The big stories of the week:
The judge of the Chevron-Ecuador lawsuit (the largest lawsuit in history) reclused himself after damning videos showed him in a bribery situation.
Brazil and France sign huge defense deals involving the building of 36 fighter jets and nuclear technology.
Hugo Chavez travels through Libya, Syria, Iran, Algeria, Belarus and Russia, and hints at a nuclear Venezuela.
Bring order to arbitrary acts
Brazil’s oil policy: Preparing to spend a “millionaire ticket” from offshore
The government has unveiled plans to give the state the lion’s share of the money from vast new oil discoveries. Will this wealth be invested or squandered?
Backed Into a Corner
Ecuadorian Judge Juan Núñez, the judge presiding over the Chevron environmental lawsuit in Lago Agrio, made the decision Friday to recuse himself from the case. Chevron has maintained that no judge who has participated in the type of meetings shown in the video recordings (released earlier in the week) could possibly have rendered a legitimate decision.
Transcripts of a meeting recorded on June 5 clearly show the judge has prejudged the case even though evidence was still being submitted and final arguments have not been held. And the judge was willing to talk about that decision with businessmen (Hansen) seeking post-verdict remediation contracts.
Bienvenido al mundo de los locos
This week’s posts and podcasts:
Hugo goes to Venice UPDATED with photos
VIDEO Honduras: Micheletti at No Más Chávez demonstration, & reaction to the US State Dept’s action
Today is Global Anti-Chavez Day UPDATED
Hugo Goes on Tour: 15 Minutes on Latin America
Uribe gets his amendment, and other headlines: 15 Minutes on Latin America
VIDEOS: Chevron Offers Evidence of Bribery Scheme in Ecuador Lawsuit