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Romney Called Russia No. 1 Foe, But Was Busy Investing There

KOMMERSANT, RT (Russia)

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MOSCOW - Mitt Romney turned heads in both Moscow and Washington diplomatic circles last month when he called Russia the "No. 1 geopolitical foe" of the United States. Despite ongoing tensions between the two countries, the assertion surprised many in light of other, more hostile standoffs around the world.

But now, the Republican presidential candidate's statement risks looking even more dubious with revelations in his family’s tax returns that he and his wife Ann held stocks in two of the largest companies in Russia.

Top Russia business daily Kommersant reports that in 2011 Mitt and Ann Romney acquired, through the trust that manages their money, more than one thousand shares in the Russian energy mega-company, Gasprom, and in the largest Russian internet-search firm Yandex.

The Gasprom shares were purchased in March, 2011 and sold in August, 2011. Interestingly, shares in neither company brought the couple any dividends - both were sold at a loss, Kommersant reports.

Regardless, it would seem that the campaign of President Barack Obama will have extra ammunition to attack both Romney’s foreign policy credentials, and his general character, RT reports.

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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