Eye on the Amazon
  • We Beat Chevron, but the Fight for Real Justice Continues

    We Beat Chevron, but the Fight for Real Justice Continues

    April 5, 2013 – At one point or another every social justice activist wakes up wondering if we stand a chance against the massive forces acting against us. This week, my faith in justice was given a boost when we won a major victory against Chevron.

  • Reopening the Wounds of Bagua

    Reopening the Wounds of Bagua

    Peruvian government actions to criminalize social protest started with indigenous peoples

    April 2, 2013 – Almost four years ago gunshots in the Peruvian Amazon were heard around the world. Last month, the state prosecutor asked for the most severe charges against 54 indigenous leaders, including life sentences. These charges are an underhanded political tactic to criminalize social protest and intimidate grassroots leaders. 

  • Voices of the Xingu: Interview with Maini Militão

    Voices of the Xingu: Interview with Maini Militão

    March 28, 2013 – This 17-year-old girl with long hair, exuberant and full of energy, did not try to hide her anger about what happened to her family. She told me that she was now dedicating her time to studies and fighting against the Belo Monte dam.

  • Peruvian Government Declares State of Environmental Emergency in Pastaza Region

    Peruvian Government Declares State of Environmental Emergency in Pastaza Region

    March 27, 2013 – "We are still drinking contaminated water every day... We think that with the declaration of emergency the government will be forced to worry about us and can solve our problem sooner."

  • "Volta Grande do Xingu"

    "Volta Grande do Xingu"

    A poem by Luciano Gouveia de Moraes Silva, age 13

    March 22, 2013 – I just stumbled upon this poem that 13-year-old Luciano read to me by candlelight from his family's modest home on the banks of the mighty Xingu River, deep in the Brazilian Amazon, and I had to share it with you in honor of World Water Day.

  • Bringing the Fight over Bolivia's TIPNIS Road to Washington, DC

    Bringing the Fight over Bolivia's TIPNIS Road to Washington, DC

    Bolivian indigenous leaders denounce human rights violations in Isiboro-Sécure case in Washington

    March 22, 2013 – Bolivian indigenous leaders addressed the IACHR in the culmination of a weeklong trip in what is now the third year of the high-profile campaign to prevent the Bolivian government from building a highway through TIPNIS lands.

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