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Is Ecuador’s decision to silence Assange based on foreign pressure and ‘fake news’?

By M.C. McGrath and Glenn Greenwald Julian Assange has been barred from communicating with the outside world for more than three weeks. On March 27, the Government of Ecuador blocked Assange’s internet access and barred him from receiving visitors other than his lawyers. Assange has been in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, when Ecuador granted […]

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Internet locks people in their own private echo chambers

By C. Thi Nguyen Something has gone wrong with the flow of information. It’s not just that different people are drawing subtly different conclusions from the same evidence. It seems like different intellectual communities no longer share basic foundational beliefs. Maybe nobody cares about the truth anymore, as some have started to worry. Maybe political […]

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After a change of government, Ecuador is at the crossroads: Will Moreno choose the right path?

By Kevin Koenig In the past six months, former President Correa’s handpicked successor Lenin Moreno has brought back the unpredictability for which Ecuadorian politics was previously known. The country had twelve presidents in the ten years before Correa came to power. Heir to Correa’s “Citizens Revolution,” Moreno was widely expected to continue policies that over […]

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Is the universe conscious?

By Philip Goff In the past 40 or so years, a strange fact about our Universe gradually made itself known to scientists: the laws of physics, and the initial conditions of our Universe, are fine-tuned for the possibility of life. It turns out that, for life to be possible, the numbers in basic physics – […]

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There’s ‘fake news’ in Ecuador too

By Megan Alpert We recently spoke to two editors of Ecuadoran media outlets that do fact-checking about how fake news and disinformation affected two recent votes in Ecuador. In a historic vote on 4 February, Ecuadorians approved a government proposal to reinstate term limits in a strong rebuke to former president Rafael Correa, who was […]

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Moreno has out-smarted Correa but bigger challenges lie ahead after referendum election

By Michael Shifter and Ben Raderstorf South America’s biggest political surprise recently has come from one of its smallest countries, Ecuador, where President Lenin Moreno has maneuvered to break with his predecessor and a legacy tinged with authoritarianism and corruption. Narrowly elected in April, Moreno had been vice president and the anointed successor of Rafael […]

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