Chris Hedges Environment Video

Steven Donziger and Chris Hedges on Corporate Tyranny

Read Chris Hedges’ original piece on Steven Donziger’s case and listen to Robert Scheer’s interview with the environmental justice attorney on “Scheer Intelligence.”

On this week’s “On Contact,” Chris Hedges talks to Steven Donziger, the human rights environmental justice attorney about the grim reality exposed when we confront the real centers of power. Donziger has been fighting polluting American oil companies for nearly three decades on behalf of indigenous communities and peasant farmers in Ecuador, and has been under house arrest in Manhattan for nearly two years. He went on trial in federal court in New York two weeks ago on contempt of court charges, which could see him jailed for six months, for appealing the demand to hand over his computer, cellphone, and other electronic devices to the court, a violation, he argues, of attorney-client privilege. No attorney without a criminal record in federal court has ever before been detained pre-trial for a misdemeanor offense.

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Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times, where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show On Contact. MORE

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  1. Thank you as always for your reporting on this horrendous situation….although nothing surprises me anymore about the reach of corporations in this country. I am left feeling helpless about how to help ………

  2. I have a new line for Orwell’s “Ignorance is Strength, War is Peace, Slavery is Freedom.”

    Money is Justice.

    The more money you got, the more justice you get.

  3. That the courage, resilience, and compassion of Steven Donziger should result in this grotesque, vindictive legal assault is a testimont to the matastic effects of corporate power in every facet of government and civil society. If corporations are legally designated as “people”, then psychopathy has become normalized among the ruling elite. Our society has become the proverbial boiling frog, largely remaining somnolent as fascism spreads it’s pathology – an inversion of the original state -controlled corporate power model. One can only support Mr. Donziger so he eventually prevails lest a precedent be set for future attacks on environmental and human rights lawyers . And may all those who serve Chevron in their efforts to ruin this man drown in the sea of moral shit from whence they came.

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