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Despite Progress, Ecuador and Venezuela need to make improvements Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

ohchr.org (12 December 2017) – Progress in the social sector in Venezuela and Ecuador, consistent with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, should be more generally known and recognized, a UN human rights expert has said.

In this context, regional integration and cooperation with international organizations should be boosted to ensure that social programmes are continued and improved, said Alfred de Zayas, Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, after an official mission to study the two countries’ government programmes to advance social progress and improve standards of living, especially of the most vulnerable in society.

But social progress goes hand in hand with civil and political rights and must not be achieved at the expense of civil liberties, he added.

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“On the other hand, I am also aware of endemic problems that persist or have worsened in the region, including poverty, corruption, scarcity of certain food items and medicines, failure to ensure free, prior and informed consent in the extractive sector, inflation, inefficient distribution, insufficient separation of powers, electoral irregularities and repression of dissent.

“Likewise, external realities, including the escape of national funds into tax havens, foreign incursions into the regulatory space of governments, counterproductive unilateral coercive measures, contraband in food and medicine, and a lack of mutual legal assistance when public resources are illicitly diverted, constitute serious obstacles to fulfilling human rights obligations, not only economic and social but also civil and political,” the expert said.

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Recognizing that the underlying causes of the current situation were varied and inter-connected, Mr. de Zayas recommended that the government of Venezuela exercise more flexibility with its monetary policies, build technical capacity in public administration and regularly publish data on nutritional status, epidemiology, inflation and the budget.

In Ecuador, he proposed that the government strengthen programmes against corruption, institute a financial transactions tax and expand its prohibition of tax evasion to include private sector individuals and corporations. Read Full Article

 

 

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Ecuador: Prosecutor to request former President Correa to be barred from leaving country

eldiario.ec / (machine translated) Geovanni Atarihuana, director of Popular Unity (UP), today presented a request to the General Prosecutor’s Office to resume investigations into four previous complaints against former President Rafael Correa. The objective, newspaper El Comercio reported, is for the Prosecutor’s Office to request precautionary measures against the former president and prohibit him from […]

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HE’S BACK. Former President Rafael Correa arrives in Ecuador, political feud continues with current Pres.

NATIONALPOST.COM reported that former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa returned home Saturday for the first time since leaving office as he gears up for a political fight against his hand-picked successor. A chaotic scene awaited Correa at the arrival terminal of Guayaquil’s airport, where police were called in as dozens of his supporters exchanged insults and […]

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Ecuador: Vice-President to face trial for Corruption Allegations

BBC.com – A judge in Ecuador has ordered that the country’s Vice-President, Jorge Glas, stand trial over corruption allegations. Mr Glas, who was arrested on 2 October, is the highest-ranking politician to be indicted in the massive Odebrecht corruption scandal. Prosecutors accuse Mr Glas of taking $13.5m (£10.2m) in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant, […]

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Ecuador: Anti-Press Campaign by Former President Correa, caused lasting damage to journalism

John Otisanti-cpj.org – press campaign carried out by Moreno’s predecessor, former President Rafael Correa, has caused lasting damage to journalism in Ecuador. Since taking office in May, Ecuadoran President Lenín Moreno has pledged to end a decade-long battle between the government and the media. But several reporters and editors with whom CPJ spoke said that […]

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Ecuador: Ruling Political Party Ousts President Moreno as chairman of PAIS Alliance

Ecuador’s ruling PAIS Alliance party has ousted Lenin Moreno over a lack of coordination of the president’s actions with the government’s plan and the alliance’s political project. MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno was ousted from his post as the chairman of the ruling PAIS Alliance party, the party announced on Wednesday. “The […]

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Ecuador: Public Media was a propagandist tool during Correa’s term in office

Public media was ‘expensive propaganda’ during Correa years, government says CuencaHighLife | Ecuador’s director of government-owned media lashed out Tuesday at the management of public newspapers and television stations during the Rafael Correa administration. Public media director Andres Michelena “What happened during the past 10 years is disgraceful,” said Andrés Michelena. “The public media was […]

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Ecuador: President seeks to prevent unlimited presidential re-election

(Reuters) – Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Monday he will seek to prevent unlimited presidential re-election via a referendum to change the constitution, potentially blocking former ally ex-president Rafael Correa from returning to power. Moreno in September called for the referendum amid a bitter political dispute with Correa over the country’s economic situation and […]

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Ecuador: President moves ahead for referendum

bloomberg.com / Stephan Kueffner October 2, 2017 President sends several questions to Constitutional Court Ex-president Correa charges Moreno seeks to block his return Ecuador President Lenin Moreno on Monday pushed ahead with his plan for a national referendum on amendments to the nation’s charter by proposing that the Constitutional Court review a set of questions […]

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Ecuador: Vice President embroiled in Odebrecht scandal

Jim Wyss/miamiherald.co – V.P of Ecuador – Glas has been hounded by corruption allegations since the Odebrecht scandal erupted last year. The Brazilian construction firm admitted in U.S. court that it had paid at least $785 million in bribes in more than a dozen countries to win construction contracts. According to those company officials, Glas […]

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Ecuador: Vice-President, uncle in custody awaiting corruption trial in connection to Odebrecht case

newsobserver.com / AP – Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas was jailed Monday after the Supreme Court ordered his arrest while he is investigated for allegedly taking bribes from a Brazilian construction giant involved in a sprawling regional graft scandal. Police took Glas into custody at his residence in the city of Guayaquil and later transported […]

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U.S. Federal officials plan to collect social media information on all immigrants, includes permanent residents, naturalized citizens

BUZZFEED.COM / Federal officials are planning to collect social media information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens, a move that has alarmed lawyers and privacy groups worried about how the information will be used.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the new rule in the Federal Register last week, saying it wants […]

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Ecuador: The Attempt to shed itself of poverty

jacobinmag.com/Thea Riofrancos – In Ecuador, both left populism and anti-extractivism were forged in the crucible of anti-neoliberal struggles. In its drive to privatize and marketize social life, capital provoked a counter-movement that transcended defensive resistance and began to imagine a radically different world: communitarian, ecological, plurinational, democratic. This counter-movement drew its power from its unity […]

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Ecuador: Former President Correa disagrees with Pres. Moreno, may ask for constituent assembly

abc.es reported (machine translated) former President Rafael Correa has assured in Bogota that he does not rule out asking for a National Constituent Assembly in view of the situation that Ecuador is facing because of the public consultation that will be convened by the current president of the country, Lenin Moreno , whose content will […]

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Ecuador: Government Officials Resign, politial gap intensifies

.hispantv.com / The political gap in the Government of Ecuador intensifies: two presidential advisers and the Secretary of Political Management resigned their positions. Ricardo Patiño and Virgilio Hernández, together with Secretary Paola Pabón, all members of the ruling Alianza País (AP) party, announced on Friday that their stance as militants forced them to step down […]

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Ecuador: Top Prosecutor to Present evidence of corruption against Vice President Glas

(Reuters)(US News and World Report -Daniel Tapa – Ecuador’s top prosecutor said on Monday he would present evidence of corruption against the country’s embattled vice president, who was stripped of his duties by a presidential decree that stopped short of firing him earlier this month. Vice President Jorge Glas was sidelined early this month by […]

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Son of Venezuelan President threatens to seize White House

(CNN.com )Nicolás Maduro Guerra, the son of the Venezuelan President, is threatening to seize the White House with rifles if President Donald Trump sends the US military to his nation.  The White House has condemned President Nicolás Maduro’s regime for human rights abuses. More than 120 people have died in anti-government protests since April. Read […]

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Ecuador: President Moreno showing he is not puppet of Rafael Correa

WILL Lenín Moreno be his own man? Or will he be the puppet of his forceful predecessor, Rafael Correa? Ecuadoreans have been wondering that since Mr Moreno became president on May 24th. An answer came on August 3rd, when Mr Moreno removed the vice-president, Jorge Glas, from any active role in government. Mr Glas has […]

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Ecuador: Former President Criticizes Moreno over budget cuts

foxnews.com – The planned sale of a presidential jet in Ecuador has reignited a spat between the nation’s leader and his predecessor, political allies just months ago. Former President Rafael Correa lashed out at Lenin Moreno on Tuesday after his hand-picked successor said he would sell one of two presidential jets, luxury cars and other […]

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Ecuador: Vice President Stripped of powers by President Moreno

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno Strips Vice President Jorge Glas Of All Functions ndtv.com – Moreno, who only came to office on May 24, issued a decree removing his running mate from all his functions as vice president, but stopped short of sacking him. Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno on Thursday stripped his vice president, Jorge Glas, […]

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Ecuador: Vice-President openly disagrees with President Moreno’s measures

(Prensa Latina) Ecuador”s deputy president Jorge Glas issued today a statement expressing publicly his differences with various measures and stance taken by incumbent President Lenin Moreno. On the official website of the vice presidency and the social networks, Glas criticized the possible implementation of a package of economic measures, which in his view, will damage […]

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Venezuela: At Least Nine Killed, clashes reported during vote for new legislative body

Venezuela constitutional vote marred by violence, death At least nine killed and clashes reported as people vote for new legislative body tasked to reform constitution. aljazeera.com At least nine people, including an election candidate, have been killed in the past 24 hours in Venezuela as the country votes for an all-powerful new legislative body tasked […]

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Ecuador: public debt increases almost fourfold in ten years

euniverso.com/Stuart Vera (machine translated) Simple mathematics. If we divide the amount of debt that the State has with internal and external creditors, in addition to other possible ‘contingents’, which reaches $ 55.26 billion, for the total population of the country (16’556.112, according to the National Institute Statistics and Censuses), each Ecuadorian has to pay $ […]

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Congresswoman in Ecuador talks about Rafael Correa, Dirty Campaign, etc, etc.

Ecuador: Congresswoman Mae Montaño Criticizes the Legacy of Rafael Correa PANAMPOST.COM – International observers, including the European Union, have criticized the Ecuadorian government for excessive use of state resources in its electoral campaigns. How did this affect the outcome of the election? What the government did was not only abusive and illegal, but also lacking […]

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Venezuela: Things to come to a head on Sunday

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK france24.com/(AFP) – Venezuela is hurtling toward a high-stakes political confrontation this week pitting an increasingly isolated President Nicolas Maduro against an opposition scenting blood. On Wednesday and Thursday, the opposition is staging its second nationwide strike in a week, then another mass protest on Friday, upping the […]

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Venezuela accuses Sen Rubio, CIA in plotting overthrow of government

zerohedge.com/ CIA And Sen Marco Rubio Accused Of Plotting Regime Change In Venezuela Venezuela’s leftist dictator Nicolas Maduro plans to proceed with a vote to create a new constituent assembly to replace the country’s opposition-controlled Congress with a friendly constituent assembly, potentially enabling the embattled despot to redraft the country’s constitution and officially marginalize his […]

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Ecuador: Alianza Pais political party capacity to govern has been reduced

Thea Riofrancos/jacobinmag.com Ecuador’s natural resources have both fueled reductions in inequality and obscured the need for deeper transformation. Although Lenin Moreno managed to win his election campaign, his left party and the party of former president Rafael Correa, Alianza Pais (AP), no longer enjoys a legislative supermajority and has lost several important elections at the […]

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Ecuador halts construction of border wall with Peru

panampost.com/elena toledo – The Ecuadorian government informed Peru of its decision to halt the construction of a border wall that had strained diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa made the announcement on the decision to stop the controversial construction project during her visit to Peru. “Ecuador‘s Foreign Ministry confirms […]

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Peru Recalls Ambassador from Ecuador in Row over Border Wall

voanews.com Peru has recalled its ambassador to Ecuador after Quito refused to stop building a wall along a canal separating the two, Peru’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Monday as both countries expressed concern over flood risks. Peru said construction of the concrete wall, part of an urban revival project, violates a peace treaty signed […]

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Rafael Correa former President of Ecuador loses slander suit against journalist

panampost.com/Karina Martín reported that journalist Martín Pallares has been found innocent of all charges made against him by Ecuador’s former President Rafael Correa. Pallares, a journalist with the website 4Pelagatos, had been accused of slander for an opinion piece he wrote about Correa’s connection to the Odebrecht scandal, in which officials took bribes from the […]

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Former President Rafael Correa to Leave Ecuador for Belgium on July 10th

Rafael Correa States He May Run For Mayor of Guayaquil elunierso.com reported former President Rafael Correa presented results of his 10 years of government on the campus of La Prosperina de la Espol. Víctor Serrano The trip of former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa is already dated. This Monday revealed that this will be his […]

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Quito Ecuador: ” Get Out of Here” Yell Patrons in Restaurant at Former President Correa (Video)

FORMER PRESIDENT CORREA BOOTED OUT OF RESTAURANT AMID SHOUTS BY CUSTOMERS The former president Rafael Correa could not be attended in a restaurant, his presence generated the rejection of the attendees and had to leave the premises amid the cries of ‘Fuera (outside) Correa, outside’. Restaurant diners in quito restaurant forces President Correa to leave. […]

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Diplomatic Row Between Ecuador and Peru over border wall

theguardian.com / It is just over a mile long and only a few feet tall, but a wall which Ecuador is building along its frontier with Peru has prompted a fierce diplomatic row between the two South American countries. Peru’s top diplomat for the Americas, Hugo de Zela, has demanded an urgent bilateral meeting over […]

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Ecuador under President Moreno: Rethinking the U.S. relationship with Latin America’s left

Ecuador under President Moreno: Rethinking the U.S. relationship with Latin America’s left By Evan Ellis / May 26, 2017 DEMOCRACY & ELECTIONS The inauguration of Lenin Moreno as Ecuador’s new President on May 24th creates an opportunity for the United States to reconstruct its relationship with Latin America’s left. It’s a new relationship that the […]

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Nicaragua: National Assembly to reform law to combat gender-based violence

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK radiolaprimerisima.com The National Assembly is promoting an initiative to partially reform Law 779, the Comprehensive Law Against Violence against Women, with the objective of guaranteeing the citizen, family and community security of all Nicaraguans. The initiative presented this Wednesday by the deputy Wilfredo Navarro, seeks the promotion […]

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Ecuador: Assembly takes actions to combat corruption

radiolaprimerisima.com / The National Assembly of Ecuador approved Wednesday to take actions to prevent and combat corruption, within the framework of the Odebrecht case, with a total of 106 votes in favor and 22 against. After a debate, during session 458, lawmakers established the definition of definitive solutions to combat corruption in public administration. @Ecuador […]

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Ecuador: Former President Responds to Journalist who charges him of having billion dollars

Guillen (Colombian Journalist) mentioned that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had provided him with information about Correa’s alleged millionaire deposit. According to a posting on Twitter on Saturday, May 27, Guillén says that Correa made an “initial deposit of $ 1 billion” at the Swiss Bank Corporation in a bank transaction dated October 2011. Correa’s alleged […]

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Ecuador: Former President Rafael Correa Hospitalized

LAHORAHORA.COM.EC (machine translated) At Carlos Andrade Marín Hospital, in the north-central part of Quito, the former president, Rafael Correa , was taken this afternoon. This happened minutes after he left the National Assembly handing over power to Lenin Moreno. An internal source from the hospital confirmed this information to La Hora. The first information leaked […]

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Ecuador: New President Declares new proposed $150 monthly bono for only most impoverished

elcomercio.com / Andrés Jaramillo (machine translated) The increase in the development bonus will not be the same for all people who perceive it. He clarified the new president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno , during his possession, this May 24, 2017. The campaign offer, he said, was an increase of up to USD 150 a month. […]

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Ecuador: Correa has 62 percent approval rating prior to leaving office

TELESURTV.NET The survey, conducted between April 22 and 24, found that Correa’s approval rating never fell below 50 percent. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is set to leave office on May 24 with a 62 percent approval rating, El Telegrafo reported on Thursday, citing new findings from a survey conducted by Public Opinion Ecuador. The survey, […]

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Ecuador: President terminates 16 Bilateral Investment Treaties on his way out

TNI.ORG – On May 16, President Correa of Ecuador signed decrees terminating 16 Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), including with the US, Canada, China and eight European countries. The decision follows the recommendation of the Ecuadorian Commission that audited the country’s Investment Protection Treaties (CAITISA). The President of the CAITISA Commission Cecilia Olivet (a researcher at […]

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Ecuador: Seven Media Outlets Fined For Failing to Publish Article

bbc.com reported…Ecuador has fined seven media companies for not publishing a story that it deemed of public interest. Failed to publish a negative story about Presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso from the press in Argentina. The state’s media watchdog said the press had a duty to cover a story about the supposed offshore dealings of opposition […]

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Ecuadorian Journalist Files for Political Asylum in Peru

April 18, 2017–cpj.org reported Ecuadoran journalist Fernando Villavicencio, director of the news website Focus Ecuador and a critic of outgoing President Rafael Correa, today filed a petition for political asylum in Lima, Peru. A statement from the regional press group Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) said the journalist, who fled to Lima after presidential elections […]

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How Correa and Moreno Stole the Election in Ecuador

latinvex.com/ While president Rafael Correa and Lenin Moreno, his heir apparent, are moving quickly to impose another four years of leftwing populism on Ecuador, conservative challenger Guillermo Lasso (CREO), with strong support from street protestors, is trying to obtain a recount to keep his drive to become president alive. While his effort faces gallingly unfair […]

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Quito Ecuador: Journalist from Chile Removed from restaurant, Correa Supporter

LevantateEcuador 15 hrs · FACEBOOK The “journalist” Chilean Patricio mery that defends the regime Correista, was forcibly removed from a restaurant business in Quito for the same customers, apparently no one wanted the presence of this communist fine peak El “periodista” chileno patricio mery que defiende al régimen correista, fue sacado a la fuerza de […]

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Ecuador: President Correa Accuses Opposition of Using Similar Tactics of Venezuela Opposition

telesurtv.net / Correa believes their behavior mimics that of the Venezuelan opposition, which also claims President Nicolas Maduro’s 2013 election victory was a fraud. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Wednesday slammed his country’s right-wing opposition, claiming its leaders and protesters use the same corrupt tactics their allies in Venezuela use. Correa made the remarks on […]

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Ecuador: Lasso files official complaint on election results, wants recount

gonzalo solano/abcnews.com / Opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso filed a complaint Wednesday challenging Ecuador election results that show he narrowly lost to President Rafael Correa’s handpicked successor. The former banker is demanding a recount of all votes cast in the election, repeating accusations of fraud and saying if Lenin Moreno takes power he will head an […]

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Ecuador: Alternative Facts of Ecuador’s Economy by 50 plus economists

Ecuador’s Macroeconomic Alternative Facts: Debunking the Distorted Analysis of 50+ Economists econ101.usfq.edu.ec / Carlos Uribe-Teran and Pablo Vega-Garcia Professors of Economics, School of Economics and Institute of Economics, Universidad San Francisco de Quito In this post we refute the imprecise and false macroeconomic statements (or the so-called “alternative facts”) presented in the post written by […]

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Ecuador: President Accuses U.S. of Hacking Electoral Council’s website

elcomercio.com reported on Thursday, April 6, 2017, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa accused “hackers from the United States” of the temporary collapse of the website of the National Electoral Council (CNE) on April 2, the date of the presidential elections, an event the opposition relates to the supposed “fraud” it denounces. “What really happened was the […]

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Leftist Moreno Claims Victory in Ecuador Election

REUTERS.COM /Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia | QUITO Leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno claimed victory in Ecuador’s presidential vote on Sunday, bucking a shift to the right in South America, but the conservative challenger asked for a recount as some supporters took to the streets in protest. A Moreno win would come as a relief […]

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Moreno fails to show in Presidential Debate with Lasso

The ruling party candidate for the presidency of Ecuador, former vice president Lenin Moreno, did not attend yesterday’s debate organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil along with more than 100 institutions. The presidential debate “A Conversation about Ecuador in 2017”, which was scheduled for Monday, March 27, only counted with the presence of […]

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Ecuador: Ban on Election Polls in place until election date

plenenglish.com – Quito, March 23 (Prensa Latina) From today, a closure period for the dissemination of polls in the face of the second round of presidential elections scheduled for April 2 rules in Ecuador. Until yesterday 23:59 (local time), the consulting companies accredited by the National Electoral Council (CNE) were able to disclose the results […]

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Targeting of Civilian Aircrafts in South America

Forewarned War: The Targeting of Civilian Aircrafts in South America and the Inter-American Human Rights System Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Abstract Throughout the War on Drugs, South American governments have fought a difficult and many times losing battle against drug trafficking. Lack of resources and policing capabilities have […]

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Honduras: Three Convicted in Plot to murder President

Mexican, two Hondurans for plotting to kill president gulfnews.com / Scheme, which also involved Colombians and Guatemalans linked to disbanded Valle brothers cartel, was foiled by US and Honduran authorities A court found a Mexican man and two Hondurans guilty of plotting to assassinate Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who has extradited more than a […]

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Ecuador: Former Heads of State concerned about elections in second round

lanacion.com.ar (machine translated) – Former presidents and heads of government of Ibero-America expressed concern about “the particular circumstances in which Ecuadorian democracy has developed during the last decade”, when less than two weeks are needed for Ecuadorians to return to the ballot for ballottage To the successor of Rafael Correa…..Fernando de la Rúa, Spaniard José […]

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Ecuador: Migrants warn of banking collapse if Lasso wins presidency

telesurtv.net Migrants who left during the crisis could finally return to Ecuador due to improved economic conditions under President Rafael Correa’s government. The network of Ecuadorean migrants who returned to the country in recent years after having fled in the wake of the 1999 banking crisis have warned that in the event that right-wing presidential […]

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Ecuador: LGBTI groups throw support for leftist presidential candidate Moreno

telesurtv.net…. The LGBTI front says they have to be consistent with the gains achieved for the community during the government of President Correa. The Ecuadorean Federation of LGBTI Organizations announced it support for leftist presidential candidate Lenin Moreno, saying the ruling party government has been the only one to protect their community and their rights. […]

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Ecuador: Progress Stalls Out over mining Dispute between govt and Shuar Indigenous Group

In Ecuador, progress stalls on mining dispute between government and indigenous Shuar people 8 March 2017 / Daniela Aguilar Adapted by Romina Castagnino The militarization of the community of San Carlos de Limón in Ecuador’s province of Morona Santiago has triggered the displacement of indigenous Shuar populations who live in areas adjacent to a major […]

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Ecuador: President Correa warns if opposition wins, he may be prevented exit from country

panampost.com/Karina Martín reported Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa warns that if the opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso wins in the presidential elections, a political persecution will be initiated against him, preventing him from leaving the country. “If that guy wins [Guillermo Lasso], who is not going to win, he’s going to start chasing us…Those people will persecute […]

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Ecuador: Fired General of Armed forces claims security breaches in vote count

panampost.com – Former Ecuadorian general Luis Castro Ayala warned of a lack of transparency and security breaches with regard to the vote count during the nation’s elections on February 19. According to Castro Ayala, the Ecuadorian Army was not involved in the chain of custody of the ballot boxes after the voting had concluded. He […]

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Ecuador: Some Indigenous leaders align with the right-wing and reject correa’s allies

telesurtv.net / Some Indigenous leaders have increasingly aligned with Ecuador’s right-wing elite in the name of rejecting President Rafael Correa and his allies. As Ecuador prepares for a second and final round of presidential elections in April, Indigenous leaders of a historically progressive organization have tacitly sided with the right-wing candidate that has promised to […]

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Ecuador: President Correa Threatens muerte cruzada (“cross-death”) if Opposition wins run-off vote

breitbart.com/ Frances Martel – Rafael Correa, the socialist President of Ecuador, is threatening to use an obscure federal rule to dissolve both the executive and the legislature should pro-freedom center-right candidate Guillermo Lasso win the nation’s presidency in an April run-off vote. “The best way to keep me far away is to behave well,” the […]

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Ecuador: When this fellow sings praises of an economy, then it is time to sell (opinion)

forbes.com/Tim Worstall: (opinion) A useful little aide memoire is that when Mark Weisbrot starts to praise the economic policy of a country, then that’s a real good time to sell everything and run screaming for the hills. Toward that stock of shotgun shells and canned beans you’ve got for when it all really does start […]

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Ecuador votes to bar politicians from having assets in tax havens

The ‘yes’ vote wins in the first, historic referendum of its kind, writes Alessio Perrone. Ecuadoreans have voted to bar politicians and civil servants from having assets, companies or capital in tax havens. With 93 per cent of the votes counted so far, some 55 percent of the people voted ‘Yes’ and 45 percent said […]

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Ecuador: Poll Says Lasso to win runoff election against Moreno

Reuters: By Alexandra Valencia Former banker Guillermo Lasso is seen beating leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno for Ecuador’s presidency in a runoff on April 2 with more than half of all valid votes, according to a poll by Cedatos. A nail-biter election left Lasso far behind Moreno last weekend, although Moreno fell just short of […]

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Manta Ecuador: Citizen alerts to alleged fraudulent votes by dead people (Video)

The Following information is stated in Spanish and machine translation to English. This information is being provided for informational purposes only and has not been verified as to its veracity. From LACE: This election gets stranger all the time. Apparently in the video a man finds what he says are hundreds of cedulas of dead […]

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Ecuador: President Correa blames right wing conspiracy in attacking Latin America Integration

panampost.com/karina martin wrote…. Ecuador President Rafael Correa claimed this week that there have been deliberate attempts by the right to destroy the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Correa claimed that the right is attempting to attack Latin America integration and its acting organizations. “When […]

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Runoff Election for President in Ecuador, tense times

nytimes.com Ecuador — Ecuador will hold a runoff election to choose a successor for President Rafael Correa, the country’s electoral commission ruled, in a vote being closely watched around Latin America. The announcement on Wednesday confirmed earlier indications that the governing party candidate, Lenín Moreno, and a conservative former banker, Guillermo Lasso, would face off […]

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Could it be the end of the Citizen’s Revolution in Ecuador?

Ecuador 2-18-17 Ecuador: The end of the ‘Citizens’ Revolution’? dw.com reported for the first time in ten years the name Rafael Correa will not be on the ballot in this Sunday’s presidential election. The ‘Citizens’ Revolution,’ as Correa calls his administration, could nevertheless go on. INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Another looming […]

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Ecuador: Military emphatically rejects rumors on social media of uprising

vistazo.com (machine translated)- feb. 20,2017 During this morning, pictures and messages from the military circulated on social networks, where they called for a mobilization against alleged electoral fraud. Faced with this, the Armed Forces issued a statement in which they “emphatically” reject such messages. “It is absolutely false that there is an alleged uprising by […]

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Ecuador: Protests outside CNE election facilities in seven provinces

Protests outside CNE facilities in 7 provinces vistazo.com (machine translated) From 17:00 today, February 20, 2017, several citizens self-convoked in Riobamba (Chimborazo), in the avenue Daniel Leon Borja to protest outside the National Electoral Council (CNE) and demand the entity quickly in the delivery of Presidential results. The label to autoconvocarse in networks was #TodosalCNE […]

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Ecuador: uncertainty, tension over election votes

miamiherald.com/By Jim Wyss This Andean nation could face days of uncertainty and tension as election authorities said Sunday’s contentious presidential vote remains too close to call — casting doubt on whether there will be a runoff. The warning came as ruling party candidate Lenín Moreno assured his followers he was on the cusp of winning […]

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Ecuador to wait at least three days to determine if Elections to go second round

eluniverso.com(machine translated) reported because of wielding inconsistencies in electoral records, the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Juan Pablo Pozo, Monday morning called citizens to wait a period of about three days to deliver the final results of Sunday’s elections in section Of the presidential binomial, to determine whether or not there is a […]

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Ecuador Election a Nail-Biter, Votes Still Coming in from overseas

reuters.com By Alexandra Ulmer and Alexandra Valencia | QUITO Leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno was within striking distance of winning the first round of Ecuador’s presidential election on Monday, as the Andean country’s electoral body counted ballots late into the night. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS A MUST […]

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Ecuador Election has International Implications

miamiherald.com/Jim Wyss reported the vote is amplified here because it marks the first time in a decade that President Rafael Correa, a charismatic populist, is not in the running. Instead, his one-time vice president, Moreno, a businessman and advocate for the disabled, is leading the charge. If Moreno wins at least 40 percent of the […]

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Ecuador: Who Will Take Over the Presidency?

Who are the main contenders? bbc.com / With Mr Correa not running again, his governing leftist Alianza PAIS (Country Alliance) party threw its weight behind former vice-president Lenin Moreno. Despite having been a key figure in Mr Correa’s cabinet between 2007-2013, Mr Moreno has sought to differentiate himself from the outgoing leader. Challenged when he […]

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Why Ecuador Needs A Change in the Regime after Ten Years (Commentary)

EXCELLENT INSIGHT INTO THE WORKINGS OF ECUADOR This piece is published with permission by an expat of many years experience in Ecuador who has a keen perception as to what goes on above and below the surface in Ecuador. It is highly recommended by Latinamericacurrentevents.com that this article/commentary should be read by any foreigner who […]

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Ecuador: Head of National Assembly received lethal explosive device in mail

telesurtv.net reporte: SURVIVES ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT Gabriela Rivadeneira has been sent an explosive device. Gabriela Rivadeneira, the head of the Ecuadorean National Assembly, announced Wednesday that she was sent a lethal explosive device in the mail. “Today I received in my office an envelope addressed to me with a CD that turned out to be a […]

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Ecuador Election Primer for 2017, Biggest Problems Facing Country

26% Percent of Ecuadorans who say the country is on the right track. 69% Percent of Ecuadorans who say the country needs “important” changes, while another 20% say it needs “gradual” change. What’s being voted on as-coa.org/Holly K. Sonneland / On February 19, Ecuadorans head to the polls for general elections to choose the president […]

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Ecuador’s Success as a leftist government (opinion)

It doesn’t fit with neoliberal orthodoxy, but President Rafael Correa has made remarkable progress. Will the next government sustain it? By Mark Weisbrot (Opinion) thenation.com  In a shift supported and welcomed in Washington, Latin America has been moving to the right in the last year or so. Three of South America’s largest economies—Brazil, Argentina, […]

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Ecuador: President’s brother claims Odebrecht helped finance election

RCNRADIO.com (MACHINE TRANSLATED) reported After Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa will anticipate that the opposition had prepared a ” bomb “, denouncing that the Brazilian company Odebrecht financed his election, his brother Fabricio said that the company helped in the campaign and even offered a meeting later Of the triumph, to clean up the contracts. ” […]

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Indigenous Group Claim governement of Ecuador allocating territory for large-scale mining

Rafael Correa: cease your violent attacks on Ecuador’s Shuar Arutam People! Governing Council of the Shuar Arutam People In law, the Shuar Arutam People of Ecuador’s Amazon control their ancestral forests. But the government has allocated more than 38% of their territory to large-scale mining, and a gigantic hydroelectric dam is about to be built. […]

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Ecuador’s Presidential Election Looms in Ecuador, Indigenous Movement Takes Center Stage

remezcla.com/Brayan Vázquez wrote Gabriela Garces is 17, and over the past four years she has watched as the land of her ancestors transformed into an oil drilling battleground between her people and the state. The homes of her community near Puyo, Ecuador’s southeast Amazon, have been evacuated and destroyed; their leaders persecuted and incarcerated. “The […]

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Ecuador: Group of Cuban Doctors ask for end of xenophobia and end to medical missions

martinoticias.commartinoticias.com / In an open letter to the opposition presidential candidates, the Cuban X Movement candidates called for the closure of the agreements signed by the current president Rafael Correa and Raúl Castro. The X-Movement Cuba (MXC), which groups health professionals born on the island and based in Ecuador, asked candidates opposed to the government […]

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Afro-Ecuadorean challenges in upcoming Presidential Elections in Ecuador

telesurtv.net reported Afro-Ecuadoreans have achieved unprecedented gains under President Correa but political participation and education are crucial to end structural racism. As Ecuador prepares for its presidential and parliamentary elections, the Afro-Ecuadorean community braces for the challenges ahead while recognizing the gains that have been made by outgoing President Rafael Correa and his Alianza Pais […]

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Ecuador: Alvaro Noboa promises a parliamentary coup if…..

telesurtv.net reported Five-time failed presidential candidate Alvaro Noboa promises a parliamentary coup if his slate wins enough seats in the national assembly. In a rambling statement posted on his campaign’s Facebook page on Monday, Ecuador’s richest man and banana magnate Alvaro Noboa promised a parliamentary coup if his slate wins enough seats in the upcoming […]

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Iran, Ecuador exploring expanding agricultural ties

In a meeting between Ecuador’s Ambassador to Tehran Germán Alejandro Ortega Almeida and the country’s Commercial Attaché in Iran Guido Zambrano with officials from Iranian Agriculture Ministry including Hooman Fathi, the general director of Bureau of International Affairs and Specialized Organizations, and Changiz Esfandiari, the general director of Agricultural Industries Office, proper grounds for enhancement […]

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Ecuador: Congressional Candidate Physically Attacked, hospitalized

panampost.com reported a major congressional candidate was hospitalized this week after a confrontation with two unidentified figures. Enrique Ayala Mora, a congressional representative candidate for the Imbabura province with the Unidad Popular party, is under medical observation following an aggressive encounter with two unidentified attackers. https://www.amazon.com/Spanish-Slang-Ecuador-Nicholas-Crowder-ebook/dp/B00VM2KL6I/ref=pd_sim_351_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=39FW1P4PVY94W5H8NDFH The attack against the 66-year-old politician reportedly took place […]

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Ecuador could reap bonanza in bonds if opposition wins

Dion Rabouin/reuters – “Ecuador has the potential to be a breakout story depending on how the elections go,” said Arif Joshi, emerging markets debt portfolio manager at Lazard Asset Management, who said Ecuador was one of his top picks for 2017. “If the opposition wins you will likely see the same type of spread compression […]

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Ecuador: Former Oil Minister asks for Clemency

Ecuador: Ex-Minister Admits to Corruption, Asks Correa for Clemency telesurtv.net reported Ecuador’s leader released emails from the former-minister-turned-fugitive where the latter acknowledges his “mistakes.” Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa released emails Friday where the country’s former oil minister admits to being involved in a corruption scandal involving the state oil firm, and subsequently asked the president […]

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Ecuador in final stretch to the elections, leaked videos hurts Alianza Pais party

The OPEC nation of Ecuador is seen as third-most corrupt in South America, ahead of only Venezuela and Paraguay, in Transparency International’s latest annual ranking of corruption perceptions worldwide. fox news/ap In one of the videos, Oil Minister Carlos Pareja is seen taking a lie detector test in which he affirms all decisions at Petroecuador […]

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President Correa says Ecuador shining example of how to treat foreigners

euractiv.com/ By José Manuel Sanz Mingote | euroefe.es | Translated By Samuel Morgan The head of state and government explained that “it’s the same story in Ecuador. We host the most refugees of anyone in Latin America, due to the Colombian conflict, and we are an example to the rest of the world”. “While elsewhere […]

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Ecuador: President’s Aircraft Makes Mysterious Flight to Quatar

263/5000 Published on Jan 30, 2017 Hispano Post Emilio Palacio reported Through a web page that monitors airspace, Palacio investigates where one of the Ecuadorian presidential aircraft is located. It verifies that the ship flew to a tax haven (Quatar) without having been informed the reason of the trip. SOURCE – Hispano Post INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED […]

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Ecuador’s President calls for strong unity in Latin America against Trump

President Rafael Correa said the region needs to stand together to fight discrimination and human rights violations. telesurtv.net reported Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said on Monday that Latin America needs to respond with a strong front and united speech against the anti-immigration measures of U.S. President Donald Trump. Correa said there needs to be “a […]

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Trump threatens remittances to Mexico

Mexico’s biggest cash cow is under threat from President Donald Trump. The country’s largest source of cash comes from Mexicans living in the United States. That is now under the microscope after Trump issued an executive order Wednesday to start building a wall on the border. During his campaign, Trump said multiple times that Mexico […]

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Ecuador: Government Implicated in Public Works Corruption

panampost.com/Ysol Delgado reported the Nuevo Herald recently interviewed journalist Fernando Villavicencio, who is in hiding after revealing confidential information that uncovered an important network of corruption, through a website called Focus. After the journalist’s information came to light, Rafael Correa asked the Attorney General of Ecuador to investigate him, and soon after an arrest warrant […]

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Mexico, U.S.: Battle Lines Drawn Regarding NAFTA Issues

FT.com/Jude Webber Mexico braced for confrontation with Trump team Enrique Peña Nieto vows to stand up to Nafta pressure from new US president Battle lines have been drawn as Mexico and the US kick off what promise to be tough negotiations on the future of the two-decades old North American Free Trade Agreement, which both […]

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Which Way Will Ecuador Go? (Opinion)

Ken Livinstone – THIS has been a big week for Ecuador. The country took on the presidency of the influential G77 and China group of developing countries and has marked 10 years of the Citizens’ Revolution, the name given to the change that has taken place in the country since President Rafael Correa took office […]

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Ecuador: President Correa Denounces Attempts to Destabilize Govt since 2013

radiolaprimerisima.com reported the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, denounced on Thursday the plan to destabilize his government implemented since 2013 and led by the brothers Isaiah, exbanqueros responsible for the country’s financial crisis in 1999. According to the president, just days after his second electoral victory in February 2013, the brothers Isaías and their lawyers […]

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Facebook Survey shows citizens in Latin America frustrated with bureaucracy

iadb.org/ Novel Facebook-based survey measures citizen frustration with bureaucracy in Latin America and Caribbean – The IDB has launched two studies on quality and innovation in public services The Inter-American Development Bank launched two studies that show the low regard citizens have for the quality of public services they receive and how innovation can help […]

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