President Guillermo Lasso has requested that the Constitutional Court of Ecuador reject the National Assembly’s effort to impeach him in a political trial. On Friday, March 24th, Lasso called the opposition in Ecuador “very blind” and accused them of not respecting...
Cuenca’s drinking water undergoes more than 1,000 quality tests per month
Cuenca is a beautiful city located in the southern part of Ecuador. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the most attractive cities in the country. But what many people don’t know is that Cuenca is also known for its high-quality drinking water. For years, locals and tourists alike have […]
Ecuador’s finances are in a tenuous state
During a recent interview, Vice Minister of Finance, Daniel Lemus, said that Ecuador will need an additional $1.0 billion in external credits to cover expenses for 2023. External and internal issues are causing concern for Ecuador’s financial stability that only 5...
Cuenca taxi driver threatens to kill passenger who refused to pay extra fare
The incident happened last Tuesday in the Ochoa León sector, north of the city. A 28-year-old woman named Karla had a terrifying experience with an informal taxi driver in Cuenca, Ecuador, who threatened to kill her after she refused to pay an extra fare. The incident occurred on Tuesday March 21st in the Ochoa León […]
El Niño may exacerbate mid-year rainfall in Ecuador
According to experts, an El Niño event is likely to occur in the second half of 2023, which could worsen the already intense rainy season in Ecuador. The National Committee of Ecuador for the Regional Study of the El Niño Phenomenon (Erfen) recently warned of an abnormal increase in temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, […]
Ecuadorian migrants face threat of dangerous antipersonnel mines in the Darien Gap
The Darien Gap, a jungle area between Colombia and Panama, is becoming an increasingly dangerous route for migrants seeking to reach the United States. The Colombian Attorney General’s Office recently warned that antipersonnel mines have been detected on the routes used by migrants to traverse the jungle between Colombia and Panama. “It was learned that […]
Law Presented in Senate Could Result in Reduction of Tariffs on Nearly 50% of Ecuadorian Exports to US
Project presented by two senators seeks to make Ecuador eligible as a beneficiary of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Law. The United States and Ecuador have been strengthening their diplomatic and economic ties over the past few months. Recently, two US Senators...
This isn’t ‘governing’
The recent events in Ecuador’s political scene have been nothing short of absurd. The National Assembly has submitted an impeachment request against President Lasso, and the judge assigned to oversee the case is affiliated with the PSC, one of the groups opposing Lasso. She is even seen smiling in a photo of her receiving the […]
Outsourcing and Fragmentation of Drug Trafficking Leads to Increased Violence in Ecuador
Ecuador is an "eloquent example" of the threat posed by local criminal groups that collaborate with foreign drug traffickers. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC's report on the global cocaine market highlights the fragmentation and outsourcing of drug...
Petroecuador to dismantle and move two giant LPG spheres from Challuabamba
Long considered an eyesore by local residents, the spheres will be moving for reasons other than aesthetics. Petroecuador, the state-owned oil company of Ecuador, is set to remove two large steel spheres, each weighing 3,200 tons, from the Challuabamba region in Cuenca due to structural problems that were not initially identified. The spheres contain liquefied […]
Recent earthquake caused significant damage to 35 historic buildings in Cuenca
Update to: How to donate and help victims of the Balao earthquake Published: Volume 7, Issue 24 On March 18, 2023, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale caused damage to 35 heritage buildings in Cuenca, including churches, museums, and schools. The (New) La Inmaculada Cathedral was among the affected buildings. The Department of […]
Ecuador: Migrants from all countries will be able to regularize their status
Update to: Venezuelans have until August 14th to apply for Humanitarian Visa Published: Volume 4, Issue 40 President Guillermo Lasso signed an executive decree to open an amnesty process, similar to that for Venezuelans, but for migrants from other countries. The Government will open a new amnesty process for migrants. This time it will include […]