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Authorities In Bolivia Have Issued An Arrest Warrant For Former Bolivia President Evo Morales

A month ago, former Bolivia president Evo Morales was all smiles as he left for Mexico. The former leader sought refuge in Mexico after officials said he rigged the election. Morales resigned and fled, but things were looking up for him, at least in Mexico, where he was free and not being arrested for fraud. But his issues are far from over. 

Former Bolivia president Evo Morales left Mexico (where he first fled to) and is now in Argentina, but prosecutors back home in Bolivia have issued a warrant for his arrest. And the charges are pretty serious. 

Several news reports say that Interior Minister Arturo Murillo is charging Morales with allegations that “he promoted violent clashes that led to 35 deaths during disturbances before and after he left office.” The charges include sedition and terrorism, according to The Guardian. 

To explain it in terms that fit our world, the situation for Morales is something like this: If for example Trump resigns from his office and he tells his supporters to raise hell (you can imagine what he would say), and he incited violence that resulted in people’s death. He could be at fault for other people’s actions. So, the charges against Morales are quite possible.

Morales apparently says the charges are a setup, and that he has a right to return to Bolivia. 

Morales is seeking to return to Bolivia, but with this warrant, it may be impossible for him to return and get back to his life as usual. According to Democracy Now, in regards to the charges, Morales said, “They need to let me enter Bolivia. I’m not a candidate, I won’t be a candidate in these elections, but I have a right to participate in politics like any politician.”

For a quick refresher, Morales had been the president of Bolivia since 2006 until this year. He’s been accused of dictatorship, and before the last election was called, he stopped voting from being completed. People protested and Morales was eventually ousted and he fled the country. 

Jim Shultz, Founder and Executive Director of the Democracy Center, who’s lived in Bolivia and understands the situation there, wrote, “One was what seemed like Morales’ desire to serve as President for Life. When his political party, MAS, wrote a new constitution in 2009, they lifted the long-standing one-term limit on presidents and paved the way for Evo to run for a second term. In 2014 he broke a long-standing pledge not to seek a third term, claiming that his first term didn’t count because it was served under the old constitution. He won once more.”

The main issue here is not just the division of the people, but the corruption of the government. 

He also has strong allies both in Mexico and now in his new temporary home in Argentina — not to mention his supporters in Bolivia. 

When Morales first left Bolivia after he was ousted from office when officials said he illegally took the presidential office, again, Morales called foul against Bolivia authorities. Back in November, he tweeted, “I denounce to the world and the Bolivian people that a police officer publicly announced that he is instructed to execute an illegal arrest warrant against me; likewise, violent groups assaulted my home. A coup destroys the rule of law.” He added, “After looting and trying to set fire to my house in Villa Victoria, vandalism groups of the Mesa and Camacho coup docked my home in the Magisterio neighborhood of Cochabamba. I am very grateful to my neighbors, who stopped those raids. A coup destroys peace.”

And he’s supporters got angry. They did everything in their power to force authorities to return Morales and reinstate him as president. Some of his supporters demanded his return by arming themselves and blocking roads leaving people on both sides unable to cross. 

“If they don’t comply [with our demands], not a single product will reach the city of La Paz. I’m really sorry but this is the decision,” Martin Cornejo, a local organizer said, according to the Guardian. “The people will not rest until Evo Morales Ayma returns.”

Whether Morales returns or not, the former leader is quite active on Twitter and is keeping everyone abreast of his ongoing in Argentina and his plan of action. 

Even though Morales is another country he is very much intuned with what is going on in Bolivia. The road of communication is wide open. This week he tweeted about what was going on back home, including how his supporters are being treated. “The young Carlos Cornejo, Leonel Jurado, and Andrea Mamani were illegally arrested, accused of sedition for pasting posters for an act of solidarity with Senkata victims. Before they had organized a carnival. Even the most innocent act is sedition for the coup plotters.”

Time will only tell if he returns to Bolivia and turns himself in. Something tells us it won’t be that easy. 

READ: Mexico Grants Bolivia’s Former President Asylum Allowing Him To Flee Growing Unrest

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Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred during the final presidential debate. The two presidential nominees debated on issues ranging from healthcare to immigration to Trump’s finances. President Trump started controlled and quickly lost control of his temperament and spiraled for much of the debate.

First, people are giving the praise to the moderator, journalist Kristen Welker.

Welker is a reporter and White House correspondent for NBC News. As moderator of the final presidential debate, Welker kept the conversation moving forward. She was also able to stop President Trump on numerous occasions when he began spiraling as the debate went on.

One of the most stunning moments was President Trump claims that low IQ immigrants show up to court dates.

“Only the really – I hate to say this, but those with the lowest IQ. They might come back,” Trump said.

That was President Trump’s response to a question about catch and release. The catch and release program allowed for immigrants to come to the U.S., declare their intent for asylum, and be released to, usually, family members. They are then given a court date to plead their case for asylum. An overwhelming number of asylum seekers do show up to their court cases to make sure they have the chance to seek asylum.

The Trump administration eliminated the program and began what is called “Remain in Mexico.” The current plan forces migrants to wait in other countries while waiting for their day in immigration court.

When given a chance to address the 545 migrant children missing their parents, President Trump claimed they were being taken care of.

President Trump dodged questions about healthcare.

The rushed confirmation of Supreme Court Justice pick Amy Coney Barrett could have serious repercussions for people and their health care. The Trump administration is going to be challenging the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, in hopes of overturning the healthcare law. This would eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and pregnancy.

There is currently a lot of debate over whether or not a Covid-19 diagnosis would become a preexisting condition. More than 220,000 Americans have contracted the virus and the Affordable Care Act is in jeopardy because of the Trump administration.

President Trump still hasn’t released his tax returns.

Recent news about President Trump’s taxes made national headlines. Americans learned that President Trump recently paid $750 in taxes and that the president has a private bank account in China. According to his own tax returns, Trump paid more than $188,000 in taxes to the Chinese government. The bank account was previously unknown information.

Joe Biden appealed to the American voters and families.

Biden avoided getting into arguments during the debate and kept focused on the issues and how they impacted the American family. From Covid to the economy, Biden touched on all of the issues that keep American families up at night. Biden offered plans to stop the spread of Covid-19 but promoting the use of masks and safely reopening the U.S. economy to boost the economy and save lives.

Viewers are calling the debate a victory for the Biden campaign.

Several snap polls form different organizations show that people consider Biden the winner of this debate. Biden told the American people that is was running to be the American president, not a Democrat president. Biden promised to be the president for all American people and to take care of everyone, regardless of whether or not they voted for him.

READ: The First Presidential Debate Went Off The Rails Fast And The Internet Had Fun With It

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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We know LGBTQ rights, birth control, and race are under threat as Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. We know that that conservative judge has been evasive in answering comments about her beliefs which, if appointed, would steer her in making fundamental decisions that could affect American citizens’ lives for decades. Still, though we knew things are bound to go sideways as most things under the Trump administration have, we didn’t realize that an educated woman living in today’s world would refuse to acknowledge a basic societal fact: that “systemic racism” exists in the United States.

In written responses submitted Tuesday night, Barrett repeated her refusal to say whether “systemic racism” exists in our country.

After Sen. Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii asked her to explain her view of the existence of “systemic racism” in the United States, Barret refused the opportunity to acknowledge its existence.

“At the hearing, you acknowledged that racism persists in our country, but you refused to answer where there is systemic racism, calling it a ‘policy question.’ You also refused to answer other questions based on your view that they are ‘policy questions,’” Hirono wrote in his questions. “What makes a statement a policy question rather than a question of fact?”

“I believe that racism persists in our country, but as I explained at the hearing, whether there is ‘systemic racism’ is a public policy question of substantial controversy, as evidenced by the disagreement among senators on this very question during the hearing,” Barrett replied. “As a sitting judge and judicial nominee, it would be inappropriate for me to offer an opinion on the matter.”

Barrett’s approach to the question is not totally uncommon. Previous Supreme Court nominees have avoided answering questions concerning precedent. Barrett clung to the approach during her confirmation hearing last week while sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barrett used this as a standard and repeatedly cited it as a reason for dodging questions.

Systemic racism exists within our country without question.

It persists in our academic settings, workplaces, as well as in our court and judicial system. The fact is that when a certain group dominates a majority of positions of decision-making power, others struggle to exist and get by let alone get ahead. For generations and right now, white people have been the dominating group with decision-making power and people of color have suffered as a result. Acknowledgment is a vital part of making this change. Particularly from our leaders.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Barrett’s confirmation on Thursday afternoon.

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