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Election Protests May Give New Life To Ecuador’s Dormant Social Movements

Last Sunday Ecuador’s ruling party won another presidential election, though the opposition alleged fraud almost immediately. Election night witnessed opposition protests throughout the country. It was a predictable event. It was going to a very close election and the political climate has become so toxic that both sides seemed convinced if they lost it would

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Pig Sex

The clouds had cleared and there was still time before the sun fell behind the mountains so when I got to the top of the hill, where I was supposed to turn left to head home, I kept going. I cycled past the airport and up another hill that took me away from the highway,

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A Tale of $2 Bills in Ecuador

  Last night, upon returning to Latacunga after traveling with my god-daughter and her family for Carnival, I invited everyone out for pizza. All I had to pay was a stack of $2 bills. That’s all I ever have in Ecuador. Since the nation was dollarized in 2000 not many of these bills have made

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The Village That Turns Bombs Into Spoons

The first time I rented a motorcycle and drove toward Ban Napia I heard loud booms of thunder. It was mid morning with clear skies. I pulled over and looked around. In the distance, green mountains rose up, and in the valleys between them was a second row of peaks, then a third, each one

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What I’ve Saved By Cutting My Own Hair

Not too long ago, I asked a random sample of male friends how much they spent on their haircuts and learned the average was between $20 and $30 a month. This was interesting to me because I haven’t paid for a haircut in 15 years. I started cutting my own hair when I graduated high

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Winter

This week’s post is a bit of a divergence. It’s some photos (taken last week in Connecticut) and a short poem.

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What I learnt from volunteering at the Brisbane G20 Protests

Guest post by Yasbelle Kerkow The G20 summit hit Brisbane this weekend drawing a great deal of international attention to an otherwise unassuming city. The G20 People’s March on Saturday, the biggest of all the protests, was a collaborative effort between 13 community groups. The march attracted around 1500 attendees who all braved the 40°C

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