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Ecuador and Oil...
The indigenous peoples in the Ecuadorian Amazon may have a battle looming in the not to distant future over what many believe are large oil deposits in the region. This article, originally from the BBC, tells some of the story. My question is, does this have anything to do with the recent ouster of the supposedly left-leaning president?

A NYTimes article talks about the mayor of Mexico City, who may be poised to win the presidency of Mexico next year. This is a man who grew up around poverty, who moved his family into an indigenous village in an effort to help the community, and who doesn't seem to have many allies besides the many impoverished people in Mexico. Will that be enough to get him elected? Also, notice the mention of authoritarian tendencies in the NYT article. Probably the beginning of the propaganda war against him.
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