Category: Ecuador

Suzanne Simon: Texaco’s Ecological Terrorism of the Ecuadorian Amazon

Suzanne Simon From 1972 until 1992, the U.S.-based Texaco Corporation spearheaded oil production activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. They guided exploration activities, built roads and a trans-Ecuadorian pipeline, which runs from the oil town of Lago Agrio to the port city of Esmeraldas. These two decades of oil extraction and production have resulted in levels Read more…

Tom Gardner: Lori Berenson

On November 30, 1995, Lori Berenson, an American citizen, was arrested while riding on a bus in downtown Lima, Peru. She was charged with treason against the state of Peru—a legal absurdity, since Lori is not a citizen of Peru—but charging her with treason enabled Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to have Lori tried before a Read more…

Sandy Carter: Grammy Awards Follow the Money

Every year when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences celebrates its Grammy Awards, I gag at the notion that any of this music industry pomp honors the best music of the past year. Although all of the big time entertainment awards cater to money and power, the Grammy ceremony offers up a particularly Read more…

James Petras: Rebellion in Ecuador

On January 21 a popular rebellion, led by a coalition of Indians, peasants, and urban workers, supported by junior military officials occupied the Parliament, Judiciary, and surrounded the presidential palace. A three-person junta was established including a leader of CONAI—the Indian peasant organization—a civilian representing the middle class, and a junior military officer. President Clinton, Read more…

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Paul Street: Capitalism and Democracy “Don’t Mix Very Well”

Economic globalization enthusiasts like Bill Clinton, Madeline Albright, Tony Blair, New York Times foreign policy columnist Thomas Friedman, and the unelected officials of the World Trade Organization repeat a classic Cold War mistake by claiming that globalization is advancing two sides of the same historical coin: capitalism and democracy. One does not have to be Read more…

Guest Author: Military Indigenous Coup Aborted by Military High Command

By Jennifer N. Collins Quito, January 22, 2000: The coup carried out yesterday in Ecuador by mid-level military officers together with leaders of the indigenous movement lasted less than 24 hours. Actions taken by officers in the Joint Command of the Armed Forces has given way to the destitution of President Jamil Mahuad and his Read more…

Nikolas Kozloff: Miami South Com

Nikolas Kozloff Slowly but surely, the U.S. presence is escalating in Colombia’s counterinsurgency war against left wing rebels. Currently there are 1,000 U.S. marines stationed at a military base on the Colombian Pacific coast at Bahia Malaga, dispatched in support of the army. Patience seems to be wearing out in Washington for a peaceful settlement, Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Marketizing HMOs to Latin America

Dorothy Guellec The number of for-profit health care organizations has quadrupled in the pas 17 years, a study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation said. For-profit HMO’s were 18% of all plans in 1981 but increased to 74% by 1998. The proportion of enrollees in for profit HMO’s grew from 12% to 63% during Read more…

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Sonia Shah: My Fantasy Goddess Is Not A Barbie Doll

This holiday season, Mattel, the world’ biggest toy maker is poised to embarrass itself and enrage Asians across the globe, with the release of its latest collectible Barbie: The Fantasy Goddess of Asia. Designed by Bob Mackie in a fit of laziness, ignorance, cynicism or all three, the doll is a mishmash of racist stereotypes Read more…

Sandy Carter: Indie Land

While a record company Big Six have been dominating music industry market space for almost 25 years, earlier this year Seagram gobbled up Polygram, bringing the major label music biz down to a Big Five (Bertelsmann, EMI, Sony, Seagram, and Time-Warner). If we can trust music industry rumors, it also seems likely that sometime in Read more…

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