As with most things Donald Trump, if his actions seem confusing, follow the money.

Last April I somehow managed to find myself on the Trump campaign’s fundraising email list. More oddly still, these emails are all addressed to Morris Bomberg, an alias I cooked up at 18 while selling vacuum cleaners at a Gemco discount store. In seven months I have received 1,543 requests for money. Now, with the election a week behind us, the velocity and desperation of these messages has only increased. I am getting them now at the rate of about of one per hour, nonstop. …

Street violence last year in Bolivia following a disputed election. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images

My teenage daughter tells me that her Tik Tok feed is full of images of stores in Washington DC boarding up their windows. Over the weekend a caravan of Trump supporters trapped a Biden campaign bus on a Texas highway and rammed the car of a Biden staffer. Americans are used to thinking that elections turning violent is a thing that only happens in other places far away, but now wonder if this is the reality the United States will be living as soon as Wednesday morning.

I have seen election politics turn violent close-up, in the country where my…

San Francisco and Midday on 9/11/2020 Credit: John McKee

The Covid Pandemic of 2020 is both a tragedy of its own and also an ominous preview to that other crisis unfolding around us with increasing speed, humanity’s unprecedented alteration of the Earth’s climate. In the three decades since the first serious warnings about climate change, our experiences of it have evolved. First came the theory and then the scientific confirmation of the theory. Then came the politicization of the crisis, the denials of the science, and our sputtering global response. Now we are deep into the tragic first impacts. …

Joe Biden first sought the White House more in 1988 as a young Senator, and sought it again in 2008 as an old one, neither time coming even close. This November he (and millions of Americans) hope that three times will be the charm. But when did the idea first come to him that maybe a middle class guy from Delaware could aspire to the U.S. Presidency? I have more than five hundred witnesses who can tell you that he got that idea from me, on the stage my high school’s gymnasium 46 years ago. …

By Raúl Zibechi, published in DesInformemonos

[Translators Note: I have known and admired Oscar Olivera for more than twenty years. Hearing of his illness has had an impact on many people all across the world. This story about his own experience and that of Cochabamba, the city where I lived for 19 years, is important for all of us to hear. Jim Shultz]

Oscar Olivera (in the white hat on the left) with his friends and co-workers at a community water project.

Factory leader and water warrior Oscar Olivera has the Coronavirus. He went to the hospital because of trouble breathing and an accelerated heartbeat. But he was referred to another medical center because it was already full. After…

Photo: California Nurses Association

From a strategy point of view, the ‘Medicare for All’ movement is betting on the following:

One: That there is huge majority support in the U.S. to eliminate private health care and replace it with government run health care.

Two: That this support can withstand a relentless, and hugely financed campaign-for-existence by the health insurance industry, which will ask people how they would like getting their health care through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Three: Or alternatively, even if the public does not support it, the massive heath care overhaul will still win approval by both houses of Congress and…

The Flower Seller, Cochabamba

First I want you to understand what Cochabamba is like, when it’s not a war zone. It’s midday during the week and in the old colonial city center most of the stores are closed. This includes the man who sells me chocolate and most of the hardware stores on Calle San Martin. People are eating lunches with friends and co-workers. That woman in the picture sells flowers with a cat in her lap. It is a valley eight thousand feet above the sea with the climate of southern California and the same purple jacaranda trees.

But I have seen become…

Bolivia in Meltdown

I have returned quite reluctantly to the role of gringo explainer of Bolivia, something I did for a good long time in the nineteen years my family lived there. But I don’t feel like I have a choice. It is my other country. Three of the faces I love most in the world, my children’s, are Bolivian faces. I speak to my friends on the phone as they cry and share their fear about a country melting down around them. And I am angered by the foolish oversimplicity of all the people who have no real connection…

Dear Readers, events in Bolivia are changing rapidly and much has changed since I published this article. Please also read my most current post: Bolivia in Meltdown. Thank you.

Bolivia, that country that most people never think about until it is thrust into the news, has been thrust into the global news once again. Evo Morales, the nation’s first indigenous president has been ousted from office and is in transit to self-exile in Mexico. How did it come to this? What will happen next?

A set of elaborate conspiracy theories have bounced across the left wing press and social media…

Jim Shultz

A political activist for more than 40 years, founder and executive director of the Democracy Center. Back in the US after 19 years in Bolivia. A dad, a grandpa.

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