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TRUTH ABOUT THE LYING NEWS:
More on Washington's Failed Ecuadorean Coup Attempt
Murdoch's Doublespeak Denial dominates U.S. Media's Coverage.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Clearly, it was a coup attempt. Outside America, Murdoch publications, and O'Grady's column, it's widely acknowledged.
For nearly two centuries, America dismissively called Latin America its "backyard," the 1823 Monroe Doctrine asserting a declaration of regional dominance, stating:
Thereafter, it was all downhill against Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Panama, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, Grenada, Venezuela, and at one time or another, practically all other parts of the Americas, directly or indirectly.
In 1905, in fact, President Theodore Roosevelt declared Washington to be "the policeman" of the Caribbean and Central America, and by implication, the entire hemisphere. To date, nothing has changed, Ecuador just the latest targeted nation, an earlier article explaining the failed coup attempt, just click here.
On September 30, Ecuador's President Raphael Correa was targeted. First elected in November 2006 with a 58% majority, he was easily reelected in April 2009 with a 55% majority against seven challengers. His current term runs until August 10, 2013, and will extend until 2017 with another electoral victory.
Yet, Ecuador's volatile history is now in focus. The country's eighth president in 14 years, Correa's easily the most popular, though less so after earlier imposing austerity measures. Pro-business ones also, including policies favoring oil, mining, and agribusiness interests at the expense of local communities and environmental considerations.
They're practiced despite Ecuador's new 2008 Constitution, recognizing and guaranteeing indigenous peoples' rights, and a mandate to "preserve and promote their management of biodiversity and their natural environment," among other populist provisions, including the "rights of nature."
As a result, indigenous groups like the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) and Confederation of Peoples of Kichwa Nationality (ECUARUNARI) criticized him, including recently saying:
After the failed September 30 coup, Quito's Regional Advisory Group on Human Rights urged Correa to renew support for his base, saying:
Given his close call, it remains to be seen if he's listening, though Washington and internal hard liners will try again if he goes too far. James Petras explains that they don't oppose his domestic policies, mainly his "ties with US arch enemy Chavez and ALBA," the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas WTO/NAFTA alternative endorsing pro-South trade principles, ones Washington strongly opposes as well as Correa's decision to close the US Manta airbase.
As a result, Pentagon and CIA operatives, in league with Ecuadorean hard-liners, want Correa ousted, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and USAID financing opposition groups and political parties to topple him. Correa knows it, saying on September 30 that the:
He accused former right wing president, Lucio Gutierrez, of inciting violence and supporting rogue police and military plotters. A former army colonel, Gutierrez co-led a 2000 coup, then was ousted by a 2005 popular uprising.
Himself victimized by an aborted two-day 2002 coup and fearing another attempt, Hugo Chavez condemned US imperialism, saying: "The Yankee extreme right is trying now, through arms and violence, to retake control of the continent," having ousted Manuel Zelaya in Honduras in June 2009 and Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004.
In addition, Washington tipped its hand earlier, the State Department calling Ecuador "difficult to do business in," a Investment Climate Statement stating:
In December 2008, Correa (a University of Illinois economics PhD) also alienated international lending agencies and foreign bond holders by halting payments on billions of dollars of debt, calling them "illegal (and) illegitimate," at the time saying:
He also angered Israel by sponsoring an Organization of American States (OAS) resolution last June, condemning the IDF's Gaza Flotilla attack, leaving some analysts to suspect Mossad wanted him ousted and may have been involved in the attempt.
In 2005, Voltairenet.org quoted Alexis Ponce, Ecuador's Permanent Assembly for Human Rights (APDH) speaker, saying:
Mossad agents have long operated in Ecuador, covertly through Israel's Quito embassy and perhaps throughout in the country, like in so many others.
In addition, Israel maintains business ties with Ecuador, having sold 26 Kfir combat planes and reportedly Python-3 air-to-air missiles in 1997. Afterward, its technicians and trainers provided support and perhaps continues to do so. Further, in 2009, Israel's On Track Innovations contracted with Ecuador's Central Registry Office to provide an electronic biometric-based electronic identification card system.
A Final Comment
America's major media largely downplayed the coup plot, broadcasters and cable channels especially saying little on September 30, then practically nothing by way of follow-up.
On October 4, in her weekly Wall Street Journal America's column, Mary O'Grady headlined, "What Really Happened in Ecuador," saying:
O'Grady, of course, is a notorious liar, her columns a truth-free zone, her extremism and anti-populist vitriol unsurpassed in print media - precisely the "journalistic" attributes Rupert Murdoch values and features daily on Journal op-ed pages, his other publications, and Fox News, straight unabashed disinformation, devoid of truth.
According to O'Grady, Correa's presidential powers were never threatened, nor did tear gas fumes deter him from "walking across the street to the hospital, his notorious macho dignity obviously wounded."
In fact, he was overcome by exploding tear gas, AFP, among other news services, saying "he was taken out by stretcher to the nearby hospital," then "was unable to leave, surrounded by hostile police as clashes broke out in the streets while rebels stormed Congress and seized the main international airport for hours."
Clearly, it was a coup attempt. Outside America, Murdoch publications, and O'Grady's column, it's widely acknowledged. Even New York Times columnist Simon Romero reported the following in his October 3 article, titled, "Debate Over Meaning of Standoff in Ecuador:"
Nonetheless, O'Grady continued, saying:
In fact, Ecuador's Constitution guarantees press freedom, short of criminally committing defamation, slander, or insurrection advocacy. Nonetheless, the corporate dominated media remains largely combative, Correa calling them "trash talking," "liars," unethical," and "political actors who are trying to oppose the revolutionary government."
The television Teleamazonas network has been especially harsh, regulators ordering it off air for three days last December for "incit(ing) public disorder." Earlier, it violated Article 58 of the Broadcasting Law that prohibits airing "news based on unfounded allegations that could produce social unrest." Several times it was fined nominal amounts, then suspended for repeat violations. After the attempted coup, it again incurred a three-day suspension for inflammatory reporting. However, Correa insists he's committed to press freedom, provided constitutional and broadcast laws are observed, what all democratic states require.
Nonetheless, O'Grady concluded, saying:
In fact, it did. Independent reports and many others confirmed it. Ecuador's media are required to give the president (and other government officials) free air time, and he's entitled to denounce dark force attempts to oust him. This time, Washington's fingerprints are again visible, and though unsuccessful, Correa can by no means rest, not with actors like O'Grady around, vilifying less than hard right leaders, stopping just short of endorsing their ouster.
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