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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 10:51 PM

Bolivian president predicts era of peace and love instead of apocalypse

Bolivian president predicts era of peace and love instead of apocalypse

Evo Morales will mark the solstice by sailing across Lake Titicaca in one of the largest reed ships built in modern times

Sara Shahriari in Suriqui
Guardian.co.uk, Thursday 20 December 2012 14.00 EST

The looming end of the Mayan long-count calendar has prompted fervid doomsday predictions on the internet, mass arrests in China, and a small tourism boom in southern Mexico. But whereas some believe Friday's solstice will mark a fiery endpoint to the world as we know it, Bolivia's president, Evo Morales, says the date is the beginning of a new era of peace and love.

Morales will mark the day by boarding one of the largest reed ships built in modern times and join thousands of people for celebrations on the Island of the Sun on Lake Titicaca.

"According to the Mayan calendar, the 21 of December is the end of the non-time and the beginning of time," he told the UN in September. "It is the end of hatred and the beginning of love, the end of lies and beginning of truth."

Morales has attempted to shake off European cultural denomination, creating a vice ministry of decolonisation and celebrating Native American beliefs and customs.


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Judi Lynn Dec 2012 OP
sabrina 1 Dec 2012 #1
reteachinwi Dec 2012 #2
bananas Dec 2012 #5
Peace Patriot Dec 2012 #3
Judi Lynn Dec 2012 #4

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:05 PM

1. Viva Evo. I think maybe he is right. I hope so anyhow. The world cannot sustain

the evil of the Global Corps much longer and Latin America has led the way out from under their thumbs. Evo Morales and Chavez and Correa, all moving forward and leaving the past behind. I wish them success, they are all good people.

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Response to reteachinwi (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 08:52 AM

5. This is the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:09 PM

3. The connection between the Aymara and Thor Heyerdahl is fascinating.

I'd never heard of it before, nor of the reed boats of Lake Titicaca. And Evo Morales, the most original politician to come along...I was going to say, in many moons, but, really, ever...OF COURSE would turn peoples' fears into hope with a beautiful ceremony!

But the Guardian--which is generally rotten on the Latin American Left--can't help but take a gratuitous swipe at these resource-dependent countries and vastly Europe-U.S. exploited and impoverished people--to wit:

"The Bolivian government has hailed the solstice as the start of an age in which community and collectivity will prevail over capitalism and individuality. Those themes have long been present in Morales's discourse, especially in the idea of vivir bien, or living well. He has stressed the importance of a harmonious balance between human life and the planet, though some people question its application in Bolivia, where the economy depends heavily on mining, oil and gas industries." --from the OP

It's one of those cheap and easy assertions, often seen in the corpo-fascist press, to stop thought--to make 'news' consumers stupid--and to paint all of us as inherently greedy and selfish and in vicious competition with each other, while transglobal corporations and banksters rob us all. They wouldn't say this--that harmonious balance is inapplicable in Bolivia--if Exxon Mobil and BP were pocketing all the profits from Bolivia's mining, oil and gas (and lithium!).

But Bolivians, in electing Evo Morales, have asserted their right to "vivir bien"--to food on the table, to health care, to educational opportunity, to pensions for the elderly, to decent wages--by controlling their own natural resources and using the profits for the common good. What the Guardian, as corpo-fascist propagandist, really wants us to believe is that this "harmonious balance" between people and profit is impossible in Bolivia and everywhere else. It is also a "Wall Street" Big Lie "talking point" that "harmonious balance" between people and nature is impossible and should not be attempted--because that high goal is an impediment to Exxon Mobil, BP, et al. Evo Morales has often spoken of it, at "climate change" summits and everywhere else, throughout his career. In fact, he is the major voice on "harmonious balance" among world leaders.

This paragraph is a knife in his back--and a warning that well-funded secret dirty rotten tricks agencies of the U.S./U.K. governments, that serve Exxon Mobil, BP, et al, have identified their 'wedge' issue in Bolivia and South America, and are no doubt working overtime to acquire 'assets' within dissident indigenous and environmental groups, to cause maximum trouble to leftist leaders like Morales in Bolivia, Correa in Ecuador and others. I rather think that Morales, and leaders allied to Morales, know this already. It's not likely news to them. But the Guardian reminds them of it here.

I don't know if the article's author is aware that she is delivering a warning and yet another bit of corporate propaganda, but her editors certainly are. They never tire of publishing hit pieces on Latin American leftists.

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Response to Peace Patriot (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:05 PM

4. Isn't that crazy? That sudden lunch to attack they guy startled me, too.

Bolivia has been in the hands of monsters all these centuries, fascist loonies who have murdered, tortured, pushed out the indigenous people, harrassed, tormented, shunned, mocked them, even prohibited them from walking on the sidewalks of the towns they undoubtedly used the indigenous to build, and vote until an upheaval in 1952, and won the right to vote, in theory, and the right to walk on sidewalks, although we still see examples of the indigenous being beaten, sometimes badly, and humiliated, mocked when they do venture too far into towns in the half-moon area.

It's ugly seeing the worst in human nature living on in all its glory, isn't it?

Why would any sane person want to serve such a hellish monster? Yet, there sits that "journalist", given a story, who still feels compelled to go beyond the actual direction of the assignment and tuck in all the anti-Morales crap possible, to smear him.

We do see that happenint toward all the leftist leaders, too. The right-wing servants can't help themselves.

That kick in the head from the writer completely invalidates her credibility, and she immediately points herself out as a person working against the truth, even though she feels compelled to include some actual information in it. That has to happen or they have nothing to work with, no starting place.

The real information that does come through, however, is really interesting. The real Bolivians have chosen well.

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