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7 Questions About the Recent Oil Price Slump

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Oil prices have plunged recently, affecting everyone: producers, exporters, governments, and consumers.  Overall, we see this as a shot in the arm for the global economy. There is, however, much more to this complex and evolving story.

Of Naturalists and Nature Amid the Richness of the Andes

Steve Zack | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Steve Zack

Our natural world, so wondrous and so valuable to the quality of our lives and to the integrity of our breathing planet, needs a renewed commitment to its conservation.

Pay To Play: Ecuador Family Wins Favors After Donations to Democrats

The New York Times | FRANCES ROBLES | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

MIAMI — The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after...

Climate Change This Week: New Solar Record, Murder, a Flying Donut, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/RHOI/Rex/AP Palm Oil is Lethal for Mother and Child: Thi...

International Development Is Selfish Work

Joan Hanawi | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Joan Hanawi

I think the challenge regarding development work lies in the fact that people with good intentions must cross not only borders, but they must also cross cultural backgrounds, histories, and realities in order to "help."

A Climate Cure For Social Injustice

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Why not invest in a new society that's safer and fairer, that reduces the threats posed by hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos?

Health Care Overseas: Is It Really A Viable Option?

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 11.25.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

In many countries you'll find excellent health care, with doctors and other practitioners who have studied at the world's best medical schools and hospitals.

10 Sublime Escapes to the Winter Sun of Latin America

Jacada Travel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Make the most of Latin America's summer months - from January to March - by retreating to its sun-soaked beaches, mountains and vibrant cities.

Galápagos Struggle for Survival: Darwin Foundation vs. Santa Cruz Municipality

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.23.2014 | San Francisco
Cecilia Alvear

Darwin Foundation gift shop in Santa Cruz island, Galápagos. Darwin Foundation photo. In the beginning it was just a "little shop around the corner...

Hiking And Riding The Quilotoa Loop

Hannah Conduct | Posted 11.17.2014 | Travel
Hannah Conduct

The bus bumped its way along the sole road ambling through tiny villages that seemed to literally cling to the side of the mountain. I felt far removed from The Gringo Trail. This part of the adventure was already making me question everything I had experienced in South America so far.

Millennials Exploring Social Exclusion With Pope Francis: God, the Internet and Disrupting Business

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

Why invite 40 millennials and not the top 40 CEOs? What sort of insight can we offer that the world's foremost academics on social inclusion couldn't? How can a heterogeneous group with diverse religious beliefs help shape a debate hosted at the center of the Catholic world?

Chevron's Sham Remediation in Ecuador: Toxic Oil Pits Continue to Contaminate

Karen Hinton | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Ignoring the evidence, the oil giant continues to tout the agreement as its "get-out-of-jail-free" card, and U.S. reporters continue to use it in their stories as a legitimate response to the Ecuadorians' charges.

Baños, Ecuador: A Thriving Tourist Town With Hot Springs and "Miracle" Cures

InternationalLiving.com | Posted 11.14.2014 | Travel
InternationalLiving.com

With all this natural beauty, it's no wonder that Baños, cupped in a small valley at about 5,900 feet above sea level, is a thriving tourist town, equally popular with both Ecuadorian and international visitors

Ben Fogle Reveals His Most Memorable Travel Moments

Jacada Travel | Posted 11.11.2014 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Adventurer, TV personality and author Ben Fogle tells us about his most memorable encounters across the globe, ahead of the latest series of Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild.

Donny Rico Gives Credit Where Credit Is Due: Judge Kaplan

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 10.30.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Reposted from Eye on the Amazon Chevron's retaliatory RICO case against the Ecuadorians and their lawyers would not have come about were it not for th...

Hall of SHAME? We Have a Winner!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Please vote for Chevron in the 2014 Corporate Hall of Shame today! Reposted from the Eye On The Amazon There are many corporations worthy of being c...

Chevron Will Lose Ecuador Pollution Case on Both Law and Facts

Karen Hinton | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Prediction: Chevron will lose the historic Ecuador pollution case on both the law and the facts, despite what you may have read in articles by U.S. legal reporters about the 20-year plus lawsuit. In fact, you may think the Ecuadorians have lost already. They haven't.

Oil Price Blues (Read: Dangers) for Some

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

If oil prices stay below $90 per barrel for any length of time, we will witness massive fiscal squeezes and regime changes in one or more of the following countries: Iran, Bahrain, Ecuador, Venezuela, Algeria, Nigeria, Iraq, or Libya. It will be a movie we have seen before.

'I Got It From the Beginning': What Five Years of Vicious Retaliatory Litigation Gets Chevron

Aaron Marr Page | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Aaron Marr Page

The idea that U.S. judicial authority can be deployed so neatly in service of a single private interest, even (or especially) one of the country's most powerful corporations, is a bit hard to swallow, at least for me.

Business Journalists Rush to Rescue Chevron From Its Ecuador Disaster

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron got a little help from its friends in the corporate media last week. The resulting echo chamber is a startling reminder that, like the big banks, Chevron is considered by many to be too big to fail.

Immigration 'Court' Reform More About Justice Than Immigration

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

President Obama may have "delayed" his promise for major immigration reform to accommodate the politics of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, but there remains an opportunity for massive improvement to the immigration "court" system. The reason that such measures can gain consensus support is the same reason that "court" must be in quotation marks.

Was North Carolina Used as an Ecuadorean Money-Laundering Hub?

Ezequiel Vázquez Ger | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Ezequiel Vázquez Ger

It is time for local, state and federal U.S. authorities to connect the dots on Ecuador's corruption schemes that has spilled over into American jurisdiction.

Why Not Send Lonesome George on Tour?

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

At last week's New York unveiling of the mounted body of Lonesome George, the legendary Galápagos tortoise, the VIPs in attendance dismissed it as a silly idea: "George is a rock star, why not send him on tour?"

Chocolate Is Saving My Jungle

Manuela Omari Ima Omene | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Manuela Omari Ima Omene

My people were once solitary hunters and gatherers who lived from day to day. Our chocolate production has changed this. It has brought our women together to plant, maintain, harvest, process and sell the cacao.

The Legacy of Lonesome George: Rescuing Tortoises From Extinction

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

They look invincible-with their built-in body armor and their enormous bulk. But giant tortoises, the very symbol of the Galápagos, are among the most devastated creatures on the islands.