Interviews from Quito: UNASUR President Ernesto Samper

Ernesto Samper is the Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations, headquartered in Quito, Ecuador. In this interview, Samper talks about regional unity, development, and internal crisis resolution.

Interviews from Quito: Exclusive with the Cuban Five

On December 14, 2014, the remaining members of the Cuban Five were released from prison after serving more than 16 years in prison on trumped up charges in the United States.

Interviews from Quito – Climate Change, Responsibility, and Justice

Fander Falconi, PhD in Ecological Economics, talks about climate change and the challenges of the Paris COP 21. Falconi puts the blame for climate change on rich nations and over-consuming elite. In order to face the economic crisis, wealthy nations must do an additional effort to slash emissions.


Interviews from Quito – The Ecuadorean Indigenous Federation

Today our host Gregory Wilpert speaks with José Agualsaca, the President of the Federation of Indigenous Peoples and Campesino Movements and Organizations (FEI) about the current situation of the indigenous movement in Ecuador and its relationship to the government at a time when this movement seems to be divided. The discussion ranges from the advances … Continue reading

Interviews from Quito – Greek Reality and European Alternatives

Today our host Gregory Wilpert interviews Greek activist and lawyer Antonis Broumas and Ulrich Brand, Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Broumas notes that the Syriza party has made a U-turn, adopting the recently approved austerity rescue package, while the split-off Left Platform endeavors to carry the politics of the NO referendum … Continue reading

Interviews from Quito – Colombian Solidarity Activist Alice Loaiza

Today our host Gregory Wilpert interviews sociologist and Bay Area Colombian solidarity activist Alice Loaiza about major issues in the country. These include the FARC’s insistence on the adoption of social justice measures in the peace process, the terrible conditions faced by thousands of FARC political prisoners in Colombian jails, the role of the United … Continue reading

Interviews from Quito – Pedro Paez on Market Power Control

Today our host Gregory Wilpert interviews Pedro Paez, a key economic advisor in the Rafael Correa administration and the current Superintendent of Market Power Control in Ecuador. Wilbert remarks that many countries would not be at all concerned with controlling market power and asks our guest what this means in Ecuador. The discussion extends to … Continue reading

Interviews from Quito – Voting in Venezuela

Today our host Gregory Wilpert interviews Tibisay Lucena, the President of the National Electoral Council of Venezuela. With reference to the low electoral participation of large segments of the population of Latin America, Wilpert observes that it is not enough to have clean, fair elections if the people don’t go to the polls. To what … Continue reading

Interviews from Quito – Norwegian Journalist Eirik Vold on Wikileaks

In today’s program, teleSUR’s Gregory Wilpert interviews Norwegian author and investigative journalist Eirik Vold. The author of a biography of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez that will be available in English in a few months, Vold has been investigating the Wikileaks cables, particularly as regards destabilization efforts by Washington directed against progressive governments in Latin America, … Continue reading

Interviews from Quito – The Struggle in Kurdistan

One of the longest conflicts in the highly conflict-hidden Middle East is the struggle of the 40 million Kurdish people for self-determination. Living in southeastern Turkey, northern Syria, northern Iraq, and western Iran, in addition to a sizable diaspora in Western Europe, Kurds have been subject to various forms of ethnic discrimination and repression in … Continue reading