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Ecuador’s Sarayaku Celebrate Victory Over Government, Oil Extraction

Ecuador’s Sarayaku Celebrate Victory Over Government, Oil Extraction

In a battle that lasted 8 years, the indigenous tribe known as the Sarayaku finally triumphed.   The government of Ecuador was found guilty of violating their human rights in trying to force them to accept oil drilling on their ancestral lands. http://amazonwatch.org/news/2013/0801-amazon-justice-sarayakus-historic-week?utm_source=Amazon+Watch+Newsletter+and+Updates&utm_campaign=fd32026c88-sarayaku-20130802&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e6f929728b-fd32026c88-340921449 80 members of the Sarayaku, a Kichwa tribe living in […]

Death, Debt and Petro Dollars in Ecuador

Death, Debt and Petro Dollars in Ecuador

A toxic triumvirate of situations is brewing in Ecuador.  These three unfolding developments have the potential to negatively impact the quality of life for all of us, not just Ecuadorian indigenous who seem the most adversely affected. Ecuador has been busy racking up an enormous debt to China since 2009, […]

A View From the Roof:  Correa Wins Election!  Does It Mean War in the Amazon?  GMOs?

A View From the Roof: Correa Wins Election! Does It Mean War in the Amazon? GMOs?

Ecuador’s President Correa again won the presidency in the country’s recent election.  In addition, his party won more than a 2/3 majority in the national congress. This means that he now has the power to change the constitution without a national vote. Essentially, he has no opposition that matters. People […]

Yasuni National Park–The Transcendant and the Terrible

Yasuni National Park–The Transcendant and the Terrible

While thumbing through an old spiral notebook I came upon a few sentences I’d scribbled about the Napo Wildlife Center in Yasuni National Park, which lies in the heart of the Amazon of Ecuador. Gary and I had met a couple from Florida in the Quito airport who raved about […]

A View From the Roof: Dramatic Changes in Store for Cotacachi, Northern Ecuador

By Gary Phillips Linda and I arrived back in Cotacachi on the evening of Feb. 1 after nearly 5 months in the states.   While walking to Serendipity restaurant for dinner, we met two friends who joined us.  They filled us in on new happenings.   The next morning we went for […]