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Broken Glas

Broken Glas

I’m going to say it right now so there is no confusion on where I stand: I am behind Noboa and his decision to raid the Mexican embassy to arrest Jorge David Glas Espinel, the corrupt former Vice President of Ecuador. Now, would I have done it, or would I have recommended he do it […]

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Ecuadorian migrants sent over $5.4 billion back to the country in 2023

Ecuadorian migrants sent over $5.4 billion back to the country in 2023

This record number reflects the new wave of migration that has surged following the COVID-19 pandemic. Between 2021 and 2023, a total of 351,966 Ecuadorians are registered as having left the national borders and not returned. This number surpasses the 183,307 individuals who left and did not return during the period of 2014-2019, prior to […]

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Search for missing climbers on Cayambe halted due to weather conditions

Search for missing climbers on Cayambe halted due to weather conditions

The three climbers were seen falling into a crevasse on Friday morning. Firefighters have temporarily halted their search efforts for the missing climbers who found themselves trapped by a landslide just meters away from the summit of the Cayambe volcano. The incident, which occurred amidst the rugged terrain of the Santa Bárbara crevasse at approximately […]

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Update: Eleven Ecuadorian migrants were traveling in a vehicle that crashed on the Chihuahua-Ciudad Juárez highway in Mexico

Update to: Tragic Bus Accident in Mexico Leaves Two Dead and 19 Injured, Including Ecuadorian migrants Published: Volume 7, Issue 52 The incident, which occurred at noon on Thursday, April 4th, at kilometer 110, resulted in one Ecuadorian individual being transported by helicopter to the Salvador Zubirán General Hospital to receive medical care. The 41-year-old […]

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Update: The country risk has declined to 1,180 points, attributed to the visit of an IMF mission to Ecuador and the surge in crude oil prices

Update to: Ecuador’s country risk drops 130 points in one week Published: Volume 8, Issue 23 As of April 4, 2024, Ecuador’s country risk stands at 1,180 points, marking a decrease of 53 points since March 31. This reduction is observed amidst negotiations for a new agreement with the IMF. This figure represents the lowest […]

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Ecuadorians aspiring to migrate have their sights set on the United States

Ecuadorians aspiring to migrate have their sights set on the United States

On a national scale, the survey reveals that 42% of respondents are seriously considering leaving the country.

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Where are you all?

Where are you all?

I’m taking a break from my column this week, but I wanted to leave you with a column I wrote back in August of 2017 (Volume 2, Issue 17). Why this? And why now? Well, because the results of the recent census say that Cuenca has 5,000 expats. So….. It seems like every day Codie […]

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“It looked like scabies, and it hurt as if my stomach had been hit,” says a woman who contracted dengue

“It looked like scabies, and it hurt as if my stomach had been hit,” says a woman who contracted dengue

There are 13,075 cases of dengue reported in Ecuador in 2024. Deaths reached fifteen as of March 16, almost half of the 33 deaths in all of 2023.

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Growing Indigenous Resistance Against Mining Projects in Ecuador

Growing Indigenous Resistance Against Mining Projects in Ecuador

Governments are actively promoting foreign investment in mining, resulting in substantial exports totaling $3.324 billion between January and December 2023.

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Prosecutor Salazar Confronts New Attack from Ronny Aleaga: “They Will Not Distract Us”

Prosecutor Salazar Confronts New Attack from Ronny Aleaga: “They Will Not Distract Us”

Ronny Aleaga’s recent video announcement, pledging to expose chats with prosecutor Diana Salazar, has drawn swift response from the Prosecutor’s Office, labeling it a “new smear campaign.”

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Update: The Central Bank forecasts a 1% growth for the Ecuadorian economy in 2024, reflecting decreased consumption among Ecuadorian families and a reduction in government spending

Update to: Growth of Ecuadorian economy expected to be minimal in 2023 Published: Volume 7, Issue 14 According to the Central Bank’s latest projection dated March 28, 2024, Ecuador’s economy is expected to grow by 1% this year, attributed to decreased household and government expenditures. This growth is a decline compared to the 2.4% positive […]

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Update: Nene Case: Hearing Scheduled for Francisco Sebastián BA’s Preventive Detention Appeal on April 3

Update to: Vice President Verónica Abad’s son to face trial in ‘Nene’ case Published: Volume 8, Issue 25 Francisco Sebastián BA, the son of Vice President Verónica Abad, is currently held in La Roca prison in Guayaquil, considered a maximum-security facility. The First Court of the Specialized Criminal Chamber for the Judgment of Crimes related […]

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A Galapagos forest is in danger of extinction from invasive plant species

A Galapagos forest is in danger of extinction from invasive plant species

The results of a recent study underscore the vital role of controlling invasive plants in preserving this unique forest ecosystem. A recent study conducted by scientists from the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD), has raised alarm about the escalating threat posed by invasive plant species to the […]

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Conaie warns of possible indigenous uprising against mining

Conaie warns of possible indigenous uprising against mining

The indigenous movement will carry out a solidarity strike in Cotopaxi on Wednesday and demand that the Assembly investigate the family of President Daniel Noboa. Conaie has declared itself in permanent assemblies to remain vigilant regarding the potential for an indigenous uprising against mining. The indigenous movement is set to conduct a solidarity strike in […]

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Justice is starting to go blind

Justice is starting to go blind

Okay, if you haven’t done it yet, read these two stories in today’s Dispatch before you read this column: “ Vice President Verónica Abad’s son to face trial in ‘Nene’ case “They are pressuring me to resign so they can remove me from office,” denounced Verónica Abad, Vice President of the Republic. Okay, now, one […]

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In Tungurahua and Cotopaxi, 17,000 farmers teeter on the brink of bankruptcy

In Tungurahua and Cotopaxi, 17,000 farmers teeter on the brink of bankruptcy

A landslide, caused by severe drought, demolished the water collection system in the Latacunga-Salcedo-Ambato irrigation canal, which provides water to farmers in three cantons in the central region of the country. In the northern area of Ambato (Tungurahua), as well as in Salcedo and Latacunga (Cotopaxi), over 17,000 vegetable producers are in despair due to […]

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President Noboa Signs Declarations Upholding Press Freedom in Ecuador

President Noboa Signs Declarations Upholding Press Freedom in Ecuador

Delegation of the Inter-American Press Association suggested to the president to strengthen the protection mechanism for journalists in Ecuador. During a significant meeting with representatives of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), President Daniel Noboa of Ecuador demonstrated his commitment to press freedom by signing the Chapultepec and Salta declarations. This event, which unfolded on March […]

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Mining Chamber says, “The country cannot be subject to the opinion of a political actor, like Iza”

Mining Chamber says, “The country cannot be subject to the opinion of a political actor, like Iza”

María Eulalia Silva, President of the Chamber of Mining, rebuffed Leonidas Iza’s calls for protests against mining and elucidated the ongoing environmental consultation process for the La Plata mining project in Cotopaxi. Amid resistance from anti-mining factions, the Ministry of the Environment initiated the informational phase of the environmental consultation for the La Plata mining […]

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Update: El Niño is weakening in Ecuador, though rainfall and extreme heat persist.

Update to: El Niño Weakens, Making Way for La Niña: Ecuador Prepares for Weather Fluctuations Published: Volume 8, Issue 24 According to forecasts from the Erfen Committee, rains and extreme temperatures will persist in Ecuador until March 31, 2024. On Thursday, March 21, 2024, the National Committee monitoring the El Niño phenomenon released a new […]

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 Vice President Verónica Abad’s son to face trial in ‘Nene’ case

 Vice President Verónica Abad’s son to face trial in ‘Nene’ case

The Prosecutor’s Office is pursuing Francisco Barreiro, the son of Vice President Verónica Abad, on charges of alleged influence peddling. On Friday, March 22, 2024, Judge María Fernanda Castro ordered Francisco Sebastián Barreiro, the son of Vice President Verónica Abad, to be held in preventive detention amid investigations into the Nene case. Barreiro, detained in […]

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