I have learned three important things about Ecuador in the last day:
-They make a sauce by pureeing a green plantain with peanut butter and spices and then use that on shrimp, stir-fried with chilis and other vegetables. That sounds delicious.
-The national football team needs a bit of work.
-It’s another one of those places where environmentalism is equated with terrorism.
President Correa, a political ally of Evo Morales and Hugo Chavez against North American hegemony, maintains a strong discourse of environmental justice for the Global South. Not only has his administration pioneered international norms by granting new rights to nature in the 2008 Constitution, but it strongly supported the World’s People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth held in Bolivia in 2010.
Yet President Correa started using laws codified in the 1920s and 1970s, including the Doctrine of National Security designed by the military dictatorship, to persecute indigenous opposition. He created a state of emergency, calling upon the armed forces to intervene when internal security might be threatened, and he has already shown a willingness to use them.
Update: I don’t know who is right in all this, as Ecuador is a country I follow very little, but regular reader Ricardo posted an unusually long and thoughtful comment here. I just thought it was worth highlighting, as reading his comments offers a lot of potential insight into this article.
Regardless of who is right, I find the overuse of terrorism laws to be an annoying epidemic, and I don’t like seeing President Correa pushing his country into the same rhetorical craphole that Bill Clinton and George Bush opened in the USA.