Ecuador: Failed Coup or Institutional Crisis?

8 October, 2010 — The Real News Network

Ecuadorian filmmaker Oscar León presents his take on country’s history that led to the crisis, Pt. 1/2

Ecuador: Failed Coup or Institutional Crisis?
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This is a special report about the Police Force insurrection and kidnapping of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on September 30th, 2010. President Correa was held hostage for 11 hours by a large number of armed policemen inside the Quito Regiment. Eventually leading to street battles and a bloody ending that gripped a nation.

My name is Oscar Leon, reporter and documentary filmmaker from Ecuador. Between 2005 and 2007 I created the documentary “Third World Democracy Handbook” about the fall of President Lucio Gutierrez, at that time he was the 3rd President to fall in less than 10 years, had Rafael Correa fallen he would have been the 4rd to fall in less than 14 years. Being a reporter in Ecuador during the “Lost Decade” I can bring some insight about what happened that day. Was this an institutional crisis? Or a foreign power’s attempt to overthrow him? This infamous day is being utilized by both political sides. But what is the truth behind it? In order to get a better understanding of what happened, in Part 1 we will explain some necessary context. In Part 2 of this special report we will go over what took place on September 30th 2010.

Information Clearing House Newsletter 7 October, 2010: Obama Accused of Exaggerating Terror Threat

7 October, 2010 — Information Clearing House

The Tenth Year In Afghanistan
By Steve Hynd
Today is the anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan. Welcome to the tenth year of occupation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26539.htm

Barack Obama Accused of Exaggerating Terror Threat for Political Gain
By Simon Tisdall and Richard Norton-Taylor
A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26535.htm

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 7 October, 2010: Woman filmed by soldiers describes torture, humiliation

7 October, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Eleven Palestinians Wounded In Several Israeli Military Attacks In Gaza
IMEMC – 7 Oct 2010 – Friday October 08, 2010 – 04:30, Palestinian medical sources reported that eleven Palestinians were wounded Thursday after the Israeli army conducted several aerial attacks, and attempted to assassinate a resistance fighter. Damage was reported to several homes.

Netanyahu Demands Obama To Abide by Bush Guaranties To Sharon
IMEMC – 7 Oct 2010 – Thursday October 07, 2010 – 12:36, Israeli daily, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is demanding that U.S. President, Barak Obama, to reinstate the guaranties granted by former president, George Bush to the former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon.

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