Following public outrage over IMF-sponsored austerity measures, the Ecuadorian people rose up in public outrage and managed to force the government of Lenin Moreno to reverse decision to cut gas subsidies. However, the LMC’s conversation with Andres Arauz suggest that the fight against the IMF in Ecuador has only just begun. Andres Arauz is a former Ecuadorian central bank official and a current PhD candidate in Financial Economics @ the National Autonomous University of Mexico. (UNAM)
What does it mean to be black & beautiful in Ecuador? How has the rise of Afro-Latinos in Ecuadoran society changed the countries national identity. The LMC asks these questions with Prof Hugo Benavides. He is a professor and the chair of the Anthropology department at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY.
Last June, racist statements by Peruvian commentator Phillip Butters sparked outrage and the urging of more discussion for having more Afro-Latino voices in Peruvian society. The LMC speaks with Afro-Latina activist and poet Shirley Campbell-Barr about the controversy that went viral throughout all of Latin America.