Archives For Ecuador


1. I Just Fixed The Redskins Problem! You’re Welcome

2. Yes, He’s Handsome — But He’s Not Your Model. 25 Photos of Natives in European Dress

3. Must See: This 16-Year-Old Singer from Alaska is Amazing

Facebook.com/isingyoudance
Byron Nicholai, Yup’ik, sings and dances for culture and community wellness.

4. Indigenous in Ecuador Struggle to Get Chevron to Pay Up on $9.5 Billion in Damages

5. Gaming Exclusivity Fees Dip for First Time in Oklahoma

Associated Press

6. FCC: ‘Redskins’ Is Not Profane

7. Are American Indian Nations ‘Wards of the Federal Government’?

Facebook
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar calls American Indian Nations “Wards of the Federal Government.”
Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/12/19/are-american-indian-nations-wards-federal-government-158375

8. Congress Moves to Protect Alaska Native Women

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) discusses his pending Safe Families and Villages legislation, which was approved.

9. AMERIND Risk, NAIHC to Host 2015 Annual Convention and Tradeshow

10. Boycott Ralph Lauren’s ‘Assimilation Aesthetic’


1. In Ecuador, oil boom creates tension

2. Killer starfish threaten Great Barrier Reef

Crown-of-thorns starfish

3. Excessive radiation levels detected at New Mexico waste site

4. Candy Flavors Put E-Cigarettes On Kids’ Menu

Franco Phan, 22, blows smoke rings using an electronic cigarette at a restaurant in Oakland, Calif.

Franco Phan, 22, blows smoke rings using an electronic cigarette at a restaurant in Oakland, Calif.

5. 10 of Today’s Most Important Environmental Issues


Guillermo Granja / Reuters file

Ecuadorean military personnel use a stretcher to carry a Colombian leftist rebel after Colombian troops crossed the border to attack in March 2008. Top FARC commander Raul Reyes was killed in the attack.

WASHINGTON — A covert CIA program has helped Colombia’s government kill at least two dozen leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the rebel insurgency also known as FARC, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The National Security Agency has also provided “substantial eavesdropping help” to the Colombian government, according to the Post. And the U.S. provided Colombia with GPS equipment that can be used to transform regular munitions into “smart bombs” that can accurately home in on specific targets, even if they are located in dense jungles.

In March 2008, Colombian forces killed a top FARC commander, Raul Reyes, in one of several jungle camps the rebels operated in Ecuador, just across the border. The Post report Saturday said Colombia used U.S.-made smart bombs in the operation.

The report is based on interviews with more than 30 former and current U.S. and Colombian officials, who the Post said spoke on condition of anonymity because the program is classified and ongoing.

The CIA would not comment on the Post report. Without going into detail, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told the Post that the CIA has been “of help,” providing Colombian forces with “better training and knowledge.”

The multibillion-dollar program was funded secretly and separately from $9 billion in aid that the U.S. has openly provided to Colombia, mostly in military assistance. It was authorized by President George W. Bush and has continued under President Barack Obama, the newspaper reported.

Colombia’s government and FARC have been engaged in peace talks in Havana since late 2012, but there has been no ceasefire between the two sides. Earlier this month Santos blamed the rebels for an attack on a police post that killed nine people, including civilians, military and a police officer.

The FARC rebels took up arms in 1964. The U.S.-backed military buildup has reduced FARC’s ranks to about 9,000 fighters and killed several top commanders, though the rebels insist they are still a potent force.

— The Associated Press