Stan Smith, Chicago ALBA Solidarity
Montreal World Social Forum workshop
Aug 12 2016 9:00 – 11:30
Correa was elected president of Ecuador in 2007 and Evo Morales elected president of Bolivia in 2005. These two leaders have lead anti-neoliberal and anti-imperialist movements for genuine national independence. The living conditions of the peoples of these countries has vastly improved, and both countries have shown that a “New World is Possible” and is being built. We report on the great social, human rights, education, and economic development gains both countries have made for their peoples. We also review these governments anti-imperialist positions, such as asylum for Julian Assange, defense of the Palestinian people, defense of Cuba and Venezuela, opposition to soft coup strategies in Brazil and Argentina, and the call for a worldwide anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist movement to defend oppressed peoples and fight climate change.
There has been a campaign by several Western funded NGOs attacking the governments of these two countries around the issues they call “extractivism”, repression of Original Peoples, and their development programs. We review their arguments and point out what these arguments conceal.