A good friend forwarded this article from Reuters, and asked what I think of President Rafael Correa. I haven't anything interesting to add to this analysis, which sounds convincing, so I'll just pass it on. Ecuador's Correa moderate despite radicals' pressure by Alonso Soto. I will be writing more about that country, especially its major urban centers, for our coming book on the history of architecture and urbanism in Latin America. The country's urban history goes back many centuries, since even before Quito became the northern capital of the great Inca empire. These days my main contact with Ecuador is through its many citizens living here in Spain.
For background, check out the BBC Country profile: Ecuador