Leftist Economist Leads Ecuador Runoff

Full story: The Associated Press

A leftist nationalist who is friendly with Venezuela's anti-U.S. president held a commanding lead over a Bible-toting banana tycoon in Sunday's runoff presidential election in Ecuador, exit polls showed.
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Lance Winslow

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Nov 26, 2006
 
Wow this is very interesting indeed. Sounds as if we might have some interesting issues and a domino effect in S. America. Think about it. Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and other nations moving left? Hmm? This is problematic indeed.
RONBO

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Nov 27, 2006
 
Great. another defeat for "el diablo" Bush, whose only interest in Latin America is to wipe out the coca crops of the poor indians, to get rid of castro and chavez, and to build a fence with mexico to keep its people from taking back what was stolen from them. while he focuses on a lost cause in iraq, the chinese are wrapping up trade and investment deals all over the continent. the three stooges of bush, cheny and condi must go. no mas y viva la raza. ronbo.
typical US citizen

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Nov 27, 2006
 
Lance Winslow wrote:
Wow this is very interesting indeed. Sounds as if we might have some interesting issues and a domino effect in S. America. Think about it. Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and other nations moving left? Hmm? This is problematic indeed.
If Ecuador joins Iran and uses the EURO for all international oil transactions then the US dollar will continue to fall.
T-rex

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Nov 27, 2006
 
Well the fifth column in the US will support this.
Ricky B

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Nov 27, 2006
 
Democratization works -- just ask Bush!
Lance Winslow

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Nov 27, 2006
 
Pure Democracies do not often work as they lead to socialism or communism, because people continually vote for those who promise to give them free-stuff. Republics work best, but those nations become too strong and then that can be an issue too for other nations who may not want the competition.
Ricky B

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Nov 28, 2006
 
''free stuff'' -- corporate welfare, war profits, etc.
Sam F

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Dec 1, 2006
 
Anyone else think Correa's actually somewhat moderate? It'll depend on what form his constitutional amendments take, but he doesn't seem like a radical. Delaying and restructuring debt, as well as trying to control expropriation of oil wealth, seem more like stabilization attempts. The guy's a PhD from the University of Illinois, remember...
Ricky B

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Dec 1, 2006
 
Radicals do not believe in the democratic process. Correa does and used it to gain the office thereby representing the needs and ideals of the majority of the populace.
Attila

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Dec 2, 2006
 
your all wrong,Ecuador has had numerous presidents.If they don't like him they will kick him out,its there custom.the natives run that country, i have been there.
Vangelist

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Dec 7, 2006
 
Attila wrote:
your all wrong,Ecuador has had numerous presidents.If they don't like him they will kick him out,its there custom.the natives run that country, i have been there.
The "natives should run the country" NOT the TRANSNATIONALS...

Correa has strong support with 'the natives'... and the 'intelligencia'

He is a 'modern socialist' what Ecuador and LatinAmerica needs.
typical US citizen

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Dec 8, 2006
 
Lance Winslow wrote:
Pure Democracies do not often work as they lead to socialism or communism, because people continually vote for those who promise to give them free-stuff. Republics work best, but those nations become too strong and then that can be an issue too for other nations who may not want the competition.
US based international corporations are using the term “democracy” to strip natural resources from South American countries. In the case of Bolivia, the Bechtel Corporation (Bechtel Group) paid off the person that was suppose to protect the people of Bolivia and purchased the rights to control all water including well water and rain water in Bolivia.

It is my opinion that the people in Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela only defense against these corporate giants is to nationalize all of their natural resources and become a type of government that does not allow any profiteer to use their country to boost corporate profits without extremely high returns to their country or at the very least equal profits to their citizenry. Unfortunately, democracy opens the door to payoffs of government officials that can lead to their demise.

http://www.democracyctr.org/waterwar/
Two years ago a Bechtel subsidiary took over control of the water system of Bolivia's third largest city, Cochabamba. Within weeks, the company doubled and tripled water rates for the poor.
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Dec 8, 2006
 
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/12/08/ame...
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused the United States of promoting instability in Bolivia and other countries to access their large energy resources as he arrived Friday in Uruguay as part of a re-election victory tour of the region.
Vangelist

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Dec 8, 2006
 
I wouldn't mind having a strong 'people oriented' government in California...

We saw how Wilson and 'the repulbicans' sold California's energy management to ENRON. They pilfered and we're still paying for it !

A regions natural resources (water, transportation, and energy) should be managed by strong 'socialist democratic' GOVERNMENTS. The 'corporate capitalists' DON"T CARE... they will strip the reagions dry of natural resources and leave the people to wither.
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Dec 8, 2006
 
Vangelist wrote:
I wouldn't mind having a strong 'people oriented' government in California...
We saw how Wilson and 'the repulbicans' sold California's energy management to ENRON. They pilfered and we're still paying for it !
A regions natural resources (water, transportation, and energy) should be managed by strong 'socialist democratic' GOVERNMENTS. The 'corporate capitalists' DON"T CARE... they will strip the reagions dry of natural resources and leave the people to wither.
Before deregulations California utilities were not placed in the hands of corporations. Governor Wilson deregulated California utilities, placing California residents at the mercy of Enron – and everybody know what happened after that.

Just knowing what happened in California and Bolivia, why would anyone want US corporations to have any type of control of their resources?
Vangelist

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Dec 9, 2006
 
typical US citizen wrote:
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Just knowing what happened in California and Bolivia, why would anyone want US corporations to have any type of control of their resources?
The 'capitalist SPIN in privatizing resources is' that 'there is less government burocracy and corruption'...

ENRON showwed us that US corporations are EFFICIENT in CORRUPTION !
Gringito

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Dec 21, 2006
 
The natives??? You are loco! The native indigenous people are uneducated for the most part and support Correa because of all the promises of "free stuff" for them.
An increase in monthly support payments to the poor. If that isn't buying votes, what is?
Correa wants to kick all foreign oil companies out and let the national oil company take over production. Correa wants no foreign investment in Ecuador. Petroecuador does not have the capability. Besides, Pemex, the Mexican National Oil Company is a perfect example of why a government should not attemp to run an oil company.
Correa...what a genius, huh?
Ricky B

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Dec 22, 2006
 
``native indigenous people are uneducated for the most part and support Correa because of all the promises of "free stuff" for them.``

Right wingers support Bush and Reagan types because they give billions in corporate welfare to them.
Ricky B

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Dec 22, 2006
 
BTW, has anyone noticed the halo that appears around Correa's head in that pic above?

It must indicate that he is a Godsend!
exiled

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Dec 27, 2006
 
Countries need governments based on their own cultural values. As I see it, American style venture capitalism and republican government will not work in areas where most of the people are uneducated. It is a style based on understanding private property and the risks involved when there is no paternalistic lord of the manor or owner of the factory to take care of you.

It is somewhat true yet simplistic to say superpowers have made other countries poor.(And, it depends on the definition of poor. I see poor as lacking in the basic amenities that make living pleasant; food, available water, safe decent housing,some security and having hope of a better life through effort. Some would see poor as simply lacking financial net worth.)

Sometimes it is the mix between culture and changing world economic reality that leads to poverty...

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