We, the signatories of this statement, human rights, environmental and local organizations, as well as other social collectives, denounce, before the country and the international community, the fact that Canadian companies Corrientes Resources (which operates in Ecuador under the name of Ecuacorrientes) and Ascendant Copper Corporation (with American and Canadian capital) are committing a series of abuses against the human rights of the indigenous and campesino communities of Morona Santiago, Zamora Chinchipe and Imbabura.
From Kosovo to Lebanon, cluster bomb casualties continue to mount.
In light of the Iraq Study Group recommendations and their failure to address the real problems facing Iraq, the author of this TomPaine opinion piece advises that the US end the corporate invasion of Iraq. US companies, which were awarded lucrative contracts by the US government following the 2003 invasion, failed to reconstruct war-torn Iraq as intended. The author concludes that “the Bush administration must abandon its plan to remake Iraq into an economic wonderland for US corporations,” and return Iraq to the Iraqi people “to remake as they themselves see fit.”
“Of all the faults of the Iraq Study Group the most serious was its warning, highlighted by Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton, that a “precipitate withdrawal” would cause a “bloodbath” in Iraq as well as a region-wide war. The cry of “bloodbath”—now given bipartisan status—will certainly be used to crush any attempt in Congress to advance a plan for a timetable for withdrawal.”
“In addition to Donald Rumsfeld, the outgoing US Secretary of Defense, the complaint named as defendants former CIA Director George Tenet, Undersecretary of Defense Stephen Cambone, four generals, two colonels and five lawyers, including Alberto Gonzalez, the present Attorney General of the United States. The plaintiffs are 12 torture victims, 11 “graduates” of Abu Ghraib and one current Guantanamo detainee. The charge is ordering, failing to prevent and aiding and abetting war crimes.”
“Hundreds of thousands of hectares of mineral claims are being “staked” without consultation — let alone approved by affected communities, many of whom are in land claims negotiations and land use-planning exercises.”
“There is a cruel irony about the marketing of “Polar Bear diamonds” at a time when the polar bear is being seriously threatened by global warming and the incursion of development into Canada’s boreal region.”
Women in Black Vigil
Perhaps making us safer is not the real aim. Winning the war may not be the point. Militarily counterproductive tactics have been the norm in many developing countries; widespread attacks on civilians tended to attract support for the enemy. In Sudan, government-backed raids on civilians (today in the west, in the past in the south) stimulated support for rebel groups. They were also lucrative. In the south, the lure of oil has been a key motive in the creation of famine.
“At least 1,280 workers have been arrested in a series of immigration raids targeting meatpacking plants owned by the company Swift. The raids took place in Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Iowa and Minnesota It marks the largest sweep of its kind ever against a single company.”