Updated: June 20, 2012 added more video reports plus an Action Alert.
Julian Assange (Photo credit: acidpolly)
Jun 19, 2012 by RTAmerica
On Tuesday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sought political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, UK. At a press conference today in Quito, the foreign minister said to the media that the government is evaluating the request and looking into the rules of international law. Back in 2010 the country offered the whistleblower citizenship, but why is Assange seeking to depart to Ecuador now? RT America’s Web Producer Andrew Blake helps us answer some of these pressing questions.
Dec. 9, 2010
Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa on WikiLeaks, the September Coup, U.S. Denial of Climate Funding, and Controversial Forest Scheme REDD
Secret U.S. diplomatic cables recently published by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks revealed new details about how the U.S. manipulated last year’s U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen. Ecuador was one of the nations that lost funding after it refused to sign on to the U.S.-led Copenhagen Accord. Democracy Now! asks Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa about the latest WikiLeaks revelations on how the United States denied his country aid, the failed coup against him earlier this year, and his support for the controversial carbon market-based forest protection scheme known as REDD.
via Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa on WikiLeaks, the September Coup, U.S. Denial of Climate Funding, and Controversial Forest Scheme REDD
On September 30th Rafael Correa was held by a group of angry policemen for about 10 hours creating a political scar in this Andean republic that would not be easily healed. In the days that followed the idea that there could have been a mastermind coordinating the actions of those who took such radical measures takes shape. There are reported facts that cannot been ignored: all the Colonels men were very active that day, having secret meetings in hotels, speaking on TV and allegedly coordinating what was taking place in a number of scenarios. The Colonel himself was conveniently in Brazil; but it seems like fate has a weird way to put the Colonel’s name in the last 4 Coups in Ecuador, even when he is not there. Who is behind all of this? Was this Lucio’s coup? To best understand what toke place that day, let us review some historical context in Latin American’s revolts and regime changes. Oscar Leon reports for The Real News.
RussiaToday | October 21, 2010
Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has given an exclusive interview to RT’s Spanish channel. During the conversation he spoke about some inside facts of the recent coup attempt in Quito. The violent drama left five people dead. Its details are still unclear. There’s no doubt it was an attempted coup, I will support my position with arguments a bit later,” said Rafael Correa. “In our country the opposition can say whatever they like. It is believed here that being in the opposition means denying obvious things, they are even ready to argue that a circle has right-angles, and if I had died that day, they would have said that I committed suicide.” “Presumably, a certain part of society — in this case, armed people, national police — expressed their discontent with the new law they haven’t even read to the end,” the president added. “The law is a good one, all this has happened because of misleading information.” Speaking on how the takeover was organized, he emphasized that the attempt was well-planned. “They were not acting on their own. Their actions were co-ordinated by political groups — that’s what I would like to stress. Those groups stayed in the shadow, waiting for the outcome of this attempted coup d’etat. But the attempt failed.”
TheRealNews | October 11, 2010
Ecuadorian filmmaker and journalist Oscar Leon gives account of the day President Correa was attacked and held by the police. Part two of Ecuador: Failed Coup or Institutional Crisis?
by Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
October 10, 2010
Image by Presidencia de la República del Ecuador via Flickr
(SOAPBOX #76) – Cindy sez: “We will be hosting Venezuelan/American Attorney and author Eva Golinger to talk about some recent South American events.” Ms. Golinger is the author of The Chavez Code, which illuminates (using US documentation) the US’s profound part in the attempted overthrow of President Hugo Chavez in 2002. We chat about the importance and the implications of Venezuela’s recent parliamentary elections, and last week’s coup attempt in Ecuador. We also try to answer the age old question of why does the Huffington Post hate Hugo Chavez and Venezuela so? I doubt you will find an hour on radio or tv that is packed with more relevant info than on today’s Soapbox.
TheRealNews | October 07, 2010
Ecuadorian filmmaker Oscar León presents his take on his country’s history that led to the crisis that left the President teargassed and pitted the army against the police. Part one of two.
For more visit http://www.therealnews.com
by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
7 Oct., 2010
On the morning of Thursday, September 30, 2010, the city of Quito, capital of Ecuador, awoke in chaos. Groups of rebellious, armed police had taken over several areas of the city, disrupting transit, burning tires and violently protesting what they alleged was an unfair law set to cut their wages.
In an attempt to quell the situation, President Rafael Correa, immediately decided in-person dialogue would be the best way to explain to the insubordinate and rioting police officers that the law they opposed was actually going to improve their wages, benefits and overall job security.
By Eva Golinger
Oct. 1, 2010
The latest coup attempt against one of the countries in the Bolivarian Alliance For The People of Our America (ALBA) is attempt to impede Latin American integration and the advance of revolutionary democratic processes. The rightwing is on the attack in Latin America. Its success in 2009 in Honduras against the government of Manuel Zelaya energized it and gave it the strength and confidence to strike again against the people and revolutionary governments in Latin America.
The elections of Sunday, September 26th in Venezuela, while victorious for the Venezuelan United Socialist Party (PSUV), also ceded space to the most reactionary and dangerous destabilizing forces at the service of imperial interests. The United States managed to situate key elements in the Venezuelan National Assembly, giving them a platform to move forward with their conspiratorial schemes to undermine Venezuelan democracy.
Note: the video was posted previously but without the transcript.
by Greg Palast
1 October, 2010
Ecuador news today
Ecuador’s president attacked by police.
Country’s leader trapped in hospital after assault, as government declares a one-week state of emergency.
In February 2008 Greg Palast met with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. They discussed the Lawsuit against Chevron, Eradicating Foreign Debt and Why He Says “Ecuador is No Longer for Sale”
Watch part of the interview. [See video below.]
Wilpert: Right-wing forces use recession, President Correa’s faltering popularity to launch failed coup
Gregory Wilpert is a sociologist, freelance journalist, editor of Venezuelanalysis.com, and author of the recently published book, Changing Venezuela by Taking Power.
by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Sep 30, 2010
After the President of Ecuador was injured in what he called an attempted Coup D’état, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today wrote to President Obama, urging him to make it clear that the United States will only recognize the democratically elected government of Ecuador led by President Rafael Correa.
The full text of the letter follows:
by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
Sept. 30, 2010
Follow @Evagolinger on Twitter for up to the minute updates on the Ecuador situation.
A third coup d’etat is underway against a nation member of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA), a Latin American bloc of nations that opposes US hegemony in the region and has created new mechanisms for trade and integration based on principles of solidarity and independence from imperial powers.
Image by thejourney1972 via Flickr
September 30, 2010
For Immediate Release: September 30, 2010
Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460
Washington, D.C. – There are currently reports of a possible attempted coup d’etat underway in Ecuador. There have been violent protests by police and some elements of the military, reports that President Correa has been injured, and reports that the air force has closed down a number of airports.
The Organization of American States will convene an emergency meeting at 2:30 Eastern Standard Time in Washington D.C., to consider the situation.