Moreno shows that Correa’s brand of leftist populism is not the only one

By Bello In February, Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s then-president, compared the country’s run-off election to the battle of Stalingrad. “We are going to fight the worldwide right wing,” he said. His man, Lenín Moreno, duly scored a narrow victory against Guillermo Lasso, a conservative banker. Yet with Mr Moreno in office for less than five months, […]

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Moreno is undoing Rafael Correa’s legacy but what exactly will he put in its place?

By Soledad Stoessel It may be a bit much to invoke Gustav Meyrink’s Golem – the indomitable clay creation that destroyed everything in its path, alive but soulless – but the lurching, paradoxical maneuvering of Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, does lend itself to literary comparisons. Moreno served as vice president for six years under Rafael […]

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Lost in translation: The value of incomprehensibility in communicating in different languages

By Edward Gibson About 20 per cent of the United States population (60 million out of 320 million people) are non-native speakers of English. Speaking multiple languages has advantages – for example, you get to talk to people from different cultures. But being a non-native or second-language (L2) speaker also has its challenges. In addition […]

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Referendum is the ‘burial project’ for Correísmo

By Ramiro Crespo After teasing the public for several weeks, president Lenin Moreno last week finally presented seven questions that will appear on a public referendum. There were some surprises. Momentum appears behind him as the opposition, including key leaders like Guayaquil mayor Jaime Nebot (PSC) and Moreno’s rival in the presidential elections, Guillermo Lasso […]

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The decline and fall of the U.S. empire

By Chris Hedges The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits, along with the devastating effects of deindustrialization and global trade agreements. Our democracy has been captured and destroyed by […]

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Indigenous groups face a dilemma: To reap the benefits of mining and oil drilling or to ban them outright

By Thea Riofrancos On March 8, 2012, a few hundred marchers set out from Pangui, Ecuador, a town in the southeastern Amazon, near the construction site of the massive, open-pit Mirador Mine. Just days earlier, a consortium of Chinese state-owned companies had signed a contract to exploit the mine’s copper reserves, the first agreement of […]

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A rude awakening for tech giants and there’s more to come

By Judd Gregg The European Union has assessed a major fine against Google. In addition, the leaders of the European Union want to assess a large tax on the revenues of Amazon, Facebook and Google. France wants to tax all the social media platforms that are being used by their citizens, whether they have a […]

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The decline and fall of Rafael Correa and why it’s such a shame that it’s happening this way

Few webcam users master the theatrical elements of on-camera presence. Because of the camera’s in-your-face vantage point, subjects’ noses and mouths appear too big while bad lighting puts them either in shadow or provides a dentist’s view of stained incisors and chapped lips. Almost always, there’s a goof-ball element to the homemade broadcasts, whether they […]

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