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Tension builds between indigenous and the government as Conaie rejects economic reforms

There has been no progress in efforts to reconcile the positions of Ecuador’s indigenous movement and the government since the two sides agreed to talk October 13, ending 10 days of nationwide protests. “There have been no meetings since October 24,” according to Jaime Vargas, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie). […]

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Lies, damned lies, and beliefs about food. How knowledge frees you

Editor’s note: This is the third of a four-part series about the impact of human meat consumption on global climate crisis and strategies to deal with it. To read parts one and two, click here and here. By John Keeble Dogs and cats were put on the Earth to show us that animals have emotions, […]

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We know that secondhand smoke is bad, but what about thirdhand smoke?

We’ve known for decades that cigarette smoking deadly. But tobacco has been around for eons, growing wild in the Americas for nearly 8,000 years. According to the Cancer Council, around 2,000 years ago tobacco began to be chewed and smoked during cultural or religious ceremonies and events. But smoking tobacco in manufactured cigarettes is a […]

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National Assembly members ask Moreno to withdraw economic reform package

National Assembly members representing five political parties are asking President Lenin Moreno to withdraw his proposal for economic reform. The assembly members say they are concerned that the proposal, called the Economic Growth Law, is too large to be considered within the 30 days required by executive order and that it may be unconstitutional. “This […]

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Demolished El Centro house ordered rebuilt

The owner of a property on Calle Hermano Miguel has been ordered to rebuild an historic house he demolished to make way for a parking lot. In addition, Cuenca resident Vicente Querubín Calle was ordered to pay a fine of 50 basic salaries, or about $20,000, by a municipal administrative court. According to the Cuenca […]

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Could you eat your pet lamb? New TV reality show will test your appetite

Editor’s note: This is the second of a four-part series about the global climate crisis and strategies to deal with it. Click, to read part one. By John Keeble I used to know some thoroughly loathsome people who bought tiny lambs in the spring of the English countryside. They gave them names, treated them as […]

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Evo Morales was ousted by a military coup but the mainstream media won’t report it

By Caitlin Johnstone There has been a military coup in Bolivia backed by violent right-wing  rioters and the U.S. government, but you’d hardly know this from any of the mainstream media headlines. “Bolivian President Evo Morales steps down following accusations of election fraud” proclaims CNN. “Bolivia’s Morales resigns amid scathing election report, rising protests” reports […]

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Heavy rain and hail pound parts of city

Strong thunderstorms rolled through Cuenca Tuesday afternoon, flooding several low-lying neighborhoods and dropping more than an inch of hail in some locations. The flooding affected streets in the Kennedy, Ochoa León, Paramarca and Ricaurte sectors and caused minor damage to several houses, according to Cuenca EMT personnel. Several streets were briefly closed due to landslides. […]

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Moreno’s economic plan called ‘confusing,’ faces strong headwinds in the National Assembly

President Lenin Moreno’s massive economic reform law appears to be dead on arrival in Ecuador’s National Assembly and most legislators say there may be no way to fix it. Many claim that, by its sheer size, the plan is unconstitutional. The 190-page “Economic Growth Law” document contains 442 articles and provisions and requires the reorganization […]

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