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  1. Bombs explode outside offices of two newspapers in Ecuador
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    This morning, Fundamedios condemned the explosion of two pamphlet bombs. One across the offices of the newspaper El Universo and the second at the entrance of the state-controlled newspaper, El Telégrafo. "We must condemn violence wherever it comes from."
  2. Canadian lawyers and Chevron's court battle over environmental damage in Ecuador
    Iler, Kirsten

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    A storm of controversy erupted amongst Canadian lawyers when the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) decided to intervene in Chevron's appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The appeal is part of Chevron's battle against Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples who seek to enforce a massive court judgment against the company for environmental damage in Ecuador.
  3. Chevron Whistleblower Videos Show Deliberate Falsification Of Evidence In Ecuador Oil Pollution Trial
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Chevron lost the lawsuit filed against the company by Indigenous villagers who say Texaco, which merged with Chevron, left hundreds of open, unlined pits full of toxic oil waste in the Amazon rainforest. Nevertheless, the company attempts to retry the case.
  4. Chevron Wins Ecuador Arbitration But Money May Go To Amazon Communities
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The Dutch Supreme Court recently upheld an arbitration tribunal judgment requiring the Ecuadorean government to pay Chevron $106 million for breach of contract. Ironically, activists say Ecuador is now free to hand this money to indigenous communities who have sued the oil giant for pollution in an unrelated case.
  5. Chevron Wins Latest Round in Ecuador Pollution Case
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    In the latest twist in a 21-year-old environmental pollution case, a U.S. federal judge Tuesday ruled that the victims of massive oil spillage and their U.S. attorney could not collect on a nine-billion-dollar judgement by Ecuador’s supreme court against the Chevron Corporation.
  6. Connexions Library: South America Focus
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2009
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on South America.
  7. Dirty Water, Dirtier Practices
    Ecuador's Battle with Texaco's Legacy Pollution

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Texaco (now owned by Chevron) left polluted soil and ground water after 20 years of oil extraction in the Amazon in Ecuador. The legal claims and counter-claims over responsibility and reparation continue.
  8. Drawing the Line in a Vanishing Jungle
    Resource Type: Article
    The Awa people of Ecuador are engaged in a battle against forces working to destory their home and way of life.
  9. Ecuador 1960-1963
    A Textbook of Dirty Tricks

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1995
    An account of the CIA-backed coups in Ecuador of 1960-1963.
  10. Ecuador Fights against Elitism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    It is great news for majority of Ecuadorian citizens -- but a terrible nightmare for the 'elites'.
    Lately, in Ecuador, right-wing 'elites' are continuously protesting against the administration, accusing it of corruption and other ills.
  11. Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Reporters Without Borders takes note of Ecuador's decision to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who sought refuge in its embassy in London.
  12. Ecuador: Mass marches defend democracy amid coup plot
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    President Rafael Correa called a rally on July 2, 2015 in defence of democracy and the pro-poor Citizens' Revolution his government leads after plans by the right-wing opposition for a violent coup were exposed.
  13. Ecuadorean Villagers May Still Triumph Over Chevron
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    Michael Krauss, a lawyer who teaches "ethics" at a law school named after the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, recently posted a blog on the Forbes website entitled "The Ecuador Saga Continues: Steven Donziger now owes Chevron more than $800,000" (Forbes 3/14/2018). Kraus says that Chevron has basically triumphed over evil...
  14. Ecuador's Bitter Choice
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Becker analyzes the politics behind the decision to extract petroleum from Ecuador's ecologically fragile Yasuní National Park.
  15. Ecuador's New Indigenous Uprising
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Ecuador's Indigenous movements have launched an uprising to challenge the government's opposition to bilingual education and its support for an extractive-based economy.
  16. Embassy Row Online
    Resource Type: Website
    Contact names and numbers for all embassies to Canada and all Canadian embassies abroad.
  17. Global Press Freedom Declines in Every Region for First Time Israel, Italy and Hong Kong Lose Free Status
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, according to Freedom House's annual media study.
  18. Immigrant cleaner leads revolt against Spanish mortgage trap
    Aida Quinatoa leads the fightback as Ecuadoreans struggle to escape 'impossible' home loans in their adopted homeland

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    Ecuadorian woman using homeland courts to fight punitive morgage agreements in adopted homeland Spain.
  19. Intag's Recurrent Nightmare: Adding Up The Costs Of Ecuador's Mineral Wars
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Intag is situated in Northwestern Ecuador. In the 1990s Bishimetal, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, found evidence of a large copper deposit lying in the bowels of the biodiverse Toisan Range. In 1997 it was forced to abandon the project. In 2012 CODELCO, Ecuador’s state-owned mining company moved to revive the project as part of a government to government agreement. The nightmare returns.
  20. Killing Hope
    U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2008
    Is the United States a force for democracy? William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. For those who want the details on the U.S.'s most famous actions (Chile, Cuba, Vietnam, to name a few), and for those who want to learn about lesser-known efforts (France, China, Bolivia, Brazil, for example), this book provides a window on what U.S. foreign policy goals really are. "If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy of the past century, this is what crawls out… invasions … bombings … overthrowing governments … occupations … suppressing movements for social change … assassinating political leaders … perverting elections … manipulating labor unions … manufacturing “news” … death squads … torture … biological warfare … depleted uranium … drug trafficking … mercenaries … It’s not a pretty picture. It’s enough to give imperialism a bad name."
  21. Legal Ruling Will Allow Rain Forest Indigenous Peoples to Pursue Chevron in Canada
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Ontario Court of Appeal says communities of Ecuador affected by Chevron can enforce Ecuadorian rulings in Canada.
  22. Living with the Land
    Communities Restoring the Earth

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1992
    A collection of stories from grassroots communities about the benefits of ecological living.
  23. A Long and Terrible Shadow
    White Values, Native Rights in the Americas 1492-1992

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1991
    Against the odds, Native peoples have waged a tenacious struggle to survive and the re-emerge as distinct cultures.
  24. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 30, 2014
    Refugees

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2014
    Topic of the week is Refugees. Featured articles look at migration, counter-surveillance resources, farmers in Ghana fighting to retain the freedom to save their own seeds, and rebuilding communities faced with mining companies in Ecuador. The website of the week is Mediamatters. From the archives we've got Socialist Feminism: A Strategy for the Women's Movement.
  25. Overthrowing other people's governments: The Master List
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War.
  26. Rafael Correa, the Press, and Whistleblowers
    Corporate Control and Double Standards

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    There are claims of hypocrisy because of Correa providing asylum to whistleblowers however also passing a Communications Bill that detractors claim is a major blow to a free press.
  27. Rebuilding communities: a type of resistance
    Communities in the Amazon resort to constitutional rights to recover territories granted to mining companies.

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    In Tundayme, a parish located in the Cordillera del Cóndor in Ecuador's southern Amazon, the indigenous and peasant communities have decided to recover the territories of abandoned or forcefully evicted communities in order to oppose mining megaprojects. The first few steps have been successful, but they fear that the government and the affected companies will respond aggressively.
  28. The Isolation of Julian Assange Must Stop
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    We call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech.
  29. With My Heart in Yambo
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2011
    Twenty-four years ago director Fernanda Restrepo's two teenage brothers disappeared. A year later, the family finally learned the worst possible news: the brothers had been kidnapped, tortured and murdered by the Ecuadorean police, and then dumped. Restrepo embarks on the painful journey of recounting her family’s story, and documents yet one more search in Lake Yambo, where the boys’ bodies were dumped.
  30. World's conservation hopes rest on Ecuador's revolutionary Yasuni model
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    A plan to preserve the most biodiverse region on Earth from oil exploitation has put Yasuni national park at the frontline of a global battle between living systems and fossil fuels. But enthusiasm is cooling and this bold project may now be at as much at risk as the wildlife itself.
  31. Zombie neoliberalism threatens Ecuador's 'citizen's revolution'
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and social movements behind Ecuador's "Citizens' Revolution" are engaged in yet another battle against the South American country's elites.

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