Among others, the Constitutional Court decided that the simplified tax regime (Rimpe) as well as the latest changes in the oil sector do not conform to the Constitution. The latest tax reform, which was published in the Official Registry on November 29, 2021, will...
State wages “new wars” against six criminal gangs
An analysis of “the new wars in society,” carried out by the Police, identifies the six most dangerous criminal gangs operating in Ecuador.
Throw them in jail
I know that lately my columns have sounded like I am against Ecuador’s Indigenous people. I am not. I am against their ‘leaders.’ And I purposely put single quotes around the word ‘leaders’ because I really think of them as “hindrances.” Last week I talked about what Iza has been saying and this week I […]
School drop-out rate in Esmeraldas increases as young children are recruited by gangs
Four out of every 100 students in Esmeraldas left their studies between 2021 and 2022. Violence and the action of criminal gangs is one of the main causes.
Murder rates in Ecuador have exploded in at least 10 provinces
Esmeraldas, Zone 8 (Guayaquil, Samborondón and Durán) and Manabí have the highest rates of violence on a national scale.
Hospitals in Manabí province continues to wait for new hospitals to open
Hospitals in Manta, Bahía de Caráquez and Pedernales are still able to fully operate due to contracting processes that delay basic works. In Manabí, there is an urgency for the hospitals in Manta, Bahía de Caráquez and Pedernales to start operating. But, the lack of resources, questions and irregularities have not allowed the physical works, […]
ECU-911 records an all-time high average of 309 calls per day about domestic violence
The ECU-911 receives the largest number of reports of domestic violence on weekends. Between January and October 2022, there were 84,429 of this type of call recorded.
Living Planet Report says oceans are running out of sharks and manta rays
Every two years, the WWF presents its Living Planet report on the loss of biodiversity. And this year the verdict is that sharks are in grave danger from aggressive fishing. Mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an unprecedented drop, of 69% of their population since 1970. But the worst part is carried by […]
The controversial openings of H&M stores in Ecuador
The arrival of the transnational fast fashion company in the country sparked an economic, environmental and social discussion.
Constitutional Court gives way to the two Lasso amendments
The two questions about the reorganization of the Citizen Participation Council may be carried out through a constitutional referendum.