Eye on the Amazon
  • Colombia’s U'wa: Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

    Colombia’s U'wa: Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

    July 29, 2016 – For decades, the U'wa indigenous people of Colombia have been an inspiration to others around the world, including everyone at Amazon Watch. With vision, persistence and courage, they have repeatedly demanded their rights and overcome the daunting forces arrayed against them.

  • "We Own These Territories. Ecopetrol Has To Go."

    "We Own These Territories. Ecopetrol Has To Go."

    July 20, 2016 – By entering and occupying the actual Gibraltar gas extraction site, the U'wa are taking their nonviolent direct action to a new level, even given the risks they run.

  • Toxic Tour to the Ecuadorian Amazon

    Toxic Tour to the Ecuadorian Amazon

    July 18, 2016 – Accompany Nina Gualinga, an indigenous youth from the Kichwa community of Sarayaku as she tours former oil fields of Chevron and gets an up close look at one of the worst oil disasters on the planet.

  • Indigenous People Protest Against the Violation of Their Rights in Front of Brasilia Embassies

    Indigenous People Protest Against the Violation of Their Rights in Front of Brasilia Embassies

    Indigenous protesters denounce the link between the sourcing of agricultural commodities and the violation of their rights to the international community

    July 12, 2016 – Last week's indigenous mobilization in Brasilia – detailed in the following blog from the Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA) – came as a response to the current, alarming and mounting assault on the rights of Brazil's indigenous peoples. The Brasilia protest articulated an appeal from indigenous leadership to national governments via their Brazilian embassies, demanding that these countries instate a moratorium on importing such commodities until these brazen attacks on indigenous rights, lands, cultures, and security are to cease.

  • Chevron's Garbage Fire Sale

    Chevron's Garbage Fire Sale

    June 27, 2016 – Chevron sending up massive flares in Richmond is not the only sign things are getting hot for the oil giant on the run from a $11 billion verdict.

  • Unclean Hands: Corruption Plagues Ecuador's Oil Deals with China

    Unclean Hands: Corruption Plagues Ecuador's Oil Deals with China

    June 22, 2016 – Ecuador is desperate to drill because it owes China billions as part of loan deals between the two countries that have Ecuador handing over much of its oil to China through 2024. The oil price crash has also exacerbated the issue, forcing Ecuador to deliver twice or three times the amount of crude to pay off the debt. Sound like a bad deal? It is. But not for everyone.

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