehicles to patrol the streets. By Saturday, October 19, President Piñera went on television and said: “I have heard the voice of my compatriots.” He suspended the fare increase and announced he would host a roundtable to discuss the issues. He said, “The people will be heard—but the protests have to stop.” This has not deterred the people from continuing to protest.

In a Sunday night address to the nation, Piñera declared: “We are at war with a powerful enemy which is prepared to use violence without limit.” But it was the 11,000 soldiers and Carabinero police who rampaged across, firing live rounds at demonstrators and dragging protesters out of their homes at night. The president’s harsh response only aggravated the situation. Curfews were defied by thousands of demonstrators and, in Santiago, protesters holding pictures of victims under the Pinochet dictatorship temporarily surrounded the tanks.” [snip]

“The uprising in Chile is significant because prior to these protests it was described as a success of capitalism. Chile is the original and perpetual laboratory for neoliberalism, with more than forty years of economic shock policies and a steady, low-intensity war waged against the nation’s working classes. Capitalists are shocked. Brian Winters, Vice President for Policy at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, said “Everyone following Latin America is watching this and saying, ‘Oh my god, Chile, too?’” [lonish snip]

The Non-Aligned Movement Unites Against Illegal Unilateral Coercive Measures of the United States

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is meeting in Azerbaijan this weekend. At the meeting, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro criticized the IMF and denounced the U.S. economic and financial aggressions for being as lethal as its armies. He criticized IMF neoliberal austerity and privatization policies as an attack on the most vulnerable and a violation of human rights. He described the unilateral coercive measures of the United States as a violation of international law aimed at pressuring people to support US neoliberalism by inflicting collective punishment against the people as blackmail.” [snip]

People in the United States suffer similar conditions to those around the world who are plagued by neoliberalism. As the Arab Spring inspired the Occupy Movement, will this Anti-neoliberal Autumn rekindle mass protests in the United States? This is something we need to ponder and perhaps to prepare for and organize to make happen.”

The rest, again, is here.

(cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)

6 responses to “recent election results from ‘Our Backyard’

  1. Thank you, wendye! How beautiful are the feet of those who bear good news! Last night I posted at MoA that halfway through reading the Hersh piece about Allende’s overthrow in a discussion about Deep State it was needful not to lose heart since leaders, and even corporations don’t last, but the people do! Latin America is a prime example of that, the staying power of ordinary folk who cannot bear corrupt practice and will always be there to resist it.

    I also read the rest of the piece and saw that whilst “Deep State” could be seen there in all its non-glory , the final result was that because they feared the light of day, the last ditch effort that had to be employed, after propaganda and sanctions did not work, was to subvert the army factions into assassination/uprising. That was the last resort because the obvious ones did not work.

    Let these positive signs be a replication of Cuba’s longevity. That will take cohesion and vigilance. But Cuba has shown that it is possible to defeat even this last subterfuge.

    Isn’t it ironic that those whose power was solidified back in our 2000 election by the upheaval of a recount in Florida now push for recount in successful people charged elections? History mocks them. And history is being made before our very eyes.

    • welcome, juliania. in chile it ain’t over, and the battles in the street continue. but yes, even though pinera chose to unwind the fare increase, my sense is (wish i could read spanish) more and more corruption is being unearthed.

      evo? whooosh; he’s in a tight spot with the western hegemon. remember: 50 nations now call juan guaido the interim prez of VZ, and steal all the money and gold they can form the beleagured nation, and send it to him. quite.a.system.

      cuba’s under severe sanctions by now, and this administration’s only allowing
      one flight a day into one airport there now. and so much MSM #fake news is dominating the airwaves, that it’s hard to understand why most USians are buying it, in thrall to it. file under: ‘there must be enemies of the realm!’, i guess. so critical thinking goes into deep dark badger holes.

      i tried reading b’s thing on ‘the deep state conspiracy (or not (?)’, and got lost quickly. never mind, too many other things to pay attention to and write up.

      • re this about cubano flights i seem to have been mistaken. this seem closer to the actual factuals:

        ‘US Bans Flights To All Cuban Destinations Except Havana’, orinoco tribune, October 27, 2019

        The decision came after a U.S. State Department request to the Department of Transportation specifying that the new rule will take effect in 45 days. Through a letter, the top U.S. diplomat, Mike Pompeo, requested the suspension of flight authorization to strengthen sanctions against the Cuban government. The purpose seems to be to stop or reduce as much as possible U.S. tourism to Cuba, just as the island is on the cusp of its touristic high season.

        Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel firmly rejected Washington’s announcement, calling them not just an attack on Cuba but on U.S. people.

        Havana represents the principal Cuban destination for U.S. tourists and flights to the capital will remain legal. Separating those who travel to the Caribbean nation for vacations purposes, this ban will most directly affect Cubans residing abroad who want to visit their relatives. Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez denounced through a tweet once again the unilateral and oppressive politics against Cuba promoted by the White House.

        Furthermore, General Director for U.S. matters, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, wrote that imperialism attacks regular flights to Cuba “in an effort to punish the unshakable rebellion of Cuba.”

        https://orinocotribune.com/us-bans-flights-to-all-cuban-destinations-except-havanaOctober 27, 2019

        might you explain this please? katherine harris in the florida non-recount whom SNL had made such sport of? marco rubio?

  2. That’s okay as to MoA – everyone was unwinding theories about this and that, and I suppose I was no different. The main thing is to uncover what is taking place rapidly in all areas and it is sobering to think of funds going where they shouldn’t – especially as what that will do to ordinary currency I don’t dare to think.

    Your very sobering thoughts because of what you know are better than my gushes, but it is so good to hear some good news for a change, indicative of how long we haven’t. Perhaps all are confused, waiting to see where all the push to and fro in government will end up. Not a stable situation at all, and we know who takes advantage of instability.

    Still, less is more sometimes, so a dearth of information could mean…? For me it means I’d better get back to some promised paintings tomorrow!

  3. re: nicaragua in zeese and flowers’ link to ‘pink tide rising..in latin america’. it was long, hard to distill, and so i’d searched and found this lengthy exposé; i’ll bring some excerpts:

    The Other Nicaragua, Empire and Resistance’, October 5, 2019, orinocribune.com, By Yorlis Gabriela Luna

    ABSTRACT: Polarized opinions yield opposite views of the political conflict that occurred from April to July 2018. The hegemonic version told by the media depicts a crazed dictatorship murdering peaceful demonstrators. But this article recounts different experiences and different indignations. We use the term “soft coup” and place the people’s capacity for resistance in the context of their history of anti-imperialism.

    INTRODUCTION

    For those who live in Nicaragua, it is well known that there is a dominant narrative about the political conflict that took more than 200 lives in 2018. The hegemonic version, repeated by human rights organizations and private media outlets from Managua to the halls of power in Washington, describes an almost complete “dictatorship” that, when faced with citizen protesters, responded with waves of violent repression aimed primarily at students and journalists, leaving hundreds of peaceful protesters dead. Therefore, the government no longer enjoys any popular support and a great coalition of social movements is just waiting for international assistance to ensure free elections so that the country can be liberated from a regime that has taken on and even surpassed the brutality of the Somoza dynasty (CENIDH, 2018). This is the version that has been broadly disseminated to the world by voices on both the Right and some who identify as Left.

    RELATED CONTENT: “Color Revolution” Rehearsal in Bolivia Imitates Nicaragua’s Format

    AN UPRISING “MADE IN THE USA”

    This section will review the period of preparations for the events of April 2018 and the influence of the United States’ government, particularly its financing of social networks and media outlets. At the beginning, from April to June, these networks and media outlets were capable of fooling a significant portion of Nicaragua’s youth and general population. One year after the events, they continue to have sway over the international media.
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has openly declared that the objective of the U.S. is to destabilize and change the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua—the countries he deems to be the axis of evil in the hemisphere. In order to achieve this objective, for years the U.S. has been funding the local media and a network of human rights agencies to construct their version of the truth (FONSECA TERÁN, 2018). In May 2018, the NED journal Global Americans published an article of unabashed candor in which it congratulated itself for “Laying the groundwork for insurrection” (WADDELL, 2018).

    The NED was created in 1982 as a non-profit institution and appears in the annual budget of the State Department under USAID to channel Congressional funding and offer international political assistance to national political groups that serve its geopolitical interests. In 1990, the NED spent $16 million to influence the elections in Nicaragua, founding the anti-Sandinista opposition. Once it achieved its objective (of ousting the Sandinistas), it never stopped working with “promotion of democracy” efforts. It has had sizeable budgets and used its ample experience with regime change operations in April 2018 in Nicaragua (KAUFMAN, 2019).

    In 2007 the U.S. redesigned its strategy since the Nicaraguan political parties aligned with its policies had lost significant prestige due to their high levels of corruption (one of the highest in Latin America at the time), their neoliberal policies, and the disdain the governing classes openly displayed toward the working class. For this reason, the U.S. created more efficient ways to fund and control organizations to give them the appearance of objectivity. They depicted themselves as aligned with social policies—beyond politics—to give the appearance of “independent” civil society with a human face and without ties to a particular political party (Blum, 2005).

    The NED publicly spent $4.4 million since 2014 to build up the opposition in Nicaragua. For 2017 alone it was more than $700,000. The funding targeted human rights organizations and the media. It was also for social media, with the idea of training young people for “political advocacy,” (WADDELL, 2018, p. 3) fostering debate and generating information about crime and violence (BLUMENTHAL and McCUNE, 2019).

    The funds were distributed to non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The NGO Let’s Make Democracy (Hagamos Democracia) received $525,000 in NED funding from 2014 to 2018, and the Institute of Strategic Studies and Public Policy (Instituto de Estudios Estratégicos y Políticas Públicas—IEEPP) received at least $260,000 from the NED. In 2018, the USAID budget for training civil society was $5.2 million (BLUMENTHAL and McCUNE, 2019). For years the organizations built and supported by the NED have received generous million-dollar budgets to “lay the groundwork for insurrection in Nicaragua” (WADDELL, 2018, p. 3). They used scholarships to learn English, diploma programs, graduate studies, and courses with enticing names like “democracic values, social media activism, human rights and accountability”, at exclusive private universities to attract and lure young people. The scholarships were publicized on social media, at public and private universities, and in youth base communities of the Catholic Church.

    he includes a link to:
    Bernie Sanders: “Anyone Who Does What Maduro Does is a Tyrant” (Video)
    September 13, 2019 orinocotribune

    During the third debate held on Thursday, the Democratic candidates for the presidency of the US that will take place in October 2020, Senator Bernie Sanders called the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, a “Tyrant”.
    Journalist Jorge Ramos, who was one of the moderators of the debate, asked Sanders: “What was the difference between the socialism you offer and that prevailing in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua? ”

    “In terms of democratic socialism, equating what happens in Venezuela with what I believe is extremely unfair. Anyone who does what Maduro does is a perverse tyrant,” Sanders replied.

    “If you want to know the kind of government that Bernie Sanders imagines, don’t think of Venezuela. What is happening in that country is something that has failed,” the senator for the state of Vermont added.
    For Sanders, the help of the international community is necessary to find a solution to the crisis in Venezuela.

    “What we need now is international and regional cooperation to have free elections in Venezuela and that the people of that country can do things, can create their own future,” he said.

    The Democrat defined socialism as “what happens in Canada and Scandinavia. Guarantee medical attention to all people as a human right.”

    “We have three people in the United States who have more wealth than the lower half of this country. You have a handful of billionaires who control what happens on Wall Street, insurance companies and the media. Maybe, just maybe, what we should be doing is creating an economy that works for all of us, not the 1%. That is my idea of democratic socialism,” Sanders said.
    Other candidates who participated in the debate: Julian Castro and the favorite according to the polls , the vice president during the governments of Barack Obama; Joe Biden, also lashed out at Maduro during their speeches.

    For his part, Julián Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the United States said: “I called Maduro dictator because he is. We need to make sure that the Venezuelan people have the assistance they need and offer them a TPS, something that the administration of Trump has failed.”

    sure he took a page outta AOC’s playbook. what will they all signal about the OAS’s and US’s claim about evo’s ‘corrupt’ election?

  4. good night nurse; seriously?

    @AndeanInfoNet 22h22 hours ago
    AndeanInfoNet Retweeted La Razón Digital
    ‘Bolivian Com. Min. Manuel Canelas confirms that results of the OAS electoral audit are binding & will be respected by Morales. Mesa et al still need to agree. The conflict is escalating dramatically. The internat’l community must urge all sides to end protests & back the audit.’

    here’s hoping the audit’s fair, but i doff my cap to evo and MAS.

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