Rafael Correa: “We All Have to Be Prepared for Treason”

27 May 2019 — Internationalist 360°

This interview with former President Rafael Correa is the first step in a more ambitious project that we have proposed in Misión Verdad: to go to the vanguard of Latin American political leaders and invite them to reflect on the future rather than on the current situation. Correa accepted our invitation and summoned us to the campus of the Louvain-la-Neuve University on the outskirts of Brussels, the capital of Belgium, where he himself studied as a teenager. A thirty-minute conversation which months later is still continuing.

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Tracking Edward Snowden: Chartered Russian Jet lands in Reykjavík, Iceland

27 June 2013 — 21st Century Wire

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Yesterday evening June 26th, at approximately 3:00am Iceland time, an in-bound Russian Sukhoi Super Jet 100-95 chartered flight landed at Keflavik International Airport, after being held in a holding pattern for approximately 45 minutes while circling the airport.

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‘Do some research!’ Christine Assange steamrolls Western journalism

21 August, 2012RT

Christine Assange (Reuters / Gary Granja)

Christine Assange (Reuters / Gary Granja)

Julian Assange’s mother slammed Western media’s lack of research and grasp of basic facts in an interview with Australian television, as the host tried to get her to “address the allegations” of free speech suppression in Ecuador.

Following the profound question “Why did your son choose to make that speech last night?”, Christine Assange was asked if Julian plans to fight for freedom of speech in Ecuador, which is “known for its restrictions on the press.”

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Video: ‘Ecuador has strong record of human rights’: Assange and his mother hail asylum decision

16 August, 2012, 22:34 — RT

Julian Assange has hailed Ecuador’s decision to grant him political asylum as a courageous act. He said Quito’s resolve sharply contrasts with Britain and his country of birth Australia, who left him high and dry.

“I am grateful to the Ecuadorian people, President Rafael Correa and his government. It was not Britain or my home country, Australia, that stood up to protect me from persecution, but a courageous, independent Latin American nation”Assange said in an official statement released by WikiLeaks on Thursday. Continue reading

Wikileaks Newslinks 28 June 2012

28 June 2012williambowles.info

 

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ordered to present himself to police

Telegraph.co.uk

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been served with a letter saying he has to present himself to a London police station tomorrow, according to sources.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/9361410/WikiLeaks-founder-Julian-Assange-ordered-to-present-himself-to-police.html

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Ecuador: Dirty War in the Amazon By Christine Toomey

29 November, 2009 – Climate & Capitalism

In the Ecuadorean Amazon basin our thirst for oil has triggered an eco-disaster: wholesale pollution and catastrophic cancer rates. And a bloody turf war has broken out. Ecuador is taking a survival plan to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. But will western governments listen?

Times Online, November 29, 2009

Torrential rain has washed away the blood where the family fell under a hail of wooden spears. But memories of what happened this summer are still fresh in the minds of those who live and work here.

At first the security guard inside the perimeter fence of the oil drilling station is nervous and warns us to keep our distance as we approach. Darkness is falling and he is alone on duty. But he slowly opens up and describes how, on a morning in August, a 12-year-old girl, run through with two spears nearly 12ft in length, managed to stagger to the front gate of the drilling station to raise the alarm before she collapsed and died.

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Correa Triumphs in Ecuador, and Thereby Becomes One of Latin America’s Most Successful Political Figures

27 April, 2009 – Source: Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, was re-elected yesterday with an impressive 51.7 percent of the vote, in a large field, to serve another term as head of state. Illustrating his widespread popularity in the country, his untainted presidential victory comes as the first such electoral triumph since 1979 that did not require a later run-off vote. His closest contender, Lucio Gutiérrez, managed to command only 28.4 percent of the ballot. Finishing in third with the lowest level of support in his four bids for the presidency, banana magnate, Álvaro Noboa saw his right-leaning electorate seriously dwindle.

It could be argued that Correa is one of the most successful contemporary Latin American political leaders of the era. Since taking office, he has come forth with a very specific socio-political program which has significantly alleviated the country’s political instability and hobbling strategic and economic conditions, while at the same time advancing his overt leftist platform aimed at job creation and lifting the country’s living standards. ‘Socialism, of course, will continue. The Ecuadorian people voted for that,’ he exclaimed after his victory Sunday. ‘When have we concealed our ideological orientation? We are going to emphasize this fight for social justice…’

Despite having expelled a pair of U.S. diplomats stationed in Quito this year on allegations of their ‘unacceptable meddling’ in Ecuadorian matters, Correa has generally avoided going out of his way to flail at the U.S. At the same time he did not fawn over seeking Washington’s goodwill when he announced that the U.S. lease on the military and anti-drug base at Manta would not be renewed in November. The same cannot be said of his left-leaning counterparts, Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, and Evo Morales of Bolivia, who never avoided exchanging pot shots with the Bush White House, but seem more interested in re-establishing a diplomatic relationship with Washington now that a new incumbent is occupying the White House.

Having been largely effective at maintaining relatively good relations with Washington while still holding his own, Correa appears keen on continuing his social and economic programs. Although he does expend a good deal of time on political dickering and forming non-productive alliances, he is not anything like a regional visionary in the mold of Chávez or Morales. Correa’s pragmatic, hands-on nature and his genuine preference for domestic matters over foreign affairs, and being his own man rather than fabricating a satellite personality is a decided asset. Correa’s feisty performance has improved the myth or reality that the Ecuadorian poor believe that their president has drastically improved the lives of everyday Ecuadorians, including themselves.

This analysis was prepared by COHA Staff
April 27th, 2009
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Source: Council on Hemispheric Affairs

COHA: Ecuador’s Correa at Trinidad Summit: Will It Be His Last Presidential Trip?

  • Rafael Correa travels to Trinidad and Tobago this weekend along with several of his colleagues
  • This year’s presidential contest appears to be a repetition of the viciously fought 2006 presidential election
  • The economic climate is precarious as Ecuador continues to refuse to join ALBA or relent on Colombia
  • Following widespread support in the 2008 referendum, Correa appears poised to continue vast social and economic reforms after his likely reelection bid

Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, will be joined by fellow leaders Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, Evo Morales of Bolivia, and newly-elected Mauricio Funes of El Salvador at the Summit of the Americas this weekend. The left-leaning brigade will head to the Trinidad forum with significant clout, which will likely assist Correa’s prospects in Ecuador’s upcoming elections. The outcome of the Ecuadorian presidential and legislative elections, set to take place on April 26, will most likely determine whether Latin America’s left-leaning political shift will prevail in the Andean region, or if it was just an ephemeral initiative now destined to burn off. The incumbent quasi-populist leader, Rafael Correa, is expected to be reelected by an even larger margin due to his widespread social and economic reforms.

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Is the “New Left” Simply More of the Same, or a New Political Force in Latin America? – Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Is the “New Left” Simply More of the Same, or a New Political Force in Latin America? – Council on Hemispheric Affairs

• South American leftward shift here to stay?

• Latin Business Chronicle’s malpracticing prescription

• Chávez is very different from Morales and Correa, though they all may face similar challenges.

• What does the Uribe-Chávez flap portend?

The rise of what some call the ‘New Left’ in Latin America has become an increasingly hot topic over the last decade. But what does it really signify for the hemisphere? While some claim that these left-leaning nations reflect just an aberrant phase in the democratization process, others insist that this development is leading to the very embodiment of enhanced freedom, where citizens have the opportunity for their voice to be heard, an education as well as a job paying a living wage. The New Left movement seems to be taking a solid hold in the region: close to 60 percent of its population live under an elected leader who leans or is committed to the left of the political spectrum. While Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez may be attracting the most media attention, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa are following close behind the ideological tenacity that they bring to governance and as a result, the region is witnessing transformative changes which seem to be more real than ephemeral.

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