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Jon Stewart interviews Evo Morales Stewart: Thank you so much for being here.

It is a big honour for us to have you. Morales: Likewise, thank you very much for this invitation to this program. Stewart: Thank you very much. I should point out that obviously you have a translator with you who appears not to be Bolivian. Morales: I would say he's not Bolivian. Stewart: Your story is remarkable. How does a farmer, a poor farmer, without high school education become the first indigenous president of Bolivia? It's an amazing journey. Morales: I understand that we all have rights. It is not just professionals and intellectuals that can become president. People who have other experiences, who have a working life as well can also become president. Therefore indigenous persons can also become president. Stewart: In Bolivia. In America, its a little rigged. Morales: So if its rigged, then something needs to be done to change that. Stewart: I want to talk about what you ran on, what you promised. You promised to nationalise resources and help distribute the money to the poor folk in Bolivia, convene a constitutional assembly, and institute agrarian reform. You did that within eight months of your election. What are you trying to pull? Morales:On the issue of nationalisation of oil and gas, in 2005, before I became president, the Bolivian state received only 300 million dollars from its oil and gas exports. Now since they have been nationalised, the Bolivian state receives more than 2 billion dollars. Therefore we followed through on what we promised. Second, in terms of the agrarian revolution, there were many hands in just a few lands, and now we've made a change. Many people have access to land. That's the change we are bringing about. Stewart: How have you made the ones that have had the power for many years comfortable with this type of change? What have you done to ease the transition for them? Morales: We are going forward with the idea of a multi-cultural state, a multi-national state, trying to live in unity at the same time as respecting our diversity. We are so diverse there a blacks and blue and green eyed people like you. Stewart: What! Okay, thank you for noticing. Morales: But, we need to all come together so we can live united Stewart: We have a tendency to group South American leaders. If you visit Castro, if you visit Chvez, then we all the sudden get scared. So that understanding of dialogue is important for us to open up as well. Morales: I know that we are different, not only within a nation but among nations as well. Those differences among the various nations must be respected. But what better among political leaders, presidents, or with social movement leaders, than coming together to think about how we can

support life and human kind. It is my sense that in this new millennium, it should be the millennium of life. And from here or from Cuba, Venezuela, Europe, Africa, we need to create and come together to save lives and to save human kind. In recent days at the Untied Nations I have heard about a talk about global warming, climate change, but they don't say why and where all that is coming from. There appear to be few political leaders or movements that say where is all this coming from? Perhaps from a western culture. Perhaps excesses in relation to industry. Or perhaps because of excessive luxury,excessive consumption. And, if we all think about human kind then we need to figure out how we can change that situation. And I personally know that there are presidents and countries that send troops abroad to save lives but there are also countries and presidents that send troops abroad to take away lives. If we compare these two things and weigh these two things, surely we are going to come to the conclusion that these policies must change and that in this millennium the key guideline must be to save lives. And please don't consider me to be part of the axis of evil.