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Sunday, January 22, 2006

500 Years Later - an indigenous President in Bolivia

Evo Morales is Bolivia's new president and the first from its indigenous people (story). He is a former llama herder and coca leaf farmer who is unhappy with the neo-liberal model and adds another to the think-for-yourself left-leaning leaders being elected in South America. (Cool shirt too, don't you think?)

"I wish to tell you, my Indian brothers, that the 500 year indigenous and popular campaign of resistance has not been in vain. We're taking over now over the next 500 years. We're going to put an end to injustice, to inequality."

After centuries of colonialism, racism and then modern day interference by the US and others - this is really a day to celebrate.

Speaking of Henry Kissinger - this election reminds me of my favourite bumper sticker: MY KARMA JUST RAN OVER MY DOGMA.

May first peoples around the globe find hope today.

Wow - that's uplifting!
Very much so.
One of the things I always admired about Clinton was that he was the first to appoint an Indian to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Bolivia has just done one better.
I like the shirt, too.

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