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Facing climate change: Where politics fail us

By John Lanchester Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has collectively faced. That challenge is, to put it mildly, practical; but it also poses a problem to the imagination. Our politics, our societies, are arranged around individual and group interests. These interests have to do with class, or ethnicity, or gender, or economics — […]

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Where will Cuenca’s tram riders come from? A ridership projection analysis

By Bill Keyes Mayor-elect Pablo Palacios has said he wants the tranvia to be self-sufficient, which, I guess, means it will pay for itself by covering the operating and maintenance costs from ridership revenue. Excellent aspiration. So following is an analysis of the projected daily ridership of 120,000 riders per day. Now that the fee […]

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Recent events make Correa a three-time loser

By José Hernández If he does the math, former president Rafael Correa is forced to acknowledge that, in the past two weeks, he is a three-time loser. In the March 24 election, he and his supporters hoped to win control of the Citizen Participation and Social Control Council (CPCCS) as well as make a strong […]

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The cynical plan for ‘humanitarian aid’ to Venezuela: How the U.S. broke its teeth in another attempt to overthrow Nicolas Maduro

By Alison Bodine The miserably failed “humanitarian aid” delivery into Venezuela on February 23 is another nail in the coffin of the U.S. government’s coup attempt against President Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian revolutionary process in Venezuela. Before this day, the U.S. government and their allies, including Canada, thought that their puppet, self-declared “interim President” Juan Guaidó, still […]

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Election takeaways: Confusion, fragmentation, surprise, the strength of the Correistas and what Pedro Palacios means for Cuenca

By Sylvan Hardy The full significance of Sunday’s election results depend on who you ask but it’s fair to say that the political spinmeisters have their work cut out for them. Following the election, almost everyone agrees that Ecuador politics are a mess and that predicting the future is treacherous business. The surprise winners in […]

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Moreno and Alianza Pais expected to suffer major loses in Sunday’s election

By Jonathan Nack Though President Moreno will not be on the ballot in Sunday’s elections, nor will any seats in the National Assembly be contested, the President’s party, Alianza PAIS (“AP”), has a lot to lose. It, along with allied parties, currently holds the majority of the prefectures, mayor’s offices, and local council seats in […]

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The happy ending still beckons and it is in the hope of grasping it that we go on

Editor’s note: This is U.S. novelist Annie Proulx’s 2017 acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. By Annie Proulx We don’t live in the best of all possible worlds. This is a Kafkaesque time. The television sparkles with images of despicable political louts and sexual harassment reports. We cannot […]

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Does the international news media misrepresent living conditions in Venezuela and the level of support that Juan Guaido enjoys?

By Mark Cook I was sitting in my apartment in Caracas, Venezuela, reading the online edition of Time magazine, which carried a report that there was not even something as basic as aspirin to be found anywhere in Venezuela: “Basic medicines like aspirin are nowhere to be found.” I walked out of the apartment to […]

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