Ecuador Politics

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 […]

Traditional Dance in Ecuador

Lessons in Latin American Culture: Su-Yin Goes Native

“Like” my blog to get weekly blog updates on my experience with the online Latin American Culture Course. Born in Singapore and raised in Australia, I was exposed to almost zero Latin American culture growing up.  Shakira and Jennifer Lopez aside, now that I have moved to Ecuador, I’ve decided […]

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Ecuador President Rafael Correa Talks about his Stance on Gay Marriage, Gay Rights

We occasionally get inquires from members of the LGBT community about attitudes regarding gay couples and gay rights in Ecuador. (See video of Correa below) Ecuador has long been a leader in Latin American countries in passing beneficial gay rights legislation. In 1998, a new constitution  became the first in the Americas to […]

Death, Debt and Petro Dollars in Ecuador

Death, Debt and Petro Dollars in Ecuador

A toxic triumvirate of situations is brewing in Ecuador.  These three unfolding developments have the potential to negatively impact the quality of life for all of us, not just Ecuadorian indigenous who seem the most adversely affected. Ecuador has been busy racking up an enormous debt to China since 2009, […]

A View From the Roof:  Correa Wins Election!  Does It Mean War in the Amazon?  GMOs?

A View From the Roof: Correa Wins Election! Does It Mean War in the Amazon? GMOs?

Ecuador’s President Correa again won the presidency in the country’s recent election.  In addition, his party won more than a 2/3 majority in the national congress. This means that he now has the power to change the constitution without a national vote. Essentially, he has no opposition that matters. People […]