Ecuador and ‘los nuevos conquistadores’ — mining

I just returned from Cielo Verde, a zone in Intag, Ecuador that is part of the province of Cotacachi where I stayed with Ecuadorean friends and resisters to the mining that now  plagues Ecuador (https://www.google.com.ec/search?q=pictures+of+Cielo+Verde+Ecuador&client=firefox-a&hs=WmK&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=fflb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=wXqCUpPKGpPb4APAiYHgAg&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1600&bih=753). There, in the most beautiful pristine land in the world, Cielo Verde, the Junin mine operates each day sucking up […]

To get the gold they will have to kill everyone of us! Ecuador gives gold and copper concession to China

As readers might know, President Rafael Correa of Ecuador was once the darling of the environmental movement around the world.   Correa adopted what was said to be a groundbreaking new constitution that recognized “the rights of nature” (http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120329/ecuador-indigenous-protest-chinese-mirador-copper-mine). The 2008 constitution even used the words “Pacha Mama” — the indigenous Quechua language’s term for the “Earth […]

Regents Join the Cap-and-Trade Frenzy Feeding: California and Mexico’s Lacandon Jungle

The following is from Steven Miller.  Steve is a teacher in Oakland and has been an activist for his entire life. This was written late last year but reamains of great importance for it brings up the issues of the Lacandon jungle, the Zapatistas and what we can call the “nuevo conquistadores”.  Similar problems persist […]

Economist Tim Madden: The PIIGS Brief: understanding how oligarchs rig, then loot our economies. 2 of 4

source. Tim Madden is an economist with expertise on credit and banking. Tim and I are colleagues in lobbying government for public banking, with concentration in the US for state-owned banks (and here). The good news is that structural solutions to our economic controlled demolition are obvious and simple; and explained beautifully by many of […]

Nigeria’s Jos Plateau – “Land of Peace and Tourism”

They call Nigeria’s Jos Plateau “the land of peace and tourism”, but the visitor that has been haunting this Nigerian state has been mayhem, destruction and death. This plateau in central Nigeria has long been known for its mineral wealth, its archaeological riches and its temperate climate. It would seem to have everything needed for […]