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Victory for Indians as court blocks oil project – 3 August 2012

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled in favour of Ecuador’s Kichwa Indians in a case against a controversial oil project that has destroyed parts of their land.

Sarayaku v. Ecuador was brought against state oil company PetroEcuador after it signed an agreement with a consortium of foreign firms to explore for oil in the southern Ecuadorian Amazon.

Although the land belongs to the Kichwa, they were not consulted prior to exploratory work that has left hundreds of undetonated explosives underground, and destroyed forests and waterways used by the Indians.

On Wednesday the court ordered the government to pay damages to the Kichwa, and clear explosives from the area.

Ecuador ratified ILO Convention 169 in 1998, which outlines the government’s duty to consult with indigenous peoples prior to any project that could affect them or their land.

Humberto Cholango, leader of Ecuador’s Indian organization CONAIE, said, ‘This is a victory for all people and all nations of Ecuador and Latin America… we will continue to stand up for indigenous rights in the face of the threat of oil and mining companies that favour capital over human and environmental rights’.

The Result of Chemtrails and Weather Manipulation

Food Disaster Worries Mount as US Drought Worsens

– Common Dreams staff
The worst US drought in 56 years has intensified over the past week as scorching temperatures continued and too little rainfall parched corn and soybean crops across the Midwest and central Plains, a report from climate experts said on Thursday.

Drought-damaged corn in Lawrence, Mich. (AP)

Nearly two-thirds of the contiguous United States was under some level of drought as of July 31, more than a fifth of it classified as extreme drought or worse, according to the Drought Monitor, a weekly report compiled by U.S. climate experts.

Reporting by The Guardian highlighted how the latest drought map, released on Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center, showed the drought intensifying across the grain belt in the midwestern and plains states.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s getting worse, but it is, even with some rain in the region,” Brian Fuchs, a climatologist and drought monitor author at the National Drought Mitigation Center, which is based at the University of Nebraska, said in a release. “Drought continues to intensify through the midwest and plains states.”

As the drought continues to ravage the nation’s corn, wheat and soybean fields, crop insurance losses are expected to break records, CNN reports.

“It will be a major loss situation,” said Thomas Zacharias, president of the National Crop Insurance Services, a lobbying group representing private crop insurers. “The companies are in the field adjusting claims as we speak.”

An economist with the group roughly estimated that losses could top $20 billion, said CNN, noting that sixty cents of every dollar of crop insurance is backed by the federal government which will leave US taxpayers picking up the tab, while at the same time facing increasing prices at the grocery store.

The crop failures, according to The Guardian report,  have already raised fears of price rises later in the year. The department of agriculture said dairy, poultry and meat prices would go up by about 4%.