Saturday, April 24, 2010

Deafening Silence

The mainstream media has all but ignored the "World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change" that has taken place this week in Bolivia. In this final Democracy Now broadcast from Cochabamba, Bolivia, Amy Goodman interviews President Evo Morales. Morales represents one voice speaking out for the vast majority of the world's people who have been subject to centuries of exploitation, primarily from northern countries.

His idealistic message naively paints capitalism as the root of all evil. Hearing Morales speaking his truth may be uncomfortable for most Americans, but it is clearly also uncomfortable for President Morales, who must balance this idealism with his own nation's pursuit of riches through the extraction of Bolivia's vast mineral resources.

In the course of the interview, Goodman confronts him on many of the internal issues facing Bolivia. Such a candid discussion would be unlikely with an American President. It is refreshing to see the reporter and politician spar.

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