Articles by: Gary

Open Letter to President Correa:  Save the Yasuni Initiative

Open Letter to President Correa: Save the Yasuni Initiative

  The Yasuni-ITT Initiative is a proposal by the government of Ecuador to refrain indefinitely from exploiting the oil reserves of the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil field within the Yasuni National Park, in exchange for 50% of the value of the reserves, or $3.6 billion over 13 years from the international community. The reserve has around 846 million […]

Correa Thumbs Nose at U.S.–Offers $23 Million Foreign Aid For Human Rights Training

Correa Thumbs Nose at U.S.–Offers $23 Million Foreign Aid For Human Rights Training

Thursday, June 27, 2013 “You need a reality check. Don’t act like such a spoiled rude child. Here you will only find dignity and sovereignty. We haven’t ever invaded anyone. Here we don’t torture like in Guantanamo. Here we don’t have drones killing alleged terrorists without any due trial, killing […]

Cotacachi Dancers--Dance of San Juan

A View From the Roof: Strange Cotacachi Festival Related to World Events

By Gary Phillips A year ago, I wrote the article below about the changes happening in our world and related it to the Baila de San Juan, the annual fiesta in Cotacachi that always occurs on the summer solstice, and is happening now.   It’s interesting to read this article […]

A View From the Roof:  Four Hours To Get A Hug! One Choice to Change the World

A View From the Roof: Four Hours To Get A Hug! One Choice to Change the World

Have you ever stood in line for a hug? For four hours? I did last Thursday, and it was exquisite! What a week it has been–First a visit with Amma, the hugging saint from India, and then to return home and find NSAs and the Obama administrations dirty laundry spread out all over the internet and news media by a brave young patriot named Edward Snowden. Evidence of a paradigm shift in the making? Read on!

by June 11, 2013 3 comments Ecuador, View from the Roof
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Ecuador President Rafael Correa Talks about his Stance on Gay Marriage, Gay Rights

We occasionally get inquires from members of the LGBT community about attitudes regarding gay couples and gay rights in Ecuador. (See video of Correa below) Ecuador has long been a leader in Latin American countries in passing beneficial gay rights legislation. In 1998, a new constitution  became the first in the Americas to […]

by May 29, 2013 Comments are Disabled Ecuador Laws, Ecuador Politics, President Correa