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Latest Sign Of Spain's Crisis - Ecuadorians Are Leaving

EL UNIVERSAL (Ecuador)

MADRID - For Ecuadorans hoping to escape poverty, Spain was long seen as a land of opportunity. Nowadays? Not so much. Due to the prolonged economic crisis in Spain, many Ecuadorans who took up residence there are ready to seek greener pastures -- or simply return to their homeland (where 21% of the population still lives in poverty).

Ecuadorian daily El Universal dissected a Spanish government survey on immigration for the effects on its nationals who'd moved to the now troubled European country.

The number of Ecuadorans living in Spain dropped nearly 15% over the course of 2011, from 116,629 to 99,306. The bulk of Spain's Ecuadoran population arrived before 2003, when authorities began requiring that citizens of Ecuador show tourist visas prior to touching Spanish soil, El Universal reported.

Of the 445 Ecuadorans included in the immigration survey, more than half said they hoped either to return to South America or migrate elsewhere – to Germany, England or France, for example. The poll also found that only 3.2% of married Ecuadorans have Spanish spouses. The vast majority - approximately 90% - are married to other Ecuadorans.

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Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023

Before heading to South Sudan to continue his highly anticipated trip to Africa, the pontiff was in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he delivered a powerful speech, in a country where 40 million Catholics live.

Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023
Pierre Haski

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PARIS — You may know the famous Joseph Stalin quote: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” Pope Francis still has no military divisions to his name, but he uses his voice, and he does so wisely — sometimes speaking up when no one else would dare.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Belgian Congo, a region plundered and martyred, before and after its independence in 1960), Francis has chosen to speak loudly. Congo is a country with 110 million inhabitants, immensely rich in minerals, but populated by poor people and victims of brutal wars.

That land is essential to the planetary ecosystem, and yet for too long, the world has not seen it for its true value.

The words of this 86-year-old pope, who now moves around in a wheelchair, deserve our attention. He undoubtedly said what a billion Africans are thinking: "Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!"

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