Politics of the people Essay

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Politics of the People touches on a multitude of topics discussed this term. The article brings to light the issues in South America. Specifically in the Amazon, surrounding big oil companies, the destruction of land and environment, and the destitution of the people of Ecuador and how the people and NGO's have taken action to fight it. In this territory of the Amazon according to Judith Kimerling, “the oil spills and contamination of this region of Ecuador equal or supersedes those of the 1989 Alaskan Exxon Valdez oil spill.”(81). What this means is that this area has been polluted greatly and since 1993 the inhabitants of this territory have been fighting big oil. The land is unusable with that level of pollution. This land has …show more content…
The people of Ecuador rely heavily on the ability to farm and with the toxicity of the land they are unable to do so, thus promoting poverty. People of this region of risen up in protest, some part of NGO's others MNC's and in a more unorganized fashion but all with a similar message, “No more destruction of our land”, this on banners and balloons of the people who are fed up. This discontent with the government and oil companies in Ecuador stretches past the borders of its sovereign territory, in 2006 Ecuador severed ties with Occidental Oil Company disagreements on tax. This act on Ecuador's part led to the United States discontinuing free trade agreements. While understandable the United States was displeased with Ecuador's actions, US once again has decided to decide what is right and wrong in another countries policies But because so many had called for “social justice and antiglobalization” (85), “Dad” aka the Hegemon (United States) stepped in as usual. In addition to the United States stepping in, “ecological and environmental international and national NGO's” did also. But President Correa hardly had a solution or a reasonable compromise. Correa “gave interjectional NGO's an eight-to-ten month time period to provide $350 million annually to the Ecuadorian government to preserve this rainforest ecosystem.”(85). Basically he

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