Jun 25 2015

CIA Torture Report, Cost of War, and Ecuador Protests — 06/25/2015

On this episode of Uprising with Sonali: Robert Jensen analyses breaking news of the day. Plus, six months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released the summary of a report on CIA torture, there has been no accountability. We’ll turn to former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. And part 2 of a multipart series from Brave New Films. As part of the Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum, I’ll be interviewing Linda Bilmes on the costs of war. Plus, right wing protests have broken out in Ecuador over a new tax law – Amalia Pallares will explain what’s at stake.

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  1. Allan Coieon 30 Jun 2015 at 11:56 am

    It was good to report on the protests. Unfortunately you could have done a lot better in selecting an interviewee. My wife is Ecuadoran. I lived there for seven years in the 90s. My friend knows the circle of oligarchy very well and has had 4 presidents in his lineage. He assures me that Amalia Pallares is related to Guillermo Lasso, the banker who opposed President Correa in the last election. He further states that what is afoot is known there, as in Venezuela, as the “golpe blando”, the soft coup. It’s a longer term tactic.Those who are not paying attention will be led to believe that, with all these accusations and protests, he can’t be a good president. I believe that Mark Weisbrot is a trustworthy source. Here is a link to his evaluation: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/15/rafael-correa-ecuador-elections.
    The mentioned “raiding” of the pensions – Correa put millions in oil revenues (Extra contributions) into social security funds when the price was high. He withdrew half of the extra contributions to sustain social projects when the price declined. No pensioner have seen their stipends reduced. The UN has held Correa up as an example of a country that has weathered the worldwide recession by not following the crowd who demanded austerity.