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'After All the People We Killed, We Felt Dizzy'

'After All the People We Killed, We Felt Dizzy' | Ecuador | Scoop.it
A massacre, a twice-kidnapped girl and Big Oil star in a messy drama rattling Ecuador
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Very good read, brings you up-to-date on the appalling ways in which the Ecuadorian government has handled genocide, oil polution, and the most biodiverse region on Earth. All within the last year.

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Amazon Watch - Ecuador Faces Vote on Yasuni Park Oil Drilling in Amazon

Amazon Watch - Ecuador Faces Vote on Yasuni Park Oil Drilling in Amazon | Ecuador | Scoop.it
Environmentalists in Ecuador say they have collected enough signatures to have a referendum on whether the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon should be opened to further oil exploration. They said 727,947 people had signed their petition to have a vote - more than required by Ecuadorian law.
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What could David Beckham’s BBC film say about the Brazilian Amazon?

What could David Beckham’s BBC film say about the Brazilian Amazon? | Ecuador | Scoop.it

Documentary starring ex-footballer is an excellent opportunity to portray the reality of life in the rainforest

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Reviving Yasuní: Ecuadorians Stand Up for the Amazon Rainforest

Reviving Yasuní: Ecuadorians Stand Up for the Amazon Rainforest | Ecuador | Scoop.it
This last summer, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa ended his innovative Yasuní ITT initiative that protected a portion of Amazon rainforest rich in biodiversity. To leave the oil in the soil,…Read More
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Amazon Watch - Ecuador Cracks Down on Indigenous Leaders Opposed to Oil

Amazon Watch - Ecuador Cracks Down on Indigenous Leaders Opposed to Oil | Ecuador | Scoop.it
After attacking some of their closest allies, the Ecuadorian government is now attempting to take down Ecuador's indigenous leaders who are committed to defending their territory from any oil development plans.
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The Ecuadorian government makes a shows of itself again as it increases its efforts to take indigenous land (which is against an immutable constitution) and hand it over to oil companies.

 

Apparently these indigenous leaders they are apparently threatening to improson are "guilty of "'the crime of [making] threat[s]' during protests against the oil auction on November 28, and accuses them specifically of (1) Obstructing entry to buildings, (2) not having a permit to protest, (3) impeding the opening of the envelopes from the oil auction, and (4) injuries."

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URGENTE!!! ESTADO ECUATORIANO "DISUELVE" Y CIERRA FUNDACIÓN PACHAMAMA. MOVILIZACIÓN URGENTE y DIFUSIÓN! Firmar Petición por favor!!! (fotos) #fundaciónpachamama #yasunidos

URGENTE!!! ESTADO ECUATORIANO "DISUELVE" Y CIERRA FUNDACIÓN PACHAMAMA. MOVILIZACIÓN URGENTE y DIFUSIÓN! Firmar Petición por favor!!! (fotos) #fundaciónpachamama #yasunidos | Ecuador | Scoop.it
El día de hoy el Estado Ecuatoriano a través del Ministerio del Interior, ha cerrado y "disuelto" a la fuerza la Fundación Pachamama en sus oficinas en Quito. El argumento es el siguiente: “Por des...
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After 16 years of striving to protect the rights of Ecuador's indigenous peoples, the NGO Fundación Pachamama was suddenly ordered to shut down by the country's government for "disrupting public peace" – i.e., for speaking out againt the oil-thirst currently overriding environmental concerns and human rights.In English: - http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304096104579238551077821212http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/12/06/ecuadorian-government-shuts-down-environmental-ngo-pachamama/
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Amazon Watch - Ecuadorian Military Breaks Yasunidos Blockade

Amazon Watch - Ecuadorian Military Breaks Yasunidos Blockade | Ecuador | Scoop.it
Quito, Ecuador – Just five days after turning in more than enough signatures to qualify for a national referendum to stop oil drilling plans in a critical part of Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, Yasunidos, the civil society collective spearheading the grassroots effort is denouncing what appear to be egregious irregularities by the National Election Commission.
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Amazon Watch - ¡Yasuní Depende de Ti!

Amazon Watch - ¡Yasuní Depende de Ti! | Ecuador | Scoop.it
“The future is in your hands,” said Oscar award winning actor Jared Leto, urging Ecuadorian voters to sign for an oil-free Yasuní. Watch a new video released today featuring celebrity supporters in solidarity with Ecuadorians to defend Yasuní National Park from oil drilling.
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Celebrities support Yasuní

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Yasuni petition reaches halfway point in bid to force referendum

Yasuni petition reaches halfway point in bid to force referendum | Ecuador | Scoop.it
Campaigners confident of gathering enough signatures to get a vote on overturning the decision to drill for oil in national park
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A healthy blow for Correa - BuenosAiresHerald.com

A healthy blow for Correa - BuenosAiresHerald.com | Ecuador | Scoop.it
A healthy blow for Correa
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How the World Forced Ecuador to Destroy Its Own Environment

How the World Forced Ecuador to Destroy Its Own Environment | Ecuador | Scoop.it
The Ecuadorian government will start oil drilling in the Yasuni delta. The decision comes as a major setback to environmentalists and at considerable costs to the environment.
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Not a new article, but I thought the title to be rather misleading.

The Yasuní ITT initiative sought funds from developed countries to protect rather than drill the Yasuní National Park (Ecuador was asking for $3.6 billion, half of what it stands to gain from oil).

 

Personally, I like the general idea of developed countries contributing to the protection of such environments as the Amazon.

 

However, President Correa was essentially blackmailing other countries: "You pay or we drill".

So, first off, he demonstrates no environmental responsability himself.

Second, why is he considering drilling in a national park to begin with? In fact, the area overlaps with the "intangible zone" where some indigenous villages have the Constitutional right to voluntarily remain secluded from the rest of the world, and who's land is "irreducible" according to the Constitution.

Third – given the track record, I would not trust Correa to protect Yasuní for long even if the $3.6 bilion had been reached. He's changed his mind and the law before (e.g. the land rights of indigenous groups), with colourful interpretations of their constitution, sudden interventions (e.g. the shutdown of NGO Pachamama; the recent "rescue" of two indigenous girls, etc.), and having to face issues he and his government continuously denied (e.g. the indigenous Taromane massacre).

 

$13 million was pledged to the Yasuní ITT cause, mostly through private donors. In summer 2013, amid Correa's accusations claiming "the world has failed (Ecuador)", we heard the drilling of a portion of Yasuní would go on.

 

The fact that other countries did not succumb to Correa's blackmail, does not mean the "World forced Ecuador to destroy its own environment". That decision was the Ecuadorian Government's alone – well, no doubt international oil companies and China had a fair say in the matter –, because the Ecuadorian people certainly did not welcome the decision.

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Costa Rica's being sued for saving the rainforest

Costa Rica's being sued for saving the rainforest | Ecuador | Scoop.it
Infinito Gold is suing Costa Rica for refusing to let them destroy the rainforest for an open-pit mine.

Via Ramy Jabbar رامي
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Not Ecuador-related but a disgraceful action against a conservation conscious country.

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