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23 February, 2017

Correa's legacy destroys the neoliberal fairytale TINA

'Neoliberalism failed miserably in Ecuador and Latin America'


The next time a neoliberal mouthpiece will start repeating the overused and obsolete Thatcherian fairytale of 'There Is No Alternative' (TINA), just point Correa's Ecuador.

The small country of Latin America achieved a small miracle under the 10-year governance of Rafael Correa, applying Socialist policies, contrary to the dominant neoliberal doctrine of destruction. Correa did the exact opposite of what the priests of the free market declare, presenting at the end of his term a real success story, against the fake 'success stories' of the neoliberal establishment that consist of plenty of poverty, inequality, unemployment, environmental destruction.

The Correa administration also stood up to the US empire by kicking out the IMF, closing a major US military base on Ecuador's coast and giving political asylum to WikiLeaks founder and key whistleblower, Julian Assange.

Yet, probably the most important move by the Correa administration, was "the suspension of repayment of a large portion of the debt demanded of Ecuador in the form of government bonds held principally by banks in the United States. That unilateral suspension of payment led to a major victory. Ecuador obliged the creditors to accept a 70% reduction of the debts concerned. And that enabled a strong increase in social spending beginning in 2009-2010."

According to Co-Director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and economist, Mark Weisbrot: The reforms and macroeconomic policy changes over the past decade, some of which were quite innovative, seem to have allowed for significant economic and social progress ― despite two major external economic shocks that triggered recessions in Ecuador,

A new CEPR report focusing on socio-economic changes in Ecuador during the era of Correa administration found that:

  • Annual per capita GDP growth during the past decade (2006–2016) was 1.5 percent, as compared to 0.6 percent over the prior 26 years.
  • The poverty rate declined by 38 percent, and extreme poverty by 47 percent ― a reduction many times larger than that of the previous decade. This resulted from economic growth and employment, and from government programs that helped the poor, such as the cash transfer program Bono de Desarollo Humano, which more than doubled in size as a percent of GDP.
  • Inequality fell substantially, as measured by the Gini coefficient (from 0.55 to 0.47), or by the ratio of the top 10 percent to the bottom 10 percent of the income distribution (from 36 to 25, as of 2012).
  • The government doubled social spending, as a percentage of GDP, from 4.3 percent in 2006 to 8.6 percent in 2016. This included large increases in spending on education, health, and urban development and housing.
  • There were significant gains in education enrollment at various levels, as spending on higher education increased from 0.7 to 2.1 percent of GDP. This is the highest level of government spending on higher education in Latin America, and higher than the average of the OECD countries.
  • Government expenditure on health services doubled as a percentage of GDP from 2006 to 2016.
  • Public investment increased from 4 percent of GDP in 2006 to 14.8 percent in 2013, before falling to about 10 percent of GDP in 2016.

As the successor of Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, is very close to mark a big victory against the Right Wing opponent, Guillermo Lasso, Correa gave one of his last interviews before leaving office, to Telesur and Abby Martin.

Correa stated that the biggest achievement during his term was the fact that Ecuadorians recovered their pride and self-esteem:

When I took office, the country was in shambles, because of the crisis of 1999. Because of the tragedy of the immigration, almost one million Equadorians left the country, ripping families apart, ripping our society apart. It was a country on the verge of despair. Every day, the press portrayed Ecuadorians as corrupt, lazy and inept, saying only neighboring countries like Colombia and Peru had good highways. We have recovered our pride and our self-esteem as Ecuadorians. And for us, that is intangible. It can't be measured by economic or monetary indicators, etc. For us, that is the greatest achievement.

It is also impressive the fact that the neoliberal propaganda carried out by the mainstream media is identical to every case around the world. The mainstream media of the oligarchs (both in Germany, Greece and elsewhere), were propagating the same nonsense about the Greeks who are lazy, don't work, in order to make the citizens feel guilty about the crisis that erupted in Greece. In reality, the parasitic bankers who were saved through slaughtering wages and pensions of Greeks are largely responsible for the crisis. Ecuador had the courage to write-off debt, contrary to Greece which struggles to survive from an enormous debt, inflated by the Troika (IMF, ECB, Commission) policies.

In another question on what he would wish he had more time to implement, Correa responded quickly, without second thought: More progress in the struggle against child malnutrition.

He said also that Neoliberalism failed miserably in Ecuador and Latin America. They want to blame us for the earthquake. They want to blame the earthquake on 21st century Socialism, but the policies that have failed miserably are their policies, not ours.

At the end, Correa gave an idea on what further steps should Ecuador take towards a progressive path for the benefit of Ecuadorians:

We have made great progress in improving income and salaries and fairer taxation, but now we have to redistribute the wealth, the accumulation, the means of production, with laws like, for example, an inheritance tax. But our oligarchies will fight that tooth and nail, using their media outlets, broadcasting what Gramsci called hegemonic culture. Convincing the poor that what is good for the rich is good for them. Deceiving the great majority. So it is a great challenge in the short and medium range for Ecuador to continue on the path of social justice.


Correa's Ecuador is a good example of what can be achieved by even a small country under a capable president who is truly dedicated to serve the people, not the oligarchy.

Κούλογλου : Η CETA "τρώει" τη φέτα και τα ευρωπαϊκά ποιοτικά προϊόντα

«H συμφωνία οικονομικής συνεργασίας ΕΕ-Καναδά (CETA) δεν κατοχυρώνει πλήρως τη φέτα, διότι δίνει τη δυνατότητα να υπάρχουν προϊόντα 'τύπου φέτα'», τόνισε ο ευρωβουλευτής του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ, Στέλιος Κούλογλου σε τηλεοπτική του συνέντευξη, προσθέτοντας ότι «προβλέπονται κάποιες μεταβατικές διατάξεις, σύμφωνα με τις οποίες, μετά από κάποιο καιρό μπορεί να ξανασυζητηθεί το θέμα».

Σύμφωνα με τη CETA, καναδικές εταιρείες μπορούν να παράγουν και να κυκλοφορούν στην αγορά της χώρας τους καναδική φέτα. Η CETA υπερψηφίστηκε από 8 Έλληνες ευρωβουλευτές - 5 της Ν.Δ., 2 από το ΠΟΤΑΜΙ και την κ. Καϊλή από το ΠΑΣΟΚ - ενώ καταψηφίστηκε από τους ευρωβουλευτές του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ.

Ο κ. Κούλογλου δήλωσε ότι οι ευρωβουλευτές του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ καταψήφισαν και αντιτέθηκαν στη συμφωνία, καθώς ευνοεί μόνο τις μεγάλες πολυεθνικές, ενώ αντίθετα βλάπτει τις μικρές και μεσαίες επιχειρήσεις, εκθέτοντάς τις σε έναν ανταγωνισμό στον οποίο δεν μπορούν να αντεπεξέλθουν. Η ελληνική φέτα δεν παράγεται από αγελαδινό γάλα, όπως οι απομιμήσεις, και δεν μπορεί να ανταγωνιστεί την απομίμηση καναδέζικης "φέτας".

Το θέμα αφορά και άλλα προϊόντα, ελληνικά αλλά και ευρωπαϊκά: π.χ. οι Γάλλοι οινοπαραγωγοί είναι πάρα πολύ δυσαρεστημένοι και έχουν κάνει πολύ μεγάλες κινητοποιήσεις για να μην περάσει η συμφωνία, το ίδιο και ευρωβουλευτές στις Βρυξέλλες. Η συμφωνία όμως τελικά πέρασε, διότι μεγάλες πολυεθνικές εταιρείες και μόνον αυτές ωφελούνται (π.χ. η BMW ή μια αυτοκινητοβιομηχανία ευνοείται, αν πουλάει τα αυτοκίνητά της φθηνότερα στον Καναδά, λόγω έλλειψης δασμών).

Για την ελληνική φέτα το πρόβλημα δεν είναι οι δασμοί, αλλά η ύπαρξη απομιμήσεων (το γνωστό "λευκό τυρί"), στη συσκευασία των οποίων δημιουργείται η δυνατότητα να αναγράφεται με μεγάλα γράμματα η λέξη "ΦΕΤΑ" και με ψιλά γράμματα "είδος φέτας". Έτσι ο καταναλωτής ξεγελιέται, καθώς παρασύρεται από τον τίτλο και δεν δίνει σημασία στα ψιλά γράμματα. Και όταν φυσικά είναι αρκετά φθηνότερες από την αυθεντική φέτα, ο κόσμος τις προτιμά. Υπάρχει βέβαια και μια μεταβατική ρύθμιση, που μετά από κάποια χρόνια θα εξομαλύνει την κατάσταση και θα αναγνωριστεί και η φέτα, αλλά όχι προς το παρόν.

Εκτός από το θέμα της CETA, o κ. Κούλογλου σχολίασε και την αύξηση φόρου στο τσίπουρο, που ζητείται από την Ευρώπη, λέγοντας ότι είναι ακραίο να πληρώνουν φόρους μικρές οικογενειακές παραγωγές, που φτιάχνουν τσίπουρο για δική τους κατανάλωση και για φίλους. Και στην Ελλάδα υπάρχουν κάποιοι που "καρφώνουν" τέτοια θέματα.

Ο κ. Στέλιος Κούλογλου δεν θεωρεί ότι πρόκειται για ένα "σχέδιο" εναντίον των ελληνικών προϊόντων και brandnames (λάδι, τσίπουρο, κρασί κ.τ.λ.), αλλά αφορά συνολικότερα όλα τα ευρωπαϊκά προϊόντα με γεωγραφική ένδειξη (γαλλικά κρασιά, ιταλικά τυριά, ισπανικά και ιταλικά αλλαντικά κ.τ.λ.) και για το λόγο αυτό έχουν γίνει στις Βρυξέλλες μεγάλες κινητοποιήσεις, εκθέσεις κ.τ.λ.

Όλο αυτό οφείλεται στην τεράστια επιρροή των μεγάλων πολυεθνικών εταιρειών και την πληρώνουν η φέτα και άλλα προϊόντα, γιατί δυστυχώς άλλο είναι η φέτα και άλλο η Mercedes.

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US war rhetoric pushing Iran, Russia, and North Korea closer together

As the Trump administration continues to prove it is on a warpath with Middle Eastern adversary Iran, the country is looking to strengthen ties with America’s alleged enemies.

As reported by the Associated Press, officials from both Iran and North Korea have said they want to strengthen relations.

We have always been after stability of relations with North Korea,” Parliament speaker Ali Larijani was quoted as saying by ICANA.ir, the Iranian Parliament’s news agency.

Larijiani was said to be addressing Choe Thae-bok, visiting chairman of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly. “North Korea is seeking improved relations with Iran,” Thae-bok responded.

Both countries are reportedly seeking better economic relations and are said to have complained about “interventions in independent countries” by the United States.

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On one hand, this alliance would appear to present a grave danger to the United States, at least according to anti-Iranian and anti-North Korean narratives perpetuated by American politicians and the mainstream media. In reality, a potential North Korean-Iranian alliance, on its own, should actually be quite laughable to hawks within the U.S. military establishment, especially considering the vast military might the United States and its NATO allies possess.

As such, Larijiani is also said to be seeking even greater ties with Russia, as reported by Russia’s state-owned Sputnik news agency. Iranian state-owned Press TV also reported that Larijiani hinted at the possibility of Russia and Iran forming a “strategic alliance” in the region.

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Τι είναι και τι φέρνει η CETA

Μέρος 4ο - Γεωργία: Ανησυχία των κτηνοτρόφων

Ενώ οι κλάδοι της κτηνοτροφίας είναι ιδιαίτερα εύθραυστοι στην Ευρώπη, η CΕΤΑ προβλέπει ποσοστώσεις εξαγωγών για τον Καναδά που φτάνουν περίπου τους 50.000 τόνους βοείου κρέατος (έναντι του ισχύοντος 4162 τόνων) και 75.000 τόνους χοιρινού κρέατος (έναντι του ισχύοντως 5549 τόνων) ετησίως, πλέον των οποίων διατηρούνται οι δασμοί.

Ο αυξημένος ανταγωνισμός ανησυχεί τους μικρούς αγρότες. Ειδικά, δεδομένου ότι οι ποσοστώσεις αυτές δεν λαμβάνουν υπόψη την έξοδο του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου από την ΕΕ, όπως τονίζει ο διεπαγγελματικός φορέας κτηνοτροφικών κλάδων (Interbev), ο οποίος εκφράζει τη λύπη του που η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή «δεν πρότεινε ουδεμία μελέτη επιπτώσεων της CΕΤΑ στον κλάδο του βοείου κρέατος».

Μια άλλη πηγή ανησυχίας αποτελούν οι ονομασίες προέλευσης διότι από τις 1400 που αριθμεί η ΕΕ μόνο 143, συμπεριλαμβανομένων 42 γαλλικών, θα προστατεύονται στον Καναδά. Μια λίστα που μπορεί να διευρυνθεί στο μέλλον, υπόσχεται η ΕΕ. Το τυρί Rocamadour ή το Maroilles, για παράδειγμα, δεν συγκαταλέγονται σε αυτές, έτσι ώστε εν τω μεταξύ θα μπορούσαν να αντιγραφούν από Καναδούς παραγωγούς.

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Foreign-funded NGOs in Ecuador: Trojan Horse for intervention?

Ecuador has come under fire for scrutinizing non-profits like Accion Ecologica, many of whom get millions from Europe and North America.

Part 4 - What Givers Want

The “work” the United States has set out for Ecuador — according to a 2016 Office of Inspector General report on the U.S. embassy leaked by WikiLeaks — is “to mitigate the effects of the contentious political environment created by the Ecuadorean Government” with the help of other government agencies, which play a “critical role.”

The report, intended for the eyes of the BBG and Congress, said the embassy was “actively engaged with civil society leaders and nongovernmental organizations to increase Ecuadorean awareness of and support for U.S. policies and values, promote Ecuadorean civil society and government accountability, and strengthen environmental initiatives.

To set up a climate conducive to U.S. meddling, the U.S. Government Accountability Office included Ecuador on a shortlist with Colombia, Egypt and the West Bank/Gaza the year Correa was elected to closely study public opinion in “specific, targeted public awareness campaigns.

It also either commissioned or was the beneficiary of a study from Stratfor, a secretive intelligence company contracted by the State Department and the U.S.’s multinational titans, which evaluated the extent to which Ecuador is manipulable by NGOs. The 2013 report, leaked by WikiLeaks, focused especially on how NGOs can influence trade policy and corporate regulation. Its conclusion: based on a scale likely defined in relation to other developing nations, Ecuador is fairly resilient to NGO pressure but has submitted in certain instances.

USAID sends hundreds of millions to local projects in Ecuador, some less explicitly political, but some indirectly benefiting opposition groups, according to U.S. Ambassador in Ecuador Adam Namm. BBG affiliate, TeleAmazonas, has been accused of fomenting strong opposition rhetoric against Correa. And the NED spends over US$1 million annually on dozens of local programs with broad objectives like “promoting citizen oversight of elected officials,” “monitoring due process and the independence of the judicial system,” "monitoring the use of public resources in government advertising" and "facilitating dialogue and consensus on democracy."

Both Germany’s BMZ and USAID are back in Ecuador following a deluge of NGO activity after the April earthquake. The workload of the National Ministry of Political Management has peaked ever since, said Pabon.

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