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By Sergio Saffon Latin American drug networks are increasingly using unmanned vessels and employing new methods to chemically transform cocaine to move large drug shipments. InSight Crime spoke to Frigate Captain Glehiston Hernández Gutiérrez, director of the International Center for Research and Analysis against Maritime Narcotrafficking (Centro Internacional de Investigación y Análisis contra el Narcotráfico...
Miércoles, 24/7/2024 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Exposición sobre el tren (Train exhibition) – “Abordo del Expreso Austral” will open el jueves, 25/6 a las 19:00 in the Quinta Bolívar. The exhibit includes a collection of artifacts, photos, documents and related things that capture the essence of a trip by train. Visitors can explore how...
By Christopher Lux Ecuador is small country with a diverse geography. That geography produces diverse cuisine that corresponds to the regions’ abundant edible resources. While the coast and mountains have their own unique dishes, many foods are shared by the entire country. One popular meal is the seco. Secos are usually stewed chicken, beef, or...
By Vivian Sequera and Julia Symmes Cobb Venezuela does not prosecute people for their political opinions and holds no political prisoners, Attorney General Tarek Saab said ahead of presidential elections he says should be peaceful. Campaigning for the presidential vote, where President Nicolas Maduro is seeking his third term amid notable support for opposition coalition...
By Amarachi Orie Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed the remains of what they believe are a 4,000-year-old temple and theater, shining a new light on the origins of complex religions in the region. The team began studying the new archaeological site of La Otra Banda, Cerro Las Animas, in June. Last year, the local government alerted...
By Hal Cousins A team of scientists has documented that Yasuní National Park, in the core of the Ecuadorian Amazon, shatters world records for a wide array of plant and animal groups, from amphibians to trees to insects. The authors also conclude that proposed oil development projects represent the greatest threat to Yasuní and its...
The Constitutional Court has denied a request by national oil company Petroecuador to extend the deadline for the closure of the ITT oil fields in the Yasuní National Park. Petroecuador had requested that the shutdown of oil production, mandated last year in a public referendum, be delayed from one to three years. The court ruled...
By Jack Guy Sharks living off the coast of Brazil have tested positive for cocaine, according to new research, the first time that the drug has been detected in free-ranging sharks. Scientists tested 13 Brazilian sharpnose sharks in the waters off the city of Rio de Janeiro and found cocaine present in both the liver...
When Ecuador’s navy seized a Chinese-flagged ship off the Galapagos Islands in 2017, its hold brimmed with tons and tons of poached fish, many of them threatened species like hammerhead and thresher sharks. Today, the vessel has been repurposed for environmental patrols of those same waters, helping to hunt down predatory vessels of the kind...
Lunes, 22/7/2024 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De El Mercurio del sábado, 20/7 (1 article): Una ruta turística en ‘bici’ (A tourist route by bike) – Among the various ways to explore Cuenca, doing it by bike is a different experience and for some, unique. Juan Manuel Arévalo and Keven Maldonado started “Cuenca Bike Tours”...
By Gil Ramos Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the beaches at Jambelí and Bajo Alto and the malecón at Puerto Bolívar were crowded with weekend tourists. “A few years ago, the area in front of me was crowded with people from Cuenca, Loja and even Guayaquil, but look at it today! It’s empty,” says Juan Verdesoto,...
By Kelly Beaucar Vlahos A top U.S. military general wants a “Marshall Plan” for Latin America but is likely more concerned about China’s encroachment into America’s backyard with “dual use” infrastructure than about what poor people in the Global South actually need. But then again, Gen. Laura Richardson, SOUTHCOM commander, is a military officer, not a diplomat...

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