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Economic Hitman John Perkins Outraged After Ecuador Government Shuts Down Pachamama Alliance

FP-shut-down-550Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Respected author, public speaker and spokesperson for indigenous rights John Perkins expressed outrage today that the government of Ecuador has violently closed down the rainforest protection activist group, Pachama Alliance, which Perkins helped to create in 1995. Strongly condemning the government’s actions as illegal

“This is an outrage! The Pachamama Alliance organization, that I co-founded in 1995, has been brutally and violently attacked by the Ecuadorian government because of pressure from international oil companies and the corporatocracy. What has been done is blatantly illegal. It must be addressed immediately.” – John Perkins from a Facebook post

Perkins has a unique perspective on the struggle between indigenous people and the international corporate/government siege of the Amazon and it’s land and resources. He personally played a major role in economic takeover of Ecuador, as detailed in his must read novel, Confessions of an Economic Hitman:

“Knowing the part I had played in destroying this beautiful country was once again taking its toll. Because of my fellow EHMs and me, Ecuador is in far worse shape today than she was before we introduced her to the miracles of modern economics, banking, and engineering. Since 1970, during this period known euphemistically as the Oil Boom, the official poverty level grew from 50 to 70 percent, under- or unemployment increased from 15 to 70 percent, and public debt increased from $240 million to $16 billion. Meanwhile, the share of national resources allocated to the poorest segments of the population declined from 20 to 6 percent.5” -John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman

According to other conservationists and earth allies in the exacerbating struggle to prevent the total devastation of the Amazon, tensions in Ecuador are rising between activists and corporate interests. Earlier this year Ecuador announced the failure of the government’s Yasuní ITT initiative, which attempted to attract international investment for the preservation of the rainforest as an alternative to selling portions of this breath-taking area off to international investors for oil rights.


Since the failure of the Yasuní ITT initiative, the Ecuadorian government has been quick to put this remaining region of the world’s natural wonders up for sale to corporate oil, gas and farming interests. The pollution and demise of this region of the world is one of the greatest tragedies of modern life, and widespread international resistance to this wanton waste of the rainforest is growing vehemently.

Activist and conservationist Jonathon Miller-Weisberger, author of Rainforest Medicine: Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon, in a recent trip to capital city Quito expressed concern that the nation of Ecuador might be close to experiencing a civil war, as the rights of indigenous peoples and the earth are being totally savaged by the unethical relationship between the state and international industry. Miller-Weisberger works directly directly endangered tribes of the upper Amazon and invites Ayahuasca medicine shaman to Costa Rica for sacred plant-medicine ceremonies and cultural exchange with Westerners as a means of outreach to help the world understand the importance of protecting this sacred area and it’s cultures. For over 20 years, he has been a witness to the takeover, devastation and poisoning of this region, pointing out that lands once pristine and cultures unmolested are forced into selling off their land to corporations and abandoning their ancient customs in favor of drug and alcohol abuse and prostitution.

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Ecuador Oil Waste – Photo by James Ficklin

This is a critical struggle for planet earth, and the Pachamama Alliance has played important role in bringing the voices and concerns of people to the debate over the balance between ecology and economy. According to John Perkins:

“You can help by “liking” Pachamama Alliance on Facebook and joining the conversation on twitter: @FPachamama_Ec and the hashtag ‪#‎SolidaridadPachamama‬.” -John Perkins, author of The Secret History of American Empire

In an online post by the Pachamama Alliance, the story of this illegal closure of its operations is recounted below:

This morning, the government of Ecuador entered the offices of Fundación Pachamama in Quito and shut down their services. Backlash against our indigenous allies and partners at Fundación Pachamama has heated up since last Thursday’s announcement of the failure of the XI Round oil bidding process. On Saturday, in his weekly telecast to the nation of Ecuador, President Correa accused our allies of fomenting dissent and violence. In defense of its work to defend human rights and the rights of nature, Fundación Pachamama released the statement below on Monday. Please stay tuned as we learn more.

Quito, December 2, 2013 – Fundación Pachamama, an Ecuadorian non-profit organization with 16+ years working in defense of the Human Rights of Amazon Indigenous Peoples and Rights of Nature, exercises its democratic right to freedom of speech and considers it necessary to state its position regarding the XI Round and the opinions expressed in the Enlace Ciudadano No. 350 regarding our organization:

Fundación Pachamama regrets, in the first place, that the Ecuadorian government convened the XI Oil Round that affects more than three million hectares of mega-diverse Amazon rainforests, which constitute the ancestral territory of seven Amazon indigenous nationalities. It is worrisome that the government continues fostering exploration and exploitation in the Amazon without having adequately implemented free, prior and informed consultation processes with the indigenous nationalities. Furthermore, the development of this process has generated conflicts and has divided the Amazon population, indicating clearly the lack of respect of the democratic indigenous governance system, which is a product of the democratic expression of the base communities. On November 28th, 2013, we saw how the oil industry did not respond favorably to the XI Oil Round, which we believe should lead the authorities to reflect on whether or not the bidding process should continue with such conditions.

We have the right to dissent the decision of the authorities, the process that has been implemented and alternatively propose that the oil remain underground to preserve one of the greatest riches of our country, its cultural and biological diversity. The current Constitution obliges the government to find a new development model that respects our country’s Pluri-nationality, Human Rights, Rights of Nature and “Sumak Kawsay” or “Living “Forest.”

Fundación Pachamama also extends its solidarity with the Amazon nationalities and peoples defending their territory.  We believe it is illegitimate to implement processes affecting indigenous territories and not include the presidents of indigenous nationalities and peoples that have been elected by their people and are recognized by the “Development Council of the Nationalities and Peoples of Ecuador” (CODENPE).

Our support is grounded in the tools that the government and the rule of law provides to safeguard constitutional rights. We have been doing so throughout the years as we have stood by, among others, the struggle of the community of Sarayaku in the Inter-American System of Human Rights. Under no circumstances, do we support actions outside the rights granted by the Constitution. We defend the right to protest peacefully and reject the use of violence from any side.

Dissenting to government policies and defending constitutional rights are inherent to democracy and we are not willing to give up their exercise. We consider this position to be coherent with the mission of our organization, therefore we reject any act that seeks to impede or make our work difficult.

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Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an avid student of Yoga and life.

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  • Kathleen

    What about govt & industry repression of free energy sources like the wireless electricity invented by Tesla, as well as other inventions like that small gadget invented by Stan Meyer can turn any gas-car engine into one that runs entirely on %100 water -therefore wiping out the need for gas as well as the industry?

    Why aren’t we mobilizing to pressure our govt to protect and support inventions of free energy thereby ending dependency on gas, oil and other polluting energy and stopping the oil industry’s destruction of all life on earth, once and for all?

    Why not? Where’s the serious discussion on a plan to accomplish this!?

    • Mike S

      Tesla wanted to use the earth and ionosphere as a waveguide to transmit energy so it could be picked up by anybody with a suitable antenna, to power tools, cars, etc. This scheme is very impractical for many reasons. Not to mention it would be irradiating people, animals, plants, with power constantly. I have yet to see credible examples of free energy devices. I was an electronics technician for 19 years, I would love to run my house and care on free energy, I just don’t know where to find the plans, if they truly exist. I consider it far more likely that people will find increasingly efficient ways to split water to get Hydrogen gas, if they haven’t already.

  • Anonymous

    How many job has Pachamama Alliance created in Ecuador since its inception?
    It is easy for us in the comfort of our home to start polemics on saving the rain forest. I am not saying that what the government is doing is just but they are doing it because they feel justified.
    It is sad, yet how can we feed, cloth and educate the children?
    Twelve years thru Children International I “adopted” a little girl who lives with her family in Quito.
    You can help too. There are many organization dedicated to support third world nations. Take action today so the people of Ecuador will really be able to choose tomorrow.

  • Aude Sapere

    “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” is not a novel; it is his autobiography.

  • As early as 1832, Michael Faraday made attempts to tap into high speed earth motion. As incredible as it may seem, free energy was demonstrated to be real over a century ago. Even before Nikola Tesla lit a light-bulb using cold electricity in 1899, Nathan Stubblefield and Henry Paine, both, had already built and demonstrated over unity power machines.

    The clean technology of Velocity has been blocked by carbon, who has brought atomic energy in.
    Must we not reject nuclear energy, with its attendant waste, that now threatens to poison our entire world out?

    Whats the truth about free energy Velocity power sources? Here’s a link to help explain some of it:
    http://bitchworld.weebly.com/the-four-elements-of-free-energy.html

    • abinico warez

      I have yet to get delivery of ANY of these so called ‘free energy’ systems that deliver what they promise, which of course is free energy. There is no such thing as free energy. Closest is wind, tide, and/or solar systems, but they are not free in the lunatic sense; these systems convert energy that is readily available. But it is not free; these systems are expensive, require maintenance, and eventually wear out.

      • Kathleen

        ??? It’s called the internet. Use it or lose it…

        If there really is “no such thing as free energy” as you claim, then why are there constant reports of its inventors being harassed, murdered, or threatened with murder if they don’t stop? Eh? I think we all know the obvious answer is that if these free energy systems are allowed to exist that the oil companies and other polluting industries would lose all their power and profits and would become extinct.

        Because if certain free energy systems didn’t “deliver what they promise,” as you say, then there wouldn’t be ANY need for the oil industry to harass and murder those inventors, would there!

        (And there’s literally tons of examples of workable free energy systems that have been suppressed due to pressure from powerful polluting energy profiteers -the Thrive movement has a few of them listed in their movie ‘Thrive,’ or try http://www.peswiki.com/index.php/Top_5_Exotic_Free-Energy_Technologies for now)

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