Ecuador’s Long Struggle with Chevron and its Predecessor Standard Oil

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Dear Readers!     The following YouTube video (3 min), posted there by, is an unfortunate but ‘perfect’ fit to my previous 2 posts: Microsoft Buys Skype, (China’s factories) via Fast Times, and Glencore, profiteering by hunger and chaos, via Al Jazerra.     All humanity, all life everywhere, is vulnerable to deadly exploitation by our well-entrenched economic practice of “progress by profit – profit by expansion.”    This practice is not new, it has taken many centuries to become the monster that it now is. Many of us have lived in the right place, have been born into the right group, to benefit.    That’s what has been. We, as a species, cannot continue these practices into the 21st Century.    Global inequalities and “easy dismissal” of ‘ordinary voice’ by self-entitled, non-democratic, hierarchical, entrenched (established), ‘status-quo’ decision makers must be challenged.    Status-quo’ does not challenge itself. The challenge must come from that ‘ordinary voice’, and the ordinary voice must be informed, thoughtful, and firm.     Informed, thoughtful, firm voice has brought an important court decision to the people of Ecuador who’ve been dismissed as collateral loss by Chevron.  As per ‘status-quo’, Chevron rejects the decision.     BBC 2/15/11 report on the fine against Chevron here, and US courts – injunction against Ecuador update (5/13/11) here.  Readers are encouraged to understand the same status-quo economic forces are at work in all nations. None of us is ‘exempt’.    My Best! –MaggieAnn     (For global coverage, focused on Latin America and the US, see also Kevin Alvarez’s site – source of thumbnail image with this post.)


About maggieannthoeni

A description once given of me was "rooted in the earth while roaming the stars" - and this has felt 'right'. I believe in something akin to this for each of us. I am a passionate supporter of discovering the autonomous self while serving the whole as primary intent. I believe in discovery of innate principles, clearing the overlay of socialization that obscures this from us. I believe it is our responsibility to leave no one behind - most particularly to respond to suffering as best we can whereever we find it, whenever we are made aware. I believe in this for the insect as well as the most magnificent form of humanity. I believe in brother/sisterhood without boundary. I believe in righteous indignation when it is appropriate, but do not believe in an enemy. I believe in consciousness, in intelligence, in logic, in rationality, in emotion, in transcendence - and am convinced until we generally practice explore and honor all this in ourselves, we remain profoundly immature. (I believe real maturity is known and practiced by many young children, and not enough adults!)
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