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Death in the Amazon

November 8, 2013 | The Economist

The massacre is blamed on pressure mounting on hidden peoples, who appear to have formed four distinct groups in the greater area of the Yasuní National Park, the northern half and western flanks of which have been open to oil production. The populist administration of president Rafael Correa, short of cash, wants to open the whole of the remaining Amazon forest to oil exploration.More »

Calamity Calling: What If We Lost the Amazon?

October 28, 2013 | GlobalPost

The Amazon rainforest is best known for its vibrant wildlife and endless canopy. But it also plays a key role in the world's climate. But the world's largest rainforest is now in trouble.More »

Brazilian Court Blocks Controversial Dam

October 28, 2013 | Latin American Herald Tribune

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.More »

Brazil's Indigenous Tribes Are Being Hunted by Murderous Cattle Ranchers

October 24, 2013 | Vice

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.More »

Corruption in Peru Aids Cutting of Rain Forest

October 19, 2013 | The New York Times

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.More »

U.S. Trial Opens in Chevron’s Lawsuit Against Ecuadorian Pollution Victims

October 16, 2013 | Democracy Now!

"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."More »

Why Ecuador's President Is Misleading the World on Yasuni-ITT

Rafael Correa has moved to abolish an historic Amazon oil plan, but don't be fooled by what he claims

October 15, 2013 | The 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.More »

Chevron v. Donziger Is the $19 Billion Trial to Watch

Case Involves Lawyer Who Won $19 Billion Judgment Against the Firm in 2011

October 15, 2013 |

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.More »

Chevron Fights Amazon Pollution Verdict in U.S. Court

Chevron Fights Amazon Pollution Verdict in U.S. Court

"Every day, family members and loved ones are sickened because of the contamination."
– Javier Piaguaje

October 15, 2013 | IPS

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.More »

UN Says Peru's Gas Plans Could Threaten Indigenous Peoples

UN Says Peru's Gas Plans Could Threaten Indigenous Peoples

October 8, 2013 | Huffington Post

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.More »


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