Pro-Ecuador Special Edition: Correa Thumbs Nose at U.S., Offers Human Rights Training
June 27, 2013
Correa Offers U.S. $23 million Foreign Aid for Human Rights Training
Ecuador President Correa said, “Here we don't torture like in Guantanamo. Here we don't have drones killing alleged terrorists without any due trial, killing also the women and children of those supposed terrorists. So don't come lecturing us about life, law, dignity, or liberty. You don't have the moral right to do so."
The recent request for asylum in Ecuador by NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden has once again brought Ecuador to the forefront of the world stage.
Correa condemned the United States human rights record, while his National Communications Secretary Fernando Alvaro today announced Ecuador’s rejection of the InterAndean free trade pact.
The U.S. is threatening non-renewal of the pact if Ecuador grants asylum to Snowden. Ecuador remains adamant that the government will not submit to economic blackmail.
“Ecuador will not compromise its principles for commercial interests, no matter how important they may be,” said Alvarado.
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Yasuni National Park Is Again in Peril—The Yasuni Initiative, Correa’s offer to protect Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, is falling apart. Only a few years ago he asked the world to rally to his environmental cause and pay Ecuador to leave its huge petroleum resources untouched.
Now, to the chagrin of environmentalists everywhere Correa has embraced exploitation of the Amazon resources, putting the rainforest and its indigenous inhabitants at risk.
"Amazon for Life" has prepared an open letter to the President which asks him to revisit the initiative.
Ironically, Correa’s voluntary withdrawal from the InterAndian Free Trade Pact with the U.S. may increase pressure on the Ecuadorian government to expedite the extraction of Ecuador’s mineral and oil resources.
Click here to read this open letter and gain more perspective into the enigmatic mind of one of the world’s emerging leaders.