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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Lenin Moreno takes a new approach but he faces old problems in restoring Ecuador’s economy

By Olivia Gass Ecuador’s new President, Lenín Moreno, is an unusual politician for more reasons than just his idiosyncratic first name. Moreno is a paraplegic who was shot during a robbery-gone-wrong in 1998. In the course of his convalescence, Moreno turned to laughter therapy, later setting up a foundation to encourage humor and joy. He […]

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Venezuela tragedy and farce: The people starve while a Maduro loyalist hides in the trunk of a car

By John Fund Venezuela’s crisis is a genuine nightmare, but it now also has elements of farce. The nation’s most famed political prisoner has been released to house arrest, and the attorney general who put him behind bars has changed sides and denounced the “state terrorism” of strongman Nicolás Maduro. In turn, Maduro’s supreme court […]

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Moreno surprises international markets but will his reforms revive Ecuador’s economy?

By William Bonds In April 2016, to the dismay of international markets, Ecuador elected socialist Lenin Moreno, Rafael Correa’s heir and former vice-president, as the country’s new head of state. Global markets were hoping for a surprise win from Guillermo Lasso, a former banker, which the international community was confident would put Ecuador on a […]

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History is rewritten on Twitter and social media, often by propagandists or idiots

By Jason Steinhauer Those distracted by our recent political theater may have missed an extraordinary international incident at the end of May: Russia and Ukraine got into a Twitter war about history. A brief recap of what occurred: Russian President Vladimir Putin held a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in France. During the […]

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Amazon is killing the malls and big box stores in the U.S.; Are grocery stores next?

By Chris Isidore Amazon has turned malls upside down in the U.S., but had left grocery stores unscathed. That changed on Friday. Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods means the supermarket, and retailing overall, will never be the same. Grocers will now have to contend with the incredibly rich and powerful competitor whose impact […]

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Islamic terrorist threat grows in Latin America and is a potential threat to the U.S.

By Emanuele Ottolenghi The convergence of Iran-sponsored radical Islam with transnational organized crime in Latin America is a serious threat to the national security of the United States, especially in the tri-border area, or TBA, where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge. In this area, Hezbollah supporters and operatives engage in illicit activities that generate tens […]

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