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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Evo Morales blasts the polluting West, Coca Cola, chicken eaters

  Most people in the world probably won't learn much about the World Peoples' Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth inaugurated yesterday by Bolivian President Evo Morales in Tiquipaya, Bolivia, just outside the city of Cochabamba. It's Morales's answer to the failed climate change conference held over the winter by the First World's leaders. He also is using it as a forum to condemn capitalism and the industrialized world and the failure of mankind to move decisively to do anything about resolving issues of pollution and climate change.
   It is easy for those without any real responsibility to accuse those with it of doing nothing. When you stand outside of the problem, the answers always are much simpler and therefore it is easier for one to condemn. That said, it is important to realize that Third World or less-developed nations have had little say in the world's climate politics. They are standing on the sidelines while the industrialized world's leaders do little or nothing to address the issues.
  However, Evo did little to add to his esteem when he claimed that men lose their hair and their virility and tend toward homosexuality when they eat too much hormone-injected chicken. (see this story) As I have said before, Evo Morales is very charismatic and represents a segment of the world's thinking, and he could be a great leader if he just stops listening to his inner-neanderthal and some of his more strident Trotskyite advisors and decides to educate himself better about life and the bigger world outside of his own limited experiences. (For Spanish story from Bolivia click here). For a more positive take on the meeting overall, read this story from Tierraamerica.
  Morales also condemned Coca Cola, plastic bags and plates. The opposition in Bolivia and some commentators in the country observing the conference called on the president to get serious. The problem is, he is.

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