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February 13, 2012 | Christian Poirier
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A shocking crisis unfolded last week on the Kapot Nhinore ancestral territories of the Kayapo people in the Xingu River Basin in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso – the birthplace of legendary Kayapo Chief Raoni.
Crooked ranchers and illegal settlers have sent armed thugs to try to intimidate Kayapo and Juruna communities in attempts to encroach upon their lands. However, rather than being intimidated, armed Kayapo warriors have gathered in a nearby village, heightening the specter of violence and bloodshed. Yet legendary Chief Raoni and his people want to avoid violent confrontation at all cost. He has called for support from people around the world to pressure the Brazilian government to respect their rights and protect their lands.
Febuary 10, 2012 | Paul Paz y Miño
What kind of court pays its judges millions of dollars, gives them huge vested interests in blocking environmental and social protections, and acts in total secrecy?
Answer: Chevron's last hope in the marathon Ecuador lawsuit.
After losing court rulings in Ecuador and the United States in recent weeks, Chevron has one remaining hope: Betting everything on an obscure private arbitration panel acting under the mantle of the U.S.-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty.
Victory for Ecuadorians Seeking Justice in the Amazon
January 26, 2012 | Han Shan
Today, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a major blow to Chevron's efforts to evade responsibility for the devastation it caused in the Amazon rainforest of Northeastern Ecuador.
The appeals court reversed an order by District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan that purported to block enforcement of an $18 billion judgment delivered by an Ecuadorian court in February 2011, and upheld in full on appeal just weeks ago.
Five Impoverished Indigenous Groups One Step Closer To Justice
January 20, 2012
How many lawyers does it take to lose three court decisions in a row?
According to a Chevron declaration: Almost 500 lawyers and paralegals at 39 firms.
Chevron's public face for its unprecedented legal attack against the impoverished Ecuadorians has been Gibson Dunn's Randy Mastro, a former political hack to tough guy Rudy Guiliani, a former NYC Mayor and one-time presidential candidate.
January 12, 2012 | Christian Poirier
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worst corporation in the world!
In our tradition of going after corporate crooks we invite you to help denounce Brazilian multinational corporation Vale, the largest iron-ore mining company in the world and part owner of the consortium that is building the disastrous Belo Monte Dam in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.
Vale is one of six finalists for the Public Eye Award – a prize given annually to the worst corporation in the world – and we need your vote to be sure they're awarded this dubious distinction!