Hi Folks, Gathered virtually, the National Assembly of Ecuador postponed until today the decision on whether to agree to discuss the removal of right-wing president Guillermo Lasso, who faces an accusation from the left-wing caucus associated with former president Rafael Correa and indigenist mobilizations since two weeks. Lasso charged that what the opposition is seeking is to “overthrow the government” and defended its management, even lifting the state of emergency, in a concession to the protesters’ demands. In the United States, how the Supreme Court overturned the ruling that allowed abortion in 1973 is still being discussed. And The New York Times has an answer: according to the newspaper, it all started in 2010, when the Republicans took control of numerous state legislatures. and began to restrict abortion. It was, above all, a political movement, assures the progressive newspaper. kyiv is under Russian bombardment, in a day that has been dark for the Ukrainian forces. They had to withdraw from Severodonetsk, a painful defeat at a key point in eastern Ukrainian territory, and an important victory for the invading troops.
- Suspended removal of Guillermo Lasso. While Expreso de Guayaquil reports that hundreds of trucks with indigenous people withdrew from Quito, causing the protest against the government of Guillermo Lasso to lose strength, the tension moved to the National Assembly, which suspended a decision on the request presented by the left associated with former president Rafael Correa, to remove the current president, Guillermo Lasso, from office. The virtual session of the Assembly lasted for eight hours and in it Lasso, through a letter, presented his defense, accusing Leonidas Iza, an indigenous leader, of intending to overthrow the government. The session of the unicameral congress will continue today.
- The long fall of an emblematic failure. The New York Times wonders how the repeal of the Roe v. Wade, who in 1973 established the right to abortion throughout the United States. He claims that the collapse began in the 2010 elections, after Republicans won significant majorities in several states and began imposing hundreds of restrictions on abortion, in an effort to limit the exercise of that practice. The triumph of the anti-abortion position is based on deep convictions of those who oppose it, but, above all, it was a political move, the newspaper notes, which was ultimately made possible by the appointment of conservative judges to the Supreme Court under Donald Trump’s mandate.
- Spanish government turns to the left. The president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, “launches a new 200-euro bonus and assumes Pablo Iglesias’ speech to revive the PSOE.” The newspaper affirms that Sánchez’s tone is assimilated to that of the founder of the populist leftist party Podemos: “We are uncomfortable for the economic powers, which have media terminals,” he maintained. The Executive approved a new package of aid for nine billion euros to face inflation, which includes direct aid for people with lower incomes. In the PSOE there is a discussion about the present of the Spanish president: “Pedro is bad, but he is not finished”.
- Boris Johnson protects the British steel industry. The Sunday Telegraph maintains that the prime minister is seeking to regain the support of the “red wall” that gave him the electoral victory in 2019 by announcing the imposition of tariffs that make it difficult to import foreign steel and protect local industry. The measure, announces the newspaper, can unleash a trade war, since it involves ignoring the rules of the World Trade Organization, in order to preserve jobs in the north of England.
- Subsidies are over in Argentina. Those who fail to renew the subsidies currently in force in Argentina for the payment of electricity and gas bills will lose the benefit in September and will see their rates increase. Although the government considers that the increase should be 75%, the distribution companies estimate that it will be much higher. All this occurs while the IMF pressures the trans-Andean government for the payment of the debt and the increase in subsidies beyond the plan agreed with the multilateral entity this year.
- France and Germany prepare to cut off Russian gas. Les Echos reveals the plans of both European powers to “avoid the hardships” that will result from the cessation of supplies from Russia, which, in the German case, is the main supplier of fuel. While in France the Executive demands that companies reduce gas consumption by 10%, reopen coal plants and that underground gas stocks be 100% supplied, in Germany the industry mobilizes to avoid a cascade closure of operations. What is expected is a rise in prices, which can generate discomfort in the population.