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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 to all kick off. This useful little indicator is now flashing red for Ecuador as Weisbrot has a new report out telling us all how wonderfully the place is doing. Weisbrot’s story about Ecuador

….you’ve got to read a little between the lines to understand what has really been happening. Ecuador lives mainly from oil exports. And we’ve just been through the greatest ramp in oil prices in the history of our civilisation. And oil exporter should have been getting richer in such a time period. And that really is pretty much the explanation for what has happened.

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Except, of course, for the last little bit of it, the past year and two, when oil prices have collapsed. At which point the Ecuadorean government is running gargantuan budget deficits to keep the show on the road. Something that will only last for so long before the wheels come off, especially for a government that doesn’t issue nor borrow in its own currency–Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar. Read Article

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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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Ecuador: Dry Law to be in place for upcoming elections in February, 2017

eluniverso.com reported that beginning Friday, February 17 at 12:00, until noon on Monday, February 20, it will not be possible to sell or consume alcoholic beverages in Ecuador, due to the dry law that governs during the period prior to election day: February 2017. According to the Code of Democracy , it is established that […]

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Ecuador: Attacks on Freedom of Expression Increase

knightcenter.utexas.edu / Attacks on freedom of expression in Ecuador increase due to the application of the communications law, according to report By Paola Nalvarte/TM The main attacks on freedom of expression in Ecuador during 2016 were a result of the application of the controversial Organic Law of Communication, in force since 2013, according to the […]

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Ecuador: environmental organization fights for survival

theguardian.com reported members of one of Latin America’s most well-known environmental organisations, Acción Ecológica, are fighting for their survival against a controversial attempt by Ecuador’s government to shut them down. The move by the government came six days after violence between soldiers, police and indigenous Shuar people opposed to a Chinese-run copper development, Panantza-San Carlos, […]

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The Slow Death of Democracy in Ecuador

The Slow Death of Democracy in Correa’s Ecuador BY Carlos de la Torre / Thursday, March 19, 2015 worldpoliticsreview.com Rafael Correa, a left-leaning academic turned populist politician, has dominated Ecuadorian politics since 2007. He won three presidential elections and has consistently maintained popularity rates of over 50 percent. His movement, the Alliance for a Proud […]

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Ecuador: Fines for those qualified who fail to vote

eluniverso.com reported the fine for Ecuadorians who are qualified but who could not or would not vote in the electoral process on February 19 , is 10% of a monthly unified payment, to this amount is added $ 8 of the cost of the species (document Which is delivered at the CNE). The exact amount […]

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Ecuador: Campaign begins for Presidency

(AFP) – Campaigning opened Tuesday for Ecuador’s February 19 general elections, which will decide who succeeds leftist President Rafael Correa after a decade in power. Eight candidates are vying to replace Correa, a radical economist and one of the last of a generation of leftist leaders who dominated Latin American politics for more than a […]

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Ecuador: Foreign Minister Speaks to Challenges in 2017

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Alert on Challenges in 2017 WARNS OF ATTACKS ON PROGRESSIVE CURRENTS IN THE REGION tiempo21.cu reported Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Guillaume Long today warned the people of this South American country about the challenges they will have to face in 2017 internally, and in the international arena. After congratulating the Ecuadorians for the […]

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Ecuador: Recent poll for 2017 President, 47% still don’t know who they will vote for

ecuadorinmediato.com CEDATOS: Lenin Moreno (35.6%); Guillermo Lasso (22.3%); Cynthia Viteri (10.9%); Paco Moncayo (6.9%) 2016-12-29 19:15:00 National Policy report 47% of respondents still do not know who to vote for President and Vice President, and 53% have already decided their preference Cedatos pollster presented his study “Facts and Figures 2016″, whose information is based on […]

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Israel upset with Ecuador after UN envoy’s comments

Israel furious after Ecuador compares Zionism to Nazism independent.co.uk reported Ecuadorian official claims there is ‘nothing more similar’ to Nazis than Israel policy towards Palestinians Israel has responded furiously after the Ecuadorian envoy to the United Nations compared Zionism to Nazism. Diplomat Horacio Sevilla Borja said he did not think there was “anything more similar” […]

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El Salvador: Women serving prison terms for abortions they said they never had

thedailybeast.com/Nina Strochlic Inside the women’s prison in El Salvador, set on the outskirts of the capital in a dangerous neighborhood called Ilopango, at least 21 women are serving sentences for abortions they say they never had. All of these women claim they are jailed for miscarrying their babies. In the prison’s leafy courtyard, a petite […]

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Venezuela step closer to revolution

zerohedge.com reported once a “flagship socialist nation,” Venezuela has suffered over the past couple of years from a dramatic economic crisis that has resulted in severe shortages of food, clean water, electricity, medicines and hospital supplies all of which have resulted in a desperate population which has resorted to the black market and violence for […]

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Venezuela elections postponed, denounced by opposition

ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THE BOOK bbc.com reported Venezuela’s elections for state governorships have been postponed until next year, a move denounced by the opposition as unconstitutional. The polls had been expected in December, but the election board said they would now be held around mid-2017. Opinion polls have suggested the government of President […]

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Wikileaks says U.S. asked Ecuador to cut Assange off from internet

mcclatchydc.com/Tim Johnson reported Wikileaks said Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, from publishing leaked emails that could disrupt peace negotiations with a guerrilla group in Colombia. Assange, who has been in refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than four years, saw his access to […]

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Foreign Minister admits to restricting access to Wikileaks network within Ecuador’s embassy

cnn.com reported Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry published a statement on Tuesday saying it “exercised its right” to “temporarily restrict access to some of (WikiLeaks’) private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom.” The statement says the temporary restriction would not prevent WikiLeaks from “carrying out its journalistic activities. The statement mentions the “wealth of […]

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Ecuador: Political website reporters receive threats after writing about Rafael Correa’s daughter

PANAMPOST.COM reported the website 4Pelagatos in Ecuador has received numerous threats allegedly for publishing articles about President Rafael Correa’s daughter, according to The Andean Foundation for Media Study and Observation (Fundamedios). The media outlet responded to the threats by accusing the Ecuadorian government of intimidation tactics, and blaming them for anything that might happen to […]

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Ecuador: Staff of 4pelegatos website receive threats after article about President’s daughter

Fundamedios issued an alert about the threats aggravated against members of 4Pelagatos without the government or the Attorney, Galo Chiriboga, say nothing about the matter. This site reproduces the statement Fundamedios, while the national government responsible for these murderous threats and the consequences that may arise against 4Pelagatos members, contributors and columnists. Disseminated photographs, addresses […]

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Rafael Correa warns of new Operation Condor aimed against progressive govts in Latin America

EFE/latino.foxnews.com reported Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa warned Saturday about the existence of a new Operation Condor, as the repressive action of Latin America’s military dictatorships in the 1970′s and ’80s was called, this time against the “progressive governments” of the region. “This is a new Operation Condor…today its targets are the progressive governments of the […]

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Ecuador rejects neolibralism and imperialism

telesurtv.net / Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Guillaume Long speaks to teleSUR’s Abby Martin on “Empire Files” about the country’s rejection of neoliberalism and imperialism. Ecuador’s fight to reclaim its sovereignty and beat back neoliberalism and foreign domination has been rife with challenges, but the movement to lift up people over profits has also made progress in […]

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Ecuador: President has filed 21 lawsuits since 2007

panampost.com/elcomercio reported Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador since 2007, has filed 21 lawsuits during his tenure, more than any other Ecuadorian president since 1979, according to an investigation by local newspaper El Comercio. In 13 of the legal complaints between June 2008 and September 2016, Correa acted as a citizen rather than chief of […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Deputy Mayor thrown in jail for offending President Correa

panampost.com reported a judge gave Eduardo Del Pozo 15 days in jail for “offending the honor of President Correa.” “Even if they use their entire judicial machinery against us,” Del Pozo said, “we will stand here without fear.” In the radio interview, Del Pozo said the president “gave out sentences at will, took money, paid […]

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Mexico: Finance Minister Steps down after Trump’s visit

Mexican finance minister steps down in wake of Donald Trump’s visit THEGUARDIAN.COM reported Luis Videgaray was widely reported to have been a leading proponent of Trump’s trip, which was seen as something of a disaster for the Mexican president. President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico is replacing his finance minister, Luis Videgaray, as the country […]

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Ecuador: President’s brother states “Corruption Rampant Throughout the Country”

eldiario.ec(Machine Translated) REPORTED Fabricio Correa, a businessman and political activist, said last night during the Vote 2017 program, broadcast by Manavision, still thinks which organization is best suited to participate in the upcoming elections of 2017. He said that if would accept to run for president because, he said, is well positioned in the polls. […]

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Brazil: President Impeached, vote 61 to 20 for conviction

nytimes.com reported the Senate on Wednesday impeached Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, and removed her from office for the rest of her term, the capstone of a power struggle that has consumed the nation for months and toppled one of the hemisphere’s most powerful political parties. The Senate voted 61 to 20 to convict […]

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Iran hopes to use Latin America in developing ballistic missile program

thetower.org reported the Iranian foreign minister’s visit to Latin America last week signaled the Islamic Republic’s intent to rebuild its missile program in the Western Hemisphere, Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an analysis on Monday. “Iran has long relied on Latin America to evade Western sanctions, […]

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Ecuador: Thousands March against Presidents dissolution of teacher’s union

Quito (AFP) au.news.yahoo.com reported – Thousands of demonstrators marched in Quito and other Ecuadoran cities Thursday against the socialist government of Rafael Correa and its dissolution of a public teachers’ guild. Labor union members and teachers turned out in Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca to denounce the Ministry of Education dissolving the National Union of Educators […]

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Colombia, Farc to sign peace deal

theguardian.com reported after four years of negotiating, the deal will be signed Wednesday evening in Havana, kicking off what promises to be a frenzied campaign to ratify it Colombia’s government and leftwing Farc rebels have reached a final and comprehensive peace deal to end the country’s 52-year war that has left more than 220,000 people […]

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Venezuela: Govt. will fire civil servants for signing recall petition for Maduro

Maduro to fire public workers who backed his recall The Venezuelan government will fire senior civil servants for signing a petition linked to ousting President Nicolas Maduro, according to Maduro’s top aide. Hundreds of people claim they already lost their jobs. The president sent out lists of employees to be fired from posts on the […]

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Ecuador criticizes British Security for intrusion attempt at embassy in London

mirror.co.uk reported Ecuador blasts British security forces after intruder scales walls of London Embassy in ‘Julian Assange assassination attempt’ Fans of Wikileaks founder blame America following security breach after site said it would release “a lot more” documents to surprise voters ahead of election WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy […]

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Ecuador: President Correa merges state owned media into one group

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has issued a decree to create a state media holding, which was the merge of the major state-run media. Sputnik — According to the presidential decree issued Monday, Correa merged the Public Television and Radio Company of Ecuador (RTV Ecuador), the state-run El Telegrafo newspaper, and the Andes news agency “in […]

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Ecuador: Teachers Union Calls For Nationwide Protests August 25, 2016

cuencahighlife.com reported teachers union calls for nationwide protests on Thursday, says government dissolution order is an act of ‘political revenge’ Ecuador’s National Union of Educators (UNE), the country’s largest teachers’ union, has announced a nationwide protest for Thursday against the government decision revoking its right to represent teachers. UNE says the decision was politically motivated. […]

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Mexico: Journalists accuses President Nieto of plagiarism

Journalists in Mexico have accused President Enrique Pena Nieto of plagiarism. bbc.com reported a video on news website Aristegui Noticias alleges that almost 29% of his 1991 law thesis had been lifted from other authors without crediting them. A government spokesman said the president had committed “style errors” when he failed to acknowledge his sources […]

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Ecuador: Privacy Bill Introduced, to regulate public, private use of personal information

dataguidance.com reported Juan Javier Canessa, Partner at Larrea & Canessa, highlighted, “Based on the fact that up to this date Ecuador does not have a uniform law regarding protection and management of personal databases, we consider positive the intention to issue such a law that gathers and develops non-existing concepts such as ‘sensitive data,’ ‘data […]

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Ecuador: President Correa reiterates he is not going to run for office in 2017

eluniverso.com reported Rafael Correa thanks support group for the signatures, but reiterates he will not go for re-election President of the Republic, Rafael Correa, thanked his supporters Thursday collective ‘Rafael With You Always’, prompting collecting signatures to 1’245.000 a referendum that would facilitate the re-election of the president, but reiterated that will not go to […]

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Argentina: Declassified files show Kissinger jeopardized efforts to stop mass killings

theguardian.com reported newly declassified files show the former secretary of state jeopardized efforts to crackdown on bloodshed by Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger jeopardized US efforts to stop mass killings by Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship by congratulating the country’s military leaders for “wiping out” terrorism, according to a large trove […]

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Ecuador and China sign co-operation military defense agreement

janes.com reported Ecuador has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China relating to defence industrial co-operation; the latest in a series of agreements between the countries aimed to strengthening military and industrial ties. The accord was signed in Ecuador on 16 August by Ecuadorian defence minister Ricardo Patino and Xu Zhanbin, China’s vice minister […]

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Ecuador: 1.2 million signatures collected for referendum to have Correa on ballot for presidency

panampost.com reported Ecuador managed to collect over 1.2 million signatures supporting the proposal for a referendum that would allow President Rafael Correa to run again in 2017. After 45 days of collecting signatures, the movement gave the National Electoral Council (CNE) the results in northern Quito. It reportedly exceeded the minimum percentage required for a […]

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Ecuador: Alvaro Noboa will run for President until he dies

Last election you received a ittle more than 330,000 votes, What makes you think that now will be any different? elcomercio.com NOBOA: Because there is now a great disappointment popular product of national problems. Today there is poverty, there is unemployment, there are also health problems, there are many angles to the crisis. What solutions […]

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Expert’s view on Iran’s export revolution to Latin America

Sofey Saidi, PhD, on Tehran’s efforts to “export revolution” in Latin America Iran’s increasing involvement in South American and Central American countries has worried some observers who fear that the country may be “exporting” fundamentalist religion in these regions. The 1979 Iranian Revolution was, according to many analysts, the birth of modern Islamic fundamentalism, an […]

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Ecuador: Correa states neoliberalism is the failure, not socialism

cuadoran president Rafael Correa on Sunday denounced “fantasies of trickle-down theories” and said that it’s neoliberalism, not socialism that has failed his region. Latin America has largely pursued “socialism of the 21st century,” TeleSUR reports the leftist leader as saying in an interview. Despite current external factors affecting his country’s economy—like the fall in the […]

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Ecuador: Redistribution of Poverty (Opinion)

Leonard Quinde Allieri “Opinion”/PANAMPOST Correa’s administration is very proud to say that over the last 10 years, it has managed to double Ecuador’s GDP. What they do not say is how they have generated this increase — irresponsible spending that has damaged the economy. Correa mismanaged the highest oil revenues in Ecuadorian history. And what […]

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Iran’s foreign policy in Latin America

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK aawsat.com/Caracas- Iran’s Foreign Ministry is currently in the process of preparing for Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s five-country tour in Latin America. The Iranian diplomat is scheduled to visit Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Chile in the upcoming period. Amid serious cautioning the peace of the Americas […]

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US Invasions in Latin America and the Caribbean, look from telesurtv.net

US Invasions in Latin America and the Caribbean TELESURTV.NET reported: Since the 1800s, the United States has invaded countries across Latin America and the Caribbean in an effort to protect both economic and political interests. This violent, aggressive policy has led to tens of thousands of civilian deaths and decades-long dictatorships. In commemoration of the […]

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Oaxaca Mexico: Lawmakers accuse govt of cover-up in massacre

telesurtv.net reported nearly two months since police left ten demonstrators dead in Oaxaca, officials still don’t know who gave police the order to fire. Lawmakers from Mexico’s leftist parties accused the Office of the Attorney General of trying to perpetuate impunity in the deaths of several people at the hands of police in the town […]

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Cuba: Nicholas Maduro President of Venezuela in Cuba with wife for Castro’s birthday

radioangulo.cu reported the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Cuba Friday night to participate in the activities to mark the 90th birthday of Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro. President Maduro is expected to attend a couple of cultural galas to pay homage to Fidel, along member of his delegation. This new visit by Maduro is […]

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Ecuador: Legal Status of Indigenous Peoples and key political issues facing communities

worldpoliticsreview.com reported the Ecuadorean indigenous political party Pachakutik yesterday officially validated the results of its presidential primary, naming Lourdes Tiban as the party’s nominee for next year’s election. In an email interview, Manuela Picq, professor of international relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador, and currently a Loewenstein Fellow in the department […]

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Ecuador: Journalist resorts to begging on street to pay for libel suit from President

sandiegouniontribune.com/AP reported An Ecuadorean opposition journalist convicted of libeling President Rafael Correa said on Thursday that he is broke and must take up a public collection to pay the $141,000 judgment. Fernando Villavicencio displayed a piggy bank at a news conference and said he will use banks to collect money in the streets to satisfy […]

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Ecuador sinks deeper towards state of outright crisis (Opinion)

Thedialogue.org Ecuador Unsteadied Low oil prices. A stronger dollar. The aftermath of an earthquake. A looming general election with no clear outcome. Every day Ecuador sinks deeper towards a state of outright crisis. In the face of an economic contraction, the country must overcome enormous obstacles to recovery and growth. Its politics do not offer […]

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Ecuador: Stratfor analysis of Correa who stated he would run for president if elections held today

stratfor.com Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Aug. 8 that if elections were held tomorrow he would run for office again. Yet he denied that he would run for re-election in 2017. Under Ecuadorian law, Correa is not allowed to seek another term. However, a group of his supporters, Rafael Contigo Siempre (Rafael Forever With You), […]

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Latin America still risky for FCPA violations

insidecounsel.com reported as the world’s attention turns to the South American nation of Brazil this summer as it hosts the Olympics, those who follow the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) have long been watching the region. Spanish Vocabulary Intermediate/Advanced Level: A Guide To Enrich Your Spanish Vocabulary Even the Olympics themselves — […]

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Mexico: Three Mayors Murdered in 10 days

Three mayors have been killed in 10 days in México. panampost.com reported the first was the Mayor of San Juan Chamula, Chiapas Domingo López González on the morning of July 23, and the second was Pungarabato, Michoacan Mayor Ambrosio Soto Duarte, who was killed the same day. Following those events, Huehuetlán El Grande Mayor Santa […]

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Ecuador: Correa aims for more debt and taxes

The earthquake in Ecuador on April 16, which resulted in 659 deaths (a figure that is still growing) and thousands of homeless, has also added to the population’s tax burden. The Government has increased VAT from 12% to 14% for a one year. For the same period, companies will pay a 3% tax on profits […]

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Mexico: New Graft Legislation goes into effect

reuters.com reported Mexico’s chief anti-corruption official, who last year exonerated President Enrique Pena Nieto of conflict-of-interest allegations, resigned on Monday, just hours before new graft-fighting legislation comes into effect. Virgilio Andrade, head of the Public Administration Ministry (SFP), the government’s main anti-corruption auditor, was appointed by Pena Nieto in 2015. He was immediately asked to […]

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Ecuador Deports asylum seekers without due process per Human Rights Watch

HRW.ORG reported Ecuador has the largest number of refugees in the region. The expulsion without due process of dozens of Cubans during the last few days shows the enormous risk that asylum seekers face when government authorities have impunity to ignore their obligations under international refugee law. Detained Cubans in a cell at Quito’s court […]

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Liberalism in Ecuador: Constitutional, Institutional Instability

Liberalism in Ecuador: In Search of a Constitution Johanna E. Andrango, Diego F. Grijalva and Pedro P. Romero Draft May 19, 2016 Abstract: Ecuador is not a society that upholds classical liberal values. Since its inception as a republic in 1830, the country has had twenty constitutions with an average duration of nine years, that […]

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Declassified Documents Show CIA Involvement in Ecuador Since the 60s

Telesurtv.net reported the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to declassified documents and testimonies of previous agency officials, had a permanent operation to intervene in political and social decisions of Ecuador. Starting from the 60s, the CIA infiltrated governments, police, civilian groups, and NGOs to advance U.S. interests in the country, and continues to fight […]

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Venezuela intentionally crushed the middle and working class

mises.org/Ryan McMaken Unlike other leftist South American regimes, the Venezuela regime has intentionally crushed even the middle and working classes. The economic disaster in Venezuela has prompted many to take a look at the country and attempt to understand what it is that has made things so bad in Venezuela. It’s not enough to say […]

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Step by step, Venezuela shutting down, slipping into the dark

Meridith Kohut/NYtimes.com reported — The courts? Closed most days. The bureau to start a business? Same thing. The public defender’s office? That’s been converted into a food bank for government employees. Step by step, Venezuela has been shutting down. This country has long been accustomed to painful shortages, even of basic foods. But Venezuela keeps […]

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Ecuador: Fundamedios reports officials seeking to discredit journalists through social media

freemedia.at reported…Although there are still more than six months to go before the campaign to elect a new president in Ecuador begins, efforts to control political discourse in the country have long since begun. According to a new study, part of this battle is being waged on social networks, where the current president, Rafael Correa, […]

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Correa upset with cartoonist Bonil, again

Correa encourages its followers on social networks to harass critics Ecuador President asks people to “reclaim the streets” cartoonist for his drawings Bonil Soraya Constant/internacional.elpais.com REPORTED Quito 3 MAY 2016 Caricatura de Bonil sobre Rafael Correa Cartoon Bonil on Rafael Correa Bonil The cartoonist humor Xavier Bonilla , better known as Bonil, has angered President […]

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Censorship, corruption and fiscal crisis in Ecuador (Public Comment)

Even the 7.8 earthquake, many people began to understand that, in times of crisis, political and economic problems have direct effects internacional.elpais.com (PUBLIC COMMENT)/ Ezequiel Vazquez-Ger wrote During the presidencies of Rafael Correa between 2007 and 2015 oil revenues reached 80 billion dollars. A comparatively bulky amount, taking into account that oil revenues in the […]

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Some Ecuadorians clearly upset with current situation per posts on Facebook

OPINION FROM FACEBOOK: spanish with mechanical english translation. Santy Gomez RAFAEL CORREA: EL PUEBLO ECUATORIANO NO SE DA X VENCIDO NI LO HARA. NO PIENSE UD QUE XQ CAMBIA MINISTROS, O SE QUEDA CALLADITO, O SE HACE EL HUEVON SE VA A SALIR CON LA SUYA. ECUADOR YA CONOCE SUS ARTIMAÑAS, SUS CORTINAS DE HUMO, […]

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Report on Ecuador and the Panama Papers

ecuadorreview.com reported six Ecuadorian journalists from the daily newspapers El Universo and El Comercio were part of the global investigation known as the ‘Panama Papers.’ Coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), reporters had access to more than 11 million documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca (MF), a company providing offshore services, i.e. the […]

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