Festive Left Friday Blogging: Because there’s no such thing as too much Ecuadorable

And because this is a nice shot, and I like it…

…and there’s a nice bit of news behind it, too:

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, urged his counterparts at the 6th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to put in practice established conventions to give concrete results to their respective peoples.

“One proposal that hasn’t been sufficiently developed, but we believe it is of utmost importance, is the harmonization of salary policies, among them the establishment of a regional minimum wage. Also the new regional financial architecture which is advancing,” said the president.

“Our peoples will get tired of listening if they don’t get tangible results from the integration,” Correa added.

The president mentioned how, for example, his Chilean counterpart, Sebastián Piñera, proposed the creation of a Regional Secretariat of Risk Management, which would permit the bloc to act in the face of eventual disasters which might affect member countries.

Ecuador, for its part, has proposed harmonizing public politics in order to prevent South American countries from becoming victims of transnational capital. In this sense, he said, if each country negotiates on its own, international financial organisms would be the ones to propose the conditions; whereas, if the nations acted together and in a co-ordinated manner, it would be they who could impose the conditions.

Translation mine.

Oh Rafa, you sly minx. You’re talking from personal experience here on how to kick the World Bank’s, the IMF’s, and numerous other vulture capitalists’ asses. And you just neatly went Piñochetera one better, too, with a nifty rebuke of his own financial policies, which are oriented toward, and dictated by, international capitalism. You give me the weirdest ladyboners, dude.

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