Eye on the Amazon
  • Rigging the System? RT TV's No-Holds-Barred Report on Chevron's Hypocrisy in Ecuador Case

    March 17, 2011 – "Well, we have yet another example of a major corporation – an oil giant, in fact – that has shown the world it intends to play by the rules only when it suits them."

  • Is Chevron Paying Hush Money to Ecuador "Dirty Tricks" Guy?

    March 15, 2011 – Diego Borja, self-proclaimed "dirty tricks" operative for Chevron in Ecuador is scheduled to appear in court today to answer questions about his attempts to entrap a judge overseeing the monumental trial against the oil company.

  • U.S. Court's Extraordinary Moves to Halt Enforcement of Verdict against Chevron in Ecuador: Why?

    March 11, 2011 – Besides being "a slap in the face" of the Ecuadorian victims of Chevron's abuses, the recent ruling by Judge Kaplan also seems like an extraordinary abuse of power. The job of determining whether a particular sector of the economy or individual industry demands extraordinary legal protection belongs to Congress, not the courts.

  • Chevron's Human Rights Hitmen

    March 8, 2011 – After more than seventeen years of intense legal battle, last month, Chevron, the second largest oil company in the United States, was found guilty in Ecuadorian courts for massive environmental contamination of the Amazon and was ordered to pay upwards of $9 billion in damages. This morning I was on KQED's Forum radio program discussing this topic. On the program with me was a spokesperson from Chevron, Kent Robertson, and a business reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, David Baker.

  • Peru's Battle for "Independence"

    March 4, 2011 – As Peru systematically opens up its Amazon to oil and gas drilling, Amazon Watch is standing with many indigenous communities as they proclaim, "not in our territory!" But in cases where oil operations do proceed in these fragile rainforests, the question emerges how can the affected communities themselves monitor the environmental, social, and human rights impacts?

  • Chevron's Dirty Laundry

    February 22, 2011 – Multinational corporations like Chevron are experts at maintaining a veneer of gentility and levelheaded reason. They have to be, of course; when you wreak as much havoc as Chevron does on lives, communities and ecosystems around the world, the only way not to invite universal public disgust and condemnation is to make sure the people who are your public face aren't ever the ones doing your dirty work.

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