A woman can dream.
Read my post, Will NAFTA expire in 5 years?
A woman can dream.
Read my post, Will NAFTA expire in 5 years?
US$7 million, and an apology: Meet Omar Khadr, Canada’s newest millionaire and Gitmo alumnus.
You, dear reader, may be thinking at this point, “so what?
That’s Canada for you, eh.”
Read my post, Canada’s war on freedom of speech.
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I’m having to finish up a few things before the holiday weekend, and may not have time to post for the rest of the day, so here’s a nice fireworks music to get you in the holiday spirit,
Remember how a Brazilian prosecutor sided with Chevron after U.S. courts found that the environmental charges were fraudulent?
Not only was Steven Donziger was found guilty of fraud (in a 500-page decision plus 89-page appendix), Patton Boggs, the former #1 lobbying law firm in the country, had to issue Chevron an apology, a $15million payment, and most remarkably,
Perhaps more unusual is the lawfirm’s agreement to deliver partners James Tyrrell and Eric Westenberger to Gibson Dunn’s New York offices for depositions overseen by a court-appointed special master. The firm has also agreed to turn over documents, provided its former clients don’t prevail on challenges under the attorney-client privilege.
A federal appeals court ruled that, because of fraud committed by their American lawyer, the victims of this 23-year-old environmental disaster couldn’t collect in the U.S.—or possibly anywhere else.
Well, now the same Ecuadorian plaintiffs are getting a hearing in a Canadian court. Jazz Shaw writes about how The Chevron Shakedown threatens to turn Canada’s legal system into a disgrace (h/t TCS)
If Canada’s courts are seen as so friendly to environmentalist hijacking that they can manage this feat, the damage to Canada over the long run will be very real. This is a case which has been swatted down not only in the United States, but also in courts in Europe and South America as well. It was based on fraud to the point where its chief American conspirator, Steven Donziger, has been accused of racketeering. Imagine what lesson multi-national corporations will take from this if Greenpeace is allowed to tip the scales and obtain a massive judgement against Chevron in Canada given the history behind this odious lawsuit. Why would anyone want to risk doing business there on a large scale? Better to pull up stakes and focus your efforts on nations where you can expect some level of equitable treatment under the law.
Related: Prior posts on Chevron
Jazz Shaw has the details (hat tip: TCS),
Canadian union cozies up to Ecuador in Chevron Shakedown
As we previously reported, Canada has taken the unfortunate step of getting involved in Ecuador’s long running Chevron Shakedown effort with one of their courts agreeing to hear a case related to the ongoing lawsuits. Some of their prominent citizens have warned against the foolish nature of going down this path, but thus far things remain on track. Recent news leads me to suspect that Ecuador is trying to win friends and influence people in the Great White North in preparation for the trial, perhaps to get some public opinion movement on their side. And where did they start their search for new Canadian buddies? With the unions, of course. (Toronto Sun)
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The author, Candice Malcolm, really tears into the supposedly “progressive” union for their dalliance with Correa, noting how some of their leaders were invited down for all expense paid trips to the tropical nation. She further wonders whether other prominent groups or even government officials are receiving similar invitations and having the wheels greased for some collaborative effort.
For those of you wondering what the hey does the Canadian branch of the Union of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) have to do with Chevron, the answer is that its leadership is willing to tout propaganda:
The entire campaign has been a public relations push to “dirty” up the reputation of not only Chevron, but the entire oil industry, hoping to turn public opinion against them. Perhaps the people of Canada should take a step back and recall just how much of their own economy runs on oil and other energy extraction industrial activity. Their new “friends” from Ecuador are no friends at all and are looking to drag the Canadian court system into a massive case of fraud which has already been widely discredited in courts around the world. Rather than serving justice, they could be setting themselves up for a figurative black eye in a very public way.
Candice Malcolm’s op-ed in the Toronto Sun spells it out:
Canadian union wrong to cozy up to regressive regime
Ecuador is controlled by the hardline socialist government of strongman leader Rafael Correa. The government routinely seizes private property, shuts down critical newspapers, and systematically fires independent judges and replaces them with government cronies.
This is not exactly the type of regime that progressive Canadian unions should be rubbing elbows with, and yet, the UFCW are singing the government’s praises.
According to the union’s website, its leaders participated in an “international solidarity exchange.” The union bosses met with Ecuadorian officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss workers’ rights, particularly when it comes to the protection of temporary foreign workers in Canada and migrant workers around the world. The news release on their website makes no mention of Ecuador’s laundry list of human rights offenses; instead, it simply regurgitates Ecuadorian government propaganda about an ongoing lawsuit against the US-based oil company Chevron.
Expect many more Canadian politicians and union leaders to line up for their Ecuadorian junkets.
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That change is likely to make a terrible situation worse. It suggests that Mr Levy lost an argument within the government about whether austerity is the right cure for Brazil’s sickly economy, and that he lost it not because his economic remedy was wrong but because it was politically unpalatable.
Mr Li is one of seven officials with Fifa, world football’s governing body, who were arrested in Zurich in May, amid a huge corruption investigation.
Open-borders money backs Marco Rubio
Iran Taking Over Latin America
New traffic laws in the DF,
Cambridge University graduate killed in psychedelic ceremony in Peruvian Amazon. Unais Gomes, a 26-year-old high-flying London financier, was killed by a friend during ayahuasca ceremony near the jungle city of Iquitos
Some warn that Puerto Rico could be a test case for the rest of the country, paving the way for troubled states like Illinois to escape unsustainable debts.
Stephen J. Spencer, a restructuring expert representing Puerto Rico bondholders including some hedge funds, said letting the government renege on agreements with hedge funds and other investors would set a dangerous precedent, undermining the integrity of the bond market.
“It’s really a wealth transfer from the bondholders to the municipalities,” Mr. Spencer said.
The bondholders include large numbers of retirees.
Roberto Rincón trades his little Woodlands house for a jail cell. Roberto Rincón, the enchufado of Tradequip and Ovarb Industrial fame, is spending tonight in a Houston-area federal jail cell awaiting arrainment [sic] on money laundering charges.
Good luck with that, eh.
Not a day goes by that I’m not tempted to post 1970s headlines with 2015 datelines.
[Let’s hope Canada has better luck than Puerto Rico after Fortuño lost.]
Menem said no: Argentina Former Prez Refuses to Testify in AMIA Bombing Cover Up
Menem refused to testify on grounds that he was under obligation to maintain ‘state secrets’ which only the Senate could lift.
Lengthy but must-read: Inside the Spyware Campaign Against Argentine Troublemakers, including Lanata and Nisman.
Argentina orders HSBC to replace local bossArgentina’s central bank has ordered HSBC to replace its chief executive in the country within 24 hours and accused the bank of failing to prevent tax evasion and money laundering.
Raid in Sao Paulo discovers ISIS money-laundering network: Polícia Federal descobre rede de apoiadores do Estado Islâmico em São Paulo. O achado assusta. Ainda mais porque terrorismo, no Brasil, não é crime
On August 31st Dilma Rousseff, their president, sent Congress a budget for 2016 with a gaping primary deficit (before interest payments) of 30.5 billion reais ($8 billion), or 0.5% of GDP, challenging its members to close the gap. It was a break with the sound-money practices that have underpinned Brazil’s economy. It was, some critics say, illegal. Certainly nothing similar has happened since at least 2000, when Fernando Henrique Cardoso, then the president, transformed public finances.
On a charitable view, Ms Rousseff was shocking legislators into making hard decisions rather than simply blocking her fiscal proposals. A harsher reading is that she does not know how to lead Brazil out of recession.
What’s Happening in Guatemala?With its government about to fall, Guatemala is finally questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy of the post–Cold War world. Not that they actually tried it.
In Paraguay’s remote north guerrillas are still at large, armed and dangerous. The Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) have killed more than 50 people in the last two years but some wonder if the government is really trying to defeat them
Newly buzzing Lima vies with Peru’s ancient sites for visitor attention. Tourists who once made a beeline for Machu Picchu are now finding the contemporary art and food scene of Peru’s capital, Lima, as much of a draw
Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton lock horns over Puerto Rico’s financesPresidential candidates offer opposing solutions to commonwealth’s $72bn debt, with Democrat backing bankruptcy status. Rubio:
“I don’t believe Chapter 9 would solve Puerto Rico’s problems,” he said. “I believe what would solve Puerto Rico’s problems is the same thing that would solve Washington’s problems, and that is to restructure the way government spends its money.
“No organisation, whether it’s a government, a company or a family, can survive long-term spending more money than it takes in.”
You can’t cure stupid: Puerto Rico Senate Declares Spanish over English as First Official Language
Maduro castiga a Colombia para proteger al Cartel de los Soles [Maduro punishes Colombia to protect the Cartel of the Suns.]
Cartel de los Soles busca jefatura del Ministerio de Defensa en Venezuela. Cáncer de Vladimir Padrino López genera dudas sobre si continuará como Ministro de Defensa. Diosdado Cabello y Tarek El Aissami compiten por colocar sus fichas en el cargo. Los dos potenciales candidatos están siendo investigados en EEUU por narcotráfico
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Whatever Beijing’s motivations, the practical effect of said loans, according to Ellis [Evan Ellis of the U.S. Army War College], has “enabled countries such as Venezuela to continue as de facto sanctuaries for criminal and insurgent groups, and also, as points of entry into the region for Russia, Iran and other actors with potentially hostile intentions toward the United States.”
The week’s posts and podcast:
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