Britain may be looking for a way to end Julian Assange’s stay at the Ecuador embassy

Maria Fernanda Espinosa, foreign minister, says UK and Ecuador working on an ‘opening’ that would the standoff that has kept to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for five years. In May, Sweden dropped an investigation into rape allegations that led Assange, 45, to seek asylum in the embassy in […]

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Trump’s battle with media is similar to that of populist Latin American governments

By Marisa Kellam and Elizabeth A. Stein President Donald Trump continues to wage his self-proclaimed “running war with the media.” During yesterday’s press conference, he evaded inquiries about his campaign’s contact with Russian officials by ignoring mainstream media reporters, only taking questions from those working for conservative news outlets. This is becoming a pattern in the […]

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Will a Miami scandal with a fugitive connection deny Lenin Moreno the presidency?

By Jim Wyss With just 10 days to go before Ecuador’s presidential elections, ruling party candidate Lenín Moreno is still leading the polls but unlikely to avoid a runoff amid a punishing corruption scandal with Miami ties. A series of polls released this week give Moreno more than a 10-point lead over his nearest rival, […]

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Jueves, 26/1/2017: Petroecuador trial cranks up, Anti-mining rally Saturday, 8k race, Traffic jam at Feria Libre, Trump news

Hola, Todos – Pagina cultural – Today’s (Thurs.) agenda events – “Fiesta de Muñecos” (Puppet party) – Eugenio Deoseffe and María Ochoa Argüello will perform along with “Humberto” and to of this fellow marionettes Thurs. at 21:00 in the República Sur (Pres. Córdova 5-55) Cine de Rusia – The Russian film festival continues today with […]

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Helpful etiquette hints from Heloise (Eloisa) for gringos: Party time, potluck and byob, and please take off your shoes

There’s a lot more that expats need to learn when they move to Ecuador than the language. Take, for example, etiquette. My Cuencana friend Eloisa has some helpful advice for gringos when they interact socially with Ecuadorians. She also helps her Ecuadorian friends understand the weird habits of us gringos. First, let’s talk party time. […]

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Got questions? Radio Tomebamba has the answers; Jokes on the gringos; The Venezuelan invasion

Want to get the latest low-down on tram construction? San Francisco Plaza? Why they keep changing the rules for getting your meds at IESS or the public hospital? When the electricity or water will be shut off in your neighborhood?  Why the planning department nixed the El Centro Supermaxi? Why Ecuadorian bureaucracy is so inefficient? […]

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Historic district Supermaxi plans fall through; Getting your meds; Passport service moving to Registro Civil; Big booty

Those who were following the negotiations for a “boutique” Supermaxi on the north side of the historic district were disappointed to hear that the city planning committee rejected the project. What was odd is that before its final decision, the committee had seemed enthusiastic about the project and worked with developers on plans for an […]

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Airline changes ahead; Don’t call it ‘biennial’!; Renewing passport visa stamps; Dog murder tales

Coming changes in the airline industry could have a big impact on Ecuadorian flyers, including expats and tourists. The changes are all about money, don’t you know. A memorandum circulated by Latam (formerly Lan) to employees says that the airline will soon begin making “upgrades” to “reposition Latam as an economy carrier.” Among the changes […]

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What makes Thai food special in Cuenca — The Thai Connection

By Susan Burke March Although our local Ecuadorian cuisine is wholesome, it is often lacking in pizzazz. I find myself reaching for the aji even before tasting. But Thai food is quite different. How to describe it? Cookbook author and celebrity chef known as “McDang” says what makes Thai food special is its balance, detail, […]

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