Ecuador’s Correa, Assange Troll Opposition Following Win in Presidential Race

(Did the people vote the wrong way again? Is a color revolution on the playbill for Ecuador now?)

from Sputnik International

President of Ecuador Rafael Correa couldn’t hide his jubilation after hearing the news that ruling PAIS Alliance candidate Lenin Moreno had defeated opposition CREO movement candidate Guillermo Lasso in Sunday’s tense presidential runoff. The opposition has taken to the streets in protest, leading to fears of a color revolution scenario in Quito.

Having processed over 98% of the votes from Sunday’s vote, Ecuador’s National Electoral Council reported that former Vice President Lenin Moreno is leading over right-wing contender Guillermo Lasso by a margin of 51% to 49%, following a close and highly contentious runoff race.

After hearing the preliminary results late on Sunday night, serving President Rafael Correa jubilantly reacted that this was “great news” not just for his country, but for Latin America as a whole…

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  1. The neoliberal lost, but I call the winner, Lenin Moreno, a soft neoliberal (or “neoliberal-lite.” tastes great; less killing) because he says he is eager to work with the neoliberals. That is, I’ve heard things from Moreno that raised my eyebrows. Ecuador has been suffering since oil prices began their plunge in mid-2014, and local media outlets (all of them owned by wealthy neoliberals) blame everything on Raphael Correa. The media lies seduced enough of the masses to let Guillermo Lasso (a neoliberal banker) almost win the presidency. I’ll be watching closely to see what Lenin Moreno does, and how the Empire responds. I hope I’m wrong about him.

    • I have also been watching Venezuela closely, where the pro-Maduro Supreme Court last week dissolved the neoliberal Congress. (This actually happened, but –to make a long story short — it is not as momentous as it sounds. No cause to break out the champagne.)

      • Sacking them is a step, for once. But they have to follow through in in monitoring all attempts at a color revolution.
        The Bolivarians and Correa’s party should take more steps towards diversifying the economy to help their base improve their standard of living, and not have them vote for Lasso’s boys out of despair or resignation

        • Latin leftists know that without diversification their nations remain vulnerable to the whims of energy and commodities markets, and their nations must import all their food and consumer goods. Economists call this the “Dutch disease.” Unfortunately diversification is easier said than done, for many reasons I cannot detail here. When a nation does achieve diversification (such as Iran after the 1979 revolution, or Brazil before the 1964 military coup) it moves to the absolute top of the Empire’s regime-change priority list. For example, the more North Korea becomes self-sufficient, the more N.K. becomes a “global threat” that must be destroyed. The Empire itself does not need to worry about diversification, since the Empire includes 80% of all nations, and since U.S. dollars and U.K. pounds are accepted worldwide.

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    • is he a neoliberal in progressive clothing like Hollande, Obama and Tsipras?

      • No, it’s just that oil exports account for half of Ecuador’s government revenue (Ecuador uses U.S. dollars). The plunge in oil prices has caused so many problems that even leftists are complaining in Ecuador. Still, Ecuador’s situation is not nearly as bad as neoliberals claim. My point is that Lenin Moreno, as a candidate in the hurricane, has tried to appease the (unappeasable) neoliberals by saying things like Hillary’s “I know how to get things done.” What this will mean during his presidency remains to be seen. Red flags don’t always pan out. At one point as president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega almost went from a Sandinista to a neoliberal. Fortunately Ortega later turned back toward the Light.

  2. One thing I could witness, was that right-wingers from Lasso tried a coup with their polling at the poles privatized agencies. «Cedatec» and another company gave Lasso the victory and right wingers quickly started a protest in Quito in front of the National Council of Elections.
    In Venezuela, Julio Borges (who is now president of National Assembly) provoked a march of the opposition and later left the country. This has been caught in photos posted on the blog «La Guaira».
    It seems, though, that people of PSUV in Venezuela are prepared to fight all provocations and lies set by the right wing media (USA and Spain included).

    • For neoliberals, even the most trivial defeat is the end of the world, and the apex of evil. Indeed the loudest cries of “Fraud!” always come from neoliberals when they lose, no matter how small the loss. Neoliberals condemn even the tiniest loss of power as “dictatorship” and “Communist tyranny.” Neoliberals do this because, despite their extreme power, they are always afraid that one day their slaves might awaken from their stupor. Neoliberals panic if anyone strays from the mass stampede to the slaughterhouse. The maverick must be annihilated as an example to the herd.

      • By the way, everything I just said about neoliberals also applies to warmongers, Zionists, and right-wingers in general. The slightest questioning of their atrocities makes them erupt in rage and panic. They deny this, of course, by claiming to be victims of their victims, thereby projecting their psychoses onto their targets. Golda Meir exemplified this evil when she said, “We can forgive them for hating us, but not for making us hate them.”

        • Yes, they use propaganda and spread it through european televisions, in particular Spain, which has some ties to Ecuador, because of history. For example, as Lasso was thanking his supporters for his fake victory, a group of Lasso’s supporters started to shout «freedom». This was made so that people who do not understand what is happening in Ecuador, thought that Rafael Correa’s presidency was some kind of a dictatorship.

          • I saw that video. Wealthy supporters of Guillermo Lasso cheer “Freedom!” as the TV prematurely (and falsely) announces that Lasso won. The video was on a Spanish language web site. I tried to find it again, but the video has been purged so that leftists cannot us it to gloat. For a brief moment of ecstasy, the evil Lasso and his monkey demons thought they would finally get their chance to shyte on Ecuador’s people. Now the little creeps’ joy has turned to rage. Neoliberals are in mourning worldwide.

        • I saw that video. Guillermo Lasso’s wealthy fans cheer “Freedom!” as the TV prematurely (and falsely) announces that Lasso won. The video was on a Spanish language web site. I tried to find it again, but the video has been purged so that leftists cannot us it to gloat. For a brief moment of ecstasy, the evil Lasso and his monkey demons thought they would finally get their chance to shyte on Ecuador’s people. Now the little creeps’ joy has turned to rage. Neoliberals are in mourning worldwide.

        • Israel has no right to milk the Holocaust, true or not, when it has been attempting to exterminate Palestine since 1947. The have no right to self-indulgently claim “victimhood” while they’ve brutalized their neighbors with impunity, far surpassing in volume the deeds of the Axis (or Allies, if you prefer) since my grandparents were children.If anything, Gaza would be a far more accurate setting for a “Schindler’s List” than most scenarios revolving around Jews, but I’ve never seen the mainstream entertainment industry EVER tackling the subject.

          • Some people say that Jews control the USA. I don’t agree. I say that the true power of Israel lies in the Judaic nature of US society and culture. I say that Israel, and all neoliberal nations, are Judeo-morphic, and are collective manifestations of the same evil.

            • What about Switzerland? From what my uncles have told me, they consider themselves different from and above all other Europeans. Not to mention its status as a haven for those who don’t want to want to pay taxes in other countries, and the controversies of companies like Nestle and Credit Suisse.

          • Q. What’s the difference between the “holocaust” and a dairy cow?
            A. After 77 years a dairy cow can no longer be milked.

            (Also, dairy cows actually exist.)

          • I’m going too say this about the Holocaust and that is it. And for the record, let’s not turn every thread into a chat about how “true” the holocaust was, shall we?

            Many Jewish people ended up in the forced labor camps. Probably more than any other single religion and yes, they were selected for that reason. But WHY is the question and the answer is simple… because back then, Jews were by and large a left leaning religion who were by a disproportionate rate, teachers, lawyers, doctors and writers. They were influential. Left leaning “thought” and community leaders. So of course they were targeted by the fascist regime.

            But they weren’t the first targeted. The communists, the socialists, the disabled, union leaders… they were the first shipped off to labor camps. Not the Jews. And the proof of that you can find in the Holocaust Museum itself, which, if you bother to browse their online facility, you will find a rather rational and somewhat objective (by comparison at least) accounting of these FACTS that I have just laid out for you.

            One of the most well known non-Jew in the work camps went there in ’37. He was German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) and he gave a speech about the German intellectual class ignoring the horrors that were unfolding around them in Nazi Germany which, one variation of the poem about the speech goes something like this:

            First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
            Because I was not a Socialist.

            Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
            Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

            Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
            Because I was not a Jew.

            Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

            There are variations on the speech, this one is a poem from the 50s based on this part of his speech in ’48

            When Pastor Niemöller was put in a concentration camp we wrote the year 1937; when the concentration camp was opened we wrote the year 1933, and the people who were put in the camps then were Communists. Who cared about them? We knew it, it was printed in the newspapers.
            Who raised their voice, maybe the Confessing Church? We thought: Communists, those opponents of religion, those enemies of Christians – “should I be my brother’s keeper?”
            Then they got rid of the sick, the so-called incurables. – I remember a conversation I had with a person who claimed to be a Christian. He said: Perhaps it’s right, these incurably sick people just cost the state money, they are just a burden to themselves and to others. Isn’t it best for all concerned if they are taken out of the middle [of society]? — Only then did the church as such take note. Then we started talking, until our voices were again silenced in public. Can we say, we aren’t guilty/responsible? The persecution of the Jews, the way we treated the occupied countries, or the things in Greece, in Poland, in Czechoslovakia or in Holland, that were written in the newspapers
            I believe, we Confessing-Church-Christians have every reason to say: mea culpa, mea culpa! We can talk ourselves out of it with the excuse that it would have cost me my head if I had spoken out.

            Niemoller did speak out and he was sent to a work camp for it.

            There is absolutely no doubt, the records bare it out, that Jews were sent in large numbers to these slave labor camps and in fact many died in them horrific, pitiful deaths. Perhaps millions did perish. But so did millions of socialists, communists and disabled people and in fact, they were selected for these camps and rounded up well before people of Jewish faith.

            And again, you can find the evidence off all of that right there in the Holocaust Museum if you wish to take a peek.

            Are the numbers inflated? Yes. By Israelis and Jews living in the rest of the world? Sometimes, yes. Are they inflated by others to make it LOOK like the holocaust was all about a crazy man’s irrational hatred of a particular religion? Yes.

            Why?

            Because we are a fascist country and the LAST thing our glorious leaders want us to know is that Nazi Germany was nothing more than an extreme version of what is happening in this country right now.

            What is one of the first things Reagan did when he took office in 81? Went after the disabled.

            What is going on right now in this country, even on the left? The demonization of Russian sympathizers which is eerily similar to the far-right wingers demonization of the dreaded socialist and communists.

            And who have we replaced the Jews with? A religion that teaches that interest charged on loans is evil and is therefore banned in Muslim countries.

            See a pattern?

            I do not prohibit discussions of the holocaust or the subsequent inflation of numbers of victims. But I do strongly suggest you get it right when you discuss it.

  3. “Getting it right” is all I ask. Truth. For example, not all Jews were persecuted. Many Jews in Germany (e.g. veterans of World War One) were venerated. The German Wehrmacht included about 150,000 Jews. (See books such as “Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers” by Bryan Mark Rigg, himself a Jew.) Some Jews suffered, but so did people worldwide. After World War II, at least a million Germans were murdered in Allied death camps. (See books such as “Other Losses” by James Bacque.) However we are told every single day about the “six million gassed” thing, and that there is “no moral equivalency” between Jewish suffering and other people’s suffering. This narrative will continue to be rubbed in our faces forever. I wish they would give it a rest.

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