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View From the Roof:  Are You A Revolutionary?  Is Moving to Ecuador A Revolutionary Act?

View From the Roof: Are You A Revolutionary? Is Moving to Ecuador A Revolutionary Act?

Have you ever considered that moving to Ecuador may be a revolutionary act? It can be if you choose to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. In the last View from the Roof, I talked about a pivotal book in my life entitled, “The Ugly American”.

A View From the Roof: The Ugly American is Back in Ecuador–Are You One of Them?  Take the Self-Test and See

A View From the Roof: The Ugly American is Back in Ecuador–Are You One of Them? Take the Self-Test and See

I have always loved to read, but only a few books have left lasting impressions. These books to a certain extent have defined my character. I read one of them, “The Ugly American,” just as I entered high school in the early ’60s. Published by William J. Lederer and Eugene […]

Ecuador’s Sarayaku Celebrate Victory Over Government, Oil Extraction

Ecuador’s Sarayaku Celebrate Victory Over Government, Oil Extraction

In a battle that lasted 8 years, the indigenous tribe known as the Sarayaku finally triumphed.   The government of Ecuador was found guilty of violating their human rights in trying to force them to accept oil drilling on their ancestral lands. http://amazonwatch.org/news/2013/0801-amazon-justice-sarayakus-historic-week?utm_source=Amazon+Watch+Newsletter+and+Updates&utm_campaign=fd32026c88-sarayaku-20130802&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e6f929728b-fd32026c88-340921449 80 members of the Sarayaku, a Kichwa tribe living in […]

Open Letter to President Correa:  Save the Yasuni Initiative

Open Letter to President Correa: Save the Yasuni Initiative

  The Yasuni-ITT Initiative is a proposal by the government of Ecuador to refrain indefinitely from exploiting the oil reserves of the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil field within the Yasuni National Park, in exchange for 50% of the value of the reserves, or $3.6 billion over 13 years from the international community. The reserve has around 846 million […]

Correa Thumbs Nose at U.S.–Offers $23 Million Foreign Aid For Human Rights Training

Correa Thumbs Nose at U.S.–Offers $23 Million Foreign Aid For Human Rights Training

Thursday, June 27, 2013 “You need a reality check. Don’t act like such a spoiled rude child. Here you will only find dignity and sovereignty. We haven’t ever invaded anyone. Here we don’t torture like in Guantanamo. Here we don’t have drones killing alleged terrorists without any due trial, killing […]

Ecuador Food: Dining on Pig Food in Ecuador

Ecuador Food: Dining on Pig Food in Ecuador

Ecuador food is at it’s best for me when it’s fresh-picked and organic. Every Sunday we like to head for the produce market to pick up what we lack in our garden. Little did I know that Gary and I would have a small cultural clash with some of the Cotacachi indigenous shop-keepers there. All because of our penchant for fresh greens…

How to Get Robbed in Quito

How to Get Robbed in Quito

During the past three months of Quito-living, Simon and I have managed to remain unscathed – no robberies or kidnappings that we’d heard so much about. But as safe as Quito may have become in the last few years, we made a mistake when we decided to go bargain hunting! […]