Author: Douglas Southgate

Seeds of Gold, Local Entrepreneurs

Approaching Guayaquil in 1879 to assume his duties as French vice consul, Charles Wiener assessed the port city and nearby farms. “A tropical Holland,” he later declared. Guayaquileños have always taken Wiener’s remark as a well-deserved compliment, even if it might…

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Saving Latin America’s Forests

Surging deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon grabbed international headlines in 2019.  In early August, The Economist decried environmental destruction in the world’s most extensive rainforest as “vandalism.”  Three weeks later, French President Emmanuel Macron…

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