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 Vice President Jorge Glas during a court hearing, in Quito, Ecuador, on Dec. 8, 2017.

Ecuador's National Court sentenced suspended Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in prison on Wednesday in a case related to bribes paid by Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht to obtain public works contracts.

[OP-ED]: Will Ecuador’s new president get rid of Julian Assange?

 04/14/2017 - 09:37
The incoming president has promised reform. But first Moreno needs to get his troublesome houseguest off the country’s couch so Assange can stop sucking all the air out of Ecuador’s faint presence on the world stage. 

Last week, the people of Ecuador elected a leftist named after the communist dictator Vladimir Lenin as their new president. 

It’s always a double-edged sword when Ecuador is in the news -- in the U.S., the little-known country at the equator usually flies far under the radar.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: ¿Se librará el nuevo presidente de Ecuador de Julian Assange?

 04/14/2017 - 09:34
El presidente entrante prometió una reforma. Pero primero Moreno debe sacar del país a su conflictivo invitado para evitar que Assange absorba todo el aire de la débil presencia de Ecuador en la escena mundial. 

La semana pasada, el pueblo de Ecuador eligió para la presidencia a un izquierdista que lleva el nombre del dictador comunista Vladimir Lenin. 

Siempre es un arma de doble filo que Ecuador figure en las noticias—en Estados Unidos, este país poco conocido pasa desapercibido.

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Esther Cepeda

The tailings of Chilean mining

 04/10/2017 - 05:06

In the Chilean city of Antofagasta, the country's mining epicenter, thousands of families from Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic live in poverty. The came here attracted by the copper "supercycle," which raised the price of the metal to $4 per pound in 2008. EFE/Mario Ruiz

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Philly Latino Food Revolution

 04/06/2017 - 16:29
Merliz Gomez is the chef of the Venezuelan restaurant Tartarepería 18.64, located in Fishtown. Photos: Eli Siegel.

Two new Venezuelan Restaurants, “Tartareperia 18.64,” and “Puyero Venezuelan Flavor”, mark the latest addition to the rich Latino cuisine of Philadelphia. They are part of a revolution in the city’s cuisine that traces its roots almost 30 years ago.


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Eli Siegel