Eye on the Amazon
  • Judge Allows Chevron Additional Access to Email Usage Information of Activists, Lawyers

    Judge Allows Chevron Additional Access to Email Usage Information of Activists, Lawyers

    September 6, 2013 – Despite well-established case law recognizing the right to anonymous speech on the Internet, he held that online speakers forever waive their right to anonymity simply by using an email address.

  • Damage Control in Ecuador

    Damage Control in Ecuador

    September 6, 2013 – It has been a tumultuous few weeks in Ecuador since President Correa's decision to terminate the historic Yasuní-ITT initiative. Faced with ongoing unrest, he has unleashed a barrage of ads and TV spots aimed at convincing the public to support his plan to drill in the park.

  • Sex Trafficking Ringmaster Busted on Belo Monte

    Sex Trafficking Ringmaster Busted on Belo Monte

    September 3, 2013 – Police in Brazil have arrested two leaders of a sex trafficking ring that sent adolescent girls and transvestites, some as young as 16, to prostitute themselves to the workers building the Belo Monte Dam.

  • Rights and Responsibility: The Failure of Yasuní-ITT and What it Means for Ecuador’s Indigenous Peoples

    Rights and Responsibility: The Failure of Yasuní-ITT and What it Means for Ecuador’s Indigenous Peoples

    August 25, 2013 – In the wake of President Correa's decision to terminate the historic Yasuní-ITT initiative the big question has been: Who is to blame for the initiative's failure?

  • Another State of Environmental Emergency in the Peruvian Amazon?

    Another State of Environmental Emergency in the Peruvian Amazon?

    August 20, 2013 – The situation in the Corrientes is not new, and well-documented, as FECONACO noted: "since the 80s, studies in the region have shown the effects of contamination in fish, waters, and even the public health in communities."

  • Oil Is Not Life in the Amazon

    Oil Is Not Life in the Amazon

    The Failure of Yasuní-ITT and the Story of Rumipamba

    August 19, 2013 – In many ways, Yasuní-ITT was doomed from the beginning by the world's greed for oil and Ecuador's economic dependence on that greed. But enough with the political analysis. What is most upsetting to me about ITT's failure are its implications for human life.

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