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By Anthony Boadle and Ricardo Brito Border tensions over Guyana’s Esequibo and the humanitarian crisis among the Yanomami Indigenous people have led Brazil’s army to increase its forces in the Amazon by 10% ahead of plan, the military commander for the region told Reuters. The additional 2,000 troops will help the army patrol a 9,000 km border with...
Although party leaders say the agreement to work together in the National Assembly remains intact, sharp division are developing between the Correista Citizens Revolution (RC) bloc, the Social Christians (PSC) and the National Democratic Action (ADN) parties. Increasingly, Citizens Revolution finds itself isolated on such as issues as the criminal code reform currently being debated....
Miércoles, 21/2/2024 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Concierto sinfonico – The Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca will present its 7th concert of the year el 23/2 in the Teatro Casa de la Cultura. The program will include works by Dvorak and Brahms. Free. Exposición artesanal – A show of products by artisans from Chordeleg and Gualaceo...
U.S. Treasury Assistant Secretary Brent Neiman is holding meetings with government officials and private sector leaders in Ecuador this week as the South American country seeks U.S. financial support amid escalating violence. The visit by Neiman, Treasury’s top official on international finance, is the latest by U.S. officials to Ecuador as Washington works to boost...
By Maria Abi-Habib, Annie Correal and Jack Nicas Ecuador’s military was sent in to seize control of the country’s prisons last month after two major gang leaders escaped and criminal groups quickly set off a nationwide revolt that paralyzed the country. In Brazil last week, two inmates with connections to a major gang became the first to escape from one of...
Claiming government officials are delaying action to end oil production in Yasuní National Park, two environmental groups have asked the Constitutional Court to intervene. In May 2024, 58% of Ecuadorians voted to end oil operations in the park by August 31 of this year. Acción Ecológica, which includes the Cuenca-based Yasunidos Collective and Quito’s Sin...
Ecuador health authorities are on alert following four recent deaths from dengue fever. According to the Public Health Ministry, 5,337 dengue cases have been reported so far in 2024, a 10-fold increase from the same period of 2023. The largest number of infections are concentrated in Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas Province, with 994, followed...
By Eliot Stein Cloud-high in the Andes and hemmed in by the snow-capped peaks of two active volcanoes, few cities have as dramatic a setting as Quito. The Ecuadorian capital’s 16th-century Centro Histórico (Old Town) is not only the largest and best-preserved colonial center in Latin America, it’s also the world’s very first UNESCO World Heritage...
By Shannon O’Neil When policymakers consider national security, they tend to think first of military capabilities: the weaponry and ammunition a country possesses, the state of its armed forces, its border defenses, its surveillance and cybersecurity. Since 2020, however, U.S. national security strategy has taken a sharply commercial turn. The COVID-19 pandemic and its huge...
Foreign Minister Gabriela Sommerfeld confirmed Monday that Ecuador will not send Soviet-era military equipment to the U.S. since it could be used in Ukraine against Russian troops. The announcement is a reversal of a January plan to trade the equipment for $200 million in new equipment from the U.S. Ecuador’s decision was announced Friday by...
The National Assembly meets again Thursday to decide the fate of legislation to revise the country’s penal code. Assembly President Henry Kronfle suspended last week’s debate after the Justice Commission added a controversial measure that could lead to reviewing and possibly overturning criminal convictions, including that of former president Rafael Correa. Although the measure appeared...
By James Kirchick Fourteen years ago, at a human rights conference in Oslo, I met Julian Assange. From the moment I encountered the wraithlike WikiLeaks founder, I sensed that he might be a morally dubious character. My suspicions were confirmed upon witnessing his speech at the conference, in which he listed Israel alongside Iran and...

Expat Life

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Part 2 posts February 26. Chatty Anglophones learning Spanish often...
One of the many pleasures of living near Paute is the heartfelt encouragement the city’s Office of the Mayor offers...
By Stephen Vargha Thia Megia, the Filipino-American singer and television actress, once said, “You’re never too young for something you...
By Viv Groskop I am standing on the sand at Scheveningen, The Hague’s most famous beach resort, in the act of...

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By David Leonhardt Much of the world has decided that most young children do not need to receive Covid booster...
By Viv Groskop I am standing on the sand at Scheveningen, The Hague’s most famous beach resort, in the act of...

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By Shannon O’Neil When policymakers consider national security, they tend to think first of military capabilities: the weaponry and ammunition...
By James Kirchick Fourteen years ago, at a human rights conference in Oslo, I met Julian Assange. From the moment...
By Brian Winter When masked criminals in Ecuador invaded a TV station, took prison guards and police hostage and paralyzed...

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