Famed indigenous human rights lawyer, Steven Donziger, had been under house arrest for over 800 days when he reported to prison on October 27, 2021 to begin a six-month sentence. His crime: winning the largest single pollution judgment in history, $9.5 billion, for… READ MORE
In 2011, an Ecuadorian court ordered Chevron to pay $9.5 billion for the poisoning of indigenous lands. The courts found that Chevron’s Texaco operation had illegally dumped 16 billion gallons of deadly oil waste.
The smoking gun? This confidential document, in which the Chairman of Chevron Oil’s Texaco division personally orders that incriminating evidence of oil sludge dumping in Ecuador be “removed…and destroyed.” … READ MORE
[Oct 1, 2021: New York] Human rights lawyer Steven Donziger was sentenced to six months in prison today for contempt of court. For the first time in US history in such a case, he was prosecuted not by the US Justice Department, but by a private attorney who worked for Chevron. He received the maximum sentence for… READ MORE
This is the first time in history that a private corporation has criminally prosecuted a U.S. citizen. In an unprecedented move, a judge asked Chevron’s lawyers to prosecute Donziger for criminal contempt — after the Department of Justice had refused to do so. No jury would convict Donziger, so the judge refused him a jury trial and found him guilty. On October 1 this judge is going to sentence Donziger. He could get six months in jail—on top of the two years he’s already served under house arrest—so I want you to… READ MORE
I ended up out here in the rain forest half by accident. I had some confidential papers from the World Bank I intended to give to Ecuador’s President. But, going through the documents, it was clear that there was no way to understand Ecuador, which had just rejoined OPEC, without first following the oil. And following the oil meant going into the oil fields in the jungle and grilling the Natives about their claims of illnesses and deaths … READ MORE
In the 1980s, I lead an investigation of Entergy, which runs the Louisiana power system. After Katrina, I investigated their failure to get the lights back on in over a year. This past week, Entergy lost 2000 miles of high-voltage line, which doesn’t happen in Bangladesh after a typhoon. Entergy of Little Rock Arkansas, became a protected political juggernaut, even… READ MORE
Colombian Assassins Practiced Long Before Haiti HitMercenaries who killed Jovenel Moïse attempted to murder Hugo Chavez
The U.S. media is aghast that Colombian mercenaries were hired to assassinate Haiti’s president, but this is the same operation that was hired by a U.S. company to murder Hugo Chavez — a story which got … READ MORE
Days after the Exxon Valdez slimed 1,200 miles of Alaska’s coastline, I was in Prince William Sound, launching an investigation for the Chugach Natives. The true cause of the catastrophe? The breaking of promises made by the oil giant to the Natives and Congress, cynically and disastrously, in… READ MORE
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