Peter Foster: The limits of Ecuador’s shakedown statism – Financial Post

October 24, 2014 • Ecuador News

Perhaps the most spectacular example is the aforementioned case of Chevron, which has washed up on the legal shores of Canada. The case dates back to the operations of Texaco, which Chevron acquired in 2002, more than twenty years ago. Texaco in fact paid government-agreed remediation for its activities, and the area in question has since been comprehensively developed/ravaged by State oil company PetroEcuador. The Amazonian natives on whose half the suit is being brought are mere puppets for its main promoters: a corrupt, government-controlled Ecuadorian justice system, and a New York lawyer named Steve Donziger, whose case has been dubbed racketeering by U.S. courts. Read more>>

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chevronecuadorPeter Foster: The limits of Ecuador’s shakedown statism – Financial Post

Thank You, Rafael Correa – PanAm Post

October 22, 2014 • Ecuador News

After seven years of unbearable propaganda, your aggressive and tasteless style has made us sick to death. At the start, this style may have seemed interesting to some people. Now, most people recognize that discrediting other people that you consider to be enemies is the main strategy that you use to remain in power. This is highly frowned upon these days. You made the grave error of putting workers, students, and social leaders on a black list — the very same people that were key in your election as president. In other words, you threw your friends under the bus. Read more>>

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chevronecuadorThank You, Rafael Correa – PanAm Post

Ecuador: Police Rampage at Protests – Human Rights Watch

October 21, 2014 • Ecuador News

Security forces used excessive force to disperse largely peaceful demonstrations in Quito, Ecuador on September 17 and 18, 2014, arbitrarily detaining and beating protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. Based on interviews and written testimony, dozens of detainees suffered serious physical abuse, including severe beatings, kicks, and electric shocks, during arrest and in detention. Read more>>

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Ecuador’s president is going “soft” on drug mules – Quartz

October 8, 2014 • Ecuador News

This won’t heal strained US-Ecuador relations. Ecuador is emptying its prisons of convicted drug ‘mules’ in an unprecedented rebuke to what President Rafael Correa has labeled as harsh drug laws imposed by Washington. ‘Mules’ are individuals who are paid-sometimes lucrative sums by drug cartels to smuggle narcotics out of the country. Their destination is usually the US, the largest drug market in the world. Read more>>

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chevronecuadorEcuador’s president is going “soft” on drug mules – Quartz

Ecuador taking control of what the public knows – Sun Sentinel

September 4, 2014 • Ecuador News

For years, authoritarian Latin American presidents have censored in-country publications critical of their actions. Ecuador’s Rafael Correa is no exception. Correa, who has a Masters and a PhD from the University of Illinois, goes much further. He has companies and government officials going after anyone who publishes or airs anything anywhere in the world that he considers disparaging. In simple terms: Correa wants to control what the world media has to say about his government. Read more>>

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chevronecuadorEcuador taking control of what the public knows – Sun Sentinel