Interviews from Quito: Simon Bolivar and the Jamaica Letter

Simon Bolivar’s original Jamaica Letter was discovered in Ecuador in 1996, but was only verified 19 years later in 2014, thanks to the struggle of historian Amilcar Varela. He tells host Gregory Wilpert his extraordinary story. teleSUR

Interviews from Quito: Latin America and Climate Change

Gregory Wilpert talks to Ecuador’s new environment minister, Daniel Ortega, about the position that Latin American and Caribbean countries are arguing at the COP 21 climate summit in Paris. Ortega has been deeply involved in UN climate negotiations for years and helped to coordinate the joint stance of the CELAC countries.

Interviews from Quito: A Thousand Letters, Women’s Stories of Violence

In a historic event in Quito, over 600 men read letters of real stories written by women about violence they have experienced. The performance was organized by Susan Lacey, a committed performance artist from the United States. In this exclusive interview, teleSUR speaks with Paulina Leon, the coordinator of the Contemporary Art Center in Quito … Continue reading

Interviews from Quito – Ecuador’s National Assembly President Gabriela Rivadeneira

Gabriela Rivanedeira, president of the National Assembly of Ecuador analyzes the situation in the region, now that countries like Ecuador and Venezuela are facing financial constraints due to the fall in oil prices. As she points out the risk of continuing destabilization due to foreign interests and right-wing movements, she also stresses the importance of … Continue reading

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 – 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