Ecuador News

Ecuador News: Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum, Tensions Escalate

After Ecuador granted Julian Assange political asylum today, I wanted to find out what Ecuadorians here in-country had to say about the escalating tensions between Ecuador and the UK in the case.  Thank goodness for Google and here’s my English version of an article in El Universo: Foreign Minister Ricardo […]

Assange Asylum in Ecuador? UK Guardian Says Yes, Correa Says Not Yet

The UK Guardian has just quoted an Ecuadorian official as announcing that Julian Assange has been granted asylum in Ecuador by president Raphael Correa. The government of Ecuador wants to help protect Assange’s life and his freedom, believing that if he is extradited to Sweden, he will face the death […]

by August 14, 2012 Comments are Disabled Ecuador, Ecuador Laws, Ecuador News

Ecuador Indigenous: Sarayaku Tribe Wins a Victory

Amnesty International and the Sarayaku indigenous people have won a major victory against the unauthorized encroachment on their communal land and endangerment to their way of life perpetrated by an oil company.  Their odyssey has taken members of the tribe as far away as Washington D.C. and Costa Rica, as […]

by July 29, 2012 Comments are Disabled Amazon Region, Ecuador Culture, Ecuador Lifestyle, Ecuador News, Living in Ecuador
Galapagos Islands: Was Lonesome George Gay?

Galapagos Islands: Was Lonesome George Gay?

Galapagos visitors and residents alike are mourning the passing of one of the islands’ biggest attractions:  Lonesome George, the centenarian tortoise. He’s believed to have been over 100 years of age, but could have been anywhere from 60 to 200 years old. Photo by Thomas H Fritts/EPA Lonesome George was […]

by July 4, 2012 2 comments Ecuador News, Galapagos
Dance of San Juan in Cotacachi:The Day of the Women

Dance of San Juan in Cotacachi:The Day of the Women

Women’s Day during the dance of San Juan is very different from the dancing of the men.  On this final day of the festival, also known as the Feast Day of Santa Lucia*, the women who dance carry no whips, clubs or guns.  There is no fighting or competition. After […]