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Donny Rico Schools Chevron on How To "Be the Victim" in Ecuador

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

First we're told that money = speech, now we're told speaking out is against the law. If you're not worried about what Donny Rico is talking about, you "damn well should be!"

Adventures in Tena: 7 Countries, 7 Months, 3 Kids

Michael DeSa | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel
Michael DeSa

All five of us piled into a long, narrow, and low-in-the-water motor canoe and sped up river. The low profile of the boat offered a unique perspective like that of gliding on top of the water and was perfect for spotting several different types of Amazonian birds along the way.

Ecuador Considers Decriminalizing Drug Use

The Huffington Post | Carly Schwartz | Posted 04.21.2015 | World

Ecuador is in the process of considering a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would decriminalize the use of illegal drugs, including marijuana ...

The Chevron Tapes: 30 Years and Still Waiting for Justice

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Well over a million people have already viewed last week's video, and many told us that they were deeply affected by a resident named José describing how he lost three daughters due to the toxic contamination of his home.

Cotacachi, Ecuador: A Bit of Everything for Everyone - 7 Countries, 7 Months, 3 Kids

Michael DeSa | Posted 04.15.2015 | Travel
Michael DeSa

While I was in the Cloud Valley, having grand adventures through uncharted jungles and drinking mystery sugar cane drinks, Katie and the boys strolled around the town and soaked up the culture.

Former Galápagos Park Director Says His Ouster Was "Political"

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

In his note, Izurieta urged his supporters to carry on without him: "I ask you to continue providing everything within your power to make our islands and protected areas remain a world example," he wrote. "Thanks again."

Current Findings of Chevron's Contamination in Ecuador "Just Scratch the Surface"

Karen Hinton | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Karen Hinton

The Louis Berger Group is an international architectural and engineering firm that's been around for 60 years and is one of the top 20 such firms in the world. Will Chevron intimidate, harass and threaten LBG, as it has done others?

A Trek Through Ecuador's Cloud Forest: 7 Countries, 7 Months, 3 Kids

Michael DeSa | Posted 04.06.2015 | Travel
Michael DeSa

As an avid traveler most of my adult life and a Marine for nearly 7 years, I've been to some interesting places and experienced some unique things. However, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, that I've never done or seen anything like this before.

Seven Enticing Destinations on Latin America's Cacao Route

Jacada Travel | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Travel to the origin of chocolate to soak up the culture of cacao and discover how to make it yourself.

Bringing Dishonor Upon an Honorary Award

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.01.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

We just found out that the Commonwealth Club of California - the "nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum" - plans to honor Chevron CEO John Watson as a "distinguished global citizen" who has "given back" to the global community.

Chevron's "Fight It Out On The Ice" Strategy For Ecuador Case Is Slipping, Fast

Aaron Marr Page | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Aaron Marr Page

Nearly a decade ago, Chevron Corporation issued a public statement warning the Ecuadorian communities who were plaintiffs in a massive environmental case against the company in Ecuador that they would face "a lifetime of appellate and collateral litigation" if they continued to vigorously pursue their claims.

Coicocha Crater Lake, Parque Condor, and the Otavalo Market - 7 Countries, 7 Months, 3 Kids

Michael DeSa | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel
Michael DeSa

We had a busy week here in Cotacachi! First up, last Tuesday, we taxied the fifteen miles up to the Coicocha Crater Lake in the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological reserve and national park.

In Galápagos New Snags in Salvage of Grounded Freighter Floreana in San Cristóbal

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

New problems were reported Wednesday as salvage crews try to deal with the freighter Floreana six weeks after it ran aground in Shipwreck Bay on San Cristóbal Island.

Why We Have to #Get2Equal

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Countries that have invested in girls' education and removed legal barriers that prevent women from achieving their potential are now seeing the benefits. But for countries to leave poverty behind, both men and women need to get to equal and push the frontiers of equal opportunities even further. To get there, we need to tackle three issues.

How to Avoid Ending up in a Tree in the Amazon

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 02.26.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

"Climb or potentially die," my guide told me. The wild boars just let out a charging call. They thought we were going to attack their babies. Terrifie...

Chevron Chutzpah Knows No Bounds In Statements About Ecuadorians' Contamination Case

Karen Hinton | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Karen Hinton

"You are exploiting poor people who are suffering! That's outrageous!" - Reed Brodsky, Chevron/Gibson Dunn lawyer to a supporter of the Ecuadorians ...

8 Extraordinary Places to go Whale Watching in Latin America

Jacada Travel | Posted 04.25.2015 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Get up close to the whales and their calves as they migrate to the warm waters of Latin America.

Measuring Misery in Latin America 2014: More Dollarization, Please

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

In my misery index, I calculate a ranking for all countries where suitable data exist. My misery index -- a simple sum of inflation, lending rates, and unemployment rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth -- is used to construct a ranking for 108 countries.

John Oliver To Ecuadoran President: 'If Your Skin Was Any Thinner, You'd Be A Taint'

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 02.09.2015 | Latino Voices

John Oliver roasted one of Latin America’s most sensitive presidents on Sunday for attempting to confront his critics on Twitter. The segment po...

Our Expat Life: It's Different. It's the Same.

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 04.07.2015 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Life is different here and life is the same. But most of all, life is good. And that's what we're really after, right?

8 Places With Always-Perfect Weather

Orbitz.com | Posted 04.06.2015 | Travel
Orbitz.com

Let's get this one out of the way. San Diego is the textbook example of beautiful year-round climate. It's never too hot and never too cold, with a very minimal amount of that pesky California fog to get in the way--when it does roll in, it burns off pretty quickly in the morning.

In Galápagos Another Freighter Runs Aground

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Park rangers and Ecuadorian Navy personnel constantly monitored the area and reported the presence of contaminating material, a mixture of diesel and hydraulic oil, among other substances, due to the flooding of the engine room of the vessel.

Chevron Crowned World's Worst!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Amazon Watch is honored to take the Public Eye Lifetime Award to Chevron's HQ in San Ramon, CA, where we will remind the corporation and the world that it has been globally recognized as the worst corporate actor on the planet. Twice.

Learning to Let Go of Baggage... Literally

Rachel Chang | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel
Rachel Chang

The carousel stopped again. It wasn't there. And neither were the bags for the majority of my fellow passengers. Suddenly I heard screaming, yelling, and even riot-like chanting erupt. But it was all in Spanish.

In Galápagos, a Case of Suicide or Murder?

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime
Cecilia Alvear

Was it suicide or murder? The Ecuadorian government, hoping to answer that question, says it is reopening the case of the death of underwater filmmaker Valerie de la Valdene, whose body was found July 5, 2014 in her home on Santa Cruz island in the Galápagos.