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Volume 6, Issue 2

From the week of October, 17 2021

Lasso threatens Assembly with the “muerte cruzada,” or cross death

Lasso threatens Assembly with the “muerte cruzada,” or cross death

President Guillermo Lasso announced that he will present to the National Assembly the tax and labor reforms at the same time this week, and both with an urgent economic nature. According to article 140 of the Constitution, “while a project classified as urgent is being discussed, the President of the Republic may not send another, […]

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This is a break-up we should have seen coming

This is a break-up we should have seen coming

Boy, with everything happening in the news here lately, one must wonder, is Lasso threatening the “cross death” so that he doesn’t have to be President anymore?! Because as I see it, between the call for social mobilizations for next week, the fight over the Opportunities law, the constant cases of corruption, the struggle with […]

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Pandora papers investigation moves ahead in National Assembly, Lasso says half-a-billion dollars paid in taxes

Pandora papers investigation moves ahead in National Assembly, Lasso says half-a-billion dollars paid in taxes

The Constitutional Guarantees Commission of the National Assembly is advancing with the investigation of the Pandora Papers, which revealed that before being president, Guillermo Lasso had links with 14 companies in countries or jurisdictions considered tax havens. Lasso said he had dissolved the companies in 2017, after a law was passed that prohibited officials and politicians […]

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Ecuador ranks 92nd on the Rule of Law Index

Ecuador ranks 92nd on the Rule of Law Index

Ecuador is in position 92 out of 139 in a ranking that annually measures respect for the rule of law, a legal principle that, specifically, establishes that the law must govern, apply and protect all people who live in a country. It was famously condensed by the second president of the United States, John Adams, who said that […]

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Provincial Court of Santo Domingo ratified sentence in favor of the Furukawa workers

Update to: A modern-day slavery case in which a Japanese company and the government of Ecuador were forced to apologizePublished: Volume 5, Issue 31 The Provincial Court of Justice of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas partially ratified the sentence of first instance in favor of the former workers of Furukawa Plantaciones CA. This was announced by the […]

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Volume 6, Issue 1

From the week of October, 10 2021

Guayaquil Mayor Cynthia Viteri is proposing that citizens carry weapons

Guayaquil Mayor Cynthia Viteri is proposing that citizens carry weapons

The mayor said that innocent people have the right to defend themselves against criminals. Here is what some experts think about his proposal. Cynthia Viteri, mayor of the port city of Guayaquil, said she agrees that citizens carry weapons. In a recent interview the mayor said, “I believe that innocents should carry weapons because now a criminal is approaching […]

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The latest IMF report on Ecuador is optimistic

The latest IMF report on Ecuador is optimistic

The IMF published the report detailing the results of the latest mission to Ecuador. It includes details on the current situation of the country and suggested policies for the management of...

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Assembly votes for the Constitutional Guarantees Commission to take charge of the investigation into Lasso’s assets identified in the Pandora’s papers

Assembly votes for the Constitutional Guarantees Commission to take charge of the investigation into Lasso’s assets identified in the Pandora’s papers

Lasso says that he has not broken the law and that all his assets have paid taxes in Ecuador. The Assembly wants to corroborate that statement.  The journalistic investigation Pandora Papers continues to impact Ecuadorian politics and especially President Guillermo Lasso. The investigation revealed that Lasso had ties to 14 offshore companies that he got rid of in 2017 […]

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Organized crime charges against Abdalá and Jacobo Bucaram are dismissed

Organized crime charges against Abdalá and Jacobo Bucaram are dismissed

The criminal process for organized crime faced by former President Abdalá Bucaram, his son Jacobo, and five other people has been one of the most followed media reports in 2021. In the most recent event of the case, a judge ruled that the Prosecutor’s Office could not prove the participation of the Bucaram in the […]

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Who stole my papers?

Who stole my papers?

With all the talk of the Pandora Papers in the news here, it made me think back to the Pentagon Papers and the impact they had in politics in America. For those who don’t know, the Pentagon Papers were a government report from the office of the Secretary of Defense that laid out the extent […]

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Volume 5, Issue 52

From the week of October, 03 2021

Constitutional Court ratifies removal of Quito mayor Yunda, Guarderas charges ahead

Constitutional Court ratifies removal of Quito mayor Yunda, Guarderas charges ahead

The extraordinary protection action presented by Santiago Guarderas was accepted Almost two months have passed since Jorge Yunda returned to occupy the office of the Mayor of Quito. Dozens of followers received him at the door of the mayor’s office with music and banners after he was removed from his post for 11 days. The atmosphere was triumphant. […]

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US loans $150 million to Ecuadorian women-owned businesses, part of plan to compete with China in Latin America

US loans $150 million to Ecuadorian women-owned businesses, part of plan to compete with China in Latin America

The Biden administration this week announced a $150 million loan from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to support women-owned businesses in Ecuador, a step the White House sees as a model for the kind of projects the United States plans to support as it kicks off a new initiative to compete with China’s Belt and […]

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The Pandora Papers expose finances of Guillermo Lasso, the banker who became President

The Pandora Papers expose finances of Guillermo Lasso, the banker who became President

The President of Ecuador is one of the three active Latin American heads of state that appear in the investigation called ‘Pandora Papers.’ Ecuador is once again in the news at the international level, and not only because of the prison crisis it faces. This October 3, 2021, President Guillermo Lasso was named as one of the three active Latin American […]

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Update to: Ecuador and OPEC will reduce oil production

Update to: Ecuador and OPEC will reduce oil productionPublished: Volume 3, Issue 21OPEC and allies decide they will increase crude production just a little This Monday the members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and their allies decided that they will continue with their strategy of moderate production increases for the month of […]

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The devil made me do it

The devil made me do it

I’m sure that like me, sometimes you get on the internet and look for something, and that leads you to look at something else, and so on, and so on, and so on. You go down a rabbit hole, and sometimes you find simply amazing things. That happened to me today. And since I still […]

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Update to: Attorney who won judgment against Chevron may get his day in court

Update to: Attorney who won judgment against Chevron may get his day in court

Update to: Attorney who won judgment against Chevron may get his day in courtPublished: Volume 3, Issue 20US Lawyer Sentenced for Contempt in Ecuador Chevron Case Steve Donziger’s sentence is the latest step in a long legal saga that goes back to his representation of Ecuadorean villagers trying to hold Chevron liable for water and […]

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Debt with China falls as obligations to the IMF and other multilaterals increases

Debt with China falls as obligations to the IMF and other multilaterals increases

Ecuador’s debt with the IMF amounted to $6,174 billion thru July 2021, 19.44% more than the obligations with China, according to the Ministry of Finance. Meanwhile, the public debt with China fell by 37.1% between July 2016 and July 2021: it went from $5.431 billion to $5.169 billion. This is good news because the conditions […]

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Law for the Creation of Opportunities raises three types of alternative contracts and reduced hours

Law for the Creation of Opportunities raises three types of alternative contracts and reduced hours

The proposed law also includes changes in maternity and paternity leave, flexibility in working hours and modifications to rest hours. The creation of employment is, according to the Government, the objective pursued by the draft Creation of Opportunities Law, delivered by President Guillermo Lasso to the Assembly on Friday, September 24. According to official data, […]

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Volume 5, Issue 51

From the week of September, 25 2021

Representatives of thirteen universities forced to close in 2012 file a complaint against Correa and three former officials of his government

Representatives of thirteen universities forced to close in 2012 file a complaint against Correa and three former officials of his government

The 13 universities closed by the Rafael Correa government are asking that an investigation be started with the charge of ‘organized crime’ The legal representatives of thirteen universities that were forced to close during the government of Rafael Correa presented, last Wednesday morning, a criminal complaint for the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate former President Correa and three […]

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Lasso’s Opportunities Law faces uphill battle in Assembly, may be heading for popular consultation

Lasso’s Opportunities Law faces uphill battle in Assembly, may be heading for popular consultation

Last Friday, President Guillermo Lasso handed over to the President of the Assembly, Guadalupe Llori, his bill for the Creation of Opportunities Law It will be an important week for President Lasso and his Bill for the “Law of Creation of Opportunities,” which he submitted on Friday to the Council of Legislative Administration, a body […]

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Health Minister Garzón says that to reach herd immunity, Ecuador will begin giving Covid-19 vaccine to children 5 and older in the second week of October

Health Minister Garzón says that to reach herd immunity, Ecuador will begin giving Covid-19 vaccine to children 5 and older in the second week of October

Ecuador will begin vaccination against Covid-19 in children from the age of 5 in mid-October, the Minister of Public Health, Ximena Garzón, announced last Thursday. “We are going to start vaccinating from the age of 5 from the second week of October,” declared the health minister, stating that until then the current program to administer anti […]

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Jorge Yunda’s case goes to the plenary session of the Constitutional Court

Update to: UPDATES: 09-07-2021Published: Volume 5, Issue 48 The judges will decide on the extraordinary protection action filed by Santiago Guarderas and Mónica Sandoval This Friday, September 24, 2021, the draft resolution that will resolve the extraordinary protection action filed by Santiago Guarderas and Mónica Sandoval will be received in the plenary session of the Constitutional Court. This appeal is against the […]

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Five years in EU trade agreement has been positive for Ecuador, explain Ecuador trade groups and EU ambassador

Five years in EU trade agreement has been positive for Ecuador, explain Ecuador trade groups and EU ambassador

After the agreement signed almost five years ago, imports have increased, exports even more Since the trade agreement Ecuador signed with the European Union (EU) five years ago, there is a greater diversification of products on the shelves of national supermarkets and pharmacies with cheeses, liquors, chocolates, sausages, oils, pharmaceutical products, among others. There have also […]

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Hearing against two former defense ministers and others for the purchase of Dhruv helicopters postponed to October

Update to: Assembly Commission says murder of Air Force general could be a ‘state crime’Published: Volume 3, Issue 19 Of the seven Dhruv helicopters acquired in 2008 under the Rafael Correa government, four of them crashed between 2009 and 2015 Due to the request of several defenders who will be charged with the crime of […]

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America may have been populated thousands of years earlier than previously thought

America may have been populated thousands of years earlier than previously thought

Humans arrived in America at least 7,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new research findings The issue of the arrival of the first humans to the American continent has generated controversy for decades. Many researchers are skeptical of the evidence that humans existed in North America more than 16,000 years. Now, a team working […]

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A throwdown in the valley

A throwdown in the valley

One of the best things that has happened for us while living in Ecuador has been meeting many people who end up leaving here to move to other countries. Because that means we have places and friends to visit! Having travelled all over the world for most of the last 15 years of my career, […]

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“Health has no ideology” says Lasso at UN

“Health has no ideology” says Lasso at UN

"Health has no ideology," said the president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso at the 76th United Nations General Assembly, held on September 21st in New York. After saying that, he brought up the tragic...

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Volume 5, Issue 50

From the week of September, 19 2021

Government confirms date for meeting with Conaie

Minister Alexandra Vela indicated that President Guillermo Lasso will dialogue with indigenous leaders.

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In last 11 months, Ecuadorian illegal immigrants detained or deported from the United States were charged $1.345 billion by coyotes

According to 1800migrante.com, a minimum of $15,000 is paid from Ecuador for irregular travel to the United States (US). Over the last 11 months, 89,644 Ecuadorians have been arrested trying to cross illegally into the US.

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Foreigner arrested for trying to smuggle 213 seahorses thru Guayaquil airport

International trade in this species, whose populations are on the verge of extinction, is prohibited The Ecuadorian National Police reported that a foreign citizen was apprehended at the Guayaquil airport for transporting 213 seahorses. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) places all species of seahorses in its Appendix II, recognizing that they […]

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Police arrest a subject involved in illicit trafficking of people, with a firearm, three passports and $5,000 in the south of Cuenca

With $5,000 in his possession, a firearm and three passports, William B., a citizen who presented a hostile and suspicious attitude to the police who apprehended him in the south of Cuenca, was arrested Thursday night. When verifying his judicial record, it was learned that the 25-year-old Ecuadorian has a criminal record for the alleged […]

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Stop making demands

Stop making demands

Everywhere you look in Ecuador’s newspapers, you see President Lasso’s name: he’s going to CELEC, he’s speaking at the UN, he is being hailed for stopping Covid-19 in Ecuador, he has a meeting set...

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Prices of gasoline and diesel have both increased by more than $0.60 a gallon in the last fifteen months

Prices of gasoline and diesel have both increased by more than $0.60 a gallon in the last fifteen months

In the last fifteen months, since the removal of subsidies, prices for extra gasoline, extra with ethanol (ecopaís) gasoline, and diesel fuel have experienced an increase of between 63 cents and 65 cents. It was in the last government of the government of Lenín Moreno, that Executive Decree 1054 was issued, which established that from May 20, 2020 a […]

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Minas de Huascachaca, Ecuador’s largest wind power plant, to start operations in 2022

Minas de Huascachaca, Ecuador’s largest wind power plant, to start operations in 2022

A semi-desert area on the edges of Loja and Azuay, made up of plateaus, with dirt roads and little settled population, is the place where 14 wind turbines will be located in the coming months that will take advantage of the force of the wind to produce energy. This set of wind turbines – each […]

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Maduro and OAS disrupt focus of CELAC summit

Maduro and OAS disrupt focus of CELAC summit

Leaders of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held a summit in Mexico on Saturday, which criticized the OAS, requested that the United States change its relationship with...

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Ecuador Finance Minister Cueva says new global bond issuance will be “orderly and predictable”

Ecuador Finance Minister Cueva says new global bond issuance will be “orderly and predictable”

Debt with international bondholders reached $17.759 billion thru July 2021 Finance Minister Simón Cueva expects Ecuador to return to international markets for the issuance of new Global bonds in 2022, after the country was mainly financed over the last three years with credits from multilateral organizations. In a discussion with international investors, Cueva said that […]

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Volume 5, Issue 49

From the week of September, 12 2021

Whew!

Whew!

I’ve been dealing with some health issues over the past year. They’ve not exactly been a secret, but I’ve not gone into detail about them with many people. That’s all about to change. Today, after a year of surgeries, medications, therapy, and a plethora of doctor’s appointments, I got a “cleaner” bill of health than […]

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UPDATES: 09/14/2021

UPDATES: 09/14/2021

Update to: Chinese fishing boats approaching Galapagos: what’s being done, what species they endanger and who comprises the fleetPublished: Volume 5, Issue 3917 months later: the Fisheries Law still does not have a regulation. Why? Seventeen months have passed since the Organic Law for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries was issued and there is still no regulation to […]

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Tuesday, September 14, 2021

We weren’t sure we would ever see the day when we considered ending this report. Back in early 2020, and for a long time afterward, it looked like this pandemic was here to stay and the numbers would never improve, either here in Ecuador or world-wide. It looks like we can safely say that Ecuador […]

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SHORT STORIES OF INTEREST: 04-14-2021

New fuel prices push diesel to $1.65 and extra gasoline to $2.39 On Saturday, the Agency for the Regulation and Control of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources (ARC) released the new rate for petroleum derivatives, which varies between an eleven and five cent increase. The new provisions issued September 11th established that a gallon of diesel will cost $1.65 and gasoline […]

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Minister Garzón wants government to be remembered for having changed public health

Minister Garzón wants government to be remembered for having changed public health

The Minister of Public Health, Ximena Garzón Villalba, has overseen one of the greatest public health achievements of the national government: vaccinating 9 million people against COVID-19 in 100 days. The journey, of course, has not been easy. Beyond vaccination, her goal is to design and begin to implement the “Ten-Year Public Health Plan,” which she […]

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Lasso reaches agreement with IMF and pursues trade agreements across the globe

Lasso reaches agreement with IMF and pursues trade agreements across the globe

The quick arrival of foreign resources will provide liquidity of $4.5 billion to finance various projects. President Lasso said in an interview last Thursday that his government had reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that will unblock the disbursement of resources from abroad and will provide liquidity of $4.5 billion dollars for financing […]

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Volume 5, Issue 48

From the week of September, 05 2021

Teachers say conditions in Ecuador make it difficult provide sex education while early pregnancies cause hundreds of deaths

Teachers say conditions in Ecuador make it difficult provide sex education while early pregnancies cause hundreds of deaths

Experts say disseminating scientific information based on human rights without religious biases is one of the mechanisms to reduce early pregnancy. Over the last year, the lack of contact between teachers and students has limited the guidance of sexual education in the education establishments of the country. Adolescent pregnancy and the country’s high maternal mortality […]

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UPDATES: 09-07-2021

UPDATES: 09-07-2021

Update to: In a surprise shift in the Quito mayoral saga, Yunda is returned to office by the Provincial Court of Pichincha Published: Volume 5, Issue 43 Three months after the removal of Mayor Jorge Yunda, his position remains in dispute A ruling from the Provincial...

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Well, that was a great 3-month effort!

Well, that was a great 3-month effort!

I’m watching with fascination how much China says it is willing to give to Ecuador in the future. It’s already the number one provider of vaccines to the country. And debt, and it’s even the number one importer of Ecuadorian shrimp. And now its ambassador says it wants to expand on all those things: give […]

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Productive sector sees opportunities and risks in an agreement with China

Productive sector sees opportunities and risks in an agreement with China

Exporters see potential; manufactures and artisans warn of complications to compete. Almost 50% of the textile products sold in the local market come from China. The rest is shared between national production and those of other countries. This occurs without Ecuador having a trade agreement with the Asian giant. Due to their economy of scale […]

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Before we go into number this week, let’s outline the major changes in the environment of Covid-19 in Ecuador. This week the Ministry of Health is turning back to first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to get those people that have held off until now (labeled “laggards”). It will also continue to give second doses […]

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Short Stories of Interest: 09-07-2021

Government decides that the protection for former presidents and vice presidents will only be within Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso modified some of the conditions for the protection and security provided to former presidents and former vice presidents. Through Executive Decree 179, dated August 31st, Lasso established that the protection will be provided “only within the […]

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Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo: ‘Ecuador is going to become a magnet for attracting foreign investment’

Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo: ‘Ecuador is going to become a magnet for attracting foreign investment’

The signing of trade agreements with several countries is a priority in the Government’s foreign policy. After one hundred days of government, in a recent interview Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo made an evaluation of the work carried out at the level of international relations and stated that the priority for the coming months is to […]

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Ecuador reached the goal of vaccinating 9 million people in 100 days

Ecuador reached the goal of vaccinating 9 million people in 100 days

Vice President, Alfredo Borrero, and the Minister of Health, Ximena Garzón, announced on the September 1, 2021, that the goal of vaccinating nine million people in 100 days was met. On September 1, 2021, the government of President Guillermo Lasso fulfilled one of its first objectives: to vaccinate nine million people in its first 100 […]

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Volume 5, Issue 47

From the week of August 29, 2021

Vice President Borrero says, “the health structure is eaten away by corruption”

Vice President Borrero says, “the health structure is eaten away by corruption”

Vice President Alfredo Borrero leads the vaccination against Covid-19 and the revamping of the public health system and says that the problems of the country’s hospitals have a common element: corruption.

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UPDATES: 08-30-2021

UPDATES: 08-30-2021

Update to: Banana sector reinforces prevention measures to avoid Foc R4T fungus Published: Volume 5, Issue 27 Controls in banana provinces are reinforced to prevent the entry of Fusarium Race 4 Last week, the Ministry of Agriculture announced that in towns such as...

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Monday, August 30th, 2021

Before we go into number this week, let’s outline the major changes in the environment of Covid-19 in Ecuador. First and foremost, the increase in cases of the Delta variant in several provinces of the country has forced the Ministry of Health to adjust the vaccination schedule, advancing the application of the second dose of […]

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Fuel and social subsidies of $5.645 billion found in 2021 proforma budget along with $4.8 billion deficit

Fuel and social subsidies of $5.645 billion found in 2021 proforma budget along with $4.8 billion deficit

The highest subsidy for fuels is in gas for domestic use which reaches $813 million.

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Ecuador’s amphibians may be the species most threatened by climate change

Ecuador’s amphibians may be the species most threatened by climate change

Ecuadorian biologist Mauricio Ortega talks about the threats amphibians face in the region. His work with environmental DNA allows researchers to know about possible diseases that can attack them and to plan control strategies for invasive species such as tilapia, trout and bullfrog that are great threats to amphibians.

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Ecuador faces 5 challenges to achieving herd immunity

Ecuador faces 5 challenges to achieving herd immunity

The Government aims to vaccinate 14.8 million people by the end of 2021 to achieve herd immunity. This goal includes children over the age of eight.

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Are you using that bed?

Are you using that bed?

I heard from an old friend this week, we hadn’t talked in a year or so. What I like to call the “missing year” (or year and a half) that we all experienced in most of 2020 and more than half of 2021. I had talked to him about three months into the pandemic, and […]

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8 out of 10 households with children in Ecuador have less income as a result of the pandemic

8 out of 10 households with children in Ecuador have less income as a result of the pandemic

For families with children, it will take 11 years to get out of poverty, three times longer than for households without children.

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Volume 5, Issue 46

From the week of August 22, 2021

UPDATES: 08-23

UPDATES: 08-23

Update to: Financing proposal for expansion of Galapagos reserve still has no response from GovernmentPublished: Volume 5, Issue 26Ecuador analyzes debt swap for new reserve in Galapagos Ecuador is analyzing an environmental debt swap to create a new reserve around the Galapagos archipelago that will expand the limits to fishing through a negotiation between all the parties […]

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador

Updated for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Only a year ago the collapse of the country’s healthcare system was making headlines around the world. Today, with its successful vaccination campaign, it is setting an example for countries in the region and globally. Today, Ecuador currently administers the highest daily number of doses per 100 people in the […]

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Lasso makes chronic childhood malnutrition a focus in his government, allocates additional $155 million

Lasso makes chronic childhood malnutrition a focus in his government, allocates additional $155 million

Chronic childhood malnutrition (DCI) continues to be a problem in Ecuador, and in fact it has worsened over the last 7 years. In 2018 (the latest firm figures available), 27.2% of children under two years were underweight and height, compared to 24.8% in 2014. Specialists are saying that the situation worsened with the pandemic and now, one […]

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Exports to Russia increase over 2020, but lack of trade deal with Eurasian Economic Union could cause problems starting in mid-October

Exports to Russia increase over 2020, but lack of trade deal with Eurasian Economic Union could cause problems starting in mid-October

From January to May of this year, $434 million worth of goods have been exported to Russia, third most in exports after the United States and the European Union.

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Ecuador’s Amazon being stripped of balsa with no controls

Ecuador’s Amazon being stripped of balsa with no controls

Ecuador is the world’s biggest exporter of balsa wood, most of it shipped to China. Indigenous communities in Ecuador’s Pastaza River Basin say balsa is being logged illegally in their territories and is damaging the ecological integrity of the region and hurting Indigenous communities.  The problem has reportedly spread to neighboring Peru, where Indigenous communities accuse Ecuadoran balsa loggers of felling commercially valuable trees and even kidnapping a child.

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Ecuador to selectively give third COVID-19 vaccine, study shows mixing formulations may increase immunity

Ecuador to selectively give third COVID-19 vaccine, study shows mixing formulations may increase immunity

This week Ecuador announced that it will administer a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to people with weak immune systems and will carry out tests to determine if the rest of the inoculated population also needs a booster, Health Minister Ximena Garzon said on Tuesday. The government of President Guillermo Lasso is using Pfizer, […]

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Ecuador investigating more than 160 pandemic related cases of corruption

Ecuador investigating more than 160 pandemic related cases of corruption

During the presidential term of Lenín Moreno, whose term ended in May, the Attorney General’s Office had to create a specialized Task Force to be able to process and carry out investigations into alleged illegal acts related to the acquisition of products for the health emergency. As part of the cross-border project ‘Watch the pandemic,’ the following report details several of the emblematic cases, involving officials, businessmen and even the children of former Ecuadorian President Abdalá Bucaram.

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Don’t fall prey

Don’t fall prey

I’m in Florida now waiting for some medical appointments and wondering how things got so bad here in the US. By that I mean politically, socially, and even religiously. So much of those three things have merged together, with basis in the belief of many of the conspiracy theories going around the country. There is […]

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Volume 5, Issue 45

From the week of August 15, 2021

UPDATES: 08/17/2021

UPDATES: 08/17/2021

Update to: In a surprise shift in the Quito mayoral saga, Yunda is returned to office by the Provincial Court of PichinchaPublished: Volume 4, Issue 43TCE says Guarderas is the mayor of Quito The Contentious Electoral Tribunal (TCE) ruled on Tuesday, August 10, and has ratified that the mayor of the city of Quito is Santiago Guarderas, […]

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Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: Updated for Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Good news is hard to come by in the context of the current health crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean. That’s why we are particularly excited to see some encouraging developments in Ecuador. Only a year ago the collapse of the country’s healthcare system was making headlines around the world. Today, with its successful […]

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The Quito Metro has no light at the end of the tunnel

The Quito Metro has no light at the end of the tunnel

The project was stared in 2012 and has idled thru four mayors, seven managers and several postponements. The Quito Metro is like a brand new 21st century bus that lacks, at least, the driver, the turnstile for passengers to pass and pay, the entire technological system and the network of trans-shipment connections. Without this, the 22 kilometers of the tunnel built, […]

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Recognition of territory, respect for ancestral knowledge and cessation of violence: the vision of life of indigenous peoples

Recognition of territory, respect for ancestral knowledge and cessation of violence: the vision of life of indigenous peoples

August 9th was the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, a date established by the United Nations in December 1994.

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No positive outcome

No positive outcome

I watched President Biden’s speech yesterday regarding what was happening in Afghanistan amid his decision to pull the last of the US’s troops out of the country. Earlier, I had seen the images of people dying while trying to get on board a departing aircraft at the Kabul airport. So, I say these words with […]

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New changes to traffic laws go into effect

New changes to traffic laws go into effect

A set of at least 65 changes included in the reforms of the Organic Law on Traffic, Land Transportation and Road Safety (LOTTSV), came into effect this past Tuesday. For example, as of August 10th, drivers have 90 business days to pay their pending violations and the...

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Legal abortions for rape still difficult for most victims to access

Legal abortions for rape still difficult for most victims to access

Rocio Rosero, spokeswoman for the National Women’s Coalition, talks about the critical points that the bill that the Ombudsman’s Office presented to the National Assembly has encountered to decriminalize abortion for rape in the country.

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Andean Community (CAN) agrees to free movement, residence, and work

Andean Community (CAN) agrees to free movement, residence, and work

As of last Wednesday, citizens of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru can reside, work, and move freely between these four countries, a “historic milestone” in regional integration, according to the Secretary General of the Andean Community (CAN), Jorge Hernando Pedraza. The so-called “Decision 878” promoted by the CAN, which establishes the Andean Migration Statute, opens […]

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