Environment minister authorized environmental permits for oil drilling in Yasuní National ParkMay 26, 2014MintPress
In a move condemned as paving the way for an environmental disaster, the environment minister of Ecuador on Thursday authorized permits for oil exploration to begin within the Yasuní National Park, an area home to two indigenous communities living in voluntary isolation and an area some consider the most biodiverse place in the world.
Companies could start extracting oil underneath key biodiversity reserve on Earth by 2016May 23, 2014The Guardian
Drilling for oil in a part of the Amazon rainforest considered one of the most biodiverse hotspots on the planet is to go ahead less than a year after Ecuador's president lifted a moratorium on oil drilling there.
Demonstrations planned in five continents in solidarity with those poisoned by oil giant's operationsMay 21, 2014Common Dreams
Decrying what they say are Chevron's crimes against humanity, communities across five continents are rising up on Wednesday in an international day of action against the oil giant.
Opposition by Indigenous Groups Seen as Major Risk to Resource Projects World-wideMay 12, 2014The Wall Street Journal
"We are not against all investments, that would be absurd," said Roberto Espinoza, an adviser to Peru's biggest indigenous organization, Aidesep. "We only ask that the law is respected, and the law says communities should be consulted...and have the right to determine their own development."
The failure to respond to an NGO letter challenging investment in the Mirador mining project has played to Ecuadorian fears about China's growing cloutMay 12, 2014China Dialogue
"The recently acquired debt is driving a new Amazonian oil boom, setting the stage for a major battle over rights and resources that will shape the future of the Amazon and its people."
Ecuadorian journalist Fernando Villavicencio speaks to David Hill about why he has sought refuge among indigenous group SarayakuMay 12, 2014New Internationalist
The people of Sarayaku have decided to protect us because they consider us persecuted for political reasons, but now a military and police assault is being prepared which could lead to clashes with terrible consequences. Those responsible for what happens now in Sarayaku – which has announced it will not permit any soldiers or police to cross into its land – are president Rafael Correa and those implementing the prison sentences which the Inter-Commission has requested to be suspended.
"The government couldn't take the risk of having the issue reach the referendum [stage], which it could have lost," says Juan Carlos Donoso, a political scientist. Plenty of activists are furious about being thwarted. The question now is whether they can keep the issue in the public eye.
"Perhaps our only crime was to carry the voice of the people"May 2, 2014AIDESEP
I'd just say to the indigenous peoples and my indigenous brothers who are being tried for these regrettable events that they should stay firm in continuing to lift up the voice of indigenous peoples.
Anger and frustration boiled over outside Ecuador's National Electoral Commission (CNE), as efforts by environmental activists to prevent oil development in the Yasuní National Park appeared to founder on the decisions of the bureaucrats inside. "The CNE is so transparent that it won't even let us see the names of the persons or their badges."
Civil society groups say enough signatures have been gathered to force a referendum but authorities are interferingApril 30, 2014The Guardian
Kevin Koenig, Ecuador programme director of Amazon Watch, said: "It is extremely troubling to see these kinds of irregularities so soon into the verification process. It calls into question whether the CNE can indeed be objective and non-partisan. The eyes of the world are watching – this is a critical moment for Ecuador's democracy and the credibility of Correa's administration."