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May 29, 2009 Chevron fights massive lawsuit in Ecuador

QUOTE: The landmark lawsuit, which began in 1993 in New York and is now in an Ecuadorean court in this jungle region, alleges that Texaco, which was acquired by Chevron in 2001, knowingly unleashed toxins across an estimated 1,700 square miles – roughly the size of Rhode Island.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 19, 2008 Takeovers Captivate Ecuador: Government Links Its Seizure of TV Stations to Corruption Case

QUOTE: The government of President Rafael Correa has characterized the takeover of those companies, including television stations watched by about 40 percent of the news audience, as a long-overdue strike for justice against corrupt businessmen who owe Ecuador millions.

Washington Post
Oct 07, 2007 The World: Living in Exile Isn’t What It Used to Be

QUOTE: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti and Venezuela are all discussing ways of bringing former leaders out of exile to face human rights or corruption charges, and legal experts expect these various efforts to be energized by a ruling by Chile’s Supreme Court ordering that Mr. Fujimori be sent to a jail cell in Peru to await trial.

New York Times
Jul 06, 2007 Ecuador moves to cut Interest rates for poor: Banks and microlenders say Ecuador's leftist president may hurt most those he wants to help with 'financial justice' law.

QUOTE: [Although] The bill...paves the way for a complete overhaul of an abusive financial system...[it] could hurt most those Correa hopes to help.

Christian Science Monitor
May 02, 2006 Bolivia Nationalizes Natural Gas: Troops Deployed In Move to Block Foreign Influence

QUOTE: Bolivian President Evo Morales seized control of the country's natural gas industry Monday, sending soldiers to occupy fields that he contends private companies have plundered for years.

Washington Post
Dec 18, 2005 The World: Latin America Looks Leftward Again

QUOTE: ...a new leftward tide now rising in Latin American politics. Tired of poverty and indifferent governments, villagers here are being urged by some of their more radical leaders to forget the promises of capitalism and install instead a community-based socialism in which products would be bartered. Some leaders even talk of forming an independent Indian state.

New York Times
Jul 30, 2005 Unending Graft Is Threatening Latin America

QUOTE: Brazil's scandal is just the latest reminder of the unremitting corruption that has marked Latin American politics since colonial times, when absolute rulers regarded newly conquered realms in the New World as their personal property.

New York Times
Jul 08, 2001 Accountability in Argentina

QUOTE: The indictment last week of Carlos Menem, the former president of Argentina...encouraging advance for legal accountability in a country where the powerful have too often enjoyed impunity from prosecution for their misdeeds.

New York Times