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Venezuelan oil fueled the rise and fall of Nicaragua’s Ortega regime

The downfall of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has been dizzyingly fast. In January 2018, he had the highest approval rating of any Central American president, at 54 percent. Today, Nicaraguans are calling for Ortega’s resignation. Chávez greets Ortega during a welcoming ceremony in Caracas. Reuters/Carlos...

Peru, Ecuador to Tighten Entry Rules for Venezuelans Amid Migration Spike

The Peruvian Authorities are reportedly going to start barring Venezuelan migrants from entering the country unless they have passports, the government sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. According to Reuters, the measure aims to curb a surge in immigration from economic crisis-hit...

More than half a million Venezuelans fled to Ecuador this year, UN says

More than half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Ecuador this year as part of one of the largest mass migrations in Latin American history, the United Nations said on Friday. More than half a million Venezuelans have sought refuge in Ecuador to escape crime...

Ecuador Declares State of Emergency in 3 Regions Over Venezuelan Refugee Influx

The government of Ecuador on Wednesday introduced a state of emergency in three provinces of the country due to the influx of refugees from Venezuela, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said. The state of emergency is in place in Carchi, Pichincha and El Oro provinces, the...

Ecuador congress affirms parents’ rights to educate kids on sexuality

The National Assembly of Ecuador on July 31 unanimously upheld the right of parents to educate their children “in accordance with their principles, beliefs, and educational choices” without interference from the State in issues such as sex education. The legislature's gesture came in response to...

Ecuador Spends Some $5M to Protect WikiLeaks’ Assange – Reports

Ecuador spent at least US$5 million on a spy operation to support and protect WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in its embassy in London, media reported. Documents seen by The Guardian newspaper revealed that millions were put into a secret intelligence operation, dubbed "Operation Guest," and...

Catch an Early Wave! Buy a Home in One of the World’s Best Affordable Beach Towns

Somewhere between whipping up batches of fresh (and medicinal) mint mojitos in your cramped city apartment after work and getting sunburned on exotic beaches during your two measly weeks of vacation a year, a lightbulb switches on. Why not live the tropical life all...

Colombia extradites ‘Pablo Escobar of Ecuador’ to US

A suspected drug chief known as the “Pablo Escobar of Ecuador” was extradited to the US on Saturday, Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office has announced. Police officers escorting a man identified as Washington Edison Prado after his arrest in Colombia in April. Photograph: AP Washington Edison Prado...

Make Latin America Great Again!

By Colin - I first visited Latin America in 2007 and moved here in 2008. I think it’s great. But not everybody thinks so. They might think Mexico or Brazil are great, or Peru or Argentina. But nobody thinks Uruguay is great. Nobody thinks Ecuador...

Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno tries to bury the legacy of his predecessor

LESS than a year after electing a president, Ecuadoreans will vote on whether to bar a former one from returning to office. Seven questions will appear on the ballot in a referendum to be held on February 4th. The most important is whether to...

Costa Rica – Ecuador Swimway Proposed To Protect Marine Life

A group of scientists, marine ecosystem protectors and government officials from several countries throughout the Americas are working together to create the “Galapagos-Cocos Swimway.” The swimway will be a “new type of international (marine) management” system, Carlos Chacon, Director of Pacific Network (Red Pacifico in...

Researchers Propose Ecuador-Costa Rica Swimway To Protect Marine Life

A group of scientists, marine ecosystem protectors and government officials from several countries throughout the Americas are working together to create the “Galapagos-Cocos Swimway.” The swimway will be a “new type of international (marine) management” system, Carlos Chacon, Director of Pacific Network (Red Pacifico in...

UNESCO Recognizes Panama’s Hats: No, Not The Panama Hat, The Other One

LA PINTADA, Panama (AP) — Cultural authorities at UNESCO have recognized the artisans of Panama for their distinctive woven hats. No, not those hats; the famed “Panama hat” comes from Ecuador. In this Dec. 16, 2017 photo, Pasion Gutierrez, 81, holds a finished traditional Panamanian...

Ecuador Prolongs Asylum for Wikileaks Founder Assange

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said that his country would continue to support and provide asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been residing in Ecuador’s embassy in London for five years, as there is a threat to whistleblower’s life. Ecuador decided to provide political asylum...

What is the cost of violence against women for their health, their children, and their work?

  (Q24N) Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) suffers disproportionately from the impact of violence against women compared to other regions. The vast majority of victims are men, and especially young people. But the impact on women is also high, and manifests itself in many...

How Odebrecht Profited From Corrupting Latin Ameica’s Political Elites

(Insightcrime.org) On December 21, 2016, the US Department of Justice and Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht reached a record-setting anti-corruption settlement that revealed Odebrecht spent hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to secure public works contracts in twelve different countries across three continents. Half...

Costa Rica’s Fight Against Money Laundering

The Financial Action Task Force on Latin America highlighted Costa Rica's progress achieved in the area of ​​financial sanctions, transparency and final beneficiary of legal societies. From a statement issued by Casa Presidencial: The Technical Working Group on Mutual Evaluations of the Latin American Financial Action...

Former Ecuador President Correa Calls Trump “Stupid” and Brazil President a “Traitor”

(Q24N) In an interview with the EFE news agency, former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa broke his silence this weekend, with some harsh words for the leaders of the United States and Brazil Correa, who only left office this year, described President Donald Trump as...

Ecuador’s Unannounced Border Wall Angers Peruvian Officials

(Q24N) Peru is urging Ecuador to “immediately” halt the construction of a wall being built along their border, arguing that it will have a negative impact on the countries’ foreign relations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru requested “an urgent bilateral meeting of a political...

Costa Rica Immigration Official “Key” In Human Trafficking Gang

Q COSTA RICA - The Policía de Migración (Costa Rican Immigration Police) struck a major blow to a human trafficking ring after capturing four members of an organization that was dedicated to moving Cubans through Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico to the final destination,...

Ecuador – A Competitor to Costa Rica (Part Two)

Q TRAVEL - Ecuador vs. Costa Rica, Common problems. This is the second of two articles about Ecuador through the eyes of a writer living in Costa Rica. In former roles, Chris was an economist and ran a global corporation. My wife and I visited...

Ecuador – A Competitor to Costa Rica (Part One)

Q TRAVEL - This is the first of two articles about Ecuador through the eyes of a writer living in Costa Rica. The second will compare the similar economic and political problems of the two countries. It is a short flight to Quito from San...

Yes, giving money to very poor people will make their lives better — just ask Ecuador

Q24N - Is eradicating poverty, a goal the United Nations’ hopes to achieve by 2030, actually feasible? New research out of Ecuador says yes – if governments are willing to pay for it. According to a United Nations University (UNU) - Merit study of...

Ecuador’s populist electoral victory for Moreno shows erosion of democracy

(Q24N) After 10 years in power, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa will step down. However, political power isn’t falling far from the tree. Correa’s hand-picked successor and former vice president, Lenin Moreno, has declared victory against liberal banker Guillermo Lasso. The election has calmed fears...

Time Is Running Out for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy

Q24N - An opinion poll has suggested the next President of Ecuador is set to be the man who has promised to kick Julian Assange out of the country's embassy in London, but the WikiLeaks founder claims it is a "sellout" to the US. On...

After a tense election, Ecuador is divided over its political future

(Q24N)  After three tense days of waiting, Ecuador’s National Electoral Council has confirmed that former vice president Lenin Moreno, of the ruling Alianza Pais (AP) party, won the first round in the country’s presidential election, with 39.36% of votes. His main rival, banker Guillermo...

6 Magical Places To Watch The Sunset In Latin America

(Q TRAVEL) By Simon Williams - Latin America boasts some of the worlds most postcard worthy beaches, particularly in Brazil and Costa Rica. As top honeymoon destinations, they wouldn’t be complete without some truly magical sunsets, and both offer them almost every night of...

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

From International Living - For just over a quarter of a century, International Living has ranked, rated, and named the best retirement destinations in the world. Each year we’ve refined and improved the process, bringing new categories and considerations into play, gathering new data,...

Costa Rica Absolutely Overwhelmed With Migrant Crisis

Q COSTA RICA, Paso Canoas, Costa Rica (CNN) -Yolanda ticks off the countries she and her husband have passed through in the last three months: Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and now Costa Rica. But she is no tourist. "A lot of roads, lots of...

Peru Seizes US$30 Million in Counterfeit Dollars, Biggest Ever

Q24N NEWS - A recent operation by police in Peru led to the largest seizure of counterfeit dollars in the country's history, illustrating the sophistication and scale of the counterfeiting industry in the Andean nation infamous for its production of fake bills. The Peruvian Interior...

Costa Rica Among 5 Best Places to Move to if You Don’t Like the Election Results

(QTRAVEL) Amy Schumer said she’d move to Spain. Bryan Cranston said he’d move to Canada. Jon Stewart said he’ll move to another planet. At last count, 23 celebrities have claimed they’ll leave the country if their preferred candidate doesn’t win the presidential election…. Celebrities—and anybody...

Three Nations Create Giant Reserves for Ocean Life

(Q24N) from National Geographic | Concern over a worldwide decline in marine life prompted the presidents of Ecuador, Colombia, and Costa Rica to announce agreements Friday to increase protection of some of the most biodiverse ocean waters. The agreements bring the marine reserves off the...

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