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Michal Rozworski: Focus on Latin America: Colombia’s rejected peace and the Pink Tide in trouble

Political Eh-conomy Radio returns with a new logo, new life and a new episode focused on Latin America. First up: Aaron Tauss, assistant professor of International Political Economy at the Universidad National in Medellin, Colombia. I spoke with Aaron to better understand the devastating and unexpected “No” vote in Colombia’s referendum on a peace deal . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Focus on Latin America: Colombia’s rejected peace and the Pink Tide in trouble

drive-by planet: Ecuador’s Ricardo Patiño on Latin American resistance to NSA spying, influence of Castro and Chavez

In this Democracy Now interview, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patiño, addresses a range of topics in discussion with Amy Goodman.

In reference to NSA spying Patiño said “Edward Snowden opened the eyes of the world to an international crime. The NSA is spying on the whole world and that’s a violation of international law. . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Ecuador’s Ricardo Patiño on Latin American resistance to NSA spying, influence of Castro and Chavez

LeDaro: Ecuador has amended its constitution to include the Rights of Nature

I was watching the “Nature of Things’ by David Suzuki over the weekend. It was fascinating to find out that both Ecuador (in 2008) and Bolivia (in 2010) passed laws which included the rights of nature. Ecuador has made a constitutional amendment to include the Rights of Nature.  It sounds like a great idea. I . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Ecuador has amended its constitution to include the Rights of Nature

The Canadian Progressive: The ‘irony’ of Edward Snowden seeking asylum in Latin America

Experts on Latin America issue open letter to the media, highlighting the ‘irony’ of Edward Snowden’s request for asylum in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

The post The ‘irony’ of Edward Snowden seeking asylum in Latin America appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: WikiLeaks: Suspected Snowden Plane Grounded & Embassy Bugged

Assange blasted Obama today for lying about his government’s interest in capturing Edward Snowden, the celebrated whistle-blower who exposed Obama’s administration as spying on all Americans (and the rest of the world). The plane of the Bolivian president was denied flight into previously friendly countries and diverted to Austria for an unexpected search!

This is . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: WikiLeaks: Suspected Snowden Plane Grounded & Embassy Bugged

LeDaro: Oil Companies: A threat to our planet

All oil companies care about is profit. The environment, the health and safety of people, is not a priority of theirs. Only profits, no matter who is hurt in the process. Oil companies are psychopathic, dangerously addicted to money at the expense of all else, and like drug dealers they are trying to keep the . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Oil Companies: A threat to our planet

The Disaffected Lib: China Grabs Ecuadorean Amazon for Oil

A team of Ecuadorean politicians is in Beijing.   They bring gifts – more than three million hectares of pristine Amazon rainforest that is to be auctioned off to Chinese oil companies.

On Monday morning a group of Ecuadorean politicians pitched bidding contracts to representatives of Chinese oil companies at a Hilton hotel in central Beijing, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: China Grabs Ecuadorean Amazon for Oil

Cowichan Conversations: Several South American Countries Are Showing Us The Way Back To Democracy!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

 

Do you remember when Canada was seen as a friendly, socially progressive country? Well, perhaps not, but I will bet that your parents do.

We have lost ground and are now a reactionary anti-science- pro military, right wing led and controlled country. We are going backward actually and yet . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Several South American Countries Are Showing Us The Way Back To Democracy!

drive-by planet: Video (full speech) of Assange 2012 Christmas address: WikiLeaks has ‘over a million docs prepared for release’ in 2013

On Thursday WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange delivered a Christmas address from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy. He said “… despite the extra-judicial banking blockade, which circles WikiLeaks like the Cuban embargo, despite an unprecedented criminal investigation and a campaign to damage and destroy my organization, 2012 has been a huge year.”

. . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Video (full speech) of Assange 2012 Christmas address: WikiLeaks has ‘over a million docs prepared for release’ in 2013

The Disaffected Lib: South America Backs Ecuador on Assange Asylum

This takes everything to a whole new level.   The 12-foreign ministers of the Union of South American Nations have joined in support of a resolution backing Ecuador in granting asylum to Julian Assange and calling for a negotiated settlement.

“We reiterate the right of states to grant political and diplomatic asylum,” the bloc’s joint . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: South America Backs Ecuador on Assange Asylum

Drive-by Planet: Assange asylum row: Ecuador stands up to the US

Ecuador has done the principled thing by granting asylum to Julian Assange. President Rafael Correa said that the decision was taken in order to prevent the extradition of Assange to a ‘third country.’

Some who disagree with the decision cite the UN Convention on Refugees to make the point that Assange doesn’t meet . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: Assange asylum row: Ecuador stands up to the US

Bill Longstaff: Funny picture of the day—Julian Assange’s personal patrol

Below is a Sang Tan/Associated Press photo of policemen hanging out at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The occasion is Julian Assange’s presence within. As the whole world knows, Ecuador has granted Assange political asylum from the pursuit of British and Swedish authorities.

But look at the cops! I count 13 of them twiddling their . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Funny picture of the day—Julian Assange’s personal patrol

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: England Threatens to Risk War With Latin America to Please United States!

I wish my title was embellished, but it’s been a crazy 24 hours. The background to this story is that Wikileaks‘ editor Julian Assange is holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, waiting for the Ecuadorian President Correa to rule on his asylum bid. It’s expected that asylum will be granted on Thursday. One way . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: England Threatens to Risk War With Latin America to Please United States!

The Disaffected Lib: Julian Assange Granted Asylum

The Guardian reports that Ecuador has granted Julian Assange political asylum.   Given that the WikiLeaks founder remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, it’s unclear whether asylum will mean he gets to stay there indefinitely.

“Ecuador will grant asylum to Julian Assange,” said an official in the Ecuadorean capital Quito, who is familiar . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Julian Assange Granted Asylum