Rafael Correa is in New York City today to promote business in Ecuador. Unfortunately, as Glenn Garvin states,
The World Bank predicts Ecuador’s economy will shrink 2 percent this year, and Correa’s popularity is going even faster. The research company (CQ)Market says his approval rating has dropped to 31 percent, and only 28 percent of those polled believe what he says.
Ecuador is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2015. Ecuador’s approval of 16 amendments to its Constitution were recently deemed by Freedom House to be in violation of democratic principles.
A reader also pointed out that
A whole host of international organizations have repeatedly denounced Ecuador’s record on corruption, repression and freedom of speech. See some of them here.
No word on whether the people meeting with Correa in NYC know or even care about that, but he will present a paper at the Vatican’s Centesimus annus: 25 Years Later conference, along with Bernie Sanders adviser Jeffrey Sachs and Bolivia’s Evo Morales. Bernie is a participant.
And then some wonder why I am a lapsed Catholic.
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