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Posted on 08/18/2012 7:56:52 AM PDT by Renfield
BEHIND THE ECUADORIAN DECISION TO GRANT ASSANGE ASYLUM: A LONG HISTORY OF ECONOMIC RAPE AT THE HANDS OF THE FINANCIAL POWERS OF THE WEST
Two days ago that is to say, Thursday August 16, 2012 I spoke in my News and Views from the Nefarium about the decision of the Ecuadorian government to grant celebrated (or depending on ones lights, infamous) Wikileaks founder Julian Assange political asylum in its embassy in London. In that talk, I suggested that the Ecuadorian government and foreign ministry had probably done a bit of shrewd geopolitical calculation, and that there was more behind its decision than meets the eye. I suggested that this geopolitical calculation included its own national sovereignty, for the British aide memoire presented formally to its London embassy and simultaneously to the Ecuadorian government in Quito was nothing less than a threat, not a veiled one either, that it would literally invade Ecuadors embassy and physically remove Mr. Assange by force if need be. This, I suggested, was one of the reasons that Ecuador took the decision to grant Mr. Assange asylum, namely, that it would not back down by a threat to its national sovereignty, and a crude threat at that. The United States, prior to Ecuadors announcement, also stepped into the threat game, and indicated Ecuador could face sanctions if it continued to harbor Mr. Assange, whom many American leaders have dubbed a terrorist, in its embassy. Now I have no idea if Mr. Assange is a terrorist or not, but Ecaudors decision again flies in the face of all geopolitical logic
until one examines the background. In Thursdays News and Views, I also implied that within Ecuadors geopolitical calculations, was the fact that London and Washingtons heavy-handedness in the wake of 9/11 is increasingly alienating their traditional allies. THere was a time, of course, that such threats from London and Washington would have made any Latin American country, especially one as small and poor and weak as Ecuador, cave in almost immediately.
Not any longer. The reality is, Ecuador probably privately consulted with the Chinese and Russian embassies in Quito, to sound out the position of those two governments prior to making its decision on Assange. And as I suggested in Thursdays News and Views, should such sanctions be forthcoming from London and Washington, China and Russia will most likely step in to fill the trading void. In short, the West no longer possesses the big stick it once had vis-a-vis South America that it once did. Ecuadors decision thus probably foreshadows more geopolitical realignment, for it is doubtful that it would have taken such action without sounding out Moscow and Beijing, and we may also rest assured, Sao Paolo and Buenes Aires as well. Indeed, the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, announced that Ecuador would present its case to the Organization of American States, that creation of American foreign policy.
But there is more lurking in the background that explains Ecuadors growing impatience with the West, for it has literally been raped by the financial powers of the West in general and of the United States in particular. If youre not familiar with this story, run, dont walk, to your nearest bookstore or amazon, and get John Perkins Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, a gruesome expose of the strategies and tactics pursued by the West to subject poor nations to the financial dictates of its bankster class, while raping nations of their resources and cruelly exploiting their peoples.
During the 1960s oil was discovered in the Ecuadorian region of the Amazon basin, and the rest the IMF loans at outrageous interest, the payoffs to corrupt Ecuadorians, the callous disregard for indigenous Indian populations all began. (For the story, see Perkins book, pp. 165-170). One Ecuadorian university professor, however, courageously stood out against the corruption and exploitation of his country: Jaime Roldos. The rest, as they say, is history, and here is how Perkins relates it in his book(and now for those of you whove been following all the dots in my books, some of these themes will now be clear). Once Perkins, who was then still an economic hit man, had come to Quito to work his financial country-transforming magic, he had heard of Roldos. Here, it is best to let Perkins speak at length for himself:
I heard that (Roldos) accused the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), an evangelical missionary group from the United States, of sinister collusion with the oil companies. I was familiar with SIL missionaries from my Peace Corps days. The organization had entered Ecuador, as it had so many other countries, with the professed goal of studying, recording, and translating indigenous languages.
SIL had been working extensively with the Huaorani tribe in the Amazon basin area, during the early years of oil exploration, when a disturbing pattern appeared to emerge. While it might have been a coincidence(and no link was ever proved), stories were told in many Amazonian communities that when seismologists reported to corporate headquarters that certain regions had characteristics indicating a high probability of oil beneath the surface, some SIL members went in and encouraged indigenous people to move from that land, onto missionary reservations; there they would receive free food, shelter, clothes, medical treatment, and missionary-style education. The condition was that, according to these stories, they had to dead their lands to the oil companies.
Rumors abounded that SIL missionaries used an assortment of underhanded techniques to persuade the tribes to abandon their homes and move to the missions. A frequently repeated story was that they had donated food heavily laced with laxatives then offered medicines to cure the diarrhea epidemic. Throughout Huaorani territory, SIL airdropped false-bottomed food baskets containing tiny radio transmitters; the rumor was that receivers at highly sophisticated communications stations, manned by U.S. military personnel at the army base in Shell, tuned in to these transmitters. Whenever a member of the tribe was bitten by a poisonous snake or became seriously ill, an SIL representative arrived with antivenom or the proper medicines often in oil company helicopters.
During the early days of oil exploration, five missionaries were found dead with Huaorani spears protruding from their bodies. Later, the Huaoranis claimed they did this to send a message to keep missionaries out. The message went unheeded. In fact, it ultimately had the opposite effect. Rachel Saint, the sister of one of the murdered men, toured the UNited STates, appearing on national television in order to raise money and support for SIL and the oil companies, who she claimed were helping the savages become civilized and educated.
According to some sources, SIL received funding from the Rockefeller charities. Family scion John D. Rockefeller had founded Standard Oil which later divested into the major, including Chevron, Exxon, and Mobil. (Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, pp. 166-167).
Needless to say, the Huaoranis lost their land, saw little benefit from the drilling, and, for that matter, neither did Ecuador. The result of all of this machination, over time, was to reduce Ecuador to poverty even more crushing than that the USA had ostensibly come to relieve. Perkins puts it with disconcerting clarity:
In the years since I first went there, in 1968, this tiny country had evolved into the quintessential victim of the corporatocracy. My contemporaries and I, and our modern corporate equivalents, had managed to bring it to virtual bankruptcy. We loaned it billions of dollars so it could hire our engineering and construction firms to build projects that would help its richest families. As a result, in those three decades, the official poverty level grew from 50 to 70 percent, under- or unemployment increased from 15 to 70 percent, public debt increased from $240 million to $16 billion, and the share of national resources allocated to the poorest citizens declined from 20 percent to 6 percent. Today, Ecuador must devote nearly 50 percent of its national budget simply to paying off its debts instead of to helping the millions of its citizens who are officially classified as dangerously impoverished.
The situation in Ecuador clearly demonstrates that this was not the result of a conspiracy; it was a process that had occurred during both Democratic and Republican administrations, a process that had involved all the major multinational banks, many corporations, and foreign aid missions from a multitude of countries .
During those three decades, thousands of men and women participated in bringing Ecuador to the tenuous position it found itself in at the beginning of the millennium.(Perkins, op. cit., pp. 239-240)
Well, I dont know about Mr. Perkins, but I find the collusion of ministries, oil companies, banks, IMF, and the military to be the very definition of conspiracy, but more importantly, if you want to know why tiny little Ecuador has had it, and has openly defied both London and Washington over the Assange matter, then perhaps one need only look at the history of the Wests dealings with the country and its people. The Western financial oligarchs have forgotten the basic lesson that Solzhenitsyn warned the apparatchiks of the Soviet Union about: when you take everything from a man and his family, so that they have nothing left to lose, then, they stand up to you.
Ecuador is standing up, and the guilt or innocence of Mr. Assange is, in the final analysis, no longer really the issue here
and we can bet, their own authoritarianism notwithstanding, that theyre listening to Quito in Moscow and Beijing
and we can also bet that Moscow and Beijing will make Quito far better deals than the treatment theyve had at the hands of the IMF and western oil companies. It will be subtle, at first
but it will grow. The West, and its power-mad oligarchs, had better start learning the lessons of basic humanity soon, because they are fast running out of friends.
It's not the West, it's large corporations who are somewhat like nation entities in their raw pursuit of self interests. A way must be found to keep governments, theocracies and large corporations in check, or eliminate them from human society. If it isn't, we will be destroyed as they destroy themselves. History has shown this to be the final outcome of all such unholy beasts.
Eyebrows raised at the account of this involvement helping only “Ecuador’s richest families.” I’d wonder if Ecuadorean politics or social ethics had problems that pretty much guaranteed the poor were going to be left in the lurch. They may not have been ready for so much full on business so quickly. And there was the sticky issue of this mission being involved in a very mammonly undertaking. In that, it is so easy to get the message of Jesus Christ mixed up with that of money changers, to everyone’s spiritual and worldly ruins. It did sound like the spying was noble (they show up with aid when there was trouble, like snake bites) but again the combination of agents with quite different interests seemed to be just begging for a snafu.
Spoken like a true Marxist. Well done comrade
Actually, since Ecuador booted Oxy, there isn’t much foreign investment there. They’ve got the field pretty much to themselves. No one is going to invest there at this point if they don’t know if their investment is safe.
BP-Arco sold their interests to the Italians and got out. There are a couple of small Canadian companies still there, I think. Thats about it. You won’t see any mega-projects, unless the Chinese decide to come in.
Whenever the corporate entity was created and given rights of a person, a monster was unleashed equal to those other beasts created by mankind which eventually turns on its creator. I should know, I've birthed a few of my own "comrade".
Not too say they're all bad; just like government though, they have to be kept in check. Unfortunately we've failed miserably in doing that with both and now we will suffer the consequences.
You have hit the nail on the head here.
And right on cue, Joseph Farrell weighs in again with apropo commentary:
August 19, 2012 By Joseph P. Farrell
Yesterday I wrote about what I consider the proper historical and economic background from which to view Ecuadors decision to grant Mr. Julian Assange political asylum. It was, as I suggested there and last week in my News and Views from the Nefarium, a decision based in part upon some shrewd geopolitical calculation on Ecuadors part possibly and in my opinion probably after quiet consultation with the Chinese, Russian, Brazilian, and Argentinian embassies in that country and in part from a long and bitter experience with the West and its aid in helping develop the country by saddling it with enormous loans and debts it can never possibly repay.
Today, I am in a philosophical mood, but not philosophical in the sense of emotionally detached or apathetic to Ecuadors position, but rather, which the converse. I mean by my philosophical mood only to highlight what I believe is the real underlying cultural debate now taking place.
It has become something of a mantra, or a dogma, with the international financial banking-corporate elite in London and New York that whole cesspool and gaggle of high frequency traders, corrupt CEOs and bought-and-paid-for politicians that we call the Powers that Be that the nation-state is an obsolescence at best and obsolete at worst, and that the real wave of the future lies in Barrel-hoops Hillary Clintons global village, and the multinational corporate state.
Ecuador is saying not so fast, for its history, as I detailed yesterday by citing John Perkins Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, is one of the policy of that internationalist financial oligarchy: mercantilism. Consider what Ecuador has been through, and consider the implications of the policies and strategies Perkins outlined in his book: (1) huge loans are made to Ecuador; (2) portions of these loans went directly into the pockets of corrupt Ecuadorian politicians while (3) openly the loans were talked up as being beneficial to develop the country and lift it from its poverty while (4) the bulk of the loans went into the pockets of Western principally American companies to construct the projects while (5) Ecuador was saddled with the debt and interest on said loans and thus (6) had to specifically allocate or earmark the income from the resources the West was developing to pay the interest on the loans.
Now, pay attention to those last two points, for here we are chin to chin with a very old tactic, so old, in fact, that its first earliest and explicit examples date from the High Middle Ages, and which were employed by the international corporations and banks of the day. Then, companies doing business with kingdoms would make loans to them in return for specific allocations of income from various resources or commodities to repay the loans. Oftentimes, these mediaeval companies would even require a special jurisdiction and taxing power to ensure that the allocated income from particular commodities was in fact paid. This is the essence of mercantilism, and it formed the backbone of the rise to power of the great financial oligarchies of Genoa, Florence, and Venice.
There was a major fly in the ointment, however, and that was the near-simultaneous rise of the nation-state, particularly in France and England, where, oddly enough, the crowned heads of those countries took the meddling of international financial oligarchies to be something that ultimately threatened not only the well-being of their subjects, but, because of that, their own royal blue-blood arses.
The oligarchical financial elites of the West would have us believe that the nation-state is an obsolete thing but the reality, as plucky little Ecuador is reminding us of, is otherwise. If the nation-state was not a major problem for these oligarchies, they would not be bending every effort to corrupt or otherwise deadlock the political systems in whatever countries they do business in. But ultimately, the reality goes even deeper, and here the cultural debate must begin, for Ecuador is reminding us that, in the end, human beings are not chattels, are not mere human resources to be manipulated on a ledger book and counted as assets by the banks behind the bankrupt nations.
The real cultural battle and debate of this age with the increasingly shrill calls of the technocrats for a global New World Order and transhumanist singularities and all the other tired litanies they sing is what it means to be human, and if, indeed, our humanity will be at the top of the list of the hierarchy of value, and not, as it increasingly seems to be for the mad hatters and nutters of Wall Street and the City of London and all their stupid and blind policy groups and round tables and secret conferences and foreign policy forums, at the bottom. They have sought, with some success, to turn human rights into a weapon by organizing spontaneous color revolutions and Arab springs that degenerate into the worst forms of mediaeval religious oppression. But they dont like it so much when the same tactics are used against them, to expose their own lack of humanity and their own hypocrisy, and their own lack of tolerance that they preach to everyone else.
Three cheers for Ecuador for reminding all of us of the basic values of our Western culture and civilization.
Three cheers for Ecuador for reminding all of us of the basic values of our Western culture and civilization.
Another is Chile for its recent ban on abortion!
Indeed. That fact speaks volumes about how far America has fallen. Do you think America could be the daughter of Babylon predicted in Bible Prophecy?
Possibly, but I think Rome is the more likely candidate. If you haven’t already, give the book Petrus Romanus (by Thomas Horn and Chris Putnam) a look.
A recent read below, has me really bothered. The End of America by John Price
For sometime, I've considered that perhaps the prophecy concerning the daughter of Babylon or mystery Babylon might apply to either NYC or DC. A FRiend mentioned that he thought it included the entire nation. That kind of shocked me, then I read *The End of America* by Price and it makes me even more uncomfortable that this might be the case.
You might want to read it, if you haven't already.
OK, I will check it out...but I will not flee America. I am resolved that our actual enemy is fear itself, and therefore, I am working to transform fear into love.
I’d like to know your thoughts if you do get the chance to read it. ;)