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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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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 resources in the future.  The economy of Ecuador will grow on average 2.8%...

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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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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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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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