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November indigenous strike in Colombia could rival Ecuador’s October protest

The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) announced a national strike for November 21 in Colombia claiming the government is not doing enough to protect indigenous communities. “A campaign of genocide has been carried out against native people for centuries and it is time for us to make a stand,” said ONIC leader Luis Fernando […]

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USA refuses entry to migrating geese

As winter approaches in North America, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service has instructed migrating Canadian geese to keep flying.  Citing the threat of terror and terrine, the large fowl generally referred to as “honkers” have been declared “undesirable flying aliens” and will be denied landing permits. “They swarm. They squawk. They shit,” said an […]

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The short-lived Republic of Cuenca was created 199 years ago by a citizen revolt

By Liam Higgins On the afternoon of November 3, 1820, hundreds of Cuencanos formed a cordon around Plaza Mayor — today’s Parque Calderon — trapping 110 Spanish soldiers inside. Their mission, according to leader Tomas Ordoñez, was to “throw off the yoke of colonial domination and establish a community of freedom.” Earlier in the day, […]

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Cuenca independence holidays kick off with focus on recovery from October protests

As it has been for years, Cuenca’s independence holiday is the biggest celebration of the year. This year, however, the event carries extra significance as the city tries to put the protests of October, some of them violent, behind. Festivities get underway today honoring the city’s 199th anniversary of independence from Spain. Tourism officials expect […]

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Things Baby Boomers think are cool

By Tammy Ziv Dear baby boomers, we are sorry to tell you that these things were never cool, it’s time to accept that. In the 1950’s and 60’s there was a big rise in births in America, so much so, that it was dubbed a “baby boom”. The children born between 1946 and 1964 are […]

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Conaie’s economic plan: Tax the wealthy but leave gasoline and diesel subsidies alone

According to the leadership of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), the solution to Ecuador’s economic troubles is simple. “Our proposal is to raise taxes on the companies and individuals who can afford to pay more,” says Conaie President Jaime Vargas. “They have never paid their fair share and it is time for […]

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The golden age of television is over but what will replace it?

By Sam Adams In the next several months, you’ll be able to access more content on your TV and TV-shaped devices than ever before. Apple TV+ launches this week with a glitzy, high-profile lineup of new shows — Jen! Reese! — and many more to come. In a matter of days, you’ll be able to […]

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What’s ‘normal’ anyway? Body temperature, blood pressure, and blood sugar

Body Temperature. Have you ever wondered how 98.6° Fahrenheit or 37° Centigrade became “normal” body temperature? In the 1850s, a German physician named Carl Wunderlich collected data on 25,000 patients, taking their temperature multiple times. Wunderlich was the first to show how the body temperature fluctuates naturally throughout the day and night, and he was […]

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Human rights group claims obstruction in its investigation of government violence while the OAS praises Moreno for ‘restraint’

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) claims it has repeatedly faced “official obstruction” in its investigation of government abuse against protesters in the October protests. On Wednesday, members of the IACHR team were prevented from taking video and audio recordings during interviews at the Cotopaxi federal prison. IACHR is conducting interviews in Quito, Cuenca, […]

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Five indigenous guard members killed by dissident guerrillas in southwest Colombia

Five members of an indigenous guard in Colombia were killed Tuesday in what authorities are describing as a massacre by a dissident guerrilla front. The attack occurred in the southwest department of Cauca, near the city of Tacueyo, and also left five guard members injured. An initial investigation suggests the massacre happened in retaliation for […]

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Reduction of gasoline, diesel and gas subsidies remains a priority for the government

Despite the fact that President Lenin Moreno has withdrawn his controversial order eliminating subsidies for gasoline and diesel fuel, the issue of subsidies has not gone away. “The fiscal health of the country depends on making changes to the system currently in place,” says Ecuador Finance Minister Richard Martinez. “We simply cannot afford to keep […]

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