rafael correa ecuador

In Latin America, 32 million people could escape poverty if this capital, hidden in tax havens, were subject to income tax that corresponds to it. All this not only generates corruption, but also deepens inequality and social differences. The fight against tax havens should transcend all ideology. It is time to move from speeches to action.
—  Rafael Correa, President, Ecuador

Ecuador issues permit to drill in pristine Amazon reserve
May 26, 2014

Ecuador’s government has issued an environmental permit for oil drilling in the pristine Amazon reserve that President Rafael Correa initially offered to exempt from exploration if rich countries would pay his government.

Correa abandoned that effort last year due to insufficient interest and has spurned pleas by environmentalists to spare the Yasuni reserve.

Earlier this month, Ecuador’s electoral council declared invalid a petition drive seeking to prevent drilling in the 6,500-square-mile Amazon reserve.

Environment Minister Lorena Tapia said on state television that with Thursday’s signing of the permit camps and access roads can now be built. Production could begin as early as 2016.

Two indigenous groups living in voluntary isolation inhabit Yasuni, which the U.N. in 1989 declared a biosphere reserve.

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May Day 2014 - New York City

Speakers at the May 1st Rally for Workers’ and Immigrants’ Rights in Union Square: Avin Dirki, a Kurdish-Syrian sister, speaking for Syrian American Forum (SAF); Berna Ellorin, BAYAN USA; Meches Rosales-Solano, People’s Power Assembly; Sara Flounders, International Action Center; Monica Moorehead, Workers World Party; and an Ecuadoran activist representing Migrants for Rafael Correa.

Photos by redguard