Corona Tyranny – and Death by Famine

8 May 2020 — Global Research

By the end of 2020 more people will have died from hunger, despair and suicide than from the corona disease. We, the world, is facing a famine-pandemic of biblical proportions. This real pandemic will overtake the “COVID-19 pandemic” by a long shot. The hunger pandemic reminds of the movie the Hunger Games, as it is premised on similar circumstances of a dominant few commanding who can eat and who will die – by competition.

This hunger pandemic will be under-reported or not reported at all in the mainstream media. In fact, it has started already.

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Ecuador’s Austerity Measures, Repression Based on Lies AP Happily Spread

23 October 2019 — FAIR

by Joe Emersberger

AP: Ecuador deal cancels austerity plan, ends indigenous protest AP piece in the LA Times (10/14/19)

Bernie Sanders tweeted an Associated Press article in the LA Times (10/14/19) about Ecuador’s recent protests, in which eight protesters were killed in 11 days. “Economic elites keep pushing austerity worldwide, making life unbearable for working people,” Sanders declared. Unfortunately, that AP piece was itself a good example of how elites push for austerity.

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Burn, Neoliberalism, Burn By Pepe Escobar

23 October 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Neoliberalism is – literally – burning. And from Ecuador to Chile, South America, once again, is showing the way. Against the vicious, one-size-fits-all IMF austerity prescription, which deploys weapons of mass economic destruction to smash national sovereignty and foster social inequality, South America finally seems poised to reclaim the power to forge its own history.

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General Strike Against the IMF Shuts Down Ecuador

10 October 2019 — Left Voice

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On Wednesday, thousands of people across Ecuador took to the streets and walked out of their workplaces on the seventh day of a national uprising against the austerity policies of President Lenín Moreno and the IMF. The national strike was coordinated by indigenous groups in conjunction with Ecuador’s biggest trade unions and the student movement, and was heavily repressed by military and police forces.

PHOTO: DAVID DIAZ ARCOS/BLOOMBERG NEWS

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Around the world in 8 Minutes Ep 58: Ecuador fights back against IMF

10 October 2019 — Peoples Dispatch

What has happened in the week of protests in Ecuador against the neoliberal economic policies of Lenín Moreno? Why are people on the streets?

In this episode of Around the World in 8 minutes, we look at the mounting resistance of the people of Ecuador to the neoliberal policies of Lenin Moreno. The struggle of Ecuadorians in the face of intense repression marks another moment in the Latin American outburst against the far-right whose policies have wreaked great havoc on the lives and livelihoods of all sections of the people.
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Defying repression, tens of thousands of Ecuadorians take part in national strike

10 October 2019 — The Peoples Dispatch

The heavy-handed response of the Ecuadorian police and military to the massive mobilizations in the country has already cost eight lives with hundreds suffering grave injuries

Tens of thousands of protesters mobilized in Quito on October 9 against the neoliberal ‘package’ announced by President Lenín Moreno. Photo: Ecuador Today

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Ecuador: Lenin vs. Lenin

8 October 2019 — Internationalist 360°

Carlos Aznárez

https://cnnespanol2.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/191007162314-cnndinero-ec-protests-100719-dinero-only-full-169.jpg?quality=100&strip=info&w=1200Insurrection has always been a weapon of humble peoples, those wretched of the earth of which Frantz Fannon spoke. It is a necessary alternative and a mirror in which one must obligatorily look at oneself, when the moment comes when the possibilities of dialogue with those above are exhausted, and the one below moves from the left. One fine day, the humiliated and dispossessed stand up and shout a forceful “enough is enough” and from that moment everything becomes possible, right up to the seizure of power.

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Ecuador’s president retreats from capital in face of growing mass protests By Andrea Lobo

9 October 2019 — WSWS

In the face of a continuing strike and a mass indigenous mobilization against an IMF-dictated austerity package, Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno moved his government from the capital of Quito to the coastal city of Guayaquil, where he is now directing a police-state crackdown.

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Ecuador raging against IMF’s measures, protesters storm parliament building

9 October 2019 — Counter Currents

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Amid widespread demonstrations by people, clashes with riot police, and general strike by transport workers over the International Monetary Fund (IMF) dictated neo-liberal measures, protesters stormed Ecuador’s parliament building in Quito, the capital city.

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Global slump: the trade and technology trigger by michael roberts

26 May 2019 — Michael Roberts

Despite all the optimistic talk by President Trump about the state of the US economy, the latest data on economic activity and industrial production suggest that America is joining Europe and Japan in a sharp slowdown as we enter the second half of 2019.  And this is at a time when the trade and technology war between the US and China has moved up another gear and so threatens to trigger an outright global recession before the year is out.

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Dossier 16: Resource sovereignty—the Agenda for Africa’s exit from the state of plunder

10 May 2019 —  Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research – MROnline

In May 2011, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published a Working Paper by Burcu Aydin called ‘Ghana: Will It Be Gifted Or Will It Be Cursed?’ (WP/11/104). Oil had just been discovered off the shore of Ghana. This anticipated a bounty of revenue for the country. Aydin asks whether Ghana will face the ‘resource curse’. The resource curse – also known as the Dutch Disease – occurs where revenue from sale of this resource rushes into a country, appreciates the currency and causes a major crisis in other parts of the economy. Looking at 150 middle- and low-income countries, Aydin came up with a strong finding: ‘Results show that there is a poverty trap for poor resource-rich countries due to their low institutional quality’. Bad governance and poor macroeconomic management, Aydin suggests, diminish the possibility for the onrush of revenues from natural resources to enhance a country’s development. There is no mention, in the IMF’s Working Paper, of the other actors in the process – namely, the multinational companies that dominate the natural resource extraction business. The pro-corporate literature explains problems in the resource economy in two ways: 1) poor macroeconomic management that allows revenues to flood the economy and appreciate the currency, 2) bad governance because of corruption and theft by government officials.

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