By Leonardo Flores
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Bolivia on November 8 to celebrate the inauguration of President Luis Arce. They would celebrate again the next day, as former president Evo Morales re-entered the country almost a year to the day after his government was overthrown in a coup backed by the Organization of American States (OAS). Almost a month ago, on October 18, the Bolivian people delivered a resounding 26-point electoral victory to the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party. They voted against the neoliberalism represented by candidate and former president Carlos Mesa and his Comunidad Ciudadana (Citizen’s Community), as well as against the fascism and white nationalism of candidate Luis Fernando Camacho and his Creemos (We Believe) party.
Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen Has Failed – Council on Foreign Relations
By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davie
Donald Trump loves executive orders as a tool of dictatorial power, avoiding the need to work through Congress. But that works both ways, making it relatively easy for President Biden to reverse many of Trump’s most disastrous decisions. Here are ten things Biden can do as soon as he takes office. Each one can set the stage for broader progressive foreign policy initiatives, which we have also outlined.
Join Christine Ahn and Gloria Steinem, co-founders of Women Cross DMZ, in conversation with CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin, on the role of feminist peace-builders to advance peace agreement under the next administration and Congress. They will also reflect on their 2015 journey across the D-Militarized Zone (DMZ) and the extraordinary transitional grassroots movement that has been built since to end the Korean War and call for women’s leadership in peace building. To join the Zoom room, REGISTER HERE, or you can watch live on Youtube. Nov 11 8pm-9pm
The following story is a retelling of the experience of when Codepink and other women peace activists crossed the DMZ as part of their work to end war, to bring peace and healing to Korea and people around the world.
By Jodie Evans: Thirty peace activists from 15 countries arrived in Beijing on May 17th. I knew 11 of the women before arriving but most of the women knew maybe one or two others and a few knew no one. Our work for peace and justice had taken very different paths and it was striking that many of those paths had not crossed. We spent the first day in the hotel conference room meeting each other and learning what we could about the Koreas.
The CODEPINK observation delegation, composed of 7 people, had the honor and the pleasure to participate in the observation of the electoral process in Bolivia on October 18. We would like to point out that it was a successful day with high participation of citizens who exercised their right to vote in a peaceful and democratic way. We would like to congratulate the Bolivian people for these historic elections.
During the agenda established by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) our task was to observe the electoral process and document any irregularity. In this sense we present the following report with the objective to share what were the irregularities that we saw as observers from our arrival until the night of October 18.
Bolivian woman votes in October 18 election
By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies