Magazine June 2, 2014, Issue

A Green Scam

Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, by Paul M. Barrett (Crown, 304 pp., $26)

In this corner, we have a human-rights lawyer representing the interests of indigenous people in the Amazon residing in a remote corner of Ecuador polluted by the by-products of oil exploration; in the opposite corner we have Chevron, a multinational petroleum behemoth with billions of dollars in cash on hand but refusing to part with a dollar in the cause of justice for the beleaguered Ecuadorian tribesmen. It is a testament to the vapidness, incuriosity, and corruption of the intellectual classes, from the editors of Vanity Fair to celebrity activists such as Mr. and Mrs. Sting, that this black-hats/white-hats version

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Politics & Policy

Tall Cotton

Hot Springs, Ark. — ‘I picked up running in the Army,” says Representative Tom Cotton from the backseat of a car as we drive out of Hot Springs on April ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Christo Garland

I’d known for years that Christopher Buckley was an amusing man. His novel Thank You for Smoking (1994), for example, had me crying, yes crying, with laughter. But it wasn’t ...
Politics & Policy

Reinhart at Home

One of America’s last literary lions has stopped writing novels, and hardly anybody has noticed. “Around age 85, I did write a 24th novel, really more of a novella,” Thomas Berger ...
Politics & Policy

A Green Scam

In this corner, we have a human-rights lawyer representing the interests of indigenous people in the Amazon residing in a remote corner of Ecuador polluted by the by-products of oil ...

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Politics & Policy

Letters

Into the Woods “Public-Land Colonialism,” by Travis Kavulla (May 19 issue), does a good job of describing Cliven Bundy’s battle with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). However, it gives the ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Are we even sure Boko Haram is on Twitter? ‐ Boko Haram, the killer Islamist cult of northern Nigeria, kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls and threatens, in a video narrated by ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

GOD’S BENEDICTION God’s benediction — earliest of rays – Turning it a bit more wan And drowsy, slipped across the cherished face, To make it sleep with greater calm. Without a doubt, it seemed to ...

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