July 5, 2013 Hilo Peace Vigil

U.S. Acting like Global Pirate & Bully!

The U.S. pressuring European countries –France, Italy, Spain and Portugal to deny the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales’ plane to fly through their airspace on his return to Bolivia is an international outrage, and a violation of international law.  The U.S. had the suspicion that NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, may be on the plane which proved false.  Morales’ plane was forced to land in Vienna, Austria  for refueling before the transatlantic flight back to Bolivia.

The U.S. needs to be reminded that the world is NOT a U.S. colony.  Latin American leaders are rightly outraged by U.S. lawlessness and disrespect for other countries national sovereignty.  This latest incident is a further slap in the face to the region by the U.S. , a region that has suffered through many U.S. backed coups throughout the last century.

In a related matter, President Obama threatened to cut off preferential tariffs to Ecuador  because Ecuador is considering granting a request for asylum to  whistleblower Edward Snowden  After saying that Ecuador rejected the threat, the Ecuadorian Government offered the US $23 million for “Human Rights Training”, to help the US avoid torture, extra-judicial killings and other acts that denigrate humanity.

   Photo from today’s Hilo peace vigil