Did the U.S. CIA kill Ecuadorian President Jaime Roldos in 1981? The investigation continues

By Liam Higgins Did the U.S. government play a role in the death of former Ecuadorian President Jaime Roldos? More than a year after Ecuador’s Attorney General Galo Chiriboga opened an investigation, there is no definitive answer. A CIA document released in 2014 reveals that Ecuador, like other South American countries, was part in the […]

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Goal of fielding one presidential candidate fails as anti-government coalition falls apart

Azuay Province Prefect Paul Carrasco reacted angrily Thursday to news that Ecuador’s Social Christian Party had nominated Assemblywoman Cynthia Viteri as its presidential candidate for the 2017 election. “This is news to me,” Carrasco said. “It violates the agreement to nominate a single candidate to give us the best chance of winning the presidency. It […]

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UN human rights panel has concerns about freedom of speech and protest in Ecuador

The president of the United Nations Human Rights Committee said Tuesday in Geneva that he is concerned about restrictions on freedom of speech in Ecuador. In addition, he said that he and the committee worry about the “criminalization” of public protest and the rights of the indigenous. The human rights evaluation is a periodic review […]

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Correa says he will find additional funds for tram; Threatens to run again in 2021

President Rafael Correa said Saturday in Manta that Cuenca’s tram will be completed and that the federal government will provide an additional $35 million to cover the budget shortfall. “When the tranvía is completed, it will be one of the most outstanding transportation projects in Latin America,” he said. “It will be the only project […]

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Ecuador’s real estate and construction market is mired in a deep recession

By Liam Higgins Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Part two, on Monday, focuses on emerging investment opportunities. It has been a brutal two years for Ecuador’s real estate industry. Ecuador’s national real estate association reports that total sales dropped 60% between April of 2015 and April 2016. This follows a […]

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Demand for a 10-year mining moratorium sets up confrontation between the government and indigenous groups

The recent protests in front of Ecuador’s Mining Ministry in Quito have, for the most part, been small and orderly. They have received little attention from the press. That could be about to change. The country’s two major indigenous organizations, CONAIE and ECUARUNARI are demanding a 10-year moratorium on new mining concessions at a time […]

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Ecuador defends the extension of import surcharges before the WTO; the outcome could affect trade agreement with the EU

Foreign Trade Minister Diego Aulestia travels to Geneva this week to explain to the World Trade Organization (WTO) why Ecuador extended surcharges on imports for another year. In 2015, the WTO allowed the surcharges on the condition that they end this month. The WTO’s decision on the surcharge extension, which went into affect April 29, […]

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Allegations of CIA spy ring in Ecuador draw ridicule and the threat of legal action

By Liam Higgins According to a Quito political science professor, the story of an alleged U.S. spy operation intended to destabilize the Ecuadorian government is an “amateur production that combines fraud and slapstick.” According to Rodrigo Salazar, “The spy charges have almost no basis in fact and appear to be a bungled attempt to divert […]

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