Correa at Yale: the prelude


Castronoid tinhorn dictator Rafael Correa is coming to Yale this thursday, and his visit is the most highly-controlled event this professor has ever seen.

Whether or not he will be wearing a boa constrictor around his neck — one of his favorite accessories (see image above) —  is anyone’s guess.

Secrecy surrounds his visit.

When Correa announced his plans to speak at Yale, the university’s administration refused to acknowledge his upcoming visit and kept all plans carefully under wraps.

When the announcement was finally made, the hand-picked list of invitees was already complete.  And the instructions were full of COMMANDS.  This is out of character for Yale, so it seems that the Ecuadorian dictator manages to have his way even on foreign soil.

Some colleagues have informed me that they were invited to dine with the dictator.  No invitation for yours truly.   (Although I have been invited to dine with all previous Hispanic heads of state, since the administration normally likes to trot out all of its Latino people of colour on such occasions).

Chances are that questions will not be allowed after his talk.  But I will attend just to give him the evil eye.

Maybe I will paint a sign on my chest too, CORREA TIRANO, or CORREA CRETINO, and rip off my shirt and stand up halfway through his talk.

Maybe I will just very softly say “mierda” every thirty seconds while he speaks.

Or maybe I will just tape my mouth shut while he speaks.

I don’t know…  This is too frustrating.  I have too much serious work to do.  April is high-stress season on campus.

Here is the offensive email sent to the chosen few deigned worthy of an invitation.  I haven’t felt this close to being on Cuban soil since 1962.

This email confirms your VIP seat to the talk by President of Ecuador Rafael Correa entitled “Ecuador´s Political, Science and Knowledge Transformations.” The talk will take place on Thursday, April 10, from 4:30 – 6:00pm in Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and you must be in your seat no later than 4:15 p.m. We will offer empty seats to those on the stand-by list.

You must bring your ID to the event and your name will be checked against an invitation list. Tickets are non-transferable.

NO backpacks or bags, other than small purses will be allowed. Purses will be searched.

Thank you.



2 thoughts on “Correa at Yale: the prelude

  1. This whole “Correa does the Ivies” thing is unseemly, disgraceful and offensive. The hypocrisy is a given, since a comparable tinpot dictator would never get this treatment if he were right-wing. That’s bad enough, but what’s worse is that this is clearly helping Correa, which is why he’s doing it, and his hosts know it. They may, in fact, want to give him a hand despite his obvious, not to say blatant, anti-democratic and at least authoritarian character and conduct. This isn’t subtle at all, but then again, neither are LOTS of things that are routinely ignored or rationalized out of convenience and bias. It’s truly amazing how brazen hypocrisy can get when it’s “normal,” safe and fashionable.

  2. Carlos, you are fortunate to have tenure and an endowed chair. Otherwise your “lack of collegiality” would merit tenure denial.

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