Talk Nation Radio: Jake Johnston on the Coup in Bolivia and U.S. Media

Jake Johnston is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. His research has focused predominantly on economic policy in Latin America, the International Monetary Fund, and U.S. foreign policy. Jake Johnston co-authored a report in March on the role of the Organization of American States in the coup in Bolivia in November of last year. The New York Times has recently admitted that OAS claims of fraud in last year’s Bolivian election were baseless, but at the time that paper promoted those claims, while Jake Johnston and his colleagues refuted them.

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One Reply to “Talk Nation Radio: Jake Johnston on the Coup in Bolivia and U.S. Media”

  1. In my opinion, Jake Johnston’s report here is a shallow, black and white and thus, inaccuurate assessment of Evo Morales and what happened in Bolivia. Does Jake even know that Evo has not been in Mexico for months, but is in Argentina, hungrily waiting for an opportunity to reenter Bolivian politics? Just because someone is left wing, that does not mean they are not capable of corruption. and greed. I have Bolivian family members who were strong supporters of Morales up until about 2012. They were thrilled to see him go. Their left wing politics did not change. How they viewed Evo is what changed.

    For far more nuanced accounts, please check out these links:

    https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/11/21/the-rise-and-fall-of-evo-morales/

    The Fall of Evo Morales, April 7, 2020, New Yorker essay

    Also, Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now, interviewed Evo’s former ambassador to the UN, Pablo Solon, a long time Evo supporter, who explains why he stopped supporting Evo because of Evo’s turning away from preservation of the environment and his power grab to make himself president for life.
    https://www.democracynow.org/2019/11/13/bolivia_evo_morales_coup_debate

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