Thursday, June 18, 2009

US FREE TRADE CAUSES ENDANGERMENT TO INDIGENOUS TRIBES OF THE AMAZON - BOLIVIA AND PERU NOW IN WAR OF WORDS

I do not know if it is my sense of justice or that my early years were growing up in Salt Lake wherein we had access to native American tribes, but I have always been a strong advocate of maximum autonomy for indigenous tribes. The fact is, my entire family feels the same way.

Peru signed a free trade agreement with the US which forces it to encroach on indigenous lands in the Amazon. Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, and first indigenous president in the Americas is a strong protector of indigenous rights. Let us not forget, the Spanish crown stole the land from the indigenous people of Latin America. Evo Morales is in a war of words with Peru over its encroachment on the Amazon lands and its indigenous people.

So here is my question, should President Obama offer Peru an opportunity to not enforce those provisions which require encroachment on the Amazon and the indigenous tribes of the Amazon, or should he pursue the corporatist policies Bush II put into this agreement knowing full well it will cause political strife in South America, and do injury to the Amazon and its indigenous people?

How President Obama handles this mess could turn out to be the cornerstone of his Latin American policy.

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