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Soldiers in Ecuador have rescued President Rafael Correa from a police hospital after a day of protests by security forces angry at benefit cuts.
LINK : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11449775Soldiers in Ecuador have rescued President Rafael Correa from a police hospital after... more
A bus ran off a highway and overturned on Sunday, killing at least 36 people, Ecuadorean officials said. At least 12 others were badly hurt.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xhPa7Aoj30&feature=subA bus ran off a highway and overturned on Sunday, killing at least 36 people,... more
Quitting your job may seem insane in this economy, but the truth is that finding work and the life you want abroad is easier than you think. Just ask the cast of Jet Set Zero, a web series that follows four 20-somethings as they ditch their jobs in the Western world and set off to work and travel around the globe. From no-budget thrills to motorbike spills, the gang rarely finds a dull moment. You can call it an adventure, or you can watch the show and learn how to call it your life.
Check out more videos and blogposts at http://www.jetsetzero.tvQuitting your job may seem insane in this economy, but the truth is that finding work... more
The deepwater blowout is fouling marshes and beaches in four states and laying waste to fisheries that employ thousands. The disaster also is confounding the U.S. government’s technical capacity to plug the leak, and setting new measures for calculating and collecting monetary damages.
Most importantly for the global environment, though, is that the BP PLC spill is just one of a growing number of environmental oil-related calamities that are scarring the earth, polluting the water, and threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Almost every continent is affected:
War on Water: Oil, Power and Poverty in the Niger Delta
After almost one year of a relative ceasefire, a clash between an aggressive guerrilla militia and the military has resumed this month in the Niger Delta over control of Nigeria’s oil revenues, thought to be hoarded by the wealthy and the southern region’s government.
Royal Shell Co., the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Chevron all have stakes in the region’s lucrative resource, which as recently as 2008 produced 2.1 million barrels per day.
The river and streams serve as the primary fighting ground for control of Nigerian oil reserves, estimated at 36.22 billion barrels. Rebels are blowing up pipelines, destroying equipment and ransoming oil workers as a way of protesting the corruption. The attacks have unleashed a new torrent of leaking oil, adding to the accumulation of oil-related environmental damage over the years. The series of canals and tributaries that cross the Niger Delta have been completely devastated by petroleum pollution since oil was discovered in 1956.
The Nigerian Federal Ministry of the Environment says that anywhere from 9 million to 13 million barrels (380-550 million gallons) have spilled each year during the history of oil production in the Niger Delta—the equivalent in size of the U.S. Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, but occurring annually for the last five decades. Meanwhile the United Nations estimates that nearly 7000 spills occurred between 1976 and 2001–half of which were due to corrosion of pipelines and storage tanks, while 28 percent were caused by sabotage.
Tens of thousands of residents were forced to evacuate the region last year, left to wade through the world’s third largest wetland in search of safer homes. Their lives are endangered not only by the fighting, but also by the toxins, industrial wastes and oil-slicks that are poisoning their drinking water as well as contaminating their fish.
“There are no heroes in this fight,” Ed Kashi, photographer of Curse of the Black Gold: 50 years of Oil in the Niger Delta, told Circle of Blue in May 2009. “It is the equivalent of gang warfare over turf and control, and instead of crack cocaine it’s oil, and instead of being on the main streets of a city, it’s out on rivers and creeks on small boats.”
Water Pollution in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest Drilling Zone
After 17 years of waiting for a court decision, more than 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador continue to hang in limbo. The community has taken on one of the largest companies in the world, Chevron, for allegedly having polluted nearly 2000 square miles of the Ecuadorian Amazon—an area the size of Rhode Island—turning the lush vegetation into a cancer death-zone.
cont.The deepwater blowout is fouling marshes and beaches in four states and laying waste... more
The ongoing saga of the class action lawsuit, Aguinda v. Chevron, originally filed in 1993 by the people of Ecuador whose rainforest land had been contaminated by oil production practices, and documented on film by Joe Berlinger in "Crude," has taken a new turn. Chevron's latest diversionary and delaying tactic is to engage in a widespread and unprecedented legal assault on the First Amendment in their attempt to force Berlinger, the celebrated independent documentarian, to turn over more than 600 hours of private film outtakes from "Crude."
Chevron's legal tactic has attracted widespread criticism from prominent individuals across the media community, including actor and filmmaker Robert Redford, journalist Bill Moyers, bestselling author John Perkins, documentarians Michael Moore and Ric Burns, the Director's Guild of America, the Writer's Guild of America, and others.
Virtually every major U.S. media outlet, including the NY Times, LA Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, Associated Press, Dow Jones, HBO, and others have opposed Chevron's action in court.
This latest action by Chevron is part of a worldwide, desperate litigation campaign by the oil giant to escape liability for what is thought to be the world's worst oil-related environmental catastrophe. The extent of the contamination is almost unfathomable - by Chevron's own admission they dumped at least 15.8 billion gallons of toxic 'produced water' in the region, and their own audits indicate that the number may actually be much higher - more than 18.5 billion gallons.
Of the 18.5 billion gallons of toxins, at least 345 million gallons of it was pure crude oil. To put this in perspective, as of June 15, 2010, U.S. government estimates have indicated that the BP spill in the Gulf has spilled somewhere between 73 and 126 million gallons of oil. At least the BP spill was not intentional. By contrast, Chevron's dumping was, by the company's own admission, a deliberate production decision to maximize profits. According to experts, a saving of approximately $1-3 per barrel of oil was achieved by dumping the toxins rather than disposing of them properly.
The end result of this has been incredible devastation of a formerly pristine section of Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. Though Chevron no longer operates in the area (having ceased Ecuadorian drilling operations in 1990), the pollution still remains.
The people living in that region do not have widespread running water or plumbing, and have had no access to water that has not been polluted by the oil operations for nearly four decades. I have seen firsthand the reality of the aftermath of Chevron's actions in Ecuador. I have seen some of the unlined, unfenced waste pits that Chevron left behind. I have met many people there who have lost their parents, their children, and who are losing heir own lives. The area is besieged with oil-related illnesses; families are plagued with extremely elevated levels of childhood leukemia, spontaneous abortions, birth defects, and other serious oil-related health impacts. Experts have estimated that at least 1,400 people have died needlessly from oil-related sicknesses due to the illegal dumping.
In 1993, the people in the region brought a lawsuit against the oil giant to force the company to clean-up the damage it caused on their land. An independent court-expert has estimated that the damage caused in the region could cost as much as $27.3 billion to clean up. However, even that amount will be insufficient to return the people to the lifestyles they knew before the Chevron showed up.
Small wonder Chevron are running scared. Without taking sides in the lawsuit itself, the enormous legal liability tied to all of these harms provides the context for why Chevron is so aggressively attacking its critics across the world.
Chevron has one animating principle in their attacks on Joe Berlinger, the Ecuadorean people, and anyone attempting to hold the company responsible for the pollution it left behind in Ecuador: to find some way of eliminating the legal liability to protect the company's bottom line.
But the time has come for Chevron to stop its attacks, and to stop trying to evade its responsibilities. The company should cease its futile attempts to force documentarians and journalists to open up their files to the company's lawyers, and instead focus on the essential issue: how they will remediate the damage it caused in Ecuador to the 30,000 affected people and their land.
http://www.crudethemovie.com/The ongoing saga of the class action lawsuit, Aguinda v. Chevron, originally filed in... more
“It is the first fully functional, completely submersible submarine for transoceanic voyages that we have ever found,” Jay Bergman, Andean regional director for the Drug Enforcement Administration, told The Associated Press.
Until now, all the smuggling vessels seized on the high seas or at clandestine shipyards built to haul multi-ton loads of cocaine under the Pacific’s surface were semi-submersibles. They typically unload off Central America and Mexico drugs destined for the United States.
Equipped with air intake and engine exhaust pipes, none of those craft were capable of fully submerging so they could evade radar and heat-seeking technology of drug-interdiction aircraft.“It is the first fully functional, completely submersible submarine for... more
Humans left their mark on the Galapagos even before Darwin turned up. Whalers slaughtered the giant tortoises, and the few settlers brought rats, cats and goats, which crowded out local flora and fauna. Yet the pace of depredation has picked up rapidly over the past three decades, as tourist visits have increased 14-fold to over 160,000 a year.
Tourists are partly responsible for invasive species that threaten endemic wildlife. The hundreds of thousands of chicks that are brought to the islands to feed humans transmit avian diseases to native birds. Parasitic fly larvae began attacking hatchlings of the Darwin finch a few years ago. Wild birds have caught the canary pox virus, and penguins have been stricken by avian malaria. In some cases the damage is more direct. Taxis are a particular hazard. One study found that the average Galapagos car runs over seven birds a year.
When tourism was more limited, fishing by settlers from the mainland was the main threat. The sea cucumber was hunted nearly to extinction. Many fisherman have since set up as unlicensed tourist operators. Some 40 small craft carry thousands of visitors a month on unregulated tours.
Ecuador also has no plans to cap the tourist trade, which is worth $500m a year. It is even planning a new airport that could triple the number of visitors to the archipelago. Paradoxically, if word spreads of the islands’ deterioration, even more tourists may feel moved to visit them before it is too late.
http://www.economist.com/node/16281325Humans left their mark on the Galapagos even before Darwin turned up. Whalers... more
travelindave hooks up a deal getting lots of avocados for free from a local living in banos ecuador. Then he takes them to the city and trades them for fruit candy and 2 dinners. This was all experimental like trial and error and I scored. I do this all over the world. I teach people all over the world how to do this if you have no money, Here is a short version of the experience caught on film. I recently made the channel 7 news about bartering. This is one of my buisnesses. enjoy the video.travelindave hooks up a deal getting lots of avocados for free from a local living in... more
travelindave norwoods touring ecuador and columbia to show it is safe fun and a amazing place to have a good time to experience cultures jungles and amazing cities; Here is a original song in the amazon I performed live and here are some short glimps of the vibes and scenes down there. enjoy the video and my produced version captured on film in 15 cities 2009travelindave norwoods touring ecuador and columbia to show it is safe fun and a... more
This video is crazy, and I'll guarantee it's the best video you'll see this week.
La Revo, embedded "En Tus Tierras Bailaré" yesterday. It features Delfin, La Tigresa Del Oriente, and Wendy Sulca.
La Tigresa Del Oriente is a 65-year-old woman who dances around in leopard garb. Wendy Sulca is a YouTube star, who performs in a similarly kitschy style.
This is the Andean meme equivalent of a supergroup made up of the Numa Numa Guy, Tay Zonday, and Keyboard Cat. It's huge.
It also strangely a Pro-Israel/Latin America solidarity video, as indicated by the hook "Israel, Israel, Que Bonita Es Israel." And the shots of Rabbis dancing.
One of my favorite videos of all time is Delfin Quishpe's misguided ode to September 11th, Torres Gemelas. It's the story of a man who's lost the love of his life in the Twin Towers, sung in the style of "Andean techno-folklore.
The original video uploaded in December 2006 has more than 4.5 million hits. It's also spawned dozens of remixes
On a 2008 visit to Ecuador I picked up Delfin's album. It's like the Pet Sounds of Andean techno-folkore.This video is crazy, and I'll guarantee it's the best video you'll see... more
Bolivia Climate Summit, April 19-22: US Slaps Bolivia and Ecuador slicing millions of dollars in climate change fundsUS Slaps Bolivia and Ecuador, the World is Watching
Corporate vampire nations running scared of Rights of Mother Earth
By Brenda Norrell
..more related articles available there as well...
Excerpt (please visit links for articles)
As Bolivia prepares for the World Peoples' Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, the US has pulled out its daggers, slicing millions of dollars in climate change funds to Bolivia and Ecuador, a slap in the face to countries who do not support the dismal Copenhagen accord.
The London Guardian and Washington Post exposed the United States' denial of funds to Bolivia and Ecuador in response to the failed Copenhagen accord. However, more to the point of the US overreaction is the fact that Bolivia is launching the climate summit, April 19-22, and Ecuador was the first country in the world to recognize the legal rights of Mother Earth.
"By an overwhelming margin, the people of Ecuador voted for a new constitution that is the first in the world to recognize legally enforceable Rights of Nature, or ecosystem rights," said the US Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.
Bolivia is launching climate summit, April 19-22
World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
Bolivia denied climate aid ahead of summit
Bolivia climate change talks to give poor a voice
Groups on frontline of global warming head to alternative summit in city of Cochabamba
Confusion About Copenhagen Accord Casts Cloud Over UN Climate Treaty
Bolivia creates a new opportunity for climate talks that failed at Copenhagen
Bolivia will host an international meeting on climate change next month because it is not prepared to 'betray its people'
==========US Slaps Bolivia and Ecuador, the World is Watching Corporate vampire nations running... more
Indigenous leader spearheads protests in Quito against privatization of water rights by foreign companies.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9U6DgbjE8Indigenous leader spearheads protests in Quito against privatization of water rights... more
For all those curious on how they can save the Amazon forest and its people, a visit to Kapawi Lodge can make all the difference. Home to the Achuar, an Ecuadorian Tribe that has successfully fought off logging and oil companies, this once in a lifetime experience provides guests an experience to learn and to return to nature's roots! Please read this article and support the Amazon and its people today!
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-43552-Indigenous-Travel-Examiner~y2010m4d6-Save-the-Amazon-Forest-todayFor all those curious on how they can save the Amazon forest and its people, a visit... more
I was using the internet today, and there was all this talk about outer space. It's a place that's far beyond our planet, and also a Current.com group. Anyway I discovered a bunch of really cool stuff.
First off, if I saw you on the street and I asked you to guess the name of the first Mongolian to visit space, and you told me his name correctly I would give you all the money in my savings account. But because that's not feasible, as I am not on the street, I will just tell you. His name is Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa. 2 umaluts, so many double letters.
I also discovered that the number one thing you need in order to have a national space program is a sick-azz logo.
Ecuador hasn't been to the moon yet, but they have an awesome graphics department.
I'm a fan of the German Aerospace Center logo because it makes you think...
It's like a visual tongue-twister. Or like a 3-d Magic Eye posters, but way more important.
This dude wasn't even an astronaut...
But he invented some video games, and then someone let him go to space.
Okay, so maybe you want to go to space. Well it's easy:
Have a really cool name.
Have an awesome logo.
It helps if it tricks the eye.
Invent some video games.
Go to outer space.
I'd recommend reading some wikipedia entries also, like what planets are cool to visit or whatever. Like for instance if you went to Jupiter, you couldn't find anywhere to stand, because its entirely made out of gas.
That's a science tip from me, joshuaheller.
(Photos via Wikipedia)I was using the internet today, and there was all this talk about outer space.... more
Over on the Current News blog, Andrew took a look at setback for MILF rebels in the Philippines. Also, Obama's UN address raises a question about whether or not it added up to anything substantial. Lastly, Manuel Zelaya returns to Honduras after being ousted, only to remain behind the gates of the Brazilian embassy. Tegucigalpa is rioting, check out his posts for raw video.
Vanguard: The Art of War
>> Leader of Philippines rebel movement captured – Setback for MILF rebels
>> What should America’s intl priorities be? – Did Obama’s address change anything?
>> Manuel Zelaya’s triumphant(?) return to Honduras
Hey, did you hear the news? We're launching a brand new show on Current TV!! It's called Embedded, and man...we're all super stoked about it.
Mos Def is coming to Current TV October 14th
Shana has the scoop over on the Current Music blog, along with some other awesome f'ing Amanda Palmer, Neutral Milk Hotel, and High School Musical news (wha?? -- ed. note: just read the post) from Peter Grumbine.
>> Mos Def is coming to Current TV October 14th
>> Amanda F’ing Palmer, Neutral F’ing Milk Hotel, and a high school f’ing musical
John's been playing hooky entrenched in all things related to the New York Film Festival, so here's what he has for this week's round-up on the Current Movies blog:
>> New York Film Festival By The Numbers: 9/17 to 9/23
>> We’re Watching: Afterschool trailer
>> Wednesday’s Important News: Sweet Diablo’s Valley High…Lander Remake, and the Nic Cage as Superman picture
I seriously laughed myself to tears when I saw Sarah's recent "olive branch in the form of a tweet" to Justine Bateman. Here's an article to catch you up on the drama, and if you feel like lending a helping hand post a tweet with #helpmallory in it.
Twitter tools. Also, my hatred of babies.
Here are Sarah's recent Current Tech blog offerings:
>> Power Twitter in Twitter tools. Also, my hatred of babies.
>> iPhone I love you but you’re bringing me down.
Leah's been cranking away with posts, and a few from Current Green blog guest bloggers as well. Take a look at a few of her latest, and check out her recent Activist 911, an interview with Amazon Watch activist Han Shan. They discuss the new film CRUDE in "Death zone in Ecuador":
Activist 911: Death Zone in Ecuador
>> Guest Blog Post: Land mark case: environmental orgs can sue electric utility companies
>> Powershift announces new schedule regional summits
>> Activist 911: Death zone in Ecuador
Over on the Current Comedy blog Josh makes an interesting comparison between Muammar al-Gaddaffi and accidental comedy -- because nothing is funnier than a dictator who unintentionally takes to stand-up. Also up for perusal is the latest Current Virals rundown, and rather serious flooding in the southeast US conjures up rather flippant memories of TV's Step-by-Step.
>> Gaddafi is a dictator, a very entertaining dictator
>> Current Virals 9/22
>> Six Flags underwater
News Over on the Current News blog, Andrew took a look at setback for MILF rebels in... more
Fellow Bay Area journalists Project Censored have just released their annual book of "The News That Didn't Make the News": stories that weren't reported on, were misrepresented or were underreported by the mainstream media. The program teams college students and journalists to do in-depth investigative reporting projects.
Between 700 and 1000 stories are submitted to Project Censored each year from journalists, scholars, librarians, and concerned citizens around the world. With the help of more than 200 Sonoma State University faculty, students, and community members, Project Censored reviews the story submissions for coverage, content, reliability of sources and national significance. The university community selects 25 stories to submit to the Project Censored panel of judges who then rank them in order of importance. Current or previous national judges include: Noam Chomsky, Susan Faludi, George Gerbner, Sut Jhally, Frances Moore Lappe, Michael Parenti, Herbert I. Schiller, Barbara Seaman, Erna Smith, Mike Wallace and Howard Zinn. All 25 stories are featured in the yearbook, Censored: The News That Didn’t Make the News.
The list makes for great reading, but here are a few highlights.
2. US Schools are More Segregated Today than in the 1950s
In Latino and African American populations, two of every five students attend intensely segregated schools. For Latinos this increase in segregation reflects growing residential segregation. For blacks a significant part of the reversal reflects the ending of desegregation plans in public schools throughout the nation.
10. Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate
In November 2008, Ecuador became the first country to undertake an examination of the legitimacy and structure of its foreign debt. An independent debt audit commissioned by the government of Ecuador documented hundreds of allegations of irregularity, illegality, and illegitimacy in contracts of debt to predatory international lenders. The loans, according to the report, violated Ecuador’s domestic laws, US Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, and general principles of international law. Ecuador’s use of legitimacy as a legal argument for defaulting set a major precedent; indeed, the formation of a debt auditing commission sets a precedent.
21. Recession Causes States to Cut Welfare
Many states are in the midst of an aggressive action to push thousands of eligible mothers off Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), traditionally known as welfare. Families are being denied aid so that savings can be redirected in state budgets.
Part of our mission here at Current is to highlight and uncover untold or little-told stories as well. So, as always, if there are any stories you don't think are getting the coverage they deserve, let us know.
Some underreported stories we've covered:
- From Russia With Hate: Vanguard's award-winning look at the rise of neo-Nazis in Russia
- China's Wild West: Laura Ling covers the Uighurs in Xinjiang Province, ChinaFellow Bay Area journalists Project Censored have just released their annual book of... more
Priscilla Queen of the Dessert, the bio-diesel bus, is whizzing down the freeway in the drizzle. About 20 activists in sopping fleece jackets sit inside on lumpy cushion seats that have probably carried protesters since the late 1960s. It’s about 7:30 a.m. and they sip coffee, pass around dried mango slices and sign over-sized cardboard petitions that, in a few hours, will hit the desks of Chevron’s top executives. Emergildo Criolo, who sits shoulder-to-shoulder with activists from Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch, has been up for three hours.
Criolo is an indigenous man visiting California from Ecuador's rainforest. He woke early to dress in his tradional Cofan garb and to paint his face with customary red markings. Then he sat and thought about his responsibility representing four Amazonian tribes. “I wanted to think about what we were going to do and make sure I was in the right head space,” Criollo says through a translator. He says oil drilling in Ecuador’s rainforest from 1964 to 1992 killed two of his sons and nearly took his wife.
Partnered with an Ecuadorean oil company called Petroecuador, Texaco left 17 million gallons of crude oil spills, 917 unlined crude pits and dumped 18 billion gallons of toxic waste, according to ChevronToxico, an environmental campaign for justice in Ecuador. Over the years, Texaco and Petroecuador produced about 1.7 billion barrels of oil. When Chevron bought Texaco in 2001, the company inherited the burden of tens of thousands of Ecuadorians claiming their water supplies are poisoned and more than 1,400 of their people dead because of the oil mess.
Today Criollo is going to the home of Chevron’s new CEO John Watson to deliver a petition with over 325,000 signatures of people from 150 countries urging Chevron to clean up the oil giant’s toxic legacy. John Watson took over the position at the beginning of this year. As part of his new job, Watson must also deal with the largest environmental lawsuit in the company's history. Thirty-five thousand Ecuadorans filed a $27.3 billion lawsuit against Chevron, but the oil company begrudgingly disputes this as a corrupt figure. Chevron recently produced information showing that, "the author of a report recommending that Chevron be ordered to pay $27 billion in damages is the majority owner of an oilfield remediation company that stands to gain financially from a judgment against Chevron."
“It’s been 16 years of legal process,” Criollo told San Francisco Chronicle. “People are still dying. They’re sick. So we’re really hoping this new CEO takes a new position.” Criollo exits the bus in Lafayette, CA and makes his way to the intersection of Deer Hill and Happy Valley Roads for a photo opportunity. A videographer from Rainforest Action Network and members of the press photograph a stoic yet unassuming Criollo as he stands in a cotton shirt and pants at the signpost in the light rain. The documentation is important so that Criollo’s people can witness his actions, one activist explains. But, critics argue these types of “camera-friendly” events are more stage shows than substance.
A swarm of activists and the press follow Criollo as he walks for about a mile over the wet road to deliver his message to Watson’s home. He rings the intercom doorbell at the CEO’s front gate. He stands for 15 minutes at the front gate, telling the intercom system of the havoc Chevron wrecked on his home.
To little surprise, Watson doesn’t invite Criollo in for a cup of coffee. By the time Criollo leaves a few voice messages, two cop cars speed onto Watson’s property and politely tell the group to leave.
Criollo was six years old when Texaco came to Ecuador. “They arrived in these big helicopters that looked like big birds,” he says. “We hid because we didn’t know what they were.” About three months later, young Criollo remembers walking into a Texaco worker’s camp while selling jewelry. He greeted the American senior oil executives and the oil drillers. They responded by lifting the flap of the traditional wrapping he wore around his waist in order to check his gender. From then on, Criollo gave up dressing in the customary garment and started wearing pants. This was his first encounter with the oil giants.
It’s approaching 10:00 a.m. and Priscilla is loaded up again and driving the few miles to Chevron’s headquarters in San Ramon, CA. Han Shan of Amazon Watch says he’s proud of the people on the bus. “I’m inspired by people like Emergildo and those from Ecuador’s rainforest who’ve sounded the alarm to ask for solidarity from us,” he says. “We’re trying to build a grassroots movement of support for something that ultimately rippled out of California,” Shan says of America’s responsibility in outsourcing oil drilling. “We need to take responsibility for this California company.”
By quarter after ten, everyone’s lining up in Priscilla’s center aisle to exit the bus. Armed with a loud speaker and big colorful photographs of Ecuadorans impacted in their oil-saturated rainforest, the activists are ready to take on Chevron.
Criollo, his interpreter Mario Ramos and Mitch Anderson from Amazon Watch are the last to get off the bus and they make their way to Chevron’s entry kiosk. Chevron has been expecting the group. Through the glass, the security guards are busy making phone calls and lots of exaggerated gesticulation.
Only Criollo and the two others are allowed into the headquarters' main building to talk with top officials. Security keeps everyone else outside. Meanwhile, the activists form a semi-circle on a grassy patch in front of the headquarters' entrance. They make cell phone calls to the executives inside, read off the names of petition signers and impacted Ecuadorean. Several belt their manifestos into the loudspeaker as passing cars honk in support.
Later, after returning from the trip inside, Mitch Anderson describes the Chevron executives’ “disingenuous” empathy during the meeting. After Criollo told his story, Anderson says Chevron said his problem was with Petroecuador and that Chevron had already cleaned up its portion of the mess “They won’t say Texaco did a bad job in Ecuador. Texaco was supposed to clean 40 percent of the spill because they owned 40 percent of the drilling operation. But they did a remedial job of covering oil with dirt.” Chevron didn’t respond to several requests for comment, but here is the section of their site that addresses their role in Ecuador and here is a video on Chevron's YouTube channel indicating a $3 million bribery scheme implicating the judge ruling over the lawsuit in Ecuador.
Summing up Chevron’s ethics and litigation strategy about the $27 billion environmental lawsuit, last May Chevron spokesman Donald Campbell told reporter John Otis that, if Chevron loses, they would appeal. “We’re going to fight this until hell freezes over,” he said. “And then we’ll fight it out on the ice.”
The lawsuit is playing out in an Ecuadoran court in Lago Agrio and the judge is expected to have a ruling by the end of the year. Priscilla Queen of the Dessert, the bio-diesel bus, is whizzing down... more