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Hi Folks. It marks 11 days of national strike in Ecuador and the violence continues: protesters try to break into Congress, in the heart of Quito. On the other hand, the government of Guillermo Lasso is opening the possibility of a dialogue with the protesters, grouped in Conaie, an indigenous association that is leading the protest. With this attempt, Lasso wants the violence to cease and the roads to be cleared to allow transit and supplies. In Argentina, more about the mysterious Venezuelan-Iranian plane: it is now known that the plane actually belongs to an Iranian company and not to a Venezuelan company. The most serious thing is that it belongs to Qeshm Fars Air, a company included in the black list of terrorists in the United States. In the United States, the Supreme Court annulled the law that limits the presence of weapons in public, a controversial decision that comes just after the Senate has initiated the process of the first law to cut the rights of gun owners in 27 years. The European Union gives the greatest show of support for Ukraine by endorsing its candidacy for the community bloc. The gesture is loaded with symbolism towards a State broken by war since the invasion orchestrated by Russia 120 days ago, and is the starting signal for a very long and complex process to become a full member of the Union family. Meanwhile, the annual summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) opens the door for Putin’s return to the international stage. And The Economist talks this week about how to solve the growing and worst global energy emergency in the last 50 years without destroying the environment.

Eleven days of national strike in Ecuador: protesters try to break into Congress. Indigenous people clashed with the police this Thursday when they wanted to break into the Ecuadorian Congress, in the center of Quito, after the government’s attempt to open the way for dialogue to resolve the wave of demonstrations that lasted 11 days and left six civilians dead. Three people died during the day of protests, which spread to other parts of the city, according to the Alliance of Organizations for Human Rights, which records three other deaths between Monday and Wednesday. Demonstrators protesting the cost of living advanced again on the Ecuadorian capital. At the front marched women with their arms intertwined. Behind, thousands of indigenous people sought to break the uniformed picket guarding the National Assembly. On the other hand, the government of Guillermo Lasso arranged for the public force to withdraw from the House of Culture, as a signal to start the dialogue. At noon yesterday, social network users announced the withdrawal from the site, a step that preceded the entry of the indigenous delegations convened by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie). This in exchange for the cessation of violence and the clearing of roads that allow transit and supply.

Venezuelan-Iranian plane: justice found that the aircraft belongs to Iran and not to Venezuela. During the inspection of the Boeing, they found documents that link it to the airline Qeshm Fars Air, and not to Mahan Air: while the government of Nicolás Maduro demands that the Boeing 747 hijacked in Buenos Aires be released, the justice system suspects its true ownership. Prosecutor Cecilia Incardona detected, based on the flight plan, that as of April 23, the aircraft would belong to Qeshm Fars Air and not to the Venezuelan Emtrasur or the Iranian firm Mahan Air. Qeshm Fars Air is another company included in the US terrorist blacklist and of which the Iranian pilot charged with possible “links to international terrorism” would be CEO. That airline is even more implicated in reports linking it to terrorism than Mahan Air. The US Treasury explained that many Iranian commercial airlines such as Qeshm and Mahan Air “support the Iranian regime’s efforts to foment regional violence through terrorism, its weapons programs.”

Supreme Court strikes down New York law limiting guns in public.The Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a broad right to arm themselves in public, striking down a New York law that placed strict limits on carrying guns outside the home and unleashed a fight in other states that have similar restrictions. The decision is expected to trigger a wave of lawsuits seeking to loosen existing state and federal restrictions and will force five states – California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey, home to a quarter of all Americans – to rewrite their laws. . It is a controversial decision, because it comes just the day after the US Senate began processing the first law to cut the rights of gun owners in 27 years.

The EU gives the greatest show of support for Ukraine by endorsing its candidacy for the community bloc. The 27 members demand that the European Commission monitor kyiv’s progress in fulfilling the conditions: the leaders of the European Union have recognized on Thursday that the fate of Ukraine is linked to that of the community bloc. The Twenty-seven have decided at a summit in Brussels to give the greatest show of support to the Eastern neighbor by granting it the status of a candidate country for EU membership. The gesture is loaded with symbolism towards a State broken by war since the invasion orchestrated by Russia exactly 120 days ago, and is the starting signal for a very long and complex process to become a full member of the Union family. . Moldova, which has followed in the footsteps opened by kyiv shortly after the start of the contest, has also obtained the same recognition.

The BRICS countries, with China in the lead, open the door to Putin’s return to the international scene. The annual summit of the BRICS, an acronym for the five emerging economies that together account for about a quarter of the world economy, has never received as much attention in the West as its fourteenth edition. China has been the -virtual- host of the meeting. President Xi Jinping shared a screen with the leaders of India, Brazil and South Africa. But the spotlight was on the fifth participant, Vladimir Putin, who on Thursday asked his colleagues to cooperate in the face of “selfish actions” by the countries that are imposing sanctions on Russia. “Only on the basis of honest and mutually beneficial cooperation can we look for ways out of this crisis situation that has developed in the global economy due to the selfish and ill-conceived actions of certain states,” Putin said. The appearance of the Russian president at the BRICS summit, just a week before the NATO meeting in Madrid, was his first attendance at an international forum with other heads of state since he launched the invasion of Ukraine at the end of February. . And he has done so in a group that, with the exception of Brazil, refrained from condemning the Russian attack in a UN General Assembly resolution.

How to solve the global energy emergency without destroying the environment. This year’s energy shock is the most severe since the Middle East oil crises of 1973 and 1979. Like those calamities, it promises to inflict pain in the short term and transform the energy industry in the long term. Pain is almost guaranteed: Due to high fuel and energy prices, most countries are facing sluggish growth, inflation, low living standards, and a savage political backlash. But the long-term consequences are far from predetermined. If governments respond ineptly, they could trigger a slide back to fossil fuels that will make climate stabilization even more difficult. Instead, they must follow a dangerous path that combines security of energy supply with climate security.

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