Map of Yasuni National Park, the oil blocks and areas of isolated peoples

Mourning for Yasuni and Mother Earth

On August 15, 2013, Ecuador´s President Rafael Correa announced the end of the Yasuni -ITT proposal, an innovative and one of a kind proposal that . . .

The irony of Akala-Olu, of squalor and abject poverty amidst stupendous oil and gas wealth

Patrick Naagbanton, a Nigerian writer and human rights worker, has just published a three-part travelogue entitled “ A Night in Akala-Olu Fire .” (Here are . . .

CIA will “neither confirm nor deny” whether agency employees work for Chevron & other corporations

In July, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to see if the CIA was allowing its employees to work for Chevron on . . .

Down by the river: A visit to the proposed Chadin 2 hydroelectric dam site

In August, I had the privilege of visiting several villages situated on either side of the Marañon River that would be affected by the construction . . .
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

Post-Kiobel roundup: Apartheid case is not dismissed, but may soon be; some positive decisions from other courts

The first wave of decisions interpreting the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kiobel continues to come down, and it’s a mixed bag. Perhaps most important is . . .
The Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq

Abu Ghraib Victims Ordered to Pay Legal Expenses of Corporation Accused of Torturing Them

Back in June I wrote about the dismissal of Al-Shimari v. CACI Premier Technology Inc., the case against the US private contracting company brought by . . .

Thai villagers win dispute over husk-fired power plant

It was the last week of June when I received an invitation to hear the Chiang Mai administrative court’s decision on the dispute between 200 . . .
A 13 year old sugar planation worker hugs his younger sister

Lost childhoods in Koh Kong, Cambodia

Recently, I watched this video on The Guardian purporting to document child labor in sugar plantations in Koh Kong province, Cambodia. Sugar is big business . . .
The Great Mosque in Brunei

Hoping for a sustainable ASEAN community

The first word I learned in Bahasa Melayu, the language spoken in Brunei, was “Selamat Datang.” It means, in essence, “welcome.” Back in April, I . . .

Myanmar Groups Send Letter to Obama on Reporting Requirements

EarthRights International helped to draft and signed a letter to President Obama this week, urging him to ensure that U.S. companies investing in Myanmar make . . .