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The end of the world as we know it

By Sean Illing “It is, I promise, worse than you think.” That was was the first line of David Wallace-Wells’s horrifying 2017 essay in New York magazine about climate change. It was an attempt to paint a very real picture of our not-too-distant future, a future filled with famines, political chaos, economic collapse, fierce resource […]

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Depth of morning earthquake minimizes damage and injuries, former U.S. geologist says

The first official reports from Friday’s early morning 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Morona Santiago Province indicate little major damage but widespread minor damage. Risk management officials and local emergency workers say only two injuries had been reported by mid-morning. According to the officials, most of the damage occurred within houses, offices, schools and stores, as […]

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Why the U.S. and other nations should stay out of Venezuela

By Brandon Turbeville For the better part of 2018, Venezuela had remained out of the headlines. At least in the mainstream Western press, they were more focused on scary Russian agents, keeping American forces in Syria, and promoting a war with Iran. But a few weeks ago, the South American country found itself on the […]

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Most of the 13 candidates for mayor claim they lead in the polls, so what gives?

“According to the candidates for mayor, each one leads in the pre-election polls. How is this possible?” asks Jorge Ramos, a contributor to Radio Tomebamba, Cuenca’s top radio news station. Ramos is not the only one asking the question. At least nine of the 13 candidates for mayor have announced on the station’s morning talk […]

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National taxi strike set for next Wednesday

Ecuador’s Federation of Taxis Operators (Fedotaxi) announced yesterday that its members will stage a nationwide strike and protest Wednesday, February 27. According to Fedotaxi president Jorge Calderón, the strike has been called because of the government’s failure to compensate licensed taxi drivers for the increased cost of gasoline. “Next Wednesday, February 27 there will be […]

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Offshore companies owned by Moreno’s brother spark calls for investigation

President Lenin Moreno said Wednesday that he has no involvement in two offshore companies owned by his brother. Reports of Edwin Moreno’s financial transactions through companies based in Belize and Panama was reported earlier this week by the La Fuente website. La Fuente writers Christian Zurita Ron and Fernando Villavicencio claim there is an “offshore […]

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Ecuador obtains $10.2 billion IMF loan package

The International Monetary Fund announced Wednesday that Ecuador will receive $10.2 billion in financial assistance to cover its national budget deficit and reduce pressure on the repayment of previous obligations. Of the total, $4.2 billion will come directly from IMF with the balance coming from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Latin America […]

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Woman found innocent of killing partner, Pedestrian overpasses underused, Unpermitted construction, Tram tests in new phase

Miércoles, 20/2/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Cinéticus – This exhibit by Federico Vega whose works are on galvanized steel and full of light and color opened Wednesday in the Galería de la Alcaldía. The images are of foliage and birds and reflect nature’s richness in Ecuador. Interactive dance – […]

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Quito mayor candidate demands investigation of ‘illegal payments’ for city subway system

Quito mayoral candidate César Montúfar claims that Brazilian construction company Odebrecht has “almost certainly” paid bribes to city officials during the construction of the Quito Metro subway system. He says he delivered documents to the attorney general’s office last week providing the evidence. Odebrecht has been at the center of more than a dozen corruption […]

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How about some comfort food, Ecuadorian style

We all have our special comfort foods that we grew up with:  liver, spinach, beets … oops, wrong list. I’m thinking more along the lines of mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, miso soup, warm apple crisp, takoyaki (don’t ask), bread fresh out of the oven . . . (This column is paused briefly […]

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