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The exceptional case People of Amazon vs. Chevron-Texaco

Julio Prieto has been a lawyer for the plaintiffs against Chevron-Texaco for 10 years, or should we say, in this struggle of David against Goliath. In a conference at The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). The Hague, on Oct 23 2014, he gave an overview on the legal case of an environmental crime of nearly 30 years, the struggle of the affected indigenous community for compensation and repair o ...

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Ecuador’s FM Patiño on Global Corporations: Transnational Misconduct Must End

  Human Wrongs Watch By Ricardo Patiño, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador (RT)* Ricardo Patiño | Photo: Cancillería del Ecuador 25 October 2014 — Transnational corporations have abused their privileges leading to “an unprecedented level of social and environmental injustice,” said Ecuador’s FM Ricardo Patino in his article calling on all nations to hold such companies accountable for their actions ...

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Dilma wins the most disputed elections in Brazil

Dilma Rousseff was re-elected as President in the most fiercely fought contest in Brazilian history.  The President-elect who managed to unite the support of social movements, parties of the left, ex-militants, academics and celebrities, is the first woman to be elected to office until 2018. The election has divided the country and although there was little difference between the candidates there was a clea ...

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Ecuadorians begin legal proceedings before the International Criminal Court against the CEO of Chevron

Press Release Ecuadorians affected by environmental contamination left behind by Chevron in Ecuador, filed today a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking criminal conviction for the CEO of Chevron, for crimes against humanity committed against the people of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The letter, which is equivalent to a complaint, was given to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the said court. ...

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Three books, three authors in Andina Simón Bolivar University, Ecuador

Photo report by Walker Vizcarra A moving experience took place in the presentation of books by three authors: Tony Robinson, Dario Ergas and Pía Figueroa.  The books were presented by three young readers and the presentations were accompanied by music and theatrical readings that created a very intimate, poetic and heart-felt atmosphere. The event ended with a local drink, "canelazo" that allowed time for i ...

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Unemployment Could Fall to 6.0% in Latin America and the Caribbean Despite Limited Job Creation

  Human Wrongs Watch Santiago, 15 October 2014 (ILO)* — The unfavorable evolution of the economy in Latin America and the Caribbean during the second half of 2014 will not prevent regional urban unemployment from decreasing slightly this year to 6.0% or 6.1%, from the 6.2% recorded in 2013, according to ECLAC and ILO. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Internati ...

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The crisis and its challenges in Europe and South America – Part One

Viewed from Europe, the crisis seems global and the future bleak, but at world level: are things really that way? Are there countries or even continents living in a different situation, with certain optimism, offering alternative experiences, views and reasons for hope? South America could be the case in this sense. We talked about this issue with Guillermo Sullings, economist for the Argentine Humanist Par ...

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Unasur is creating a “bank of prices for medicines” and a roadmap to produce them in the region

The General Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur in Spanish), Ernesto Samper, and the director of the South American Institute of Governance in Health (ISAGS), José Gomes Temporao signed these two commitments. The implementation of these commitments that were signed today in Quito will require an investment of $ 300,000, which will come from the "Common Initiatives Fund” we have in UNASU ...

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Evo Morales wins 3rd term as Bolivian President according to exit polls: some reactions

"La Paz, Bolivia (CNN) -- Incumbent Evo Morales declared victory in Bolivia's presidential vote Sunday. Official results have not been announced, but a national exit poll placed Morales in the lead with 61% of the votes. Victory would mean Morales, of the Movement for Socialism party, would lead the country until 2020 in his third consecutive term as President." BBC "Bolivia election: Leaders congratulate M ...

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Tomás Hirsch speech in “Peace Paths for the Israel/Palestine conflict”

Words of Tomas Hirsch at the Providencia Forum in Santiago de Chile, seeking peaceful ways to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict "Good afternoon to everyone. To begin, I want to clarify where I am coming from: I am speaking from the point of view of Universalist Humanism. Its main points are: 1. Placing the human being as the central value and concern, so that there is nothing above the human being an ...

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