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Following his failure in Venezuela, Juan Guaidó’s ‘moment is over,’ embarrassing the U.S. and other allies and strengthening Maduro’s position

By Mat Youkee In the early hours of Tuesday morning Juan Guaidó — recognized by 54 countries as the rightful president of Venezuela – unveiled a bold bluff. Standing alongside opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez – hitherto under house arrest – and flanked by armed soldiers, Guiadó announced the beginning of the “final phase” of his mission […]

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Massive caravan of gringo ‘dental refugees’ waits at the border to enter Mexico

By Mark Provost The Trump administration is trying to convey panic that there’s an immediate crisis on the southern border, pointing to caravans of desperate people who have traveled thousands of miles to enter the U.S. illegally. It’s true that Latin and Central Americans are coming to the U.S. fleeing violence and poverty, much of […]

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As U.S. relations with Latin America falter, Russia and China are filling the void

By Alex Horton With Venezuela in flames, China and Russia are seeking claims in the rubble. But the United States has been caught flat-footed, and the Pentagon is struggling to develop ways to blunt the countries’ influence in Latin America since President Trump has antagonized and distanced himself from nations in the Western Hemisphere. Defense […]

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Was Assange expulsion part of a cover-up of Moreno’s INA papers scandal?

By Denis Royatyuk The images of six Metropolitan police officers dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London have provoked rage by citizens around the world. Many have warned that his extradition to the U.S. for trial on conspiracy charges – and possibly much more if federal prosecutors have their way – will […]

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Venezuela’s lost generation

There was a middle-aged Venezuelan man walking through Cuenca traffic yesterday, going from car to car waving a wad of paper money. “He’s selling Bolivars,” our taxi driver explained, “probably his life savings.” “What’s Venezuelan money worth?” I asked. “Nothing.” The driver then reminisced about when the Ecuadorian currency, the Sucre, collapsed. Many people have […]

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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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