Update to: In a surprise shift in the Quito mayoral saga, Yunda is returned to office by the Provincial Court of Pichincha Published: Volume 4, Issue 43 TCE says Guarderas is the mayor of Quito The Contentious Electoral Tribunal (TCE) ruled on Tuesday, August 10, and...
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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...
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.
Experts say discovery of 9.5 tons of drugs in Guayaquil warrant creation of a Joint Anti-Drug Task Force
When the Antinarcotics Police broke into a bottled water business in Los Vergeles, north of Guayaquil, on Friday night, the agents couldn’t imagine that hidden in the back of an office, they would find “a gold mine,” of drugs as described by one of the uniformed men...
Ecuadorian illegal migration to US thru Mexico explodes, new requirements put in place
10,000 Ecuadorian citizens are arriving in Mexico each month to attempt entry into U.S.; many falling victims to crime, some have gone missing
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 […]