While the deaths caused by the Coronavirus pandemic in Latin America is tragic by any measure; the number of deaths in Ecuador along with the governments horrid response has been particularly tragic for the whole world to see. So on this episode, the LMC speaks with former Ecuadorian government minister Guillaume Long on the tragic chain of events that has led to huge numbers of Coronavirus deaths in Ecuador. Guillaume Long is currently a senior policy analyst for the Center for Economic & Policy Research.
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.