Pundit's Perspectives – Thu 23 Feb, 2017

US Meddling in Ecuador Likely to Continue if Left Wins Election: Researcher

(Comments from Chris Temple following, which are his own)  Too often we look at things in simple “left” vs. “right” terms. Yet in Ecuador, outgoing “leftist” ( a misnomer) President Rafael Correa has done a lot for his country; not because he’s a “leftist” but a principled, Christian leader who has struck a better balance between “socialism” and capital than most South American leaders of the recent past.

This–and his desire to keep Ecuador free from the grip of the U.S., banksters, etc. –has earned him the enmity of the U.S. foreign policy establishment and the C.I.A., among others. He has gone against the program of selling out his nation’s interests to globalization, choosing instead to maintain some independence for Ecuador.  He has championed a more “home grown” regimen for the benefit of Central and South America, infamously seeking to keep the U.S.’ influence out of the region, in part pushing for CELAC (the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) to replace the American-dominated OAS (Organization of American States.)

The article linked below is MUST reading if you want to know the whole story about the current electoral contest in Ecuador, in the full context of what I have just stated here. 



  1. On February 23, 2017 at 7:49 am,
    Temple says:

    And here’s some added background on Correa, in the form of an interview he gave to Charlie Rose a few years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vJuejPvgo4

  2. On February 23, 2017 at 8:12 am,
    b says:

    Assange will be watching the election closely.

  3. On February 23, 2017 at 9:01 am,
    Temple says:

    No doubt! But to be fair, his days under Ecuador’s protection might be numbered either way. But definitely if Lasso is elected and gives him the boot.

    • On February 23, 2017 at 11:53 am,
      GH says:

      Worrisome. Outrageous that he is still being persecuted, but inevitable I suppose.

  4. On February 23, 2017 at 11:52 am,
    GH says:

    Of the whole wave of leftist governments that came into power about a decade ago in Latin America, Correa seems to have been the best, and one of the last that is still around. Dilma Roussef was probably pretty good–I imagine that’s why she was ousted in a soft coup last year. Evo Morales still has almost three years to go. Bolivia has prospered during his presidency, but he has likely sown the seeds of future crisis. Mujica of Uruguay had the most likeable public persona.

  5. On February 23, 2017 at 12:54 pm,
    Rand says:

    Chances are, US meddling would continue in Ecuador regardless of who is leading the country. And it isn’t necessarily the US, it is the filthy internationalists that have controlled the US and everyone else. Death to them. They should be swinging from light posts. Taken out back, like Ceaucescu, and shot mercilessly.

  6. On February 23, 2017 at 12:54 pm,
    Rand says:

    This is only my opinion, and I am not a credentialed “academic” like the clown who wrote this article.