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Shotgun Shifter

Several months ago I took a trip from Ecuador, where I’m in my fourth year of residence, back to the USA. I visited family, watched my first grandchild enter the world and caught up with friends. We were enjoying visiting in my old stomping grounds of the Deep South. Edie, good friends and I were […]

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Chernobyl offers a glimpse of what a post-apocalyptic world might look like

By Cristian Lipovan A journey to Chernobyl in photos. As if torn apart from a forbidden land, a place that once flourished and lived peacefully now seems like an eerie ghost town. The Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986 shook not only Chernobyl, but Pripyat as well, its neighboring town, and shaped the tragic history of the […]

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Attorney General asks judge to set trial date for Correa and others in ‘2012-2016 bribes’ case

Ecuador Attorney General Diana Salazar has asked national court judge Daniella Camacho to set a trial date for former president Rafael Correa and 25 others in the so-called “Sobornos “2012-2016” (Bribes 2012-2016) case. The discovery phase of the government’s prosecution concluded last week with the testimony of a former Odebrecht construction company official and a […]

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Big fire in Loja Province, Noisiest areas of town, Businesses oppose referendum, Land needed for industry, Tram maintenance negotiated

Martes, 10/9/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Cultural support – The minister of Cultura y Patrimonio, Juan Fernando Velasco, came to Cuenca to announce government financial support for the Bienal, CIDAP, and the CCE. The first work is theater of the absurd. <I can’t figure out what the genre of […]

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The mystery of Peru’s Nazca Lines deepens

By Nancy Bilyeau The Nazca Lines in Peru have baffled mankind for quite a long time — and now the mystery is even more intriguing. They are a series of enormous geoglyphs etched into a roughly 200-square-mile stretch of the desert, created by pre-Inca people somewhere between the 4th century B.C. and the 10th century […]

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Foods of the Americas: The ‘Great Pumpkin,’ Jack O’Lanterns and vampires!

Editor’s note: Michelle’s Foods of The Americas series on squash continues with Part III, a history of mythology associated with squash, and how pumpkin, originating in the Americas, is today internationally loved and adorned. To read Part I, click here, and to read Part II, click here! By Michelle Bakeman As the autumn months are […]

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More cameras in high-crime areas, Landslide closes Amazon highway, Plan to reduce begging, Alianza Frances urban culture festival kicks off

Lunes, 9/9/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – II Festival de Culturas Urbanas – This festival organized by the Alianza Frances will be from 12-26/9. It will include art and foto exhibits, a breaking jam, a funk fiesta, a graffiti performance, documentary films, mural painting, freestyle battles, concerts, and meetings with […]

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Irma Lafrentz doesn’t live here anymore but she’s still helping out

By Tom Larsen After three years in Cuenca, Irmgard (Irma) Lafrentz recently returned to her home, friends and family in California’s Silicon Valley. Irma left behind quite a legacy of giving in her short time here, but the final chapter has not yet been written. Irma was born in Germany where she began her marketing […]

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With the end of human existence approaching, how should we live our lives?

By Jonathan Franzen “There is infinite hope,” Kafka tells us, “but, unfortunately, it is not for us.” This is a fittingly mystical epigram from a writer whose characters strive for ostensibly reachable goals and, tragically or amusingly, never manage to get any closer to them. But it seems to me, in our rapidly darkening world, […]

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Why you shouldn’t put a jade egg up your vagina

Susan’s note: I admit it, I’m a National Public Radio fan. I take an hour-long walk in the morning and listen to podcasts of NPR shows I’ve missed. Yesterday I listened to an interview with Dr. Jen Gunter, a Canadian-American obstetrician-gynecologist, a specialist in women’s health and pain medicine. She frequently challenges dubious health and […]

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Lasso confirms his third presidential bid

Guillermo Lasso, who narrowly lost to Lenin Moreno in the 2017 presidential election, announced Friday that he will be a candidate in the February 2021 election. Lasso, a centrist-conservative, was also defeated by former president Rafael Correa in 2013. The announcement, made during a Radio Quito interview, comes as no surprise since Lasso said he […]

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