Alberto Acosta (below), political economist and former Minister of Energy and Mines; Fernando Vega, a priest who went into politics for a time but is now back to "priesting," with an emphasis on emigration problems and Ricardo Patiño, Ecuador's current Minister for Policy Coordination and former Minister of Finance.
Cesar Robalino Gonzago, President of the Association of Private Bankers in Ecuador, who not surprisingly believes Correa's program won't work. Because the President's policies appear to be both humane and sensible, maybe even workable, toward the kind of participa-tory democracy the country has never experienced, many progres-sives around the world are rooting for this Prez and his people.
Joe Berlinger's Crude, have tackled the lawsuit against Chevron Oil, but Sarasin's, with Correa's blessing, one assumes, seems content not to finger-point but rather to address the positive possibilities.
Yasuni Initiative looks promising: a proposal to refrain from exploiting the oil reserves of the ITT oil field -- in exchange for 50% of the value of the reserves in order to preserve the biodiversity of the region, avoid CO2 emissions and protect the rainforest's indigenous peoples. Time will tell whether or not this comes to pass and how well it works. Meanwhile, we have Sarasin's new doc to keep us apprised of what is (or at least was until recently) going on.
Cinema Libre Studio, Ecuador: Rainforest vs. Globalization will be available for sale or for rental via various digital platforms (once I learn which platforms, I'll post them here).
(around the middle of the post) is from the film itself.