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Ecuador Remains Unsettled

March 8, 2006 Cyril Mychalejko 0

Ecuadorian soldiers fired tear gas on striking oil workers today, a month after protestors shut down two oil facilities. The Petroecuador workers are demanding full-time jobs and delayed payments, a company official said. "We have […]

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Ecuador Declares State of Emergency

February 22, 2006 Cyril Mychalejko 0

Ecuador declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after soldiers opened fire on protesters who occupied and shut down one of the country’s largest oil pipelines. Local television showed pictures of troops firing their rifles […]

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Reflections on Resistance: “Over My Dead Body”

February 14, 2006 Nicole Pacino 0

When the residents of Junín, Ecuador declare that copper mining will begin only "over my dead body", I get the sense they mean it. Never have I personally known a more determined and dedicated group of people. Aside from everyday acts of resistance to Ascendant Copper Corporation and its locally hired cronies, the people of Junín and surrounding communities of Intag imperiled by the proposed mine repeatedly use formidable acts to demonstrate their discontent and opposition to mining projects.

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Mining Conflict in Ecuador Heats Up

December 21, 2005 Cyril Mychalejko 0

Dozens of Ecuadorians recently burnt down a building owned by Ascendant Copper Corporation to protest its mining activities in the area. The Canadian mining company claimed in a press release (1) that the structure burnt down was a community health clinic located on an experimental farm, that supplies were stolen and that company employees were physically and verbally assaulted. […]

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Oil and Cancer in Ecuador

December 13, 2005 Cyril Mychalejko 0

An excellent article in the San Francisco Chronicle reports on human suffering and environmental destruction in Ecuador which 30,000 Ecuadorians claim are a result of Texaco’s (now owned by Chevron) past oil operations in the […]

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A Leak in the Ecuadorian Oil Adventure

October 24, 2005 Karoline Nols? Aaen 0

While rivers are being polluted, rainforests cut down and the health of citizens severely threatened by the oil industry, this black gold continues to flow through Ecuador. I am in the northern part of the Ecuadorian Amazon, visiting oil fields and researching the contamination of rivers, soil and forest in order to gain insight into what problems confront the Amazon. The area is ruined. Where there were once primary rain forests there are now oil plants, oil roads and a myriad of pipelines.

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