Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Zionist Media Targets Bolivian Muslims

(digitalwarriormedia) As Iran reels domestically from the contested results of last week’s national election, an effort to taint public opinion towards Bolivia and its relationship with the Muslim world continues.

Most recently the U.S. right-wing media jefe Fox News published an article claiming Bolivia is becoming a hotbed of Islamic extremism. The article cites a report by the Open Source Center (OSC) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The OSC report claims that the U.S. intelligence community is concerned with anti-American sentiments coming from “Muslim leaders” living in Bolivia. The article goes on to mention Bolivia’s cozy relationship with Iran.

Despite the fact that Muslims account for 1,000 of Bolivia’s 9.7 million inhabitants and anti-U.S. sentiment can be found in most sectors of Bolivian society, U.S. officials and terror experts are keeping a watchful eye on the situation.

The OSC disseminates reports based upon public information which includes “gray literature”. Gray literature is not commercially published and thereby prone to lack proper sourcing and editorial control, says the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Therefore the associations cited in the OSC report between Muslim leaders in Bolivia and fellow Islamists in other parts of the world - namely Iran and Palestine - may or may not have been properly vetted. Other commentary in the Fox article came from a U.S. intelligence official speaking anonymously and a Latin American analyst at the (neoconservative) Heritage Foundation.

President Evo Morales has been widely criticized for close diplomatic and economic ties with Iran. Lately that criticism has materialized into U.S. and Israeli intelligence reports asserting covert activity between the two countries.

In May the AP reported that Bolivia and Venezuela were supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program. This information was based solely upon a 3-page report coming out of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Both the Bolivian and Venezuelan governments denied these accusations. Although Bolivia does have uranium deposits, according to Mining Minister Luis Alberto Echazu, Bolivia has no mining capability of the material.

Bolivia severed diplomatic relations with Israel in January over the bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip that killed more than 1,000 Palestinian civilians.



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