May 20, 2014 – "It was the happiest day of my life that I never saw coming. It was a victory and now I know I can smile again to life. On that day nothing else, not even all of what my family had been through, mattered."
May 19, 2014 – As the Brazilian government ramps up reckless plans to build another mega-dam complex – this time on the Amazon's Tapajos River – tensions reached a fever pitch last week with a hate-driven mob raining violence on a peaceful protest gathering of Mundurukú people.
May 15, 2014 – The Zápara were once one of the largest indigenous groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon. But by the 1980s anthropologists deemed them extinct, an entire culture erased in less than a century by disease, violence, persecution and assimilation.
May 14, 2014 – Sarayaku has reported a buildup of military forces and the existence of plans to invade the community. Ecuador's Ministry of Defense denies these claims. In a national TV address over the weekend, President Correa threatened to declare a state of emergency.
May 9, 2014 – Test results from the Ecuador trial support what the villagers have always alleged: Chevron contaminated their land, using substandard drilling practices to minimize costs and maximize profit. The real news is the cover-up of the mess they left behind.
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