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Bolivia Set to Pass ‘Law of Mother Earth’

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Posted on Apr 10, 2011
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Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks at the Copenhagen conference on climate change last year.

In a political move that would make John Locke’s head explode, Bolivia is poised to pass a law that would grant nature equal rights with those afforded humans. The Law of Mother Earth is expected to usher in a radical new conservation policy against pollution and exploitation.

Perhaps most beautifully, the law would enshrine nature’s right “to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities.” —JCL

The Guardian:

Bolivia is set to pass the world’s first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country’s rich mineral deposits as “blessings” and is expected to lead to radical new conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry.

The country, which has been pilloried by the US and Britain in the UN climate talks for demanding steep carbon emission cuts, will establish 11 new rights for nature. They include: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.

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By Veoliaes, April 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm Link to this comment

This sounds like an ambitious plan and I wish they had such things in Sydney, which would definitely help conserve the environment. We need to do more, or the Earth will end before its time.

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By Energy conservation, September 2, 2011 at 4:00 am Link to this comment
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The best news I’ve heard of any government, in my life!

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By Energy savings, August 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment
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They include the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human..

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By Eva, April 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you Bolivia. You are the ones we have been waiting for, its time to repair and give back.
We will listen, learn and practice.
Love and light from Denmark
Eva

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, April 17, 2011 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

I wonder when the foreign investments ( big corp ) will be asked / forced to leave? 

And when the CIA will attempt their execution of this brave leader?

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By Bob, April 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment
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how about the right to life for the most endangered of all - the unborn human baby!!!!!

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By drbhelthi, April 16, 2011 at 2:51 am Link to this comment

“drbhelthi, Actually the source of the bees dying is do to a combination of a virus and fungus.” By Tom Boyde, (Unregistered commenter)

Right.
If one cares to believe a distraction from accuracy, written by the USGOV, supporters of the Monsanto Pollution Company.

All the perhapses and maybes- unknowns- in the article are more interesting to me
than the explicit disinformation.
And Pat Tillman received a 3-round burst to the forehead, 3-in. diameter circle, from enemy fire. When the only enemies in the vicinity were CIA moles in his platoon. 

Comments by unregistered commenters are often interesting.

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By maciria rodrigues, April 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment
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Bravo!!! someone think about the needs of Mother Earth…

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By Tom Boyde, April 14, 2011 at 11:58 am Link to this comment
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drbhelthi,

Actually the source of the bees dying is do to a combination of a virus and fungus.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/07/science/07bees.html

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By Pablo, April 14, 2011 at 8:23 am Link to this comment
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It would be interesting to see if Morales would crack down on many in his own political base who are doing horrendous things to the environment (illegal logging, illegal settling on public lands, building roads through nature reserves, and the worst, is the environmental degradation caused by coca farming).

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By michael kirk, April 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment
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WOW - Radical concept but totally within the realm of a non-humans-are-it centered universe.  In a future world, based only on rational existence, this is the light.

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By berniem, April 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

Why the fuss about this law? Didn’t our oh, so sage SCOTUS bestow the mantel of personhood on our beloved corporations?

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By Dorjee, April 13, 2011 at 5:42 am Link to this comment
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Tibet’s critical Environment is undergoing great destruction in the name of modernization by Chinese Communist Party. Well being of whole sentence being is always been part of Tibetan Buddhism. Therefore it is time to have such practical law protect its dynamic ecology.

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By drbhelthi, April 13, 2011 at 4:33 am Link to this comment

“- - but i’m on the fence about the right to be free from genetic modification with which i see nothing wrong per se. it should suffice to sanction specific g.m. activities based on whether they might impinge on the other other rights (including the one i’m suggesting).”  jibbles

If you bring yourself up to date on the pollution done by various Monsanto deviate-plants and seeds in the American mid-west, and their effect on bees and pollination (around the world) you will find yourself swiftly - no longer on the fence.

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By samosamo, April 12, 2011 at 11:17 pm Link to this comment

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Your concerns about genetically modified foods are probably no
more that the seeds don’t produce if one plants them and there
in lies the shit. To plant food, every year, farmers are required to
buy the very expensive viable seeds that will produce a plant
every year. No more separating some seed from crops to grow
next years crop, that ‘interferes with the big ag’s revenues’ as it
was put to me on another corporate monopoly hold by my
senator, may he die soon and may his dying be hard.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, April 12, 2011 at 10:57 pm Link to this comment

The so-called Natives should be called by their tribal name / distinction…. simple.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, April 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm Link to this comment

This is a victorious moment.. and sets an example for the rest of the world to follow!

May God bless this effort to the MAX!!!

May Truth Prevail…. and the hegemony pay.

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By childmilestar, April 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment
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ARE YOU F’IN KIDDING ME? BOLIVIA IS MORE PROGRESSIVE THAN THE US IS? WTF AMERICA?!?!?!?!?!?

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By jibbles, April 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment

i would also like to see the right to diversity on
all levels and all forms—genetic, specific,
ecosystemic, cultural, memetic.

balance (already incuded) and diversity are the two pillars of long term survival.

but i’m on the fence about the right to be free from genetic modification with which i see nothing wrong per se. it should suffice to sanction specific g.m. activities based on whether they might impinge on the other other rights (including the one i’m suggesting).

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By gabor revesz, April 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment
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i would include the right to diversity; in all forms,
at all levels—genetic, ecosystemic, cultural,
memetic.

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By joe marcinkowski, April 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment
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The economy is to serve the people and not the people to serve the the economy.
Development is about people and not about objects.
Growth is not the same as development and development does not necessarily require growth.
No economy is possible in the absence of ecosystem services.
The economy is a subsystem of a larger finite system, the biosphere, hence permanent growth is impossible.
Manfred Max-Neef -The Principles

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By samosamo, April 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

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What do native americans prefer to be called?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_name_controvers
y
or
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Native_American_name_contr
oversy

Hopefully I can remember all those names but ‘First People’
seems apt enough.

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By samosamo, April 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

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@RichWa

It IS reprehensible for a member from the oldest humans to
travel in the western hemisphere to pass such a law when they
KNEW the value of what they had treated it with the respect that
it should be treated and not needing a ‘law’ as such for
protection.

All this is being done because of the european invasion and the
avarice and disrespect those invaders have when insane people
come across a cache of riches that was the western hemisphere,
notably natural resources.

This is shown to be an approval and a legal cover of stealing and
genocide by what he roman catholics drafted 1452 and it is just
another of the insidious acts perpetrated by the xtians of the
time.

http://www.danielnpaul.com/DoctrineOfDiscovery.html

Sad thing is, the u.s. took up and accepted that doctrine for their
own insidious invasions of sovereign nations under a so called
‘legal cover’ in 1823. So this isn’t just something new but a tactic
to ostensibly steal under pretext of righteously ordained decree,
it is the thieves giving themselves cause to stealing what really
for everyone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_doctrine

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By drbhelthi, April 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

It is wonderful that Mr. Morales and the folk of Bolivia have taken this action. Someone mentioned that it took a “peasant culture” to have the insight to take such an action. I assume that “peasant culture” means folk are still attuned to nature, and the preservation of the earth´s resources. In this vein of thought, hopefully, “peasant cultures” will spring up all over South and Central America and Europe. Perhaps in isolated areas of the USA.

However, Bolivians are not “Indians”. The word “Indians” is a misnomer, when used to identify the original indigenous of what is now the “American” continents and Central America. Christopher Columbus did not discover India when he landed in what is now Central America. All indigenous folk of what is now North, Central and South America derived from Mongolians. They migrated across the Aleutian Straits thirty thousand (30,000) years ago, and populated everything from Alaska to the southern tip of South America.

Columbus discovered nothing, but rather initiated genocide of the indigenous folk, under the guise of “Christian service” to the queen of Spain. His “service,” in quality, is similar to the “democracy” that currently is forced onto the third-world countries of the world, under the guise of the “War on Terror,” introduced by the GHWBushSr entourage. 

Christopher Columbus, a notorious example of masculine, human feces from Spain, set an unchristian, murderous example for the rest of Europeans to follow. Similar to the WWII NAZIs, who transferred their HQ from Berlin to Wash.D.C., Huntsville, and Ft. Bliss, 1945-1950, and have overtaken the administration of the U.S. of A., via the C.I.A. and NASA. 

Hubertus Strughold was a NAZI M.D. who experimented on prisoners in the Dachau stalag during WWII, murdering an untold number of them. Yet, the NAZIs in the US installed him as “Chief of Space Medicine” of NASA. Such activities exemplify the direction of the NAZI-infiltrated leadership of the USA, since 1945. Reading up on the history of the GHWBushSr family explains how NAZI-types have gradually overtaken the world via the NAZI element of the C.I.A., NASA and other federal agencies.

Congratulations to all the former C.I.A., F.B.I., N.S.A. and similar federal employees who are increasingly coming forward and revealing accurate, inside information - or - telling it like it really is, instead of repeating the disinformation initiated by the C.I.A.  “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”—William Casey, CIA Director (from first staff meeting, 1981)

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By Ed, April 12, 2011 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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It would behoove South America (and the rest of the world) to kick the gringos and their corporations off of the continent.

¡Viva Castro!
¡Viva Chavez!
¡Viva Morales!

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By Robin, April 12, 2011 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
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We the Original people have the knowledge and capability to save the world from the destruction from the corporate elite.  We only ask of that opportunity this law is ancient law its nothing new its been ignored and replaced with greed as the instrument of environmental stewardship.  Use god as your guide.

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By Koolhed, April 12, 2011 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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QUOTE: “Now if we could get rid of the vile species that is man himself it’s a win win.”

Start now… do your part. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

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By kim, April 12, 2011 at 10:42 am Link to this comment
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What a beautiful piece of legislation…this is so inspirational. Thank you Bolivia.

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By RichWa, April 12, 2011 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

Reprehensible, these people already had basic amenities such as clean water, adequate transport, healthy food, etc.  Most all the problems they have are due to the actions of people that own the multi-national corporations that have dirtied the water, polluted the air, and absconded with land all in the name of their god almighty $$$.

The Adam and Eve mythology gave us the illusion that we are not part and parcel of our ecosystem the Earth.  Our version of capitalism puts short term profit and personal greed as the highest of the good.  Put the two together in a singular form of worship, as we do in the USA, and we delude ourselves in desire for a better “afterlife” while we destroy ourselves in our addiction to the $$$.

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By Second Amendment Democrat, April 12, 2011 at 3:23 am Link to this comment
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This is a marvelous affirmation of respect that should have been done by the U.S., but then came Ronnie and all the responsibility went away.

Thank you, President Morales, for this courageous and heartwarming paean to the Earth and our place on and within it. It is time for Balance. This is the key to continued optimal survival on this tiny rock in the immensity.

I just hope you also have the wisdom to safeguard your person and your family against what will surely be an exceptionally memorable response from the global corps who will be very unhappy at your stance. Please gather your loyal friends and security people and look out for each other. And be ready to defend your decisions.

Please. We don’t want to lose one of the few good ones.

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By Bob Fairlane, April 12, 2011 at 1:51 am Link to this comment
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Hahhaha. Now their country will get a flood of African “refugees” ready to cash in on their “human rights”. The citizens will pay Global Warming taxes and cow-fart taxes, and the rich and politicians will drive Hummers and fly in jumbo jets to preach sermons on “mother nature”.

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By radson, April 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

Evo Morales you have more Morales than the entire White House combined and yes the GMO Junk science from the likes of Monsanto should be banned ,bravo.The real meaning of GMO is the following,’ Genocidal Manipulative Organization’,run by the likes of Rockefeller ,who think that money and control along with pseudo- Science will ‘save ’ humanity Really ! The Honey Bees beg to differ and the biodiversity of life which has maintained ‘life’,begs to differ.So all you Folks that support the altruistic common sense of Evo ,think about where your next demonstration will be and about what .This Gentleman is challenging the recklessness of Capitalism at its core ,so instead of gathering around shouting slogans towards a Deaf and Blind Baron ,gather around the Bolivian Embassy and voice your support and respect for the Mother ,Mother Earth.
hoka

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By Tobysgirl, April 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment

When I heard Morales speak on Democracy Now quite a while ago, it was simply stunning to hear a leader speak who was a decent, ethical human being. Bolivia is an inspiration to compassionate, caring people everywhere.

What have those of us in Europe and the U.S. become accustomed to? The scum rising to the top, I guess.

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By samosamo, April 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment

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That is what I thought, Morales is indian. His facial features
made me think he was and I finally looked it up via google.
Evo Morales is from the original people in south america. So
that is even better as I would expect an native of south
america to not just consider this but put it into law.

“The Aymara or Aimara are a native ethnic group in the Andes
and Altiplano regions of South America; about 2 million live in
Bolivia, Peru and Chile. They lived in the region for many
centuries before becoming a subject people of the Inca, and
later of the Spanish in the 16th century.”

“Born into a working class family in Isallawi village in the
Orinoca Canton, Evo is of native Aymara descent.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aymara_people

Please great spirit, don’t let the u.s. government destroy this
country and its people.

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By samosamo, April 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment

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That is what I thought, Morales is indian. I finally looked it up
via google. Evo Morales is from the original people in south
america. So that is even better as I would expect an native of
south america to not just consider this but put it into law.

The Aymara or Aimara are a native ethnic group in the Andes
and Altiplano regions of South America; about 2 million live in
Bolivia, Peru and Chile. They lived in the region for many
centuries before becoming a subject people of the Inca, and later
of the Spanish in the 16th century.

“Born into a working class family in Isallawi village in the Orinoca
Canton, Evo is of native Aymara descent.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aymara_people

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By Amon Drool, April 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

zal…you talkin’ to me…YOU TALKIN’ TO ME?!!  the
scare quotes around the word peasant were meant
ironically

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By Spike, April 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment
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Great in theory! And needful. However, Romans 1:25, Who changed the
truth of God into a lie, and worship and served the creature more than
Creator, who is the blessed forever.

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By kerryrose, April 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

This article made my eyes tear.  I could cry for the beauty of it.

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By zal, April 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment
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to the folks who see this as “peasant wisdom”...get
your mind out of your colonial gutter!

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By Elizabeth Tjader, April 11, 2011 at 8:39 am Link to this comment
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Right on Sr. Morales! A courageous leader with some heart and spine. To have courage is to be “of the heart”. Too bad our cowardice, “unconscious”, heartless, corporatist president doesn’t take a few notes. Oh, that’s right, Obama’s allegiance is to the heart of Mother Wall Street.

For our Earth and the entire web of life She hosts, this is long past due.

Finally some damn good news!

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By Reprehensible, April 11, 2011 at 7:14 am Link to this comment
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I like how there’s no context here.  So basically there’s a law coming into effect which will effectively stop any infrastructure changes in a country where a very large portion of the citizens lack basic amenities such as clean water, electricity and passable roads.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about environmentalism and sustainable growth that minimizes the effect on the environment, but this is absolutely irresponsible.  It just shows that he cares more about ‘sticking it to America’ than the welfare of his own people.

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By Awi, April 11, 2011 at 7:12 am Link to this comment

A wonderful example of living the Native world view.

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By esbrigol, April 11, 2011 at 6:41 am Link to this comment
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You believe anything they told you…

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By Kris, April 11, 2011 at 3:00 am Link to this comment
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I for one am excited about his happening ... Just the fact that it has been voiced is
amazing and l hope it leads to bigger things The Earth needs more people like this
Thank you Bolivia ... a GREAT DECISION l applaud you

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By Luna Crow, April 11, 2011 at 1:44 am Link to this comment
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This post is flying on Facebook. People are loving it.Is there some one out there who could create a letter of support that people around the world could sign? It would be good to let the people of Bolivia know they have world wide support on this.

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By John P., April 11, 2011 at 1:43 am Link to this comment
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Wow.

And thank all of creation that this guy is out there.

That is a brilliant move for human environment relations.

It is a first I think anywhere?

This actually having to take place is sending a message, and is something to be
repeated in our arguments against the rape of nature.

Thank you Evo Morales for endorsing this into reality.

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By thethirdman, April 11, 2011 at 12:06 am Link to this comment

He was already on the Hit List, but this move has to bump him up a
few spaces.  Any idea this anti-capitalist, anti-christian, anti-
anything the US believes in, has to scare the crap out of Washington. 
If we can’t do the right thing here, we at least have to vow to protect
those who will around the world from our own society.

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By TDoff, April 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment

This is true conservatism. Bravo, Mr. Morales, and bravo, Bolivia. It’s way past time that we started caring for Mother Earth, instead of raping and plundering her.

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By Amon Drool, April 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment

aahhh…‘peasant’ wisdom; and thanks to the icelanders
who this weekend told the international banking
‘community’ to eff off via referendum

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By Steve E, April 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm Link to this comment

Now if we could get rid of the vile species that is man himself it’s a win win.

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By samosamo, April 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment

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This is an extraordinary good move. Wish it would totally
nullified the ‘Citizens United v. U.S. but it won’t. But everything
helps when dealing with Corporatana.

My goodness does Morales make o look and act like a bowery
bum.  Certainly be hard for o to compare to this. Now maybe
the rest of the world will act to put some teeth in this.

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By Seven2521, April 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment
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So long Peru.

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By zonth_zonth, April 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

US=Corporation= human individual status
Bolivia=nature= human individual status

Oh what do those cretins from 3rd world countries know anyway?  Apparently a lot more that the ‘leaders of the free world’.  This article just made my day.

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By TAO Walker, April 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

This is the nearest thing going today, among “los civilizados,” to actually trying to manifest the Living Virtue of Organic Functional Integrity without which the severely organically dysfunctional domesticated “individual,” as such, amassed in variously-sized random collections, is doomed much sooner than later to “self”-inflicted extinction.  Even so, if it doesn’t lead quickly to these same currently captive (to the crippling delusions of “money” and “power”) peoples getting-over their “self,” and ORGANizing as Free Wild Natural Persons into Living Human Communities, it will just be too little, too late.

It’s a small step in a good direction, toward what some of us surviving Free Wild Native Peoples call The Tiyoshpaye Way….The Beauty Way….The Way of Pachamama….The Tao of Humanity.  There remain, though, many other and much more difficult such steps to take….with less and less “time” every Day to take them.

Meanwhile, the overdeveloped (which is to say “muscle-bound”) “national-security-police-states” of the “self”-styled “first world” are still hell-bent on driving everybody off the “cliff” and into the abyss of the “global” gulag regime that is the “product” of nothing except their own fatal biological insanity.

Hokahey!

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By gerard, April 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment

Congratulations, Morales!  You are well-named.  If even half of what this nature-saving initiative proposes, comes to pass a.s.a.p. you have done all of us a huge favor.  The idea alone, codified and made explicit in immediate actions, is a great contribution to the future of “all our relations.”  Even the bugs! God bless!

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