Bolivia to Strengthen Economic Relations with Cuba - ACN
Bolivia traditionally has maintained normal diplomatic relations with all hemispheric states In the s, relations with Cuba were broken by the Bolivian dictatorship following Castro's rise to power but resumed under the Paz Estenssoro. The example of the ties between Bolivia and Cuba for integration and of the 35 th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. Integration, friendship, and sisterhood have characterized the last 12 years of the relationship shared by Cubans and Bolivians, according to.
Both countries deepened their friendship afterwhen Morales took power. Although no exact data are available, Bolivia spends an average of a thousand dollars per month per Cuban doctor figures from Brazil and Venezuela vary between three and nine thousand per month.
And it was in Havana that Morales got a benign tumor extracted in The status of the relationship is best shown by the exchange of diplomats. Appointed this past May, the new Bolivian ambassador to Cuba is not just anyone. Chile and the U. As a result of these tensions, the two neighboring countries cut diplomatic ties in Despite the official animosity, personal exchanges remain rich and deep. The maritime claim is the one topic all Bolivians agree on. In his Independence Day speech this year August 6thMorales seemed to reach out to Chile, declaring the following: There should not be any losers or winners.
How the relation will continue to evolve depends much on the outcome of the Chilean presidential election later this year. Some might say too close. But since Morales took power it has turned sour. Sincethe U. The textile-manufacturing sector, which benefitted from tariff preferences with the U.
Indeed, the country was too dependent on the United States, financially and politically speaking.
Bolivia-Cuba: United in the Struggle for a Better World
The deterioration of relations with the U. And even though Venezuela and other countries started buying the leftover textiles, it was not enough to save the sector, demonstrating that ideological affinities and alliances are not sufficient to sustain balanced trade relations.
Little by little, thousands lost their jobs or had to switch fields. This year, the U. But, almost in parallel, high officials on the Bolivian side accused the U. Given the long history of U.
So for now, plans of rekindling the relation remain on hold. Just as President Trump is constantly addressing his voter base and not the entire country, Morales focuses on what works well with his trusted audience and not necessarily what is best for Bolivia as a whole. Could it be that political regimes group themselves into families as do biological and zoological beings? In the case of the autocratic regimes of Latin America, all without exception can be considered children of Putin.
These regimes are autocratic in the truest sense of the word: This is as much a part of the Russian political system as it is in the Cuban, Bolivian, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, and if things continue as they are, in the Honduran system.
Putin’s Children in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia
In the same way as with Putin, in the majority of cases his new children and their system have arisen from democratic structures flawed, but democratic. For this same reason, they conserve and build on the elements of the political formation from which they came, among them, the celebration of periodic elections. The celebration of free and secret elections has been perverted in the countries we mentioned to the point of becoming rituals designed to perpetuate the power of the neo-dictators.
In almost all of them, those who wield power reserve for themselves the right to veto candidates. Maduro, following the example of his political father, has decertified his principal challengers: The important thing is that no one in a position of challenging the established power can actively exercise their political rights. The electoral tribunals are simply ministries at the service of the executive.
The judicial powers fulfill the function of blockading the power of Parliament. And last but not least, the common feature of all is that the highest army officers are members of the new dominant class that has established itself in power.
Bolivia’s current foreign policy: A primer
The ex-President of Bolivia, Carlos D. Mesa Gisbert, has called the actions of Evo Morales in support of his perpetual reelection a road towards totalitarianism from the newspaper Los Tiempos, Dec. The time will come when we can speak of them with more appropriate terms.
Amid the Latin American Putinism whether the regimes are of the left or rightnonetheless, a dissident voice has emerged: