Between 2017 and 2020 in Ecuador, the following occurred: 1,461 floods, 11,336 forest fires, 4,157 landslides and 113 volcanic activities. Pujilí, La Maná, Pangua and Sigchos, in Cotopaxi, are on the list of the lastest cantons affected by natural disasters. In this...
I pledge allegiance, to the flag of.…
“At what point did you change your allegiance to your country?” That is a question I have been asking myself lately. It comes out of a conversation I had with Codie, about how Lasso is doing as president, and about what he is managing on his trip to China. I told her that I am […]
Peru president forced to install third cabinet amid criticism and resignations
The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, is trying to stop the crisis facing his government with the appointment of a new Council of Ministers, after the resignation of Prime Minister Mirtha Vásquez caused a series of Cabinet level resignations. His political opponents have proposed subjecting him to a trial to remove him. Last week, Castillo […]
Epidemiological curve stabilizes, says the Ministry of Health
Update to: National and Cuenca COEs establish new restrictions in light of surge in Covid-19 infections Published: Volume 6, Issue 15 Epidemiological curve stabilizes, says the Ministry of Health In the second week of January 2022, 49,115 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported; in the third week that number dropped to 47,931 and in the […]
Constitutional Court ruling on ‘prior consultation’ creates binding jurisprudence for extractivist activities
The struggle of the Ecuadorian indigenous A’I Cofán community of Sinangoe —which lives on the northern border with Colombia— has reached a historic achievement. On October 21, 2018, the Provincial Court ruled in favor of the A’i Cofán community—who claimed that mining concessions had been granted on their lands without prior consultation—saying that for any consultation […]
Ecuadorians’ investment firm defrauded South America’s wealthy out of over $350 million
Investigations reveal that Ecuadorians Roberto Cortés and Ernesto Weisson created a network of fraudulent investments that operated in Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. There are now more than 40 criminal, civil and bankruptcy court cases in the US...
2022 starts with the highest inflation for six years
Update to: Cuenca has the highest cost of goods, second highest inflation in the country Published: Volume 6, Issue 17 2022 starts with the highest inflation for six years Annual inflation stood at 2.56% in January 2022, according to the INEC. For reference, in January 2021 annual inflation was -1.04%. January 2022 annual inflation was […]
Ecuador and China sign letter of understanding for trade agreement, address debt negotiation
In a virtual press conference, the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Juan Carlos Holguín, and the Minister of Production, Julio José Prado, confirmed the signing of the letter of understanding that will allow Ecuador and China to officially advance towards the signing of a free trade (FTA). “This is great news, at a time when we did not think it would […]
Protesters demand that Cuenca stops construction of Yanuncay river dam
A multipurpose project being built in Cuenca to reduce the risk of flooding in the Yanuncay River and to generate hydroelectric power and protect that city’s supply of drinking water has been met with noisy and persistent opposition. A group of residents of the community of Soldados, backed by activists from the Yasunidos collective, are […]
The Constitutional Court rules that wild animals are subject to protection rights
The Constitutional Court has recognized that wild animals are subject to protection rights as they are part of nature. The sentence was published Saturday, February 5th, but was issued in the Court’s session of January 27th. The sentence had six votes in favor from...