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How We Overcame Our Fears To Retire In A Latin American Paradise | Posted 11.16.2015 | Fifty

One afternoon, as I awoke from a nap and looked upon the brilliant, blue-green waters of the Caribbean Sea only steps away from my door, I had a powerful thought. Nothing of what is now my amazing, wonderful life would be possible if I had surrendered to the fears I had a few years ago.

In Latin America, Illegal Wildlife Trade Explodes

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Laurel Neme

Despite this lack of comprehensive data, a survey of media reports on cases in South and Central America and the Caribbean provides insights into, and some measure of, the trade's alarming dimensions.

17 Treats From Latin America That'll Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 10.30.2015 | Latino Voices

Whether it's Halloween, someone's birthday or just a random Tuesday night, these Latin American goodies never cease to satisfy our sweet tooth.  ...

An All Hallows' Meditation on Chocolate

Simran Sethi | Posted 10.29.2015 | Taste
Simran Sethi

This time of year--or is it every time of year?--I like to reflect on chocolate, a miracle substance, my trusted companion in moments of sadness, ex...

Game Over: Chevron's RICO Case Spectacularly Implodes as Corrupt Ex-Judge Admits to Making It Up in Exchange for Chevron Payoff

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 10.27.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron's polluted house of cards has come crashing down around them. Their witness is a liar, and he freely admits it.

Climb or Die

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 10.21.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

We started our adventure following what we thought were two wild boars through the dense vegetation of the Amazon jungle. We were following closely and hoping they had tusks which would make a more interesting photograph.

No COLA? No Problem in These Top Retirement Havens

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 10.16.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Thanks to the roaring, soaring Greenback, more of the Old World is more affordable right now than it's been in a long time. No COLA? No problem.

The 10 Best Countries To Live Abroad

Malte Zeeck | Posted 10.14.2015 | Travel
Malte Zeeck

Ever think of moving abroad? Leaving your whole life behind for an island paradise or a vibrant city halfway around the world might sound like a dream, but for millions of expatriates, life abroad is a reality.

Philanthropy: A Team Sport

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

One would be hard pressed to find a single humanitarian organization with the ability do everything it could dream of all by itself. Understandably, much of Heifer International's work to end poverty would not be possible without some form of outside assistance.

Brian Monnin & the Galapagos Kids

Richard Bangs | Posted 09.30.2015 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Photo courtesy of MTSobek Some years ago I put together a book, Paths Less Traveled, for which I dispatched well-known authors to adventure destinat...

Ecuadorean Rainforest Communities Continue Their Long Fight Against Chevron

James North | Posted 09.25.2015 | Green
James North

The good news from the Supreme Court of Canada is spreading quickly through the rainforest communities in eastern Ecuador, along the dirt roads and over the local radio stations.

Clean-Water Strategy in the World's Highest Capital

Gino Van Begin | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Gino Van Begin

We need to think about transforming our cities and our infrastructure, along with our habits, our attitudes, and our entire approach to urban life. So now is a good time to ask: what are our grandest ambitions for our cities?

Retiring Overseas -- What About the Grandchildren? | Posted 08.27.2015 | Fifty

We have six grandchildren now ranging from one month to 11 years old, with another due in four months. So what's wrong with us? Are we cruel and heartless grandparents, who don't care about our kids or their kids?

We Were Born of the Land Lent to Us By Our Future Generations

Amazon Watch | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Amazon Watch

As human beings we have a right to freedom of choice. Under this government, we have lost even the right to express our opinions without running the risk of being put in jail. We are living under a regime that terrorizes the population so it can maintain power.

Why Riding Down 'The Devil's Nose' Is The Best Way To See Ecuador

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 08.17.2015 | Travel

Sometimes the best way to see a country is to ride its tracks. Case in point: Ecuador's Tren Crucero -- or train cruise -- is a luxury train that...

Ecuador Declares Emergency After Volcano Erupts Near Capital

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.16.2015 | World

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president has declared a state of emergency over increasing activity in the Cotopaxi volcano near the capita...

Ecuador's Ambassador Misses the Point: Dollarization

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Ecuador's ambassador to the U.S., Francisco Borja Cevallos, wrote a letter, "Ecuador's Progress," which was published in the New York Times on August ...

Start of Sea Cucumber Fishing in Galápagos Postponed Ten Days

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 08.01.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Because the sea cucumbers are endangered and the catching of them by fishermen has stirred controversy, the original agreement between the authorities and fishermen had been reached quietly without the usual public announcements.

New 'Cucumber Conflict' in Galápagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

The potential opening of sea cucumber fishing in Galápagos has scientists and conservationists surprised and concerned after news leaked of a July 10 agreement that would allow the collection of 500,000 of the creatures, considered vital to the marine environment.

Washington Times Echoes Chevron's Lies in Hit Piece

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 07.23.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

As part of an ongoing effort to blur the truth, The Washington Times just published a "hit piece" against Amazon Watch, which has long supported the Ecuadorian communities that were devastated by decades of Chevron's reckless actions for which it has been found guilty in a landmark environmental lawsuit.

Dancing with Darwin in the Galapagos

Kate Convissor | Posted 07.17.2015 | Travel
Kate Convissor

Honestly, I had no expectations for the Galapagos Islands. I was a tabula rasa--a blank slate--just traveling through Ecuador as part of a 4-month tr...

What It's Really Like To Travel Within The 'Papal Bubble'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion

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Protecting the Galápagos from Illegal Fishing

Ocean Unite | Posted 07.15.2015 | Green
Ocean Unite

In order to understand Ecuador's current strategy to combat illegal fishing, we must first look back to its origins. The Galapagos Islands and their surrounding waters encompass a truly unique ocean environment that has spawned amazing creatures ranging from the marine iguana, to the Galapagos penguin to the fabled Darwin finches.

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

What 'Scandalous' Changes Could Be Coming To The Catholic Church?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis began a weeklong trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay on Sunday, where he has focused much of his attention on the church's embrace of ...