Stories written by Gonzalo Ortiz
Escritor ecuatoriano, se ha destacado también en los campos la docencia universitaria y el servicio público. Nació en Quito el 18 de octubre de 1944, hijo de Luis Alfonso Ortiz Bilbao (Quito, 1903-1988) y Lola Crespo Toral (Cuenca, 1927). Está casado, tiene una hija y dos nietas. Vicealcade de Quito (2009), fue Concejal de la ciudad por elección popular por siete años (2003-2009), siendo el candidato más votado en las dos elecciones que participó. Años antes, fue uno de los más estrechos colaboradores del Presidente Rodrigo Borja, en cuyo gobierno fue Secretario General de la Administración (1990-92), Secretario Nacional de Comunicación Social (1988-1989) y Secretario de la Presidencia (1989- 1990). Como periodista es actualmente, y desde hace 16 años, Editor General de la revista Gestión; y desde inicios de 2010 corresponsal en el Ecuador de la agencia Inter Press Service (IPS). Se inició en la carrera periodística como cronista del diario El Tiempo, a los 22 años de edad, y ha ocupado todos los cargos de medios escritos y audiovisuales desde reportero hasta director. Fue editor cultural de la revista Mensajero (1968-1975); fundador, columnista, editor económico y subdirector del diario Hoy (1981-1988); director para América Latina de la agencia de noticias Inter Pres Service (1992-1996); gerente nacional de noticias de Ecuavisa (1997-1998); director de noticias de Telesistema (1988-2000); panelista semanal de Gamavisión (2000-2001); columnista de El Comercio (1996-2001). Ha colaborado en las estrategias de comunicación de las campañas presidenciales de Rodrigo Borja (1984, 1988, 2002) y Freddy Ehlers (1998) y en las campañas para alcalde de Quito de Paco Moncayo (2000, 2004) y para alcalde de Cuenca de Fernando Cordero (1998). Ha elaborado estrategias de comunicación para organizaciones no gubernamentales y entidades privadas. Ortiz suma más de un cuarto de siglo de docencia universitaria, como profesor de pregrado de las universidades Católica del Ecuador y de las Américas y de posgrado en la Andina Simón Bolívar. Es autor de ocho libros, en temas de historia y crónica periodística, coautor de 20 libros, editor de otros seis y traductor de dos. Entre sus obras se incluye una novela, Los hijos de Daisy (Alfaguara, 2009) y un libro de ensayos Quito, historia y destino (Trama, 2006). Es Miembro Correspondiente de la Academia Nacional de Historia del Ecuador y ha recibido premios y distinciones nacionales e internacionales.

Juan Pablo Sáenz, one of the five Ecuadorean attorneys who won the case against Chevron - Gonzalo Ortiz/IPS

“The Verdict Against Chevron Is Enforceable, Because It Is Just”

"Many people said that an Ecuadorean court would never rule against a big transnational corporation," Juan Pablo Sáenz told Tierramérica. He is the youngest on the Ecuadorean prosecuting team against Chevron in the environmental case of the century.

Plaintiffs belonging to the Asamblea de Afectados por la Texaco at a press conference.  Credit: Gonzalo Ortiz/IPS

ECUADOR: Still a Ways to Go, After Historic Ruling Against Chevron

The plaintiffs in the case against Chevron tried in Ecuador, who won a historic 9.5 billion dollar verdict after a nearly 18-year struggle over environmental and health damages caused in a quarter-century of oil operations in the Amazon jungle, are not disheartened by the road still ahead.

ECUADOR: Child Malnutrition Down, Education Up

Major progress has been made in Ecuador over the last few years in reducing child malnutrition and expanding educational coverage.

ECUADOR: “Universal Citizenship” Clashes with Reality

"Good morning. I've come to see a friend," says a young man in a brown cap carrying a small plastic bag of apples. The receptionist opens the iron-barred door and lets him in to the aged, third-rate hotel in Quito's historic centre, rented in its entirety by the Ecuadorian state to house undocumented immigrants.

ECUADOR: Seven Foreign Oil Companies to Pull Out

Seven of the 16 foreign oil companies operating in Ecuador have decided to pull out of the country in disagreement with a reformed oil law that turned the firms into providers of services to which the government will pay a fixed tariff for operating the fields.

ECUADOR: Migrants Uprooted Twice

Ecuadorean immigrants have been put in an even more vulnerable position by the lingering economic crisis in the industrialised world, especially in Spain and the United States, the main destinations for migrants from Latin America.

José Jiménez working at his backstrap loom.  Credit: Gonzalo Ortiz/IPS

ECUADOR: Keeping Age-old Weaving Technique Alive

Outside the modest two-story adobe house, a flag of Ecuador flutters alongside a large sign that reads "Ikat: weaving demonstrations and sales." Hanks of yarn and colourful fabrics hang from the handrail running around the edge of the courtyard and balcony, and weaving looms can be seen inside.

Fishing at Manta's Tarqui beach. Credit: Gonzalo Ortiz/IPS

ECUADOR: Delayed Return of Fishing’s ‘Golden’ Years

"This year there haven't been many 'dorados', but they're beginning to appear now," Ramón Díaz says hopefully as he disembarks with his fellow fishermen after spending the entire night out on the water.

Part of the Manta fleet in the fishing terminal. Credit: Gonzalo Ortiz/IPS

ECUADOR: Manta, the World Capital of Tuna

Although domestic consumption of seafood is low, Ecuador has a large fishing fleet, and is home to the main port for tuna and white fish in the eastern Pacific.

ECUADOR: Voters to Go to Ballot Box on Anti-Crime Measures

A referendum on reforms to the new constitution and criminal law is to be held in Ecuador in response to the mounting public security crisis, giving left-wing President Rafael Correa an opportunity to canvass public opinion on these thorny issues.

Tungurahua volcano  Credit: Government of Ecuador

ECUADOR: Farming in the Shadow of the Volcano

On a clear day, hundreds of families pull over in their cars and snap pictures of the column of smoke spewing out of the Tungurahua volcano in central Ecuador.

Vice-President Lenín Moreno greets attendees of Saturday's TV broadcast about the Manuela Espejo Mission. Credit: Office of the Vice-President of Ecuador

ECUADOR: Cuban, Venezuelan Volunteers Complete National Disabilities Mission

Approximately 300 Cuban and 30 Venezuelan volunteer "brigadistas" have departed Ecuador, marking the end of the first phase of the "Manuela Espejo Mission," conducting a complete study of disabilities in this country over the past year and a half.

ECUADOR: Oil Shake-Up Means Flat Fees for Foreign Companies

As the dust settles following contract negotiations with foreign oil companies, Ecuador is looking at a new map for its petroleum industry and trying to determine what it will mean in economic terms for this OPEC-member nation.

Census-takers at a CONEPIA training session.  Credit: Courtesy of INEC

ECUADOR: Native People Stand Up to Be Counted in Census

The office is chaotic. Huge piles of T-shirts and boxes of ballpoint pens are piled high on desks where indigenous men and women are busy packing these articles, together with placards, leaflets and fliers, at the headquarters of their National Commission on Statistics.

HUMAN RIGHTS: Amnesty Law Still Blocking Justice in Uruguay

"It is essential for the amnesty law to be repealed" in Uruguay, Argentine poet Juan Gelman told IPS after hearings at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ended in Quito, in the cases of the murder of his daughter-in-law and the kidnapping of his granddaughter.

ENVIRONMENT-ECUADOR: Plenty of Promises but Little Cash for Leaving Oil Untapped

The Spanish government is "analysing mechanisms to contribute" one million euros (1.3 million dollars) to the Yasuni-ITT initiative, one of the few definite contributions received by Ecuador for a scheme to leave oil reserves untouched in a highly biodiverse area of the Amazon jungle.

COLOMBIA-ECUADOR: Rights Case May Be Spanner in Works of Restoration of Ties

A decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate Ecuador's complaint against Colombia for the killing of an Ecuadorean citizen in a 2008 cross-border bombing raid came just as the two countries appear to be on the verge of restoring diplomatic relations.

ECUADOR: Diversity in Remembering the Dead

Tens of thousands of Ecuadorians are set to visit cemeteries on Tuesday, the traditional "Día de Finados" (Day of the Deceased). But while city residents tend to spend the day in mourning, for many indigenous peoples it is a day of celebration, of reunion with their ancestors.

ECUADOR: Social Movements to Go Ahead with Int’l Meetings Despite Crisis

"What lies ahead in Colombia is an increase in the number of refugees and displaced persons, while in Guatemala and Mexico people are going to continue leaving their countries in difficult conditions in which they face dangers to their lives," said Nelsy Lizarazu, one of the spokespersons for the Fourth World Social Forum on Migration.

Rafael Correa talking to foreign correspondents. Credit: Office of the president.

ECUADOR: Air Force and Navy Reluctantly Backed President

Besides the hundreds of police who were rioting, Ecuador's air force and navy were the biggest headaches for the government of Rafael Correa in the 11 hours that the president was held captive on Thursday, Sept. 30, IPS was told by civilian and military sources close to the action.

A T-shirt promoting sign language and human rights for deaf persons. Credit: Courtesy of SordosEcuador

Deaf Ecuadoreans Stand Up for Identity, Rights

Ximena Carrera discovered a new world at the university. After years of experts who had ruled out the use of hearing aids, she finally tried them -- and her life completely changed. That is what she now hopes will happen for many more hearing-impaired Ecuadoreans.

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