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Colombians murdered attempting to reclaim land lost during the civil war; some of it ends up in the hands of corporations and politicians

Following Colombia’s peace process with rebels, the killing of social leaders has shot up as have those of landowners attempting reclaim land during years of armed conflict, according to newspaper El Espectador. The newspaper reported on Monday that in the first six months of 2018, eight land claimants have been assassinated. The killings are terrorizing […]

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Is it ‘mora pink’ or ‘pepto-bismol’? New color of Hotel Crespo upsets some neighbors

Several property owners in Cuenca’s Barranco district are complaining about the new color of Hotel Crespo. The owners of the hotel, located on Calle Larga and the Juana de Oro escalinata, call the color “mora pink” but two critics say it’s “Pepto-Bismol,” after the popular diarrhea and upset stomach remedy. Director of the Historic Center […]

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We’re already overwhelmed with online services and it’s about to get worse

By Brian Barrett You’ve got your Netflix subscription and Amazon Prime. You’ve got HBO Now, at least when Game of Thrones is on, and maybe pay up for a more specialized service too, like Crunchyroll or the WWE Network. It’s already lot! Bad news: It’s about to get worse. The notion that streaming services might […]

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In Cuenca press conference, Coppola knocks U.S. immigration policy and worries that big tech companies will soon dominate the film industry

U.S. filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola says that President Donald Trump would do well to remember that he is the grandson of an immigrant. “I too come from a family that emigrated from Italy and understand very well how immigrants have made America what it is today.” He added that under the current U.S. policy, human […]

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Cuenca expat says Amazon wiped out his once-thriving Vermont business

By Bob Audette A man who left Brattleboro (Vermont) owing the town nearly $70,000 is blaming his business misfortune on Amazon. “Everyone is getting hammered by Amazon,” said Adam Gebb during a phone conversation from Cuenca, Ecuador, where he now lives with his family. “People are buying everything from Amazon. Before Amazon, online retailers were […]

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Tapping Cuenca’s well-spring of inspiration

I have shared my stories with you since the very first days of my arrival in Cuenca. I remember fondly how a dear friend encouraged me to submit to CuencaHighLife a letter I wrote about my journey to Cuenca, complete with missed flights, lost baggage, and more crying children and restless parents than places to […]

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U.S. warns Panama about doing business with China but it may be too late

By Edward Wong Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he had warned President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama about doing business with China, criticizing Chinese state-owned enterprises that engage in “predatory economic activity.” As his plane left Panama City, Mr. Pompeo recounted his talks with Mr. Varela and local journalists. Clearly concerned that […]

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Ecuador breaks diplomatic relations with Venezuela following comments about Moreno

Ecuador has broken formal relations with Venezuela after that country’s communication minister called President Lenin Moreno a “liar.” On Thursday, Ecuador expelled Venezuela’s ambassador. The action followed comments by Jorge Rodríguez, Venezuela’s communication minister, who said that Moreno’s claim that 6,000 Venezuelans a day were entering Ecuador was false. Moreno Tweeted the number in August, at […]

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Looking for Mexican food in Vilcabamba? Mexibamba is the obvious choice

I have the good fortune to be working on a project that requires me to visit Vilcabamba from time to time, and boy do I love it. The dusty streets, tight little town square and lovely buildings nestled in my favorite valley are a photographer’s dreamscape. Surprisingly, there are 27 restaurants in little Vilcabamba. Knowing […]

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Election council revises voting rules, removing some U.S. and Canadian expats from voter roles

Ecuador’s National Electoral Council (CNE) is proposing changes to the country’s voter eligibility rules, one of which would require all voters to have a valid cedula. Under current rules, voters can show expired cedulas or other forms of identification if they appear on voter registration roles. The CNE says it is also reviewing voting requirements […]

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