Criminal Contempt Charges

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Steven Donziger’s motions to disqualify all of the judges in the district from presiding over his case, disqualify the special prosecutors, and dismiss the six criminal contempt charges he’s facing in a dispute arising from his role in obtaining a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador for dumping oil waste in the Amazon rainforest. 

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Boom, Then Slump, Preceded Wide-Ranging South American Protests

Chile is one of the richest countries in the region. Haiti is the poorest. Ecuador has a centrist government. Bolivia’s is socialist. Yet from Port-au-Prince to Santiago, furious demonstrators marched this week to demand fundamental change, a wave of often-violent protests that has set tires, government offices, trains and metro stations ablaze across South America and the Caribbean.

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Chaos in Ecuador as President Imposes Curfew

Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno announced a curfew Tuesday and moved the seat of government outside the capital, Quito, as hundreds of thousands of protesters paralyzed the country with road closures and calls for a general strike, as the government refuses to negotiate over its cancellation of fuel subsidies, which doubled the cost of diesel gas and threatens a dramatic increase in the cost of public transport.

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