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Ecuador Unilaterally Waives U.S. Trade Benefits

We are not for sale.


Ecuador thumbed its nose at Washington on Thursday by renouncing U.S. trade benefits and offering to pay for human rights training in America in response to pressure over asylum for former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

"Ecuador will not accept pressures or threats from anyone, and it does not traffic in its values or allow them to be subjugated to mercantile interests," government spokesman Fernando Alvarado said at a news conference.

The South American nation offered $23 million per year to finance human rights training in the United States. The amount was the equivalent of what Ecuador gained each year from the trade benefits.

"Ecuador gives up, unilaterally and irrevocably, the said customs benefits," he said.

An influential U.S. senator on Wednesday said he would seek to end those benefits if Ecuador gave Snowden asylum.

The program was set to expire at the end of this month.

Ecuadorean officials said Washington was unfairly using the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act as a political weapon. The Act provides customs benefits in exchange for efforts to fight the drug trade.

►Yes. I willfully edited the below propaganda piece from Reuters. :)

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Where would BigPharma be without that agreement?

They get much of the base of their "medicines" from the Amazon Rainforest, which includes Ecuador. http://eljardinaleman.com/medicinal_plants.htm

"Currently, over 120 drugs come from plant-derived sources. Of the 3000 plants identified by the US National Cancer Institute as active against cancer cells, 70% come from rainforests." - See more at: http://www.medicinehunter.com/amazon-rainforest-facts#sthash...

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

I'm a big fan of Ecuador, but...

Since Ecuador's politicians are always speaking of "human rights," maybe it's time to examine where the term came from:

The UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

This declaration, while sounding all great and well-meaning to the average plebeian, does come with and interesting caveat:

"These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations."
--Article 29, Section 3

This is just hilarious. A

This is just hilarious. A country actually offering to pay for training Americans when its usually the other way around. The bottom aint far now.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

What's with the DAILY Paul lately?

Like so many stories of late here, this topic has already been posted on the front page. What? should all the people who already commented on this be forgotten? It just makes the site look weak.

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The courteous thing to do is run a search prior to posting a news article, rather than risk stepping on some else's post.

Undo what Wilson did

The Mouse That Roared

The whole world is thumbing their noses at Obama. I love it!!!

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Now if only they had thumbed

Now if only they had thumbed their noses at George W. Bush, too!

i think he helped

i think he helped *understatement*

I hope ICELAND will say, "Stick it to you, too!"

The CIA/FBI/government operatives are being directed by HIGH-UP ELITEES that control America.

And, congratulations Russia on you sticking it to them!!

I'd be more patriotic and feel like flying our flag this 4th, if it meant something, but I'm if fly a flag, it'll be a whistleblower flag!

Disclaimer: My comments do not apply to those innocent people stuck working in these CIA lower rung jobs, the secretaries, the worker-bees, etc. It just applies to those un-named individuals who are serial killers of our whistleblowers like recently Michael Hastings, and including the harassment of Edward Snowden, and the murderers of all the Middle Eastern children, women & men.

But, I still believe Edward Snowden is much better off in ICELAND, and I hope he presses for this & writes them a long, long letter about how much he would like to live there, even if he weren't looking for asylum. He would like to be a citizen and to contribute to their economy.


...maybe those 'whistling' Piccolo Pete fireworks could have an extra layer of meaning to them this year. :)

Efforts to fight the drug trade?

Why fight trade in the first place? Trade is peaceful exchange between two people.

maybe some liberty

maybe some liberty organization should try to take Ecuador up on their offer of $23 million to educate the public about human rights?


$23 million could have gone a long way in 2012 and could do a lot of good for 2014. You should pitch that idea to the Campaign for Liberty.

Before it begins...

I realize that Ecuador is a quazi Socialist state.
I am not advocating for ANYTHING other,
than they are standing up to imperialism in their OWN way.
Good for them.

They aren't for sale because

Ecuador is already owned by the CIA.
A thought provoking read.

If they are owned by the CIA,

If they are owned by the CIA, why are they offering refuge to Assange and Snowden?

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

Because there seems to be

mounting evidence that both Assange and Snowden are CIA assets.

yeah, that's why Assange has

yeah, that's why Assange has been holed up in a hotel/Ecuador embassy for over a year with British police outside waiting to catch him.

We have conspiracies coming out on a near daily basis, why do you pick the one that isn't a conspiracy?

Who's next? Alex Jones?

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

Is he holed up or is he

marking time? How do you know he is holed up?
If the Snowden case was looked at as objectively as say, Sandy Hook or the Boston Bombings, people would be crying "false flag" at the top of their voices.
Ask yourself these questions.
Why flee to Chinese owned Hong Kong?
Why flee to cold war enemy, and Syrian naval base owner, Russia?
Why flee to CIA controlled Ecuador?

How do you know he's not

How do you know he's not holed up? How many speeches and interviews does he have to give from that same balcony.

Hong Kong was a good choice and in hindsight was proven so. Did they turn him over?

Russia is not a cold war enemy. Like Ron Paul has said, there are more threats to our freedom within 10 miles of his office in Washington DC than the entire world. Russia Today speaks truths that you will NEVER hear in the US mainstream media. Both China and Russia are superpowers and can not be bullied into turning Snowden over. Would you expect Snowden to flee to an US allied country?

I don't know where you're getting your information on Ecuador. They are not like CIA controlled Costa Rica. They are on the same path with Venezuela, Uruguay, and other South American countries. US influence in these countries is minimal compared to Central America.

So where would you think he could run where the country wouldn't turn him over? Australia? no. Japan? no. Europe? no. Canada? no Mexico? I wouldn't like my odds in Mexico...probably better chance of getting "lost" than these other countries I just listed, but when he was found, Mexico would likely send him back. So where else could he run? His best bet would be somewhere in South America, China, or Russia. Russia and Ecuador would be my two picks. Ecuador already offered refuge to Assange and has thumbed it's nose at the US on many occasions...and Russia's Putin has the brass balls to tell Washington to take a hike. The man has wrestled a bear you know. ;)

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

A bit of reading.

All I am asking you to do is think of the possibility that Snowden may not be the man he has been made out to be. Remember Kony 2012? A CIA experiment to see if public pressure could bring us to war in Uganda.
Remember the film maker who did the documentary? Last time he was seen in public was as a crazy man. The CIA use people to their own ends.
And here, from Alex Jones himself.

Jill,Ecuador's actions are


Ecuador's actions are not that of a US lapdog...and never have been. Paul Craig Roberts...one of the most trusted and respected in the liberty movement... says it best regarding Ecuador...


I mean, c'mon Jill. Read that article. Tell me Ecuador and Correa are in the US's back pocket. If anything, Correa should be the #1 target on the CIA's hit list.

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul


You have your opinion (by what you have read).
I read through your dialog regarding Brazil with a Brazilian
who was trying to argue 'We're not perfect but...'
He gave up... you wouldn't listen.
Please understand, you're welcome to your opinion,
but I'm open and sympathetic to Ecuador's struggle against poverty and imperialism... same as the Venezuelans.

Sorry to have offended you.

It was not my intention. I am trying to get people to see, that no matter what shows on top, it is what lurks underneath, controlling the direction of the country in question, that needs to be taken seriously.
It is great that there are signs of reducing poverty, but at what price?
How long will it take for the CIA to impoverish many millions of Ecuadorians? The CIA has a long, clear record of destroying it's host country of the decade.
I'm trying to get people to think about the Big Picture of the Snowden roadshow...I feel that the people have been "fed" a hero, the patness of it all feels phony, there seems to be growing evidence that this is strategy.

Ok... Got it.

The CIA is a cancer throughout the Americas.
No arguments from me... their history is dismal and repulsive.
Same for the Corporatism and Banking deceit and predation.
I will watch Correa's actions against THEM,
before I judge him on his social policies or the dismantling
of the previously established media.
I guess that's it... we will watch and see.

Thank you.

We live in an interesting age.The Global rise of fascism.