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|Latin America: Ecuador President Rafael "We Are Not A Colony"|
Friday, August 17 @ 17:25:49 UTC
|Correa Stands Up To The Jackbooted British Gestapo|
By Paul Craig Roberts
August 17, 2012
A coward dies many deaths; a brave man dies but once.
The once proud British government, now reduced to Washington’s servile whore, put on its Gestapo Jackboots and declared that if the Ecuadorean Embassy in London did not hand over WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, British storm troopers would invade the embassy with military force and drag Assange out. Ecuador stood its ground. “We want to be very clear, we are not a British colony,” declared Ecuador’s Foreign Minister. Far from being intimidated the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, replied to the threat by granting Assange political asylum. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/17/world/americas/ecuador-to-let-assange-stay-in-its-embassy.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&emc=na
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|Latin America: The Latin American Backlash: Ecuador's Failed Coup|
Sunday, October 24 @ 16:45:54 UTC
|By Laura Carlsen|
October 24, 2010 - counterpunch.org
The Sept. 30 attempted coup in Ecuador that killed three and held the elected president hostage serves as a warning. Democratic transitions remain fragile and incomplete in Latin America and some of the boldest moves away from colonialism and toward inclusive societies are being met with reactionary force. As the Ecuadorean police uprising shows, nations could lose the important gains that have been made over the past decades.
Facts support the thesis that what happened Sept. 30 was a coup attempt--albeit a clumsy and poorly planned one. The police rose up in arms not only in the capital city of Quito, but also simultaneously in departments throughout the country. President Rafael Correa was held captive until national security forces were forced to stage a military operation to free him. Correa was physically attacked and his supporters were fired on with tear gas and rubber bullets. He later stated that the armored car he rode in during his rescue was riddled with bullet holes.
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|Latin America: Failed Washington-Sponsored Ecuadorean Coup Attempt|
Saturday, October 02 @ 09:21:30 UTC
|By Stephen Lendman|
October 02, 2010
Post-9/11, Washington sponsored four coup d'etats. Two succeeded - mostly recently in Honduras in 2009 against Manuel Zelaya, and in Haiti in 2004 deposing Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Two others failed - in Venezuela in 2002 against Hugo Chavez, and on September 30 in Ecuador against Rafael Correa - so far. Two by Bush, two by Obama with plenty of time for more mischief before November 2012.
From his record so far, expect it. He continues imperial Iraq and Afghanistan wars and occupations. In addition, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, Lebanon, North Korea, and other countries are targeted, besides deploying CIA and Special Forces armies into at least 75 countries worldwide for targeted assassinations, drone attacks, and other disruptive missions.
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|Latin America: Venezuelan President Congratulates Ecuador for Ratifying New Constitution|
Wednesday, October 01 @ 12:08:09 UTC
|By James Suggett|
September 29th 2008
In a phone call, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez congratulated Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa for the ratification of a new national constitution by 63.9% of voters in a nation-wide referendum Sunday.
After the preliminary results of the referendum were announced by Ecuador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) Sunday, Correa declared, "Today, Ecuador has decided on a new country... the old structures have been defeated."
The new constitution was written over an eight-month period by an elected constituent assembly, in a similar fashion to the Venezuelan Constitution passed during Chávez's first year in office in 1999.
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|Latin America: Ecuador's President Embraces Bolivarianism|
Tuesday, March 13 @ 18:16:14 UTC
|by Stephen Lendman|
February 21, 2007
Hugo Chavez Frias gained an Ecuadoran ally last November when voters rejected Washington's choice and the country's richest man and elected Raphael Correa its President by an impressive margin. Correa is a populist economist and self-styled "humanist, leftist Christian" promising big changes for another Latin American country long ruled by and for the elite and against the interests of ordinary people Ecuador abounds in whose voices finally spoke and prevailed.
Correa took office January 15 in a country of 13 million, over 70% of whom live in poverty. They voted for a man promising social democratic change and the same kinds of benefits Venezuelans now have under Hugo Chavez they too now have a chance to get. Correa is the country's 8th president in the last decade including three previous ones driven from office by mass street protest opposition against their misrule and public neglect.
Correa campaigned on a promise of change including using the country's oil revenue for critically needed social services Ecuadoreans never before had. He promised a "citizens' revolution" and to be an "instrument of change" beginning by drafting a new Constitution in a Constituent Assembly he hopes will be authorized by popular referendum following the same pattern Hugo Chavez chose in 1999 following his first election as Venezuela's President in December, 1998.
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