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Creation of Multinational Observatory Promoted in Ecuador

Quito, May 6 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of 11 Latin American countries promoted here today to the creation of a regional observatory that will allow nations defending against arbitrations and litigation with TNCs. As explained by the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño at the opening of the meeting, the aim is to fulfill the commitment made at the first Ministerial Conference of Latin American S ...

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Chevron Wins Latest Round in Ecuador Pollution Case

By Jim Lobe  for IPS WASHINGTON, Mar 5 2014 (IPS) - In the latest twist in a 21-year-old environmental pollution case, a U.S. federal judge Tuesday ruled that the victims of massive oil spillage and their U.S. attorney could not collect on a nine-billion-dollar judgement by Ecuador’s supreme court against the Chevron Corporation. In a racketeering case brought by the U.S. oil giant, the judge found that the ...

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The Ecuador Government confirmed its protection to Julian Assange

Telam, Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño confirmed his country’s protection to Julian Assange, now under diplomatic refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012. He said so during a Christmas message delivered from Quito. In a message addressed to Assange, Patiño told the Australian journalist and wikileaks founder: “you well know that we keep our firm decision of protecting your life and you ...

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Indigenous Groups Win Right to Seize Chevron’s Canadian Assets over $18 Billion in Amazon Pollution

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez for Democracy Now! A court in Canada has ruled Ecuadorean farmers and fishermen can try to seize the assets of oil giant Chevron based on a 2011 decision in an Ecuadorean court found it liable for nearly three decades of soil and water pollution near oil wells, and said it had ruined the health and livelihoods of people living in nearby areas of the Amazon rainforest. Since the ...

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Network against transnational companies’ dirty hand

Basis to support Ecuador in its fight against the transnational Chevron The U.S. multinational company Chevron has launched a campaign against Ecuador and those affected by the pollution caused by its operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Millions of dollars are paying for lawyers and advertising media, with legal proceedings of all types and in different places. It is the counterclaim for the judgment that ...

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Cities and Good Living

ECUADOR, 2/7/2013 Government promotes project that seeks to recover and protect heritage cities. “People have the right to fully enjoy the city and its public spaces — under the principles of sustainability, social justice, respect of different urban cultures, and equilibrium between the urban and rural. Exercising the right to the city is based on democratic governance of the city, on the social and enviro ...

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Ecuador gives up her trade preference status with the US, condemning it as blackmail

Foto: Andes Ecuador has irrevocably and unilaterally renounced its trade preference relationship with the USA, Fernando Alvarado, the Communication Minister reported in a press conference. “In the face of threats, insolence and heavy-handedness of certain political sectors, media groups and US powers who have brought pressured to bear to have our country’s trade preferences (ATPDA) revoked (…) Ecuador does ...

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Latin America: New coalition of countries to take on the multinationals

By Martin Khor* | IDN-InDepth NewsReport Leaders of several Latin American countries have set up a new coalition to coordinate actions to face the growing number of international legal suits being taken against governments by transnational companies. A ministerial meeting of 12 countries held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, decided on several joint actions to counter the threat posed by these law suits, which have c ...

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Nuclear-weapons-free world – focus of 2014 assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Nearly 1000 parliamentarians from approximately 150 parliaments, meeting at the 128th Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Quito, Ecuador from Mar 22-27, agreed to the topic "Towards a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World: The Contribution of Parliaments" to be the focus of the Peace and International Security strand of the IPU's work over the forthcoming year. IPU, as an international organisation of o ...

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Ecuador: The challenges for the 2013-2017 ‘Good Living’ plan

Good planning is one of the main reasons for success of the Ecuadorian Government in its six years in office. To continue on this road of improvement in quality of life for Ecuadorian families, the Ministry of Planning and Development is putting together a new National Good Living Plan for the period of 2013 to 2017. The obligation for the State to plan the country's development is written into the 2008 con ...

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