Ecuador’s president is going “soft” on drug mules – Quartz

October 8, 2014 • Ecuador News

This won’t heal strained US-Ecuador relations. Ecuador is emptying its prisons of convicted drug ‘mules’ in an unprecedented rebuke to what President Rafael Correa has labeled as harsh drug laws imposed by Washington. ‘Mules’ are individuals who are paid-sometimes lucrative sums by drug cartels to smuggle narcotics out of the country. Their destination is usually the US, the largest drug market in the world. Read more>>

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Ecuador taking control of what the public knows – Sun Sentinel

September 4, 2014 • Ecuador News

For years, authoritarian Latin American presidents have censored in-country publications critical of their actions. Ecuador’s Rafael Correa is no exception. Correa, who has a Masters and a PhD from the University of Illinois, goes much further. He has companies and government officials going after anyone who publishes or airs anything anywhere in the world that he considers disparaging. In simple terms: Correa wants to control what the world media has to say about his government. Read more>>

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Ecuador’s unhealthy dependence on China is about to get $1.5 billion worse – Quartz

August 28, 2014 • Ecuador News

These kinds of deals threaten president Rafael Correa’s reputation with Ecuadorean citizens—he has pledged to cut out private oil traders and middlemen from the country’s oil sector, but allowed a Chinese state firm and a private Hong Kong partner to control and sell as much two thirds of its oil. Activists are criticizing deals to trade drilling access in the Amazon for loans. Read more >>

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Ecuador’s Phony Bitcoin Ploy – Wall Street Journal

August 25, 2014 • Ecuador News

Few economic injustices are more villainous than stealing from the poor. Yet this is what a government does when it devalues its currency. Pope Francis has stressed the Christian obligation to share with the least of our brothers. Devaluation actually takes from them what they have earned themselves. And while the inflation tax that follows hits everybody, it wallops the low-income population the hardest. Read more >>

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Ecuador’s game with Assange and free speech – Deutsche Welle

August 20, 2014 • Ecuador News

The president has signed a new media law giving the state far-reaching rights to interfere in the work of journalists, a possible gateway to censorship. In Reporters Without Borders’ latest World Press Freedom Index, Ecuador is ranked 95 out of a total of 180 countries. Read more >>

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