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Todos somos ecuatorianos

In Ecuador, Human Rights/Derechos Humanos, Julian Assange, Politics, Rafael Correa on March 29, 2017 at 3:29 pm


Especial para POR ESTO!

Por Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada

“Todo se puede comprar menos el corazón” proclamó en Guayaquil el candidato Lenin Moreno al cierre de su campaña que culminará el 2 de abril con el balotaje para decidir quién será el próximo Presidente del Ecuador. Ya el ex Vicepresidente había derrotado a todos los demás en las elecciones de febrero en las que logró una votación aplastante y estuvo a unos pocos votos de obtener la mayoría requerida -40%- para evitar una segunda vuelta.

Entonces algunos voceros de la oligarquía amenazaron con “incendiar Quito” si era proclamado vencedor quien superó en un millón de votos al banquero Guillermo Lasso, personaje éste de ingrata memoria, ex Ministro directamente vinculado al desastre que en 1999, entre otras cosas, eliminó el sucre como moneda propia forzando la adopción del dólar como signo monetario local y condujo a la fuga en masa de unos dos millones y medio de ecuatorianos lanzados súbitamente a la pobreza.

El próximo domingo los ecuatorianos deberán decidir si regresan a aquella etapa dolorosa o continúan avanzando por el camino de la Revolución Ciudadana iniciado por el Presidente Rafael Correa hace diez años con un saldo muy importante en cuanto a una más justa redistribución del ingreso nacional, que sacó de la miseria a dos millones de personas y muestra progresos notables en materia de educación y salud pública, una admirable obra en caminos, transporte y comunicaciones y sobre todo, el rescate de la soberanía nacional y un Gobierno limpio y dedicado al beneficio de las mayorías. Nadie hizo tanto en tan poco tiempo por la justicia en uno de los países más desiguales de la Tierra y debió hacerlo en condiciones muy difíciles como consecuencia de la caída de los precios del petróleo, un terremoto descomunal y otras calamidades naturales.

Una feroz y multimillonaria campaña mediática se empeña en confundir al pueblo, promover la amnesia colectiva y arrastrarlo a votar contra sí mismo. Toca a los ecuatorianos decidir.

Pero lo que está en juego va más allá del pequeño y hermoso país. El próximo domingo Ecuador estará, literalmente, en el centro del mundo. Allá se decidirá también el futuro de una América Latina emancipada frente a un Imperio que busca restaurar su maltrecha hegemonía.

Micheal Ratner

In ACLU, Cuba/US, Cuban 5, Julian Assange, National Lawyers Guild, Politics, Wikileaks on May 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm
"El autor, junto a Gerardo Hernandez su esposa Adriana Perez y Michael Ratner durante una de sus ultimas visitas a la Habana."

“The author with Gerardo Hernandez his wife Adriana Perez and Michael Ratner on one of Michaels last visits to Havana.”


By Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada

He came to Cuba often. The last time was in February 2015, on the occasion of the International Book Fair in which the Spanish edition of “Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away with Murder” was presented. It was the result of painstaking research and more than ten years demanding access from relevant authorities to official documents jealously hidden.

The work of Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith proved beyond doubt that the murder of Ernesto Guevara was a war crime committed by the US government and its Central Intelligence Agency, a crime that does not have a statute of limitations, although the authors are on the loose in Miami and flaunt their cowardly misdeed.
We met again in July on the occasion of the reopening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington. We were far from imagining that we would not meet again. Michael Ratner looked healthy and showed the optimism and joy that always accompanied him. On that occasion we celebrated that the Cuban Five anti-terrorist Heroes had returned home and also the fact that President Obama had had no choice but to admit the failure of Washington’s aggressive policy against Cuba.
Michael was always in solidarity with the Cuban people since as a very young person he joined the contingents of the Venceremos Brigade. That solidarity remained unwavering at all times. His participation in the legal battle for the freedom of our comrades, including the “amicus” he presented to the Supreme Court on behalf of ten Nobel Prize winners, was decisive.
A tireless fighter, for him no cause was alien. He stood always on the side of the victims and faced with courage, even at the risk of his life, the oppressors who dominated that judicial system. He also did it with rigor, integrity and love. More than a brilliant legal professional, he was a passionate fighter for justice.
He was present in 1968 at the Columbia University strike before completing his studies, and fought racial discrimination together with the NAACP. Soon after graduating he represented the victims of the brutal repression at the Attica prison. Thus he began a remarkable career –impossible to describe in just one article– which knew no borders: Nicaragua, Haiti, Guatemala, Palestine, a never ending list.
When nobody did, he undertook the defense of the hostages in the illegal naval base in Guantanamo. He convened more than 500 lawyers to do so –also for free– and achieved an unprecedented legal victory with a decision by the Supreme Court recognizing the rights of the prisoners.
Many other cases absorbed his time and energy, working in a team, without necessarily appearing in the foreground. He did not hesitate, however, to legally prosecute powerful characters like Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush whose “impeachment” he tried very hard to obtain.
He also accused Nelson Rockefeller, when he was governor, and more recently Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He published books and essays in favor of legality and human rights. He was considered one of the best American lawyers and chaired the National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights and founded Palestine Rights. He combined his work as a litigator with university teaching at Columbia and Yale and helped train future jurists able to follow his example.
He was the main defender of Julian Assange and Wikileaks in the United States. An insuperable paradigm of a generation that aimed for the stars, he was an inseparable part of all their battles and will remain so until victory always.

A CubaNews/Google translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum Against UK, Swedish Pressure

In ACLU, Ecuador, Julian Assange, Latin America, Politics, Rafael Correa, US, Wikileaks on August 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm
By Tom Hayden


Originally published in Peace Exchange Bulletin



The British has made a “huge mistake” in threatening yesterday to extract Julian Assange from Ecuador’s London consulate after the Latin American country granted political asylum to the WikiLeaks founder yesterday, according to an international human rights lawyer. “They over-stepped, looked like bullies, and made it into a big-power versus small-power conflict,” said New York-based Michael Ratner in an interview with The Nation.

The diplomatic standoff will have to be settled through negotiations or by the International Court of Justice at the Hague, Ratner said. “In my memory, no state has ever invaded another country’s embassy to seize someone who has been granted asylum,” Ratner added. There would be no logic in returning an individual to the very power seeking to charge him with offenses, he indicated.

Since Assange entered the Ecuadoran embassy seven weeks ago, Ecuadoran diplomats have worked to avoid an escalation by private talks with the British and Swedes seeking an assurance that Assange will be protected from extradition to the United States where he could face charges under the US Espionage Act. Such guarantees were refused, according to Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, who said in Quito that the British made an “explicit threat” to “assault our embassy” to take Assange. “We are not a British colony,” Patino added.

The US has been silent on whether it plans to indict Assange and ultimately seek his extradition. But important lawmakers, like Sen. Diane Feinstein, a chair of the joint intelligence committee, have called for Assange’s indictment in recent weeks. But faced with strong objections from civil liberties and human rights advocates, the White House may prefer to avoid direct confrontation, leaving Assange entangled in disputes with the UK and Sweden over embarrassing charges of sexual misconduct in Sweden.

Any policy of isolating Assange may have failed now, as the conflict becomes one of Ecuador – and a newly-independent Latin America – against the US and UK. Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa represents the wave of new nationalist leaders on the continent who have challenged the traditional US dominance over trade, security and regional decision-making. Correa joined the Venezuelan-inspired Bolivian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) in June 2009, and closed the US military base in Ecuador in September 2009. He survived a coup attempt in 2010.

For more details, please see previous coverage of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange here.

La Jornada Supports Asylum for Assange

In CELAC, Ecuador, Human Rights/Derechos Humanos, Julian Assange, OAS/OEA, Politics, Press, Rafael Correa, US, Wikileaks on June 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm


Press in front of the Embassy of Ecuador in the UK



By Tom Hayden

MEXICO CITY – The leading Mexican paper La Jornada is strongly supporting asylum for Julian Assange in Ecuador, in a sign of Latin American sentiment against his extradition to Sweden or the United States. The conflict is portrayed as one between the Old World and new democratic norms embraced by much of the world. “Ecuador will require the solidarity of honorable governments and societies like ours, which benefitted from the work of Assange and his team, and have obtained by way of their “leaks,” an invaluable tool for public scrutiny and social control of the authorities and world powers” a June 20 editorial declared.

Whatever response the Rafael Correa government gives Assange, the existence of a political refugee in contemporary Europe, the legal fury being directed against him by the authorities of two Old World countries, England and Sweden, and the silence of the Western powers in regard to this situation, demonstrates the hypocrisy and moral and political bankruptcy of governments that repeatedly claim to be champions of freedom, transparency, legality and respect for human rights”, the editorial went on.

“In this connection, it is worth mentioning that yesterday, while Assange was seeking political asylum at the Ecuador Embassy to avoid being extradited to Swedish territory, representatives of these powers attended the G-20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, where there was confirmation of their inability to come up with proposals for resolving the social and economic devastation that confronts their populations, particularly in European countries.”

Urge President Correa to Grant Asylum to Julian Assange

In Ecuador, Julian Assange, Rafael Correa, US, Wikileaks on June 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm



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Please log on and sign. President Correa should have as much support from around the world as possible and so should Julian Assange.

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