Festive Left Friday Blogging: Evo gets nominated

It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy:

Bolivian author Nestor Taboada (“Tierra Martir – Martyr Land”) stressed the importance of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ candidature for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize does justice to all Latin American farmers, poor people and indigenous communities.

“Evo Morales is at the same level as Benito Juarez or Nelson Mandela,” he said.

Taboada said he proposed this recognition for Evo Morales to the Nobel Foundation on February 7, 2006, and 1980 Nobel Peace Prizewinner Adolfo Perez Esquivel presented the official candidature in December 2006.

The initiative has been supported by different personages, social movements and organizations in defense of human rights, including 1992 Nobel Peace Prizewinner Rigoberto Menchu (Guatemala).

Among those supporting Morales’ candidature are writers Eduardo Galeano and Mario Benedetti (Uruguay), Italian philosopher Toni Negri, French activist Jose Bove, and former Sandinista Nicaraguan Foreign Affairs Minister Miguel D’Escoto and Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff.

Or a nicer looking one, come to think of it:

Evo with Bolivian flag

Speaking of nice, check out this firsthand account. The famous down-to-earthness isn’t an act. Talk about a humble guy moving up in the world!

He does his flag justice…and his country proud.

Congratulations, Evo!

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