Saturday, July 26, 2008
At the Mercy of the Amazon
Newsweek just published an informative but condescending account of the legal efforts of residents of the Ecuadorian Amazon to bring Texaco to justice for dumping oil all over their land, making a lot of people really sick, degrading biodiversity and ruining their farms.
Two choice totally asshole comments:
"The plaintiffs—some suffering from cancer and physical
deformities—have showed up in court in native garb, with painted faces
and half naked." How exotic! How wild! The readers can just close their eyes and imagine the backwardness!
"Waiting until next year could leave the oil giant at the mercy of a
judge in the Amazon jungle." I wonder if the judge even speaks English! And you know what the intemperate climate does to these people´s judgement...