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Expat, immigrant, migrant, refugee: New book looks at mass migrations in the 21st century, why they happen and what they mean

By Lauren Markham Book Review: This Land is our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto by Suketu Mehta In almost any other country on earth, Central Americans attempting to reach our southern border would be considered refugees, a designation that would guarantee them protection under international law. But in the United States, they are mere migrants who […]

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Number of tourists overwhelms destinations

By Annie Lowrey Late in May, the Louvre closed. The museum’s workers walked out, arguing that overcrowding at the home of the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo had made the place dangerous and unmanageable. “The Louvre suffocates,” the workers’ union said in a statement written in French, citing the “total inadequacy” of the […]

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High court fails to reach decision on gay marriage, says it will try again

Ecuador’s Constitutional Court failed to reach a decision Tuesday on the legality of marriage between same sex partners. The court had been asked by a lower court to adopt the language of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that recognizes marriages regardless of sex. Following five hours of discussion, the judges announced they were unable […]

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Gasoline price heads higher, Public bike service is popular, Moreno cuts taxes on bike imports, FASEC fundraiser at Quinta Lucrecia, Robberies

Martes, 4/6/2019 Hola, Todos – Actividades – De la pagina cultural – Congreso de Arte Contemporáneo – The second Congreso de Critica, Filosofía y Teoría del Arte will be el 11/6 in Loja at the Convention Center fo the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja with talks, seminars, workshops, round tables, etc. Concierto de Rock – […]

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How early do kids develop a taste for good — or bad — food?

By Catherine Saint Louis Efforts to improve what children eat should begin before they even learn to walk, a series of nutritional studies published on Tuesday has found. Taken together, the data indicate that infant feeding patterns persist far longer than has been appreciated. “Our early taste preferences, particularly for fruits and vegetables, and on the flip side […]

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More than a quarter of the gasoline sold in Colombia may go to manufacture cocaine

By Lara Loaiza Rural gas stations in Colombia are allegedly selling vast quantities of fuel to criminal groups to be used in coca paste processing, with as much as 28% of the country’s gasoline potentially going to organized crime. The Attorney General’s Office announced it is investigating 33 gas stations in areas known for the […]

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Canadian researchers discover fake news network that infiltrated mainstream media

By Tom Porter Researchers say they have uncovered a vast fake news network impersonating genuine news organizations and using fake social media profiles to spread disinformation. The Canadian Citizen Lab research group, which is part of the University of Toronto, in a report published last week claimed that Iran is behind the program, which it […]

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Mike’s Meats, the new deli in town

Are you a meat lover and miss the juicy beef cuts you’re used to getting back home? Then there is good news for you here in Cuenca! Last Saturday, Mike’s Meats opened to the public in a nicely decorated and perfectly located Deli offering American style meat cuts, wine, beers, delicatessen and produce. The owner, […]

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San Francisco Plaza vendors want new city government to ‘fix the mess left by Cabrera’

The association representing the merchants of the renovated San Francisco Plaza hopes to meet this week with Cuenca Mayor Pedro Palacios to discuss what they describe as the “deteriorating” situation at the plaza. “The old city government did not follow through on its promises to provide an attractive space for the vendors,” says Carlos Diaz, […]

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Lenin Moreno takes a political turn to the right and says: ‘I won’t allow Ecuador to become another failed state like Venezuela’

By Ethan Bronner and Stephan Kueffner For WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the morning of Thursday, April 11, arrived as most others had over the almost seven years he’d lived as a refugee in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Granted asylum there in 2012, he was hiding from British authorities for jumping bail to avoid extradition […]

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The lessons of pain, the journey to fulfillment

I’ve had a lot of quiet time of late. It has been a good time to visit some favorite old haunts; the works of Hesse, LeGuin, McCarthy, and Proulx. Their stories and reflections are indispensable in their ability to provide a path towards understanding fate and fulfillment. My recent re-reading and consideration of their work […]

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