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Scientists Must Let World's Most Isolated Tribes Make Own Decisions

Scientists Must Let World's Most Isolated Tribes Make Own Decisions

Initiating “controlled contact” with indigenous peoples in the Amazon would violate their rights and threaten their lives

July 8, 2015The Guardian

Usually the indigenous peoples living in the remotest Amazon only draw international media attention if certain kinds of photos or film footage emerge, as in mid-2014, or they raid a village or, tragically, kill someone, as happened on 1 May. Many media reports misinform as much as inform: factual errors, no context and all kinds of sensationalism. 'Lost tribe!' 'First contact!'

Pope Francis, in Ecuador, Calls for More Protection of Rain Forest and Its People

Pope Francis, in Ecuador, Calls for More Protection of Rain Forest and Its People

July 7, 2015New York Times

Quito, Ecuador – Pope Francis on Tuesday called for increased protection of the Amazon rain forest and the indigenous people who live there, declaring that Ecuador must resist exploiting natural riches for "short-term benefits," an implicit rebuke of the policies of President Rafael Correa.

Ecuador, First Stop on Pope Tour, Highlights Environment Exhortation

July 3, 2015Reuters

"The encyclical is without precedent," enthused Kevin Koenig, Quito-based Ecuador program director for Amazon Watch, a group dedicated to protecting ecosystems and indigenous rights. "It's our hope that in his visit to Ecuador, the Pope will be able to inspire Correa to do a better job of protecting the environment here.

Brazil Pledges on Climate Change, Zero Deforestation Are a "Crushing Disappointment"

July 2, 2015VICE News

Brazil announced to much fanfare on this week plans to zero illegal deforestation on its territory by 2030 and restore an area of rainforest the size of Pennsylvania. But experts say the plans are unambitious and activists called the promises "a crushing disappointment" that amounted to nothing more than targets already stipulated by Brazilian law.

Brazilian Indigenous Leader to Address UN Council in Effort to Stop Dam

Ademir Kaba Munduruku will argue Brazil is violating indigenous rights by failing to consult them about the hydroelectric project on the river Tapajós

June 24, 2015The Guardian

The Brazilian government has violated its own constitution and international law by developing hydroelectric power plants in the Amazon, according to an indigenous leader due to address the 29th United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday afternoon.

Chevron Hits Out at British Documentary on Oil Pollution in Ecuador

Chevron Hits Out at British Documentary on Oil Pollution in Ecuador

Company upset over short film that uses Pablo Neruda's famous poem on how US corporations treated Latin American countries as empty "banana republics"

June 17, 2015The Guardian

The US oil giant Chevron has attacked the British makers of a short art-house documentary film about oil pollution in the Ecuadorean Amazon featuring the actor Julie Christie reading a Pablo Neruda poem.

Brazil's Belo Monte Dam Puts Livelihood of 2,000 Families at Risk, Prosecutors Say

Federal prosecutors say Norte Energia, the consortium building the $11bn dam, has violated agreed-to items that are endangering locals’ means of survival

June 16, 2015Associated Press

Construction of a massive hydroelectric dam is endangering the livelihoods of at least 2,000 families in Brazil’s Amazon jungle state of Para, according to federal prosecutors who recommend that efforts to move the residents be suspended.

Ecuador's Battle for Environmental Justice Against Chevron

Ecuador's Battle for Environmental Justice Against Chevron

For more than two decades, impoverished indigenous people have been seeking restitution from the oil giant for polluting their region.

June 2, 2015The Nation

The American public is largely uninformed about this epic struggle, even though it's as important as the dispute over the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The mainstream US media, when it hasn't ignored the case, has often taken Chevron's side, implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) endorsing the company's view that an alliance of Ecuadoran extortionists and crooked US lawyers is using the corrupt Ecuadoran court system to shake down an innocent corporation. On closer inspection, the truth is totally different.

David and Goliath in the Amazon

June 1, 2015Council on Hemispheric Affairs

As Amazon Watch's Paul Paz y Miño's put the matter, "Chevron deliberately caused a lifetime of suffering and death by polluting the Ecuadorian Amazon to increase its already high profits to obscene levels. Chevron has also inflicted years of abusive lawsuits designed to leave affected communities defenseless and has tried to win by might what it could never win by merit." It is past time for justice for all those harmed by Chevron's greed and irresponsibility.

"We Will Fight to the End"

Amazon tribe would rather die than see their land destroyed by a new dam

May 26, 2015Al Jazeera America

Environmental activists hope that São Luiz do Tapajós will not follow the same course as the Belo Monte, the Xingu River dam that is now nearly complete. Some tribal leaders opposed to that dam were bought off by the government, according to Maíra Irigaray, the Brazil coordinator of the group Amazon Watch. She fears similar tactics will be used here. "Leaders were paid off with boats, cars, cash and bodyguards," she said. "If the leaders took the money, the government won. If the leaders didn’t take the money, [contractors and others involved in dam construction] would spread lies and still manage to break their trust with the community."

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