Reading Time: 20 minutes Starting in 2007, Ecuador reformed its police and decriminalized gang membership. A study in 2017 showed the murder rate dropped by over 400 percent.
Reading Time: 20 minutes As the fate of Julian Assange appears to be hanging in the balance, Peter B. Collins and State Department veteran Peter van Buren remind us that this case is about much more than just what will happen to the WikiLeaks founder if he is evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Can victims of corporate wrongdoing pursue justice in other countries? A Canadian court is dealing with that question this week and its ruling could have sweeping consequences across the globe.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Will the Pope’s courageous stand on the environment extend to challenging those who hypocritically associate themselves with it?
Reading Time: 9 minutes In 2010, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa became the first national leader in the world to rule out drilling for oil in a major petroleum field for ecological reasons. Less than five years later, however, he has backtracked on his promise, and the future of the environmentally important Yasuni National Park is up in the air, as the debate rages on.
Reading Time: 5 minutes A 2014 ruling that all but absolved Chevron for one of the worst oil spills in South American history is being challenged in a New York appeals court. Video tapes showing Chevron officials laughing at the environmental destruction they caused in the rainforest—tapes that were not permitted as evidence in the 2014 trial—may be the long-sought “smoking gun.”