Ecuador against Big Oil

This video is called INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE ABOLITION OF FOREIGN MILITARY BASES QUITO & MANTA, ECUADOR MARCH 5 – 9, 2007. Since then, Manta base has been closed.

Reuters reports:

Ecuador says mining, oil must be in state hands

Sun May 24, 2009

QUITO – Ecuador‘s President Rafael Correa said on Saturday that key sectors of the economy, including oil and mines, must be in government hands.

During his first two years in office Correa has taken a tough stand with mining and oil companies, pushing for new contracts more favorable to the state, but has so far shied away from nationalizing any firms.

“We will fulfill the goal of having strategic sectors in government hands,” Correa said.

The U.S.-educated economist has recently said he will not nationalize foreign oil companies, but will push for more state control in the key industry via new contracts.

During a joint news conference with his Ecuadorean counterpart, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his drive to nationalize strategic sectors of his own country’s economy would continue.

President Correa interviewed: here.

7 thoughts on “Ecuador against Big Oil

  1. Peru navy ship holding fuel stranded in Galapagos

    May 26, 2009, 11:05 am

    QUITO (AFP) – A Peruvian Navy ship carrying tonnes of fuel was temporarily stranded in the Galapagos Islands, prompting the ecological gem’s warden Ecuador to launch an investigation, officials said.

    The vessel “did not have the relevant permission to enter with the fuel,” Ecuadorian Navy official Jaime Ayala said in a statement.

    Ecuadorian authorities will determine in their probe whether sanctions will be deemed necessary for those responsible for the breach.

    Ecuador banned vessels holding fuel after an oil tanker grounding in 2001 resulted in ecological disaster for the unique islands, which lie in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) west of mainland Ecuador.

    According to television channel Ecuavisa, the Peruvian boat was eventually towed past the islands and continued on its journey after undergoing maintainence.

    In 2001 the oil tanker Jessica ran aground off San Cristobal, the most eastern of the islands. Before the breach was discovered, 600 tonnes of spilled oil covering more than 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of ocean drifted northwards, away from the islands.

    The volcanic islands that rose from the Pacific seabed 10 million years ago were first made famous when pioneering biologist Charles Darwin conducted research there in 1835 leading him to develop his theory of evolution.

    Some 10,000 people, mostly fishermen, live on the archipelago. The islands’ best-known residents are its giant tortoises, almost all of which live on Isabela Island, west of San Cristobal.

    Blower dolphins, tropical fish, penguins, red crabs, albatross, wingless cormorants and marine iguanas are among other species found on the islands, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978.


  2. May 28^th , 2009


    International No-bases Network launches new website

    Today, the International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases (or No-Bases Network) launches its new website:

    Over the past years, we’ve witnessed a growing interest in foreign military bases as crucial infrastructure for military domination, invasion and occupation. More than ever, governments and populations world-wide are questioning the logic of the Western nations with the US in the lead to create a global network of military presence including war fleets, interrogation camps, spy-bases, forward located troops and arms, testing grounds, training facilities, and covert installations for special forces in more than 100 countries today. will bring daily news and political analyses on this system of military control as well as news on plans and development on and around specific bases.

    The No-bases network’s constituency includes over 450 campaigns and organisations on all continents, mostly local grassroots citizens’ initiatives opposing the bases they have to endure in their communities. allows them to present themselves, to share their news and experiences, their concerns and demands. Campaigns will share videos, photo’s, resource documents, announcements and blogs with the growing international community of organisations and people critical of the current US and NATO military presence globally.

    But is developed with journalists, policy makers, and other visitors in mind too. Readily available news from around the globe as well as maps, background information, facts and figures and links to official documents can be easily found on the site.

    Check out: , and let us know what you think

    Wilbert van der Zeijden

    Executive Coordinator of the International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases.

    De Wittenstraat 25

    1052 AK Amsterdam

    The Netherlands

    Tel: +31 20 6626608

    Mob: +31 6 44420765

    Fax: +31 20 6757176


  3. Bolivia: President lambasts U.S. bases
    At ceremonies last week commemorating Bolivian victory 200 years ago over Spanish colonialism, President Evo Morales labeled Latin American political leaders who accept U.S. bases “traitors to their country.” Regional military forces need to shed U.S. dependency, he declared.
    TeleSur highlighted Bolivia and Ecuador’s new constitutions as having banned foreign bases. Yet according to human rights lawyer Orlando Castillo, U.S. troops have entered Paraguay under the guise of embassy technicians ( U.S. Ambassador Liliana Ayalde has utilized drug counseling, narcotics interdiction and medical care to dress up “joint military exercises” as “diplomatic cooperation.”
    The United States is reportedly refurbishing its Mariscal Estigarribia air base, built during the 1980s close to the Bolivian border.


  4. Oil firm has 10 days to play ball

    Ecuador: French oil corporation Perenco has been given a 10-day deadline to agree to pay back taxes and return to its oilfield concession. The government warned that it could formally void the firm’s contracts if bosses don’t play ball.

    Perenco claims that Ecuador expropriated its oilfields in July, when the government ordered that state oil company affiliate Petroamazonas must supervise its operations.

    Perenco responded by firing its 250 workers, which Ecuador said constituted an abandonment of its operations.


  5. Ecuador: Interview — President Rafael Correa discusses `Citizens’
    Revolution’, socialism for the 21st century

    In April 2009, Rafael Correa was elected to his second term as
    president of Ecuador with 51% of the vote. This gave him a mandate to
    continue and deepen the program of reforms and structural changes
    initiated since he first became president in November 2006. In three
    years Correa’s government has introduced unprecedented social and
    economic reforms – known as the Citizens’ Revolution – to reverse the
    poverty and exploitation suffered by the majority of the population in a
    country which has been ravaged by neoliberalism.

    * Read more


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