Bolivia + Brazil + Chile = Tranquillo
After all the guff in the US press about the "disaster,", the "rift," the "shock" - the decision of Bolivia to control of one's natural resources - it appears even the Wall Street Journal will have to relax. While the most affected (Brazilians) reiterates its absolute respect" for the move, the US press screams bloody murder.
By CARLOS VALDEZ
The Associated Press
LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivia and Brazil will form a commission to discuss the implementation of Bolivia's decision to nationalize its natural gas industry, a move that raised tensions between the South American neighbors.
Energy officials from the countries met Wednesday night to discuss Bolivia's decision last week to set gas prices and transfer majority control of all energy operations to its state energy company.
In a statement after the meeting, officials from both countries said the Brazilian government "reiterates its absolute respect for the sovereign decisions taken by the government and people of Bolivia" in the nationalization decree....
On what Mr. Morales has planned in other sectors, we must read the Cuban press.
On Chile: The Bolivian government's (previous policy) "has been replaced by a diplomatic rapprochement with Santiago". There is a Morales-Bachelet meeting in Vienna as part of the EU-Latin America and Caribbean Summit. Bachelet was recentlly quoted as saying that Latin American countries with governments trying to eradicate unequalities should not be demonized, in a reference to Venezuela and Bolivia.
On the Peasantry: "Bolivia is preparing a second agrarian reform to redistribute the land in a model differing from the neoliberalism in force since 1985. This will require either meeting the requirements or turning the estates over for redistribution within the community and poor farmers, part of the National Development Program to be announced May 31. With completion set for 2010, redistribution is truly aimed at making idle land productive, something the Confederation of Private Businessmen resists, but accepts."