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SWB: (Sitting while black)

I’m sitting at one of my favorite cafes, waiting for a friend to show up. I notice two of Cuenca’s finest arrive and walk toward my table. Policeman: “Stand up please.” Me: “Is there a problem officer?” Policeman: “You’re under arrest for trespassing.” I’m then handcuffed, searched for weapons, and taken to the local police […]

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A taxing question

I’ve seen a lot lately about more brick-and-mortar stores closing in the United States.  Today, The Bon-Ton Stores, after filing for bankruptcy in January, announced it is heading into liquidation.  For those who don’t know, the 160 year-old company has 260 stores in 24 states. They will officially close the stores in 10 to 12 […]

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Latam strike in Chile could affect flights in Ecuador and other Latin American countries

Latin America’s largest carrier has cancelled hundreds of flights after a flight attendants union rejected a contract offer from the Chile-based airline, bringing the number of grounded passengers to 300,000 since the strike began last week. The company said a total of 1,575 flights operated by LAN Express – the Chilean subsidiary of LATAM Airlines […]

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Colombia’s booming cocaine industry continues to grow: This is how it works

Editor’s note: To understand what Ecuador faces in its battle against drug cartels on its northern border, it is first necessary to understand how the Colombian drug trade operates. It is massive, it is murderous and it continues to expand. Compiled by the editors of Colombia Reports Some four percent of the world’s population has […]

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In appreciation: Efrain Jara (1926 – 2018)

My writing assignments often evoke in me a feeling of inadequacy and, at the same time, the recognition of great fortune.  This is not a new sensation, it is a lasting collection of emotions that visit me often and reveal their intentions as I fidget in trepidation prior to writing. It is a state of […]

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Ecuadorian named to Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list

Ecuadorian Cristina Jiménez has been named to Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Jiménez, who moved to the U.S. with her parents when she was 13, is the founder of United We Dream, an organization dedicated to the rights of young immigrants to the U.S. According to Time, her efforts were […]

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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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AgroAzuay organic market now open Sundays

The AgroAzuay organic market in Ciudadela Kennedy is expanding its sales to Sundays. Market managers said the decision was made due to the increasing number of shoppers. Over 250 organic vendors and producers participate in the market located at Av. Max Uhle at Andrade. “It is important that the Cuencanos know that the fruit and […]

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Correa, other former officials investigated for possible mismanagement of public debt

Ecuador’s state prosecutors’ office said on Wednesday that it has opened an investigation of former President Rafael Correa and 10 former officials for alleged mismanagement of public debt during the last five years of his administration. “There were irregularities in the use of public debt in the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Central Bank […]

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Expat-sponsored soup kitchen feeds Colombian and Venezuelan refugees in Cuenca

Text and photos by John Keeble An expat-supported soup kitchen to feed the poor opened Thursday in Cuenca’s historic district as concerns grow about the well-being of thousands fleeing instability in Venezuela and Colombia. The free eatery feeds 60 people in two sittings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and its organisers hope the generosity of donors […]

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Thousands march for peace in Cuenca, condemn drug violence on Colombian border

A crowd estimated at 3,000 marched through the streets of the historic district Thursday demanding an end to the drug-related violence on Ecuador’s border with Colombia. It was one of several peace marches in the country’s major cities. The crowd, chanting “Enough violence!,” rallied in Parque Calderon after marching up Calle Simon Bolivar. “We ask […]

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60-year Castro era ends in Cuba as new president takes the oath of office

Cuba’s National Assembly has elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as the new president on Thursday in an historic moment which brought an end to the Castro era. Outgoing president Raul Castro confirmed to Diaz Canel that “from this moment on you are the new president of this country,” after the vote in the assembly. Diaz-Canel, previously the […]

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