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ECUADOR – HOME OF THE MARLIN BOULEVARD

Born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida in St. Petersburg, I had three passions. Hunting, Fishing, and Skiing. So naturally when the opportunity came up to buy a Marina along what is famously known as Marlin Boulevard, I jumped at the opportunity.     Puerto Amistad (Friendly Port) is located on the Pacific coast of Ecuador on a small   protected bay...

Perhaps Military Intervention to Help the Venezuelan People is Just Around the Corner

Canada, Latin American allies at odds over Venezuela intervention pledge Canada joins the U.S. and two countries bordering Venezuela, Colombia and Guyana in considering a military option to the Venezuelan peoples crisis. Canada broke ranks this week with the majority of a group of American nations it helped to create to deal with the spiraling crisis in Venezuela. And although Canada's refusal...

Ecuador Special – Part 5 of 5

This was published in December of 2017. The recovery has been slow but steady. The devestation of the Ecuador earthquake By: Lori Lizarraga Updated: Dec 21, 2017 08:34 AM PST By now 20 months have passed since that day in April. “I always believe that there is hope after something like this,” said Rodolfo Arce with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe. “I hope that families will become...

Ecuador Special – Part 4 of 5

The devestation of the Ecuador earthquake By: Lori Lizarraga Updated: Dec 21, 2017 08:34 AM PST In April of 2016, one year following the earthquake, I went back. I wasn't sure what I would find. Of course, I hoped for improvement. I was shocked at what I saw. “I recently went to Pedernales, it's two hours up the coast,” said Petter Hermansson, a missionary with...

Ecuador Special – Part 3 of 5

The devestation of the Ecuador earthquake By: Lori Lizarraga Updated: Dec 21, 2017 08:34 AM PST A week after the earthquake, the death toll had risen to more than 600 and was still climbing. “I think we had some 1,500 patients. 1,500 people get attended by the medics,” said Petter Hermansson, a missionary with Covenant Church of Ecuador. I did what I could to help, raising...

The Venezuelan Dilemma

Last week, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration had held a series of meetings with elements of the Venezuelan military who are considering an attempt to depose President Nicolas Maduro. These revelations have intensified the debate over whether the United States should intervene militarily in Venezuela. Most analysts covering the country have come out strongly against a U.S.-backed coup, arguing that...

Venezuela – An American Tragedy

I’ve been asked to explain what I know of the current situation in Venezuela. To do that I need to go back to pre 19th century Venezuela and a little about the people. After all, it is the people that make a country a country. Without its citizens it is simply a habitat. Most of Venezuela was ruled by Spain...

The Bridge of Despair

The bridge of desperation By Katy Watson The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has led to one of the largest mass migrations in Latin America’s history. President Nicolás Maduro blames “imperialists” - the likes of the US and Europe - for waging “economic war” against Venezuela and imposing sanctions on many members of his government. But his critics say it is economic mismanagement -...

It was recently reported that the Pentagon paid a PR firm $540 million to make – and fake – ‘terror’ videos in Iraq. Yep, that’s right: the American government, not ISIS, was behind those nauseating scenes – and they made them to scare you into supporting even further military spending in the Middle East. Moreover, it’s recently been shown that Project Mockingbird, the...

Hey! What About Obama’s Detention Facilities?

The media and political class become more and more outraged over the Trump administration’s decision to detain and prosecute immigrants illegally crossing the border. Lost in the debate is any acknowledgment that President Obama’s administration also used detention facilities. Current U.S. immigration laws, when enforced, have the consequence of temporarily separating adults who arrive with children into separate detention facilities in...

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