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Is Julian Assange a bargaining chip in Ecuador’s relations with the U.S.?

By James Cogan On Monday Ecuadorian Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa was elected to a one-year term as president of the United Nations General Assembly. On Tuesday she declared that her government would continue blocking WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange from all communications and deny him any personal visitors. On Wednesday it became 10 weeks since […]

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As press freedom declines worldwide, Ecuador and Canada offer signs of hope

By Naomi Harris As press freedom declines and the World Press Freedom Index map, created by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), grows darker, there are concerns that the overall environment for journalists will become more dangerous.  So what can be done to reverse the negative impacts of decreasing press freedom? Two case studies highlight trends in […]

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A U.S. expat living in France asks: Why does our government treat us so badly?

By Harriet Welty Rochefort Unlike most countries, the U.S. does not treat its expatriates well. Far from being considered an element of “soft power,” as expats from other countries are seen by their governments, millions of American living abroad are instead treated like people who, somehow, have betrayed their country and, therefore, do not deserve […]

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Correa denounces London embassy spy story, claims that Assange is being tortured

By Glenn Greenwald Rafael Correa, in an exclusive interview with The Intercept on Wednesday morning, denounced his country’s current government for blocking Julian Assange from receiving visitors in its embassy in London as a form of “torture” and a violation of Ecuador’s duties to protect Assange’s safety and well-being. Correa said this took place in the context of Ecuador […]

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Judges from two countries battle over Ecuador villagers’ case against Chevron Oil

By the Amazon Defense Coalition A U.S. federal trial judge, apparently reacting to Canadian appellate judges who seem willing to allow Ecuadorian villagers the chance to seize Chevron assets to comply with their $12 billion pollution judgment, has just issued a second extraordinary “global injunction” from his Manhattan courtroom purporting to bar collection of the Ecuador […]

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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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