Faced with several days of overt threats from the Obama Administration and top senators threatening to revoke a key US-Ecuador trade pact if they dare to grant asylum to Edward Snowden, the Ecuadoran government has told the US what they can do with their frozen broccoli and fresh cut flowers, and has cancelled the pact themselves.
President Rafael Correa said that his nation would not tolerate US blackmail and that the trade pact wasn’t worth the harm it would do to Ecuadoran sovereignty. With most of its neighbors getting free trade with the US, the loss of the pact may put Ecuador at an economic disadvantage.
But only really on the broccoli and the flowers. Though those are big exports to the US, they are dwarfed by Ecuador’s largest export, oil. And if Ecuador’s oil is no longer welcome in the US, that’s one commodity they can easily sell elsewhere.
And just in case there were any doubts of what Ecuador was telling the Obama Administration, the nation’s Communications Secretary, Fernando Alvarado, announced $23 million in Ecuadoran aid to the United States to provide “human rights training” to combat torture, illegal executions and “attacks on peoples’ privacy.”
21 thoughts on “Ecuador Cancels US Trade Pact Over Repeated Threats”
Good for Ecuador. I hope they can sell their flowers and broccoli in other markets.
YES In Deed ~ I never Liked Bullies
Did Rafael just tell the US to f**k off.? What balls!!
Roses are going to become popular in China and Latin America.
You go, Ecuador! I hope more countries follow this lead.
UP YOURS, US Leader man.
The suns slowly setting on the house on the hill.
Obama has made our once feared and mighty nation so WEAK,even tiny countries like Equador are laughing and disrespecting us.How humiliating!
It is not Obama it is the folks he works with!!!!!
wrong buddy they aint laughing at us there protecting our rights of the people and standing up to this goverment thats destroying our planet!
Its not Obama you dimwit, it all of you combines that elected him and your congress people. Then if you do not want to be disrespected do not do disrespectful things and do not threaten other nations.
Talking about your might, the Afghan mujahideen have drilled you a brand new as*hole with light weapons, your best ally is a chi*ty littler country in the M.E. that is more racist than Nazi Germany minus the manhood.
Fell outta my chair with laughter after reading that Ecuador's Director Of Communications announced a $23 million dollar aid package for the US to be used for human rights training. I'd like to buy that guy a beer
Ok, but what about Snowden? Now that they've preempted this supposed blackmail, why not announce at the same time the asylum for Ed? Follow up tough rhetoric with actions. BTW the pact was pretty much lost already before the Snowden revelations.
My respect for Ecuador has gone up a few notches. The way I see it is that the US should do the same contra Israel, LOL
That’s HOT. But I doubt that this government would learn ANYTHING from human rights training. Judging by their past record.
THANK YOU ECUADOR!
The poor suckers FINALLY got tired of being jerked around by the U.S.
Hope Ecuador is setting a precedent, worldwide.
The newspapers and tv stations Correa "attacked" in Ecuador were part of the big monopoly of corporations that have the world by the balls everywhere else. The amount of lies and political interests they were presenting as "news" was evident.
Sure: all restrictions to free press should be looked at, investigated and ultimately distrusted BUT…
do we really have free press when transnational corporations run the world?
The association of Correa with Wikileaks is not really a paradox. It is actually a very commendable effort on part of the government of reforming the press of the country, shutting down big corporations "free press" and allowing new, refreshed organization to take hold.
At least Ecuador is making a diplomatic stand against US hegemony, unlike our government here in Ireland who fawn over the O'Bummers http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ireland-pros…
Why is everyone so scared of America and the puppet O'Bummer? Gee, let me see? Well, the US has instituted more warfare, death and 'legitimized' torture than the Nazis-actually the Nazis were kind of nice by comparison as long as you were not Jewish, Gay or a Gypsy. When Krazy K said that America is the 'Great Satan' he was not far off the mark. This is going to go badly for America, I'm just glad I don't live there.
Ecuador, an excellent example to hold justice against evil big power who do not apologize but to threat others. I salute you Ecuador as a country with dignity and courage!
YEAH!! The best message ever for a long time! But this is only the beginning! The people are wakening up one for another every day! VIVA ECUADOR!!! God bless you and all the others who do work for the truth!
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