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Cuenca Ecuador: Number of violent deaths worries local authorities

elcomercio.com/Lineida Castillo reported the voice of Ricardo Baculima sounds sad and tired when he tells how his father-in-law was murdered. He found Baltazar Tacuri, 79, in a wooded ditch, face down with half his body burned. It was Monday April 3 and the news shocked the residents of the rural parish of San Joaquin, located west of Cuenca. Tacuri was a timber merchant and on the morning of Saturday, April 1, he left home with USD 900 to pay the salary to his six employees and collect other debts he had. For the family it was strange that the man did not arrive to watch the image of the Virgin of the Swan that was fulfilled in his house and did not answer his cell phone either. Now, nobody knows exactly why such an extreme attack occurred, but the National Bureau of Crimes Against Life, Violent Deaths, Disappearances, Extortion and Kidnapping investigates this case for robbery. “They killed my father-in-law with a blow to the head and set him on fire to get rid of his body; It was horrible, said Baculima at the funeral that was fulfilled on Tuesday. That Monday also appeared the body of Cristina Palacio, the young woman who was stabbed and thrown to a river, according to the story given by the person who is now being processed in this case. Why this level of violence ? Agents have some clues. Rodrigo Ocaña, chief of the Azuay Police, says that the suspects “can act with violence when they are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or have disorders.” In the case of Palacio, the defendant argued that he has a mental illness and presented documents that he was held in a drug rehabilitation center. In Cuenca there is already a history of extreme violence in the murders. In July 2012 the sisters Marisela and Moraima Páramo, aged 22 and 24, were beaten, strangled and one of them sexually assaulted in their house located in the southeast of the city. Finally, the attacker set fire to the corpses. The only suspect is a fugitive, and therefore, the judicial process was stalled. The university students lived alone because their parents migrated. Two years later, the family sold the house to get away from the memories. “We were hurt by the horrendous crime,” a neighbor said on Thursday. Also, there are sentenced cases like the crime of Cristina Suquilanda, of 41 years, that happened in July of 2013. Its cremated body was found on the banks of the river Yanuncay, sector of Barabón. The three men are serving a 25-year sentence for felony murder . In their children the pain is still present and now they prefer not to talk about it. For Felipe Camacho, former director of the Cuenca Security Council, crimes with violence usually occur when the perpetrators have hatred or antipathy towards the victim. “They act with hyperaggressiveness because of a condition of the moment, but they carry some time,” he said. Blanca Duchi, 47, her son-in-law killed her with seven stab wounds, on March 20 and are among the 13 violent deaths recorded in Cuenca during 2017. The neighbors of the neighborhood La Libertad, the rural parish of El Valle, were felt with this case. They say that Rommel S., came to his mother-in-law’s house in an ethyl state to beat his sleeping wife. Hearing the argument, Duchi defended his daughter and he stabbed her in the back and head. Lagente was alarmed and in the brawl the children of the family witnessed the events. The suspect escaped. The house where the crime occurred remains closed and nobody took care of the vegetables that Duchi sowed. “What happened in this neighborhood was tragic,” said the neighbor, Maria Guallpa. The number of violent deaths worries local authorities. That is why they met last Thursday at the Security Council and Security Bureau 5. María Augusta Muñoz, governor of Azuay, acknowledged that March was an atypical month with seven crimes. For this reason, several groups among them #Niunamenos called torch marches, to request that these facts do not occur more. The idea is to ask the authorities not to go unpunished. Read Article

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Ecuador: Women Domestics make labor inroads

telesurtv.net – On International Women’s Day, a small women workers’ association in Ecuador could inspire other domestic workers to organize for their rights. As women’s organizations around the world are set to march for International Women’s Day Wednesday, a women workers’ association in Ecuador stands as a pioneering example in the global fight for transformational […]

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Ecuador: Seven out of 100,000 Ecuadorians commit suicide

Seven out of 100,000 Ecuadorians commit suicide A study has revealed with figures how is the situation of this social problem in the country in the last 15 years Diego Mosquera. Quito Seven out of every 100,000 inhabitants commit suicide in Ecuador , so has determined a study conducted by a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional team […]

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Colombia: Violence spreading in areas abandoned by guerrillas

The Guardian -guardian.com/ Violence is spreading particularly fast in areas abandoned by guerrillas under the peace deal because the promised state security forces have not arrived. There is little clarity about who is behind the killings, but areas once held by guerrillas are often places where illegal mining or farming of coca – the raw […]

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Haiti Prison, HELL ON EARTH, some waiting up to eight years for trial

dailymail.co.uk reported dozens of emaciated men with sunken cheeks and protruding ribs lie silently in an infirmary at Haiti’s largest prison, most too weak to stand. The corpse of an inmate who died miserably of malnutrition is shrouded beneath a plastic tarp. Elsewhere, prisoners are crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in cellblocks so overcrowded they have to sleep […]

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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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Colombia: Increase in Birth Rates Among FARC

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK caracol.com.co/ Rafael Pardo pointed out that this is a reality that must be interpreted as a commitment by the guerrillas to abandon their armed struggle and dedicate themselves as any Colombian to having a family and a job . “This is certainly a good symptom, women who […]

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Monjas Quito Ecuador: Police find arsenal of weapons on domestic violence call

Rifles, pistols and ammunition were found in Monjas Former Military member had no permission for weapons lahora.com.ec Thursday, February 9, 2017 The urban service police went to the Monjas sector to deal with alleged domestic violence and found an arsenal of weapons. The police of urban service went to the sector of Monjas, center of […]

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Iquitos, Peru: Ayahuasca tours boon for economy, double edge sword

theguardian.com reported according to research by Carlos Suárez Álvarez, Amazonian studies expert and author of Ayahuasca, Iquitos and Monster Vorāx, in Iquitos, the largest city in Peru’s Amazon, 10 of the 40 biggest camps reap nearly £5m annually by hosting foreigners for more than £1,000 per stay. This has led to prices of the Banisteriopsis […]

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Ecuador: More than half of violent crimes are acts of gender violence

globalvoices.org /In Ecuador today, more than half of all violent crimes committed nationally are acts of gender violence. According to the government, there were 80 femicides recorded in 2016. In the first four days of 2017, police recorded one femicide every 32 hours. The activists say they want to “break the silence.” According to the […]

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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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Guayas Province Ecuador: 1 – 8 cases a day reported of missing persons

Most cases of missing individuals are adolescents – eluniverso.com reported…Margarita, André, Josué, Juana, Genesis are names of people who were reported missing last week at the Flagrant Unit of the Guayas Public Prosecutor’s Office in the Albán Borja Mall, located in northern Guayaquil. There are four prosecutors in the Administrative Actions Unit, which is the […]

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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 Culture: Lessons for the expat and Christmas with Indigenous neighbors

“Papa Noel” or “Plata Noel”? Twelve Questions for Expats this Christmas written by Russ Reina /gringotree.com / expat/opinion Let’s talk about the Christmas messages, we the expat community, may be sending to our Indigenous neighbors, and in turn, how some of them may be embracing negative aspects of our North American culture without even realizing […]

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Latin America Lags In Math, Science, and Reading skills

oecd.org reported for science, math and reading skills, Latin American countries remain below average worldwide. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) tested 540,000 15-year-old students in 72 countries. The main focus was on science, an increasingly important part of today’s economy and society. Singapore outperforms the rest of the world. The top-performing countries: […]

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Homicide Rates for Latin America and the Caribbean

2015 Homicide Rates for Latin America and the Caribbean *per 100,000 inhabitants El Salvador 103 Venezuela 90 Honduras 57 Jamaica 45 Guatemala 30 Brazil 26 Colombia 25 Dominican Republic 17 Puerto Rico 16 Mexico 13 Costa Rica 11 Panama 11 Argentina 9 Nicaragua 8 Paraguay 8 Uruguay 8 Peru 7 Ecuador 6 Bolivia 5 Chile […]

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Quito Ecuador: Center Historic Area Losing Population

In the Plaza de San Francisco, where the church and convent of the same name stand, fences have blocked off the construction site for the Quito subway for months, as work has been stalled while archaeological finds are assessed. Quito’s historic centre is the biggest in Latin America. QUITO, Nov 30 2016 (IPS) author- Mario […]

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Ecuador: Government claims “begging” has dropped 76.4 percent since 2010

telesurtv.net reported – The government of Rafael Correa has paid special attention to those living in extreme poverty. One of the most notable achievements of the Citizen’s Revolution in Ecuador has been the marked drop in extreme poverty, which has translated in a significant drop in people begging on streets. SPANISH SLANG ECUADOR – READ […]

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More than 150,000 Venezuelans left so far in 2016, many fleeing in boats0

nytimes.com/ NICHOLAS CASEY wrote: Well over 150,000 Venezuelans have fled the country in the last year alone, the highest in more than a decade, according to scholars studying the exodus. “We have seen a great acceleration,” said Tomás Páez, a professor who studies immigration at the Central University of Venezuela. He says that as many […]

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Ecuador: Six out of ten women have experienced violence

lahora.com.ec REPORTED…Moni Pizani, of UN Women, acknowledged that much progress has been made in Ecuadory, but that there is still a way to go in the fight against this phenomenon, in which 6 out of 10 women have experienced some form of violence. He said that the statistical data to date do not reflect growth […]

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Ecuador: A culture of distrust, case study of gated communities

Do Gated Communities Represent a Problem For Society? A study of the impact of Gated Communities in Machala, Ecuador Cristhian Hernández Abstract The effects of Gated Communities (GCs) were analysed. According to the literature, these urban artefacts are negative for society. They are blamed to provoking social segregation, social exclusion and undermining democracy. In a […]

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Ecuador: Transgender couple become parents

newnownext.com reported Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez have put trans equality in the spotlight in the South American country. Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez are the most famous trans people in the country, which has a complicated relationship with LGBT rights. Ecuador’s constitution bars discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity, but there is also […]

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Venezuela Crisis Rural Hospitals: Carboard Boxes Used for Newborn babies, no cribs

Hannah Dreier ‏@hannahdreier 4h4 hours ago Cutest dimension of Venezuela crisis: Newborn babies placed in cardboard boxes amid shortages at rural hospitals ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK

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How many foreigners have disappeared in Mexico?

How many foreigners have disappeared in Mexico? Written by Editorial Digitallpost / INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY digitallpost.mx (machine translated) reported in Mexico, between 2005 and 2015 a total of 70 foreigners from 17 nations, most of Central America, disappeared in national territory, so that the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), conducts inquiries corresponding. On the […]

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Bogota Colombia: Call for social health emergency due to homeless situation

elpais.com.co reported the Attorney General’s Office, Alejandro Ordóñez, asked the Minister of Health, Alejandro Gaviria, declaring the social and health emergency by the crisis that was generated in Bogota by the situation of homeless people who have nowhere to settle after Bronx called intervention. ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK This was asked Ordóñez […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: New Movie “Without Deaths there is no Carnival”

‘No dead no carnival’, reflecting cruelty and realism One of the great qualities that covers the film phenomenon in Latin America is to bring the ignorant, without reservation, what happens in territories with a less bitter face in tourist postcards. Thus, rejection of an unknown situation has practically become an ignored event aims cinema print […]

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Ecuador: Despite improvements, adequate housing for many still a challenge

The housing problems in Ecuador calls for new proposals notiamerica.com reported in the Republic of Ecuador, even after significant advances occurred as regards living conditions of the population, the right to access adequate housing prevails as one of the main phenomena which attend. The notion of adequate housing is linked to a large and complex […]

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Could Ecuador Become Another Venezuela?(observations)

ANONYMOUS POST MADE AT STEVEQUAYLE.COM WITH OBSERVATIONS OF ECUADOR WILL REAL WORLD EVENTS HAPPENING IN ECUADOR LEAD TO ANOTHER VENEZUELA? As an aside, things in Ecuador getting bad, the economy is being destroyed by el presidente and his willing legislators………many here, are saying Ecuador will soon follow Venezuela into hell on earth. They have raised […]

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Venezuela Hunger Crisis: Horse at Zoo Butchered for the meat

Venezuelans suffering from hunger and shortages in their struggling country broke into Caracas zoo and pulled a black stallion from its pen, butchering it for the meat. The crime occurred late last month, in the small hours of the morning at Caracas’ Caricuao Zoo. A gang of people sneaked into the state-run park under the […]

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On Being Black in Ecuador and not from Ecuador (Video)

100 POINTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE MOVING OR RETIRING IN ECUADOR

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Denmark Development Relations with Latin America

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK um.dk reported Denmark has had long-standing development cooperation in Latin America with a focus on rural development, environment and access to justice/human rights. In Latin America, Denmark has supported the efforts of the various countries (Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala) to combat inequality and poverty contributing to the […]

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Latin America: Levels of Inequality and Violence

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK theconversation.com reported Latin America has traditionally been the world’s most unequal region, but it has recently shown signs of change. Through the 2000s, high international prices for exports have brought inequality levels down. Governments have made more concerted efforts to tackle poverty, mounting schemes such as conditional cash […]

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So far in 2016, 26,000 unaccompanied children apprehended at US-Mexican border

Central American child refugees continue to pour into the US csmonitor.com reported in the first six months of 2016, UNICEF said almost 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the US-Mexican border. Thousands of unaccompanied children continue to migrate from dangerous parts of Central America to the US southern border, according to a United Nations report […]

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Chile: Massive Protests atainst privatized pension plan

bbc.com reported hundreds of thousands of people across Chile have taken part in protests against the country’s controversial privatised pension plan. The scheme was launched in 1981, during the military government of General Augusto Pinochet. Protesters say some 10 million people who joined have now been left with very low retirement incomes – less than […]

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Ecuador: New Treaty to help visually impaired with exceptions to copyrighted material

Quito, Aug 22 Prensa Latina reported The Treaty of Marrakech will benefit over 280 thousand visually disabled persons in Ecuador, playing an important role in tyhe promotion of the pact which should become valid next September 30. Together with Brazil, Paraguay and Mexico, Ecuador was one of the original supporters of the agreement, ratified in […]

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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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Kidnapping Statistics for Latin America

SOURCE: UNODC/UNITED NATIONS Definitions for kidnapping differ from country to country. No information received from Argentina or Uruguay. Statistics are from 2014 or earlier depending on reporting from each country. GUATEMALA 2014 0.3 PER 100,000 46 KIDNAPPINGS BELIZE 2011 0.9 PER 100,000 3 KIDNAPPINGS HONDURAS 2013 0.9 PER 100,000 51 KIDNAPPINGS EL SALVADOR 2014 0.9 […]

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Iquitos Peru: One of the last Jewish Communities in Amazon Basin may disappear

theguardian.com reported Iquitos – the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road – is home to one of the last Jewish communities in the Amazon basin, but that may not be true for much longer: a modern exodus to Israel has seen the city’s Jewish population drop by more than 80% in the […]

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Ecuador: co-coordinating ministries, government of the future

huffingtonpost.com / In Ecuador, a long period of ungovernability, with eight presidents in ten years, led to the writing of an entire new constitution in 2008, in which the state tried to wipe the slate clean and design a cutting-edge way of matching the nature of the problems it faced. One aspect of the reform […]

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Ecuador: Petition filed requesting to decriminalize abortion

Many Ecuadorean women have been forced to carry pregnancies that are the product of rape. telesurtv.net reported the Ecuadorian National Assembly received on Thursday a petition asking it to decriminalize abortion in the country. The Bar Association in Quito presented a text in which they ask the assembly to analyze the decriminalization of abortion in […]

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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: Media Station, Journalist accused of “media lynching”

New York, August 9, 2016 – The Ecuadoran communications regulator should rescind all measures against the broadcaster Teleamazonas and journalist Janet Hinostroza, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Regulators yesterday sanctioned the station and the journalist for “media lynching” in relation to investigative reports into the government’s purchase of medical supplies. According to a […]

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Ecuador: Novelist releases book in English on Gay Conversion Therapy

“Ecuador lives a facade of lies. People from around the world say it is a secular and progressive country, which it absolutely is not. The reality is far from that.” (César L. Baquerizo) Vice.com reported in 2013, César L. Baquerizo’s novel about the horrors of gay reparative therapy in his native Ecuador, Un Lugar Seguro […]

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Mexico fails in managing increased migration flows from Central America

phys.org reported Mexico launched the Comprehensive Plan for the Southern Border (CPSB) in 2014 in an attempt to manage increased migration flows from Central America. But two years after the plan’s implementation, it has yet to accomplish its goals of securing Mexico’s southern border, according to an issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for […]

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Ecuador: racial injustices wrought by neoliberal urban policies

Revanchist Urbanism Heads South: The Regulation of Indigenous Beggars and Street Vendors in Ecuador Kate Swanson Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK; kate.swanson@ges.gla.ac.uk ——- Abstract: Much of the discussion surrounding neoliberal urbanism has been empirically grounded in the North. This paper shifts the discussion south to focus on the regulation […]

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Fanesca in Ecuador, a soup like no other

Calvin Trillin/newyorker.com(2005) reported, When I decided last winter to regroup my forces, it occurred to me that Ecuador might be a good place to study Spanish this go-around. I had in mind Cuenca, around Holy Week. From what I’d gathered during a previous trip to Ecuador, Holy Week is the only time of year you […]

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Punctuality in Ecuador

Newyorker.com (2004) YJames Surowiecki..At high noon last October 1st, the citizens of Ecuador did something they’d never dreamed possible: they synchronized their watches. In doing so, they embarked on a Campaña Contra la Impuntualidad, a national crusade against lateness. A group called Participacíon Ciudadana had orchestrated the initiative in order to combat Ecuadorans’ notoriously cavalier […]

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Latin America: Sex Motel Apps helps lovers find an available room

Spanish Vocabulary Intermediate/Advanced Level: A Guide To Enrich Your Spanish Vocabulary fusion.net reported even though sex motels are everywhere, it’s not always easy to find an available room when you’re new to a city, or on a busy weekend night. And when you’re in the mood, the last thing you want to do is drive […]

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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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The Culture of Debt in Northern Andes of Ecuador

Owing and being in debt. A contribution from the northern Andes of Ecuador by EMILIA FERRARO This paper discusses the notion of debt in Pesillo, a Quichua community in northern Ecuador, whose socio-economic organisation is based on a system of generalised reciprocity that includes a variety of ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ exchanges, and non- monetary and […]

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39,000 Venezuelans in Ecuador in attempt to escape crisis in Venezuela

ecuavisa.com reported the Interior Ministry indicates that about 17 thousand Venezuelans were left to reside in Ecuador over the past three years. Outsiders looking for better days away from the political and economic crisis facing the ‘Ranger’ country. The company indicates that entered Ecuador in 2014 and left 19,800 Venezuelans 116.88. In 2015 they reached […]

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Suicide Ever Increasing sign of crisis, disaster in Venezuela

PANAMPOST.com / Orlando Avendaño wrote gaining access to suicide rates in Venezuela is difficult. If you go to a morgue such as that of Bello Monte in Caracas, neither family members nor officials will admit there are any cases in which people ended their lives to escape their circumstances. The last time official numbers detailed […]

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Buen Vivir (good life) in Ecuador has problems, what it reveals about the government

theconversation.com/Philipp Horn – Ecuador is known for promoting the ‘Buen Vivir’ development policy agenda. But the state’s response to a recent earthquake brought its commitment into question. So it went after Ecuador’s recent earthquake, which not only represents the largest humanitarian but also the most significant housing crisis for the country since decades. More than […]

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Brazil: Syrian Refugees having difficulties

reuters.com reported Brazil, the region’s largest country, receives more Syrian refugees than any other country in Latin America. Starting in 2013, Brazil issued special visas under simplified procedures to allow survivors of the war in Syria to travel to the country, where they can claim asylum. Last year Brazil signed a deal with the European […]

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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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Impact Of Milk Based Micronutrient Supplementation On Zinc, Iron, and Vitamin A Deficiencies In School Children In Quito – Ecuador

Abstract fasebj.org/ Currently, the most common micronutrient deficiencies in Ecuador are: Zn, vitamin A, and Fe deficits in all age groups. These deficiencies have been associated with short stature, immune-defects, sight deficiency, anemia, and diminished cognitive performance. Several micronutrient supplementation programs have been implemented with limited impact. These programs have had poor acceptability by the […]

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Ecuador: Cubans Detained May Be Deported

telesurtv.net reported a group of Cubans want Mexico or Ecuador to pay for their trip to the United States, where they intend to apply for residence. The government of Ecuador confirmed Thursday the detention of 63 Cuban citizens who were occupying a park in the capital of Quito, those arrested could be subject to deportation […]

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How Things Change in Two Years – Rafael Correa’s Speech in 2014 at Harvard

IN 2014 SPEECH AT HARVARD RAFAEL CORREA STATED: April 11, 2014 harvard.edu – “Democracy has been firmly established in Ecuador,” Correa said. “Not only democracy in the formal sense, but real democracy, in terms of people’s access to rights, equal opportunities, and dignified living conditions. This is the so-called ‘Ecuadorian Miracle.’ ” Between 2007 and […]

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Brazil: Dark Side of the Olympics, Sex Workers offer specials to lure foreign clientele

TIMES ARE BAD FOR THE SEX WORKERS IN VILA MIMOSA – MEASURES TAKEN TO ATTRACT MORE CUSTOMERS yen.com.gh reported … Prostitutes in Brazil are reported to have been disappointed with business during the last 2014 World Cup in Brazil are desperately launching a ‘sex sale’ for boost business in the summer Olympic games to take […]

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Mexico: Migrant Traffickers using tour buses to transport human cargo to U.S. Border

CBSNewYork/AP) Reported — Mexican authorities say migrant traffickers have adopted a new trick to smuggle Central American clients to the U.S. border: renting high-end tour buses. Mexico’s Immigration Institute says it has found 102 migrants on two buses being used to whisk them across the length of the country. Read Article

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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: Earthquake puts 120,000 children out of school

ndtv.com reported – United Nations: More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, leaving at least 120,000 children temporarily without education, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. “Education is a lifeline for children going through the trauma of chaos and destruction,” said Grant Leaity, the UNICEF representative […]

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Ecuador: Radio Station Sanctioned for making jokes about Chinese

fundamedios.org reported on March 22, 2016 the Superintendent of Communication and Information (Supercom) sanctioned officially sanctioned Radio Canela with a fine equivalent to 10% of turnover averaged last 3 months, “discriminatory” comments made ​​by speakers Marcos Vera “the Godfather” and Henry Flores, against Chinese citizens. In “The Members Show” aired on November 10, 2015 between […]

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Friendship Park on U.S./Mexico Border where families visit divided by a fence

The guardian.com reported there are 1,954 miles of border separating the US and Mexico but only one tiny stretch, measuring no more than 15 meters wide, where families are sanctioned to touch fingertips through a steel-mesh fence. This spot, where the Pacific ocean joins the sandy shoreline, and where San Diego becomes Tijuana, is where […]

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Colombia announces formal peace process begins with ELN

theguardian.com reported Colombia has opened a new front in its quest to end half a century of war, with the announcement of a formal peace process with the country’s second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN. In an announcement made in Caracas, the Colombian government and leaders of the ELN said that they […]

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Honduras: Increasing Political Violence, slain indigenous activist

Interview with Dana Frank, professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, conducted by Scott Harris btlonline.org — The Central American nation of Honduras is well known for having one of the highest murder rates in the world that includes violence attributed to narco-trafficking, gang conflicts and street crime. But Honduras is also […]

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Azuay Province Ecuador recognizes gay marriages as symbolic gesture

gaystarnews.com reported Azuay province in southern Ecuador unanimously voted in favour of a ‘symbolic gesture’ for gay marriage on March 4. Various heads of towns and cities in the province came together and agreed on a form of legally-recognized union same-sex couples can register for, but which will not be the same as a marriage. […]

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Zika Virus Reignites Abortion Debate in Brazil

Rondoniadinamica.com reported the effects of Zika virus with regards to Brazil’s rigid anti-abortion laws. Zooming in on the Atlantic coastal city Recife, the hardest hit region in the country, the source examined situations women can expect to face now that the abortion debate has re-surfaced. Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly in newborn babies, […]

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Colombia: Long recovery of woman who was victim of acid attack

bbc.com/Natalio Cosoy reported….At 35, Natalia Ponce de Leon is an expressive woman, with the vivid eyes of a person who once thought that she would lose her sight. Her mother’s home, where Natalia lives, is usually in half-light, because sunlight is not good for burns. She suffered them twice – serious ones. When she was […]

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Escalating homicide rates in Mexico impacts country’s average life expectancy

Escalating homicide rates in Mexico are affecting the country’s average life expectancy. nytimes.com/RACHEL NUWER reported…According to research published in the journal Health Affairs, the life expectancy for Mexican men aged 15 to 50 fell by 0.6 percent from 2005 to 2010. “In most countries, homicides do commonly occur, particularly among young people,” said Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, […]

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Ecuador: Nomads of the Rainforest -Waorani Indians- NOVA documentary

NOVA visits the Waorani Indians of Eastern Ecuador less than 30 years after their first contact with Western civilization. Left largely undisturbed because of their traditional hostility toward outsiders, a few families remain deep in the rainforest hunting game with blowguns and spears. They also cultivate gardens, make weapons and tools and maintain traditions that […]

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COLOMBIA: INSIDE LOOK AT THE WOMEN OF FARC

Nick Miroff/Washingtonpost.com reported many of the guerrillas in the photos appear to be female. This is not news to Colombians, but the images were striking nonetheless…….The officers I spoke to explained that FARC has long incorporated women into its ranks. Having a mixed-gender army helped keep rebel soldiers on the battlefield longer, warding off potential […]

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Mexico, U.S. Border: Increase in prices by human smugglers

npr.org It has gotten harder for undocumented migrants to sneak into the U.S. from Latin America. That has led to a rise in the price charged by human smugglers.

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El Salvador: Murder rate is pandemic according to coroner

Violence has risen steadily in El Salvador since a 2012 truce between the country’s two main gangs began to fall apart in 2014. Last year was the most violent on record, with a 70 percent increase in murders from the previous year and a surge in attacks by street gangs, said a civil servant. The […]

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Ecuadorians rank sixth among sixty nations in lack of trust in dealing with others

Infobae – Albavisión News Network By: Dario Mizrahi World Values ​​Survey 2010-2014 ElComercio.com reported Ecuador ranks sixth of the countries less confident in the other 60 who participated in the global research project World Values ​​Survey (World Values ​​Survey 2010-2014) In the first index lower interpersonal trust are the Philippines and Trinidad and Tobago, with […]

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El Salvador: 2015 most violent on record in reported murders

Violent deaths in El Salvador spiked 70% in 2015, figures reveal theguardian.com reported at least 6,657 people were violently killed in the Central American country, making last year the most violent since the height of 1983 civil war. El Salvador saw a 70% spike in violent deaths in 2015, making last year the bloodiest since […]

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Ecuador graduates 1500 community health care assistants with help from Cuba brigade

telesurtv.net reported the graduates are community leaders and were picked by their own community to be part of the program. Over 1,500 community health care assistants graduated in Ecuador on Wednesday in collaboration with the Cuban medical brigade. Following a two-year training by Cuban medical professionals, the 1518 Ecuadorean graduates will work to promote health […]

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Spanish Pick-Up Lines — Spanish Piropos

If you love and adore Latina women, this is the book for you. A unique aspect to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture is the use of flirtations and phrases by males for women. These are referred to as piropos. In English they may also referred to as pick-up lines. This book provides the reader […]

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Bogota Colombia: Police detain members of gang using children age 2-10 distributing cocaine

This criminal organization was led by alias ‘German’, who also was engaged to collect extortion and arms trafficking in the localities of Kennedy, Tunjuelito, South San Cristobal, Puente Aranda and Bosa. The Head of the Narcotics Group Dijin greater Villarte Marcel Ricardo said that this action was seized drugs which were marketed by children and […]

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Sinactraho, Mexico’s union to defend rights of domestic workers

bbc.com/ “Conditions for women who work in homes in Mexico are very precarious,” says Marta Leal Morales, general secretary of the newly-formed National Union of Domestic Workers (Sinactraho). “We decided that this union would be to defend the rights of domestic workers, so they could have a better quality of life.” According to the country’s […]

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U.S. Federal Govt. opening shelters for Unaccompanied Minors from Latin America

npr.org / Several centers for migrant children have opened in Texas. Authorities expect more children and families escaping violence from Central America to make their way north to the U.S. this coming year. There are reports of a roundup that might be coming. Immigration agents could, as soon as next month, be rounding up mothers […]

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Ecuador makes history, father to be carrying baby of transgender partner

lgbtqnation.com reported a couple in Ecuador are making history with a unique pregnancy: The father-to-be is carrying the baby of his transgender partner. Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez announced their pregnancy, believed to be the first of its kind in South America, on social media earlier this month, and it’s received widespread attention on a […]

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Surge of Minors into U.S. from Mexico on Texas Border, National Guard still deployed

theguardian.com reported Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday extended the deployment of National Guard troops at the Mexico border due to a spike in the number of unaccompanied minors entering the country. The order comes in the wake of US Border Patrol figures that show more than 10,000 unaccompanied children crossed into the US […]

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Latin America, U.N.: Huge task to reverse discrimination against those of African descent

un.org reported The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, saying he was struck by the “enormity of the task” over the next decade to reverse five centuries of discrimination against the 150 million people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean, has urged the region to draw on […]

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Latin America: 80% of trans women murdered are in their 30′s or younger

pinknews.co.uk reported trans women in Latin America have a life expectancy of just 35 years a new study has found. Research into the Violence Registry reveals that 80% of trans women murdered in Latin America are in their mid-thirties or younger. However, the Organisation of American States (OAS) say that even though crime against the […]

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Ecuador: Despite ban of bullfighting in certain areas, the tradition continues

newsnetnebraska.org reported Corridas de Toros, or bullfighting, came to Ecuador with the Spanish more than 400 years ago. Since then the tradition has been ingrained into the culture of Ecuador. In 1822 after the Battle of Pichincha, the definite victory over the Spanish rule was celebrated with eight days of bullfights. “The festival was so […]

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Ecuador, Peru hand down first prison sentences for racial discrimination

amsterdamnews.com/ Karen Juanita Carrillo reported: Ecuador and Peru – first imprisonments for racial discrimination Ecuador: An anti-racial discrimination decision was handed down Nov. 19, 2015. This case involved Michael Arce, who entered Ecuador’s Escuela Superior Militar—the nations’ premiere military college, known as ESMIL—in 2011 in hopes of becoming Ecuador’s first Black army officer. Arce was […]

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Colombia passes new law for those who commit acid attacks

bbc.com reported Colombia’s Senate has passed a law which will impose harsher sentences on people who have committed acid attacks. Anyone convicted of harming another with a chemical agent will now serve between 12 and 50 years in prison. In Colombia, an estimated 100 people per year are attacked with acid, but so far only […]

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Ecuador: one in six women have suffered physical, sexual, psychological violence

huffingtonpost.com reported in Ecuador, roughly one in six women have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence. To put it another way, 3 million Ecuadorians have counted themselves a victim of gender-based violence in their lifetime. According to the same Pan American Health Organization research, 38 percent of women in Ecuador have been physically abused, 26 […]

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Ecuador, Colombia: Sexual trafficking ring of underage girls dismantled

elcomercio.com reported the authorities of Colombia dismantled in Caqueta (south) and Nariño (southwest) a network dedicated to trafficking operating in the Colombian Pacific and Ecuador, reported today, November 23, 2015, police said. The organization moved by deception to Florence, capital of Caqueta department, to underage girls who promised to join the “Summer Girl” competition taking […]

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Underground world of Cachinerias in Quito Ecuador, stolen goods market

Mercado San Roque timesofindia.com reported …. QUITO: Six blocks from Plaza San Francisco, tarpaulins and spread-out sheets take over a maze of alleys in Ecuador’s capital city every Saturday. Men, dressed in worn-out jackets, hover around mounds of shirts, ornaments, backpacks, stuffed animals and a host of other knick-knacks put out for sale at the […]

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Ecuador: Excessive Use of Force, Arbitrary Detentions, Illegal Home Searches of protesters

hrw.oRg REPORTED: Ecuadorian security forces used excessive force to disperse anti-government protests in August 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities appear to have made no serious effort to investigate officials who committed abuses. Instead, the government congratulated security forces for their performance, dismissed the protests as violent, and brought criminal charges against nonviolent […]

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Iran to assist Ecuador in education, science and technology

hispantv.ir reported…”Iran is self-sufficient in the development of science and technology,” says Ximena Ponce. The vice president of the Education Commission of the National Assembly of Ecuador said that his visit to Iran aims to use the experience of Iran in the fields of education, science and technology. In recent years, Iran and Ecuador have […]

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Ecuador: Government begins action to shut down press freedom group

abcnews.go.com/AP reported President Rafael Correa’s government has initiated proceedings to shut down Ecuador’s sole remaining press freedom group, accusing Fundamedios of political partisanship. The watchdog group was notified Tuesday in a letter from the Communications Secretariat, director Cesar Ricuarte said Wednesday. The letter accused Fundamedios of publishing essays and tweets “of indisputably political bent” but […]

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Ecuador: Child Labor Reduced 13% over a decade

telesurtv.net reported the period that knew the greatest reduction of child labor rates is 2007-2010, stated the U.N. body. ​The number of working children under 15 years old has dropped in Ecuador from 15 to 2 percent in over a decade, the National Institute of Statistics and the UNICEF revealed during the presentation of a […]

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Ecuador: Research indicates middle class almost doubled to 27 percent in last decade

The Ecuadorian middle class rose nearly doubled in 10 years rose from 14% to 27% Consumption in malls, walled housing and tertiary studies define people in this stratum. The political aspirations between Guayaquil and Quito are different. telegrafo.com.ec reported research by INEC (National Institute of Statistics and Census) in 2011. Senplades data even speak of […]

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Costa Rica to shutter both its zoos, release animals in ten years

The biodiverse nation intends to shut down both of its zoos and release all captive animals. This news is too awesome not to share. In 2013, the beautifully diverse country of Costa Rica announced that it would become the first country in the world to shut down its zoos and free all captive animals. Home […]

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Venezuela: Narcostate

aei.org/ Venezuela is a narcostate, controlled by senior political leaders and security officials who have used state resources and state-owned companies in the cocaine trade. For example, US authorities have gathered documents and eyewitness testimonies implicating officers of the state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), in engaging in transactions and money laundering on […]

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Venezuela: Law of the Jungle takes over in search of groceries, desperation showing

panampost.com reported it’s the law of the jungle in Venezuela, as shopping for groceries becomes an increasingly dangerous activity. As the shortage crisis worsens, more and more angry mobs are raiding the nation’s supermarkets, looting whatever basic goods they can find. During the first half of 2015, the Venezuelan Observatory for Social Conflict (OVCS) registered […]

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50,000 Ecuadorians return to home country under Plan Kukayo

telesurtv.net reported the 1999 financial crisis forced over 2 million people to migrate from Ecuador. Initiatives like Plan Kukayo look to restore their confidence in the country. In the Carcelen neighborhood of north Quito, Ana Isabel Gonzalez and her family make clothing and customize embroidery. But back in 1999, the financial crisis forced Ana to […]

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