01 Jul 2022

Indigenous leaders agree to call off strikes in Ecuador

An agreement between the government and indigenous leaders in Ecuador has been signed, ending over two weeks of protests. The protestors had been blocking roads and holding rallies to demand action by the government on the rising fuel and food prices.  Some of the protests had turned violent and at

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05 Apr 2022

At least 20 killed in Ecuador prison riot

A riot broke out in Ecuador at a prison in the south of the country on Sunday, killing at least 20 inmates. The Turi prison is near the city of Cuenca and violence broke out on Sunday due toa  leadership dispute between members of a gang known as The Wolves. 

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24 Feb 2020

U.K. Court to Consider Whether to Extradite Julian Assange to U.S.

Today, a British court is set to begin investigating whether to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the U.S. Assange would stand trial on spying charges within the U.S. after he published a trove of secret documents pertaining to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The final decision on whether

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17 Sep 2019

Data of Virtually All Ecuadoreans Leaked Online

An unsecured cloud server has exposed highly sensitive personal data of practically all 17 million Ecuadoran citizens, including 6.7 million children. The leaked data affects around 20 million people (living or dead) and includes names, phone numbers, financial information, tax records and even government ID numbers called cédulas de identidad.

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21 May 2019

Battle breaks out for WikiLeaks founder Assange’s computers

A week after Sweden complicated US efforts to get the UK to extradite Julian Assange by reopening an investigation into a rape allegation against the WikiLeaks founder, Ecuador has enabled the US government to expand its extradition case. It did so by seizing all personal belongings and electronic devices left

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24 Apr 2019

Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State

Under President Xi Jinping, China has become the prototypical modern surveillance state. In addition to spying on its own citizens, the Chinese government is exporting its model of state surveillance across the globe. According to research by Freedom House, surveillance systems developed in China are currently being used by 18

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16 Apr 2019

Ecuador says hit by 40 million cyber attacks since Assange arrest

Websites of Ecuadorian government agencies and services have been targeted in 40 million cyberattacks since last week, when the country terminated Julian Assange’s political asylum and subsequently invited UK police into the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to arrest the Wikileaks founder almost seven years after he took refuge there.

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11 Apr 2019

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London

After spending almost seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested by UK law enforcement on Thursday after Ecuador terminated Assange’s political asylum, upon which the ambassador invited the London police into the embassy. Assange had been granted granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012,

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28 Dec 2018

Latin America grapples with migrant exodus that looks set to worsen in 2019

“About 3.3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 and the United Nations estimates about two million more, from a population of 32 million, could follow in 2019. Every day, about 5,000 Venezuelans leave home, according to the United Nations, in one of the biggest exodus of people in modern

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30 Sep 2010

Ecuador declares emergency as police protest, president is attacked

“Ecuador’s government appeared teetering on the verge of collapse Thursday, as national police took to the streets of Quito, the capital, and physically attacked the president over what police said was the cancellation of bonuses and promotions. The minister of security, Miguel Carvajal, said one person was killed and several

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