Stories about Ecuador from April, 2009
With the majority of votes counted, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa appears to be headed towards re-election without the necessity of a run-off. His party, PAIS Alliance, also captured the majority of seats in the National Assembly giving it increased power in the country. However, there are a lot of still unresolved problems facing the nation, and Correa hopes his "21st Century Socialism" will help address these issues.
Raul Farias of Al Lado del Camino [es] takes some friends on a tour of the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador and reminisces about his days as a child in the neighborhood of Las Peñas.
In the middle of a tense election season in Ecuador and with the general elections scheduled for April 26, a popular television journalist was fired by the Ecuavisa [es] station. The decision to fire Carlos Vera has opened the debate whether journalist can indeed by partisan and favor one side...
The Ecuador Animal Protection was created in Loja to protect and defend animals from abuse and mistreatment writes Voces Lojanas [es].
Inka Art [es] introduces the presidential candidates in the upcoming Ecuadorian elections.
A conference called “Setting and Culture of the Social Web + 10 Suggestions for the Media that Wants to Change” was held in Quito, Ecuador with the participation of many well-known actors in the field writes Abelsuing [es].
The US military base currently located in Manta, Ecuador is being transferred to Colombia. “This is a violation of national sovereignty with the aim to maintain a certain level of privileged relationship with the government of the United States,” writes Colombia Hoy [es].
The volcano Fernandina located on the Ecuadorian Galapagos archipelago continues to erupt writes La Voz de Guamote [es].
In the Chillogallo neighborhood of Quito, Ecuador, Andrés Rodríguez of Modestamente Humano [es] has photos of workers supporting the campaign of Alvaro Noboa handing out bags of oats to “supporters” during a signature drive.
With the social security system in need of serious reform in Ecuador due to past corruption and confusing language in employee and employer responsibilities, President Rafael Correa is backing a plan to create a new Affiliates Bank. This new entity will have more oversight by the central government, but place control in the hands of 5 individuals, re-opening worries that there might be potential for some of the previous problems that plagued the funds.
Open-source software enthusiast in Ecuador, Rafael Bonifaz, writes about the impact [es] that the Latin American Installation Festival (FLISOL) has had on his country.
From Argentina, the Mi * (asterisk) citizen journalism website has sprouted up, with the intention of becoming the platform for budding Spanish speaking citizen journalists to post their work and receive comments, discuss topics, receive training and share content. So far citizen journalism workshops have been given in Argentina, Ecuador and Dominican Republic, and citizens from these and other countries have been participating on the site.
The younger brother of Andrés Rodríguez of Modestamente Humano [es]
iPab [es] announces the Blogs, Twitts and Beef get-together in Quito, Ecuador scheduled for April 18.
The celebration of Pawkar Raymi is filled with flowers and fruit [es] as described by Angel Gualan at the San Lucas parish in Loja, Ecuador.