Six months after it imposed trade restrictions on 292 products, Ecuador’s Ministry of Industries says imports have been reduced by 29%. Government officials and a number of economists say, however, that it is unlikely that the restrictions, which come in the form of tough “quality contro... [More]

By William K. Black Under the banner "Latin America News" the Wall Street Journal has poured out its pain that the people of Ecuador might reelect President Rafael Correa. The article is actually an editorial attacking Correa and the people of Ecuador for potentially voting to reelec... [More]

What were the biggest issues new Cuenca Mayor Marcelo Cabrera faced in his first 100 days in office? That’s easy, he says. Taxi fares and the tram. Although he said he has worked on a number of major projects, including reorganizing city government to "maximize efficiency," Cabr... [More]

By Nick Miroff The dynamite crew in La Pampa, Peru set the charges and ordered everyone back. They put explosives beneath the miners’ hammocks and in the outdoor kitchen, where potatoes were still hot on the stove. More fuses were placed in the processing shed nearby, which had a bla... [More]

By Susan Schenck “It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that someone has been murdered!” announced Hugh Dunnit (a.k.a. Hugh Loomis) in a British accent so smooth, it fooled a lady from England. A mesmerized audience of 60 at Paladar’s Restaurante Dinner Club, then li... [More]

The long-awaited evaluation of Cuenca’s light rail project and renovation plans for San Francisco Square began yesterday as a technical team from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met with city officials. The team will review technical documents... [More]

Residents of Latin America and the Caribbean were the least likely among all global regions last year to feel secure in their communities. In 2013, the region scored a 56 (on a scale from 0 to 100) on Gallup's Law and Order Index, which is based on confidence in local police, feelings of perso... [More]

As strong earthquake aftershocks continue to plague Quito and the surrounding area, Quito Mayor Mauricio Rodas urged residents to avoid attending public events as well as unnecessary travel on roads prone to landslides. Quito experienced 4.7 and 4.0 aftershocks on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday'... [More]

By Américo Mendoza-Mori There are several stereotypes about Quechua. Is it a dead language? No, there are an estimated six to eight million speakers in South America, mostly in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. A simple language? You cannot imagine the suffixes this language contains. T... [More]

President Rafael Correa reaffirmed this week that Ecuador’s use of the U.S. dollar as its official currency will continue "indefinitely." Although Correa said that the dollar was not his preferrence, he said that it had helped stabilized the national economy, spurred growth and ... [More]

Uruguay turned into an international star in the drug legalization movement when it became the first country in the world to approve the growth, sale and distribution of marijuana. But inch by inch, countries across Latin America are also softening their approaches toward the drug. Latin Americ... [More]

Cuenca’s Municipal Control Agency has shut down construction on one site and is considering closing others in the environmental buffer zone just east of the Cajas National Park. The department says that property owners, many of them foreigners, are not abiding by restrictions mandated by bui... [More]

President Rafael Correa says the federal government would withdraw funding for Cuenca’s light rail system if changes are made to the route. His comments came during a visit to Cuenca on Wendesday to review several construction sites. “Funding for the tram was based on plans submitte... [More]

By Alistair Bell & Mitra Taj Losing the fight against same-sex marriage at home, leading U.S. evangelical Christians are joining in the culture wars in Latin America as cheerleaders for opponents of gay legal partnerships, abortion and pornography. One of the Americans is veteran legal ... [More]

Cuenca new city administration is encouraging commercial development in the Barranco District, hoping to create a corridor that that mixes tourism, natural landscape and historic interests. The Barranco District, which overlooks the historic Rio Tomebamba and forms the southern limit of the his... [More]

The European Union plans to urge Latin American countries from providing Russia with agricultural produce, saying it would be unfair and ‘difficult to justify.’ “We will be talking to the countries that would potentially replacing our exports to indicate that we would expect t... [More]

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake rocked Quito and the surrounding areas early Tuesday afternoon, causing tall buildings to sway and sending some people rushing into the streets. The government said three people were confirmed dead and eight injured outside Quito. A a 4.1 aftershock occurred an hour afte... [More]

By Susan Schenck Culture shock usually revolves around traveling to and through a country you’ve never visited before. So it’s a surprise to experience it in the culture to which you’re most accustomed. I took a bus to Guayaquil to catch my flight on Copa, which allows a s... [More]

A second prominent Ecuadorian politiician has thrown his support behind an effort to force a national referendum on a constitutional amendment to eliminate term limits for elected offices. The amendment would allow President Rafael Correa to seek a third full term as president. Guillermo Lasso... [More]

By James McKindley, Jr. The simple black-and-white advertisement, addressed to “whom it may concern” in all capitals, had a taunting, catch-me-if-you-can tone. The author said he could be served legal papers only in his native Ecuador and only in person. “It would have to b... [More]

More than a 100 national police and Ecuador Internal Revenue Service officers (SRI) swooped down on a Cuenca neighborhood on Wednesday, confiscating cars and handing out legal writs for nonpayment of taxes. The early morning raid in the Calles Amazona and Chile barrio neted 22 cars as well as o... [More]

Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual... [More]

Former Ecuadorian President Lucio Gutierrez says he will lead an effort to force a public referendum on the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the indefinite reelection of public officials, including the president. Gutierrez was elected president in 2002 but was removed from off... [More]

El Salvador has joined four other Latin American countries in recalling its Israel ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest at the military's ground and air offensive in the Gaza Strip. Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have all recalled their diplomatic representatives to Israel. Most other Latin... [More]

Cuenca Mayor Marcelo Cabrera is negotiating with the French government for a grant to study converting the city’s bus fleet to electric or LP gas power. Currently, buses use diesel fuel, which is blamed for localized air pollution in some areas of the city, particularly the historic district... [More]