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Daniel Firger

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What Hu's Washington Visit Says About Climate Change

(21) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 1:25 PM

It's not yet February and the biggest climate change story of the year may already be written. The story is simple enough--as the U.S. drags its heels on clean energy, China marches ahead.

China's leaders may be concerned less by global warming itself than by the economic consequences of suffocating...

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Lifting the Resource Curse: Will Dodd-Frank Do the Trick?

(4) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 3:14 PM

Don't think Wall Street reform has much to do with Afghan corruption? Think again, says Congress, President Obama, and a broad coalition of human rights and sustainable development NGOs.

As we all know by now, the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act passed in July 2010 contains a...

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Chevron Desperate? Just a BIT

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2009 | 11:41 PM

Seeking to forestall a judgment running to the tens of billions of dollars in its so-called "Rainforest Chernobyl" litigation, Chevron on September 23rd filed a notice of arbitration against the Government of Ecuador under the U.S.-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty, or "BIT."

The Associated Press has a good breakdown...

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The Fourth Pirate

(9) Comments | Posted April 15, 2009 | 4:48 PM

When Navy SEALs aboard the USS Bainbridge rescued Captain Richard Phillips on Sunday, they killed three Somali pirates and captured a fourth. Almost immediately, senior military and intelligence officials made clear their intention to transfer him out of Navy custody, charge him with crimes, and try him in a...

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What Obama Should Do About State Secrets

(15) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 3:34 PM

Monday's hearing in the Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan "extraordinary rendition" lawsuit was a rude awakening for civil libertarians expecting the Obama/Holder Justice Department to make a clean break from Bush era policies on secrecy.

Most lefty commentators greeted the news that DOJ will (at least for the time being)...

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Bowoto v. Chevron: What's Really at Stake?

(7) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 4:19 PM

Opening arguments in Bowoto v. Chevron began early Tuesday morning in federal district court in San Francisco, and it became clear within the first few minutes that company lawyers are worlds apart from Mr. Bowoto and his co-plaintiffs on almost every important factual element of the case.

Leaving Judge...

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Landmark Human Rights Trial Bowoto v. Chevron to Begin October 27th

(16) Comments | Posted October 27, 2008 | 5:40 AM

Nigeria's Delta State is not a good place to be an environmentalist. In fact, it's not a very good place to be a Nigerian. Delta State is quite a nice place for oil companies though; since oil was found there in 1956 multinationals like Chevron and Shell have extracted billions...

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