Sylvan Hardy divides his time between Cuenca, the U.S. and Ethiopia. He is a former Southeast Asia news correspondent and columnist for several British newspapers.
Articles by Sylvan Hardy :
By Sylvan Hardy It came as no surprise when President Lenin Moreno, two weeks ago, referred to former president Rafael Correa as the “opposition.” The two have been firing verbal… By Sylvan Hardy One of Cuena’s most dramatic traditions is the year-end burning of dummies. When the clock ticks over to 2018 tonight, thousands of dummies will be set ablaze in… By Sylvan Hardy Many expats following Ecuador’s Odebrecht corruption trial are confused. Why are judges making the decision of guilt or innocence? Where’s the jury? Don’t the defendants, including Vice… By Sylvan Hardy Until the Amazonian ritual of head shrinking disappeared in the 1950s, almost any head was fair game for shrinking, including those of foreigners. The best-known case is… By Sylan Hardy In his articles about Cuenca, former New Yorker editor, poet and food writer Calvin Trillin describes the joys of walking in the city’s historic district. In a… A recent post on an expat social media forum suggested that if Ecuador’s Social Security system (IESS) follows through with its rate hike for voluntary membership there will be a… Three members of the Mexican Congress have an answer to U.S. President Donald Trump’s funding plan for his wall on the southern U.S. border. If Trump applies taxes to Mexican… The circumstances appear ideal for a conservative to win Ecuador’s presidency in 2017. The economy is in its second year of recession. Unemployment is up, as is the broader-reaching rate… Commenting last week on Ecuador’s presidential campaign, one Quito journalist called it “colorless, odorless, and empty.” The reference was aimed mostly at front-runner and presumed heir apparent to President Rafael… By Sylvan Hardy For tourists and foreign residents, today’s Christmas Eve’s Pase del Niño (the Passing of the Child) parade is a colorful and often bizarre mixture of the sacred…