Sao Paulo, Brazil – Brazil's first regional federal court suspended the environmental permit for the massive Belo Monte dam project in Amazonia and ordered an immediate halt to construction.
As wife to the Chief of her Apy Ka'y community – one of the tribes of the Guarani people – Damiana's family was a prime target for gunmen hired by ranch owners who have taken over her ancestral land in Mato Grosso do Sul, western Brazil. She recently lost her husband and her three sons to "roadside collisions" that, for a short while, left the Apy Ka'y leaderless in their fight against the ranchers.
In recent years, Peru has passed laws to crack down on illegal logging, as required by a 2007 free trade agreement with the United States. But large quantities of timber, including increasingly rare types like mahogany, continue to flow out, much of it ultimately heading to the United States for products like hardwood flooring and decking sold by American retailers.
"Nearly every single person who has been named as a defendant in Chevrons retaliatory lawsuit has loved ones, has family members, who have died, who have contracted cancer, who have suffered from birth defects and other oil related illness due to Chevron’s contamination. This lawsuit essentially rubs salt in their wounds."
Rafael Correa has moved to abolish an historic Amazon oil plan, but don't be fooled by what he claimsOctober 15, 2013The Guardian
The decision by Ecuador's president Rafael Correa to abandon a plan to permanently forgo exploiting hundreds of millions of barrels of oil has sparked severe non-state media criticism in Ecuador, calls for a referendum, protests in numerous cities and embassies around the world, and an international outcry.
Case Involves Lawyer Who Won $19 Billion Judgment Against the Firm in 2011October 15, 2013Salon.com
The case deserves the attention it is receiving because it will help define the extent to which the U.S. legal system can be used to sort out alleged overseas misconduct of American multinationals. It will also help define the extent to which would-be American vindicators of the poor overseas will be held accountable for their alleged misconduct in foreign legal proceedings. Billions of dollars are at stake, as are the unhappy conditions in which tens of thousands of Ecuadorian villagers live.
"Every day, family members and loved ones are sickened because of the contamination."
October 15, 2013IPS
– Javier Piaguaje
Two years after they were awarded 18 billion dollars by an Ecuadorian court for environmental damage caused by Chevron in the Amazonian rainforest, a group of indigenous villagers and their U.S. lawyer went on trial Tuesday in New York, accused by the oil company of bribery and racketeering.
A United Nations committee says that plans by Peru's government to expand a controversial gas project in the Amazon could threaten the "physical and cultural survival" of indigenous peoples.
"The industrialised world isn't blameless, but most blame goes to Correa," says Amazon Watch's Adam Zuckerman. "It was difficult to sell the initiative if you're drilling right up to ITT, and he's been talking about 'Plan B' pretty constantly over the last year."
At the outset, the public was told firmly that no spontaneous contributions from the floor would be accepted. Only written questions would be allowed, but no instructions were given on when or how to hand over questions. As far as I could see, no one from the back of the stadium submitted a question, which was not surprising given that many of the Munduruku and the town's poorer inhabitants are not at all used to this kind of procedure, and some may have difficulty expressing themselves in Portuguese.