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Law of the Jungle

Friday, October 03, 2014

On the seemingly heroic lawyer Steven Donziger's case against oil giant Chevron. The story was not as simple as it seemed.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Law of the Jungle: An Environmental Ruling with a Big Twist

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In 2011, an Ecuadoran judge fined Chevron $19billion for damages caused to the Amazon. But after the ruling, the case took a big twist when questions about the winning lawyer emerged.

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PRI's The World

When environmental activists march in New York, look for immigrants at the head of the parade

Friday, September 19, 2014

A climate change march expected to draw thousands in New York on Sunday will be led in part by groups of immigrants. Organizers say it shows that the movement for action on climate change is broadening beyond the traditional profile of environmental activists.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Fast Item #1: Explaining Extradition

Friday, June 28, 2013

Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Scholarship at American University Washington College of Law, explains extradition in light of Edward Snowden.


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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Violence in South African mining and the Julian Assange embassy imbroglio

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Violence in South African mining and the Julian Assange embassy imbroglio


The Takeaway

Assange Granted Asylum

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ecuador's government says it will grant political asylum to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. Assange has been inside Ecuador's embassy in London since June. He's been seeking asylum in Ecuador in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes. Yesterday, Ecuador's foreign minister said the UK had threatened to enter the embassy to arrest Assange.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Chevron and Ecuador

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Humberto Piaguaje, leader of the Secoya people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, along with Mitch Anderson, Corporate Campaigns Director at Amazon Watch, talk about the Aguinda v. Chevron lawsuit and what Ecuadorian and U.S. judges have ruled about Chevron's involvement in clean-up efforts in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Boston's Pricey Cabs, BART Clears A San Jose Hurdle, and Privatizing The Tappan Zee?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Boston cab (photo by SPBer via Wikimedia Commons)

Radio Boston (WBUR) tries to figure out why that city's cabs are the most expensive in the nation.

The five-decade-long quest to bring BART to San Jose cleared a major hurdle yesterday, when the Federal Transit Administration recommended that it receive $130 million in federal funds this year -- clearing the way for construction to begin in 2012. (Mercury News)

A state commission charged with shoring up Maryland’s cash-strapped transportation improvement fund has proposed raising more than $800 million in increased fees -- and called on state leaders not to take money from the system to plug other holes in the budget. (Baltimore Business Journal)

The Takeaway talks to an economist who says that despite negative perceptions, cities make us better -- and happier.

It's too expensive to maintain New York's Tappan Zee Bridge. It's too expensive to replace it. So politicians are looking at how private companies might provide a solution. (Wall Street Journal)

NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will propose changes to parking rules in her State of the City speech today. (WNYC)

An Ecuardorean judge fined Chevron $9 billion in a decade-long pollution case. (Marketplace)

The FAA said that U.S. airline-passenger numbers will reach 1 billion in fiscal 2021 -- two years sooner than projected -- because of improved economic growth. (Washington Post)

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee kicked off their reauthorization field hearings/public listening sessions in West Virginia, where some attendees wanted to talk about raising the gas tax. (Charleston Gazette)

Virginia Senator Mark Warner said that Governor Bob McDonnell's plan to pump nearly $3 billion in the state's roads over three years is not "fiscally conservative" and will not solve the state's transportation problems. (Washington Post)

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: President Obama released his budget; we began looking at its transportation spending.  And: in honor of Valentine's Day, we found love on the subway.

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The Takeaway

Chevron May Pay Big to Ecuador

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Twenty years ago, the Amazon River in Ecuador was heavily contaminated after chemical-laden wastewater was dumped into it. The effects on the surrounding population were devastating: illness, death, and economic loss. Chevron Corp., the U.S.'s second largest oil company, is the alleged culprits, and the company may have to pay at least $8 billion to repair damages after a ruling yesterday. In a statement, Chevron reacted, saying "The Ecuadorian court's jumdgment is illegitimate and unenforceable. It is the product of fraud and is contrary to the legitimate scientific evidence. Chevron will appeal this decision in Ecuador and intends to see that justice prevails."

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