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Can the baby boomers save the world?

By John Keeble Ah, the Atlantic hurricane season has kicked off with promises of record violence – a timely reminder that the planet is still crashing out of control regardless of our very understandable focuses on the pandemic and Black Lives Matter. Or, put another way, the environmental crisis continues to grow worldwide while we […]

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Departure of foreign companies could prove to be a benefit for Argentina’s economy

By Cristian Schulthess Regarding the recent post, In face of unprofitability and the coronavirus, international companies flee Argentina The article is a bit of a mixed bag of nuts. Foreign companies were buying up Argentine industries. Their leaving reduces foreign investments but allows local Argentines to fill in the gap. These are Argentines that actually […]

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Breaking quarantine is committing a crime

Ecuador is one of a very few countries in the world which currently allows travelers from the U.S. to enter the country, and even here, there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine.  However, if you are over 65 and can show a recent clean Covid test, you are permitted to quarantine at home.  You have to […]

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Will a rise in oil prices rescue Ecuador’s struggling economy?

By Matthew Smith For decades, oil rich Ecuador proved to be a risky and unprofitable jurisdiction for foreign companies seeking to tap its vast mineral wealth. This peaked with the $9.5 billion court ruling against integrated international energy major Chevron in 2011. The tribunal alleged that Texaco, which was acquired by Chevron in 2000, had […]

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Pulling down the statues of the past that pollute the present

By John Keeble A British city that traded 500,000 slaves during the 17th and 18th centuries has been catapulted into the Black Lives Matter forefront by the toppling of a slaver’s statue and its replacement in a dawn protest raid with a resin-and-steel figure of a protester. Local authorities in Bristol, southwest England, have been […]

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Why herd immunity won’t work for coronavirus

By William Haseltine The debate over whether herd immunity will be our salvation to the escalating Covid crisis was recently fueled by two new reports. The first was the release of a new nationwide study from Spain, a former Covid hotspot, which suggested that too many lives would be lost while waiting to achieve the […]

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We are ‘hard-wired’ to perform acts of kindness

By Seth Borenstein Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key to how we evolved and survived as a species, scientists say. We are hard-wired to be kind. Kindness “is as […]

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What about ‘Immunity Passports’ for Covid-19? At this point, they’re a ‘no go’

By Jaime Moreno Do you know what is the difference between politics and science? Our understanding is that science requires evidence, coping with uncertainty, weighting efficacy and safety. Whereas politics aspires for certainty, resulting in a true fight between the deductive and the inductive methods, with humanity in the middle. I, as a physician, must […]

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Caregiving in Cuenca: My story

By Miriam Drake It is challenging, anywhere in the world to care for a husband whose health has deteriorated to the point that he cannot speak, one side of the body is completely paralyzed, and he has no sensations in his core. In Cuenca, Ecuador it is beyond challenging. All the systems here are designed […]

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Do you drink the sour milk of hatefulness?

By John Keeble This is an age of hate and fear and anger. And, for many, it will be getting worse over the coming months. Of course, for others it will be a way to cash in on political support and profits. And, for some, it will be yet more incentive to vent their hateful […]

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