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Venezuela says opposition leader killed himself, supporters say he was murdered

A Venezuelan opposition councilman, who was detained over what officials say was a drone assassination attempt on President Nicolás Maduro in August, has committed suicide, the government says. Fernando Albán jumped from the 10th floor of the building of the National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) where he was detained, Prosecutor General Tarek William Saab said last […]

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Banks are warned of unauthorized charges to customers but whistleblower loses his job

The government is warning banks about adding unauthorized charges to customer accounts following a report by a television announcer about the practice, which he claims is widespread. For his efforts, announcer Mauricio Ayora, better known as ‘Caterva’, may have lost his job at publicly owned TC Television. According to social media accounts, banks have been […]

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Newcomers luncheon, University symphony, Parisian jazz singer, Meet the artists, Gringo kazoo orchestra, Scary stuff coming

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, “What’s Happening Under the Domes” highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you informed. This […]

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Up from slavery, Afro-Ecuadorians continue the struggle for their place in society

By Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson The struggles of slaves and people of African descent in Ecuador is overshadowed in history by stories from America, Europe and Africa. Afro-Ecuadorians have suffered racism, and seclusion in their own homes and the story of their resilience and strong-will is one worth sharing and celebrating as part of black history in the […]

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Did the U.S. CIA kill Ecuadorian President Jaime Roldos in 1981? The investigation continues

By Liam Higgins Did the U.S. government play a role in the death of former Ecuadorian President Jaime Roldós? More than four years after Ecuador’s former attorney general Galo Chiriboga opened an investigation, there is no definitive answer. A CIA document released in 2014 reveals that Ecuador, like other South American countries, was part in […]

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UN rapporteur welcomes efforts to protect freedom of speech in Ecuador, urges more action

A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed and strongly encouraged the ongoing legal and policy changes initiated by the Ecuador Government to promote and protect the rights to freedom of opinion and expression. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, said he had visited Ecuador at the invitation of the government […]

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Tram deadline extended by 18 days

The city of Cuenca has agreed to extend the deadline for tram construction by 18 days. The decision was announced Friday afternoon following a series of meetings with tram contractor, ACTN. Mayor Marcelo Cabrera said that the new project deadline is November 1. The extension was granted, according to Cabrera, as a result of a […]

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My friend’s thoughts on leaving the U.S. and moving to Cuenca

A pen pal of mine recently moved to Cuenca. We have been chatting via email for over a year, ever since he wrote to comment on a column I had written. A few months after he made the obligatory exploratory trip, he made his decision and then made the plunge. This is his story. “My […]

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Conscious dying requires freedom from the past

Editor’s note: This is the second of a multi-part series on Conscious Living and Conscious Dying. By Louis Bourgeois Conscious Dying is an extension of Conscious Living. It is a way of living fully in the present, and involves levels of freedom and happiness not normally seen in this world. We will talk about a […]

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It’s a fact: Nice guys do finish last

By Michael Mechanic Nice guys finish last. That’s the partial title of a paper published today in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. So is it actually true? Well, according to the paper’s coauthors — assistant professors Sandra Matz of Columbia Business School and Joe Gladstone of the school of management […]

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