Facebook removes post by Ex-President Correa for violation of website rules

A post on the Facebook page of former President Rafael Correa has been removed because it violated website policy. In a Monday post, Correa urged his “digital warriors” to reveal personal information about those who criticize him on Facebook and other social media. Facebook has a policy that forbids publication of personal information of third […]

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National customs service announces new airport luggage inspection system

Ecuador’s National Customs Service (Senae) unveiled new procedures for inspecting luggage at the country’s airports on Monday. The intention of the new system, Senae says, is to reduce the processing time for travelers. The new procedures, already in place at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport, will be used first for international travelers but will be […]

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U.S. Supreme Court rules for Chevron in $8.65 billion Ecuador pollution case

By Lawrence Hurley The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to the Chevron Corporation by preventing Ecuadorian villagers and their American lawyer from trying to collect on an $8.65 billion pollution judgment issued against the oil company by a court in Ecuador. The justices turned away an appeal by New York-based lawyer Steven […]

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Government urges Ecuadorians returning from overseas to sign up for benefits

Ecuador’s Ministry of Exterior Relations says that too many Ecuadorians returning from the U.S. and Europe are missing out on benefits that can help them get reestablished back home. “The government offers free university education, no-doc loans, financial assistance in bringing household goods and vehicles back to Ecuador, training for entrepreneurs, and many other benefits,” […]

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‘El Loco’ returns: Out of exile, ex-president says he’s back for the ‘second half’

Saying that he is “still crazy — crazy with love for Ecuador,” former president Abdalá Bucaram took the stage Saturday night in front of thousands of supporters in Guayaquyil. Known as “El loco” by both opponents and supporters, Bucaram returned to Ecuador Thursday night after 20 years of exile in Panama. True to form, the […]

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New York high school students protest possible deportation of Ecuadorian

Ecuadorian government officials say that a 19-year-old New York high school student who’s facing deportation was never involved in gang activity in his native country. That was the reason U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement denied Diego Ismael Puma Macancela’s bid to remain in the United States. “We have reviewed our government records and have confirmed that […]

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Ancient themes and skilled artisans make Ecuador an art collector’s paradise

By Sylvan Hardy One of the great pleasures that many of Ecuador’s expats discover in their adopted country is art collecting. Even those who were not collectors back home take up the habit, smitten by the quality, variety, and sheer emotional force of the talent in this small Andean country. Another inducement is that good Ecuadorian art […]

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Moreno popularity is high in poll of government officials; Cuenca mayor ranks low

Less than a month after assuming the presidency, Lenin Moreno receives a 68 percent approval rating in a poll taken of the country’s top leaders. Only Guayaquil Mayor Jaime Nebot received higher marks, at 68.8 percent. The Perfiles de Opinión poll, on the other hand, showed that Cuenca Mayor Marcelo Cabrera has lost support since […]

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