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Avatar Director James Cameron on a Mission: Will He Support Real-life Ecuador Struggle Against Chevron?

(9) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 1:24 PM

A friend of mine, a well-connected dude, sent me a cryptic email the other morning: "U need to talk to James Cameron."

Right, sure, I'll just give James 'King of the World' Cameron, director of runaway hit Avatar, a ring on his cell phone. I wrote a quick note back...

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Will the New CEO of Oil Giant Chevron Listen to the People of Ecuador? (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 12:55 PM

"We don't want to continue dying from cancer."

This is the message that Emergildo Criollo, leader of the indigenous Cofan tribe in Ecuador's Amazon region, is sending to John Watson, the new CEO of Chevron, in a new video.

Just days into Mr. Watson's tenure as Chairman and CEO of...

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Letter to New Chevron CEO, John Watson: You Have an Opportunity to Resolve Human Tragedy in Ecuador

(7) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 7:51 PM

On January 1st, John Watson will become the new Chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation. Within the first few months of his tenure, a judgment is expected on a monumental environmental lawsuit for cleanup of oil contamination affecting tens of thousands of people living in an Amazon rainforest region of...

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Oil Giant Chevron Accused of "Extortion" on Capitol Hill

(14) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 2:24 PM

Chevron is piling on the lobbyists and PR firms in an extraordinary effort to evade responsibility for its massive toxic contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

But in a recent article for Politico, Kenneth Vogel, who tracks the confluence of money, politics and influence for the influential Washington news...

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Chevron's Man in Ecuador: Felon, Drug-Trafficker, and Liar, Oh My!

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2009 | 11:16 AM

To defend itself in a major environmental lawsuit in Ecuador, it appears that American oil giant Chevron is employing methods -- and people -- that are as dirty as the toxic waste pits it left scattered across the rainforest floor.

In early September, I wrote here about a dramatic...

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Chevron's 'Dirty Tricks Operation' in the Amazon

(68) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 12:31 PM

If you can't win the argument, change the subject.

That seems to be oil giant Chevron's strategy, as it battles a lawsuit for massive contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

After 16 years in litigation, a monumental environmental lawsuit by 30,000 indigenous people and campesinos against Chevron appears to be...

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CRUDE: The Film Chevron Doesn't Want You to See

(13) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 1:59 PM

American oil giant Chevron is now the 5th largest company on the planet. But I doubt Chevron executives have had much time to savor their 'Masters of the Universe' status lately. Instead, I imagine them working overtime with their internal public relations team and mercenary army of PR spinmasters, lobbyists,...

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The Video Shell Doesn't Want You to See

(10) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 5:33 PM

For over thirteen years, multinational oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has done everything in its power to stop a trial from taking place at which the company must answer to charges that it colluded with the Nigerian military to commit serious human rights abuses to quell peaceful resistance to its...

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Shell on Trial: After 13 Years, Justice for Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni?

(6) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 6:38 PM

In 1990, a popular nonviolent movement for human rights and environmental justice burst forth from the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta. The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People -- 'MOSOP' -- demanded an end to the exploitation and degradation of the Ogoni land and people by the...

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