Although most Panama hats are exported from Cuenca, the weavers live in small villages of the Andean countryside

By Sara Shahriari Panama hats have made the leap from the heads of Hollywood icons and intrepid jungle explorers to the fashionable masses of Europe and the United States. Models are wearing them on catwalks and teenagers are sporting them at clubs. Since 2014, a number of fashion magazine articles and cable tv shows proclaimed that the Panama […]

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It’s Moreno vs. Correa and Moreno is bringing in the heavy hitter

Rafael Correa should have seen it coming. All he had to do, in fact, was listen to what his soon-to-be successor was saying on the campaign trail. As it was, Correa seemed blind-sided almost from the moment Lenin Moreno took office. Correa’s hospital convalescence from pneumonia, immediately following the inauguration, was a fitting metaphor. Even before […]

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Moreno grants six more pardons to indigenous leaders jailed in mining protest

President Lenin Moreno has pardoned six indigenous activists who were jailed for their participation in a 2015 anti-mining protest. Moreno said he had concluded that the arrests of the six men were not justified and that they were exercising their constitutional right to protest. “I have signed the pardons for José Rodrigo, Tubón Guano, José […]

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Opposition parties say they have the votes for an impeachment trial of Glas

The Creo-SUMA legislative block says it has collected more than the 46 votes necessary to bring impeachment charges against Vice President Jorge Glas in the National Assembly. Assemblyman Roberto Gómez, Creo-SUMA legislative leader, says he is continuing discussions with other members of the Assembly and hopes to collect a total of 60 to 63 signatures. […]

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When the whales come to mate off Ecuador’s coast, people come to watch

Traveling more than 15,000 miles around the world, thousands of humpback whales are making their way from the South American coast to the ice caps of Antarctica for their bi-annual migration. As the season turns from spring to summer, the gentle giants of the deep begin their journey which stretches from June to September as they surface […]

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Ecuador is the world’s most ‘emotional’ country; it ranks 6th as the most positive

Ecuadorians are the world’s most emotional people, according to Gallup’s 2017 Global Emotions Report. The same study ranks them sixth for having the most positive experiences. In its second annual emotions survey, Gallup interviewed residents in 140 countries and found that those who live in Latin America dominate the charts in terms of positive experiences […]

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Correa files complaint against journalist for ‘uttering expressions of dishonor’

Former President Rafael Correa has filed a criminal complaint against journalist Martín Pallares for an April article posted on the 4Pelagatos website. In the article, Pallares mocked Correa’s defense of former minister of electricity Alecksey Mosquera who was arrested for illegally receiving $1 million from Odebrecht, the giant Brazilian construction company that has admitted to […]

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National Assembly session turns rowdy when VP Glas talks about Odebrecht scandal

Ecuador’s National Assembly in Quito turned into a shouting match Wednesday morning when Jorge Glas appeared to discuss the Odebrecht scandal. The Assembly was meeting in special session as the Supervisory Commission as part of its investigation of the growing bribery probe. The trouble started when María José Carrión, head of the Supervisory Commission, announced […]

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Moreno launches ‘national dialog’ in Guayaquil, meets with political opponents

Following through on a campaign promise, President Lenin Moreno presided over his first “national dialog” Tuesday in Guayaquil. The event attracted most of the country’s political leaders, including many who opposed Moreno during the presidential election, as well as national representatives of business, education, law enforcement, health care, and a variety of environmental and advocacy […]

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