By Pratap Chatterjee
Adrian Elcuj Miranda, a judge in Buenos Aires, has ordered the seizure of Chevron’s assets in Argentina, to force the company to pay a $19 billion penalty for polluting the Amazon in Ecuador. The plaintiffs are seeking similar legal action in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and other countries.
Chevron – a Northern California-based oil and gas company – merged with another company named Texaco in 2001 whose actions are the basis of the lawsuit. Between 1964 and 1992 Texaco admitted to dumping more than 16 billion gallons of toxic “water of formation” into the streams and rivers of the Ecuadorean Amazon that were used by local inhabitants for their drinking water sickening indigenous tribespeople and farmers.
Some 900 open-air toxic waste pits still dot the area, where approximately 9,000 people are expected to contract cancer unless it is cleaned up, according to a study by Dr. Daniel Rourke, former of the Rand Corporation.
By Rady Ananda
“We need to start focusing on food production. It takes 15 years to bring a genetically engineered product to market. The clock is ticking. We need to get moving.” ~ Dr Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund, 2010.
A 2011 film by Wilfried Huismann, The Silence of the Pandas, targets the World Wildlife Fund, the largest, most trusted, and best-funded environmental “protection” organization in the world. Its reputation does not live up to its actions, however, which green wash industries that are destroying the environment as well as indigenous cultures.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering
Tagged argentina, biotech, biotechnology, ecocide, ecodestruction, Environment, factory farms, farmers, Genetically Engineered Food, india, Land Rights, land theft, monopolies, Monsanto, papua, Peasants, pollution, Ranchers, scientific studies, secession, silence of the pandas, Survival Skills, Sustainable Practices, Tribes, water rights, world wildlife fund, wwf
Bolivia’s Morales demands Obama forfeit his Nobel Prize
By Efe – Agency
(Partly Translated by Bolivia Weekly)
As US President Obama visits neighboring Chile, Bolivian president Morales has called on the Nobel committee to strip him of his peace prize and has called for the United Nations (ONU in Spanish) to be renamed “ONI,” The United Nations of Invaders.
“If the Nobel Peace Prize committee was to dignify this prize, they should revoke it from the US President,” said Morales at a press conference. Morales himself received the $50,000 “Gaddadi Human Rights Prize” before becoming the Bolivian president and said that the world should ask itself if Obama is defending peace or provoking massacres.
Morales said that the United Nations was bombing hospitals and schools on the pretext of savings lives. He said that the Libya invasion was just a pretext to invade and take Libya’s natural resources.
“How is it that a Nobel Peace Prize winner heads a groups of gangsters to assault and invade? This is not part of the defense of human rights, nor the rights of self determination of peoples.”
Posted in Land Grab, Military, MSM Shills, Obama and Company, Psy-Ops, Region: Africa, Region: Middle East, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged argentina, axis of logic, bolivia, castro, Cristina Ferdinez, cuba, Daniel Ortega, ecuador, evo morales, hugo chavez, libya invastion, Nicaragua, nobel obama, oil wars, rafael correa, venezuela
Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna (Photo by Alberto Korda)
By Fidel Castro
On 18 October 1967, 10 days after Che Guevara’s death, the details of the revolutionary hero’s last moments finally emerged. Before a nation in mourning, Fidel Castro gave this speech. In this emotive text brought to you by Pambazuka News, ‘El Lider Máximo’ revisits the journey of his comrade-in-arms, revealing Che’s human side, his military prowess, his philosophy and his great revolutionary pedigree.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Region: Latin America, War and Peace
Tagged anti-imperialism, argentina, bolivia, che, cuba, ernesto che guevara, fidel castro speech, guatemala, Resistance, us imperialism
Mexico and Argentina move towards decriminalising drugs
by Rory Carroll in Caracas, Jo Tuckman in Mexico and Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
Argentina and Mexico have taken significant steps towards decriminalising drugs amid a growing Latin American backlash against the US-sponsored “war on drugs.” Argentina’s supreme court has ruled it unconstitutional to punish people for using marijuana for personal consumption, an eagerly awaited judgment that gave the government the green light to push for further liberalisation.
Posted in Economy Economics, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Prisons, Region: Latin America
Tagged argentina, decriminalize drugs, drug war, human rights, legalize marijuana, legalize pot, mexico, news, politics