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Belo Monte Occupation Day 9: Protest Continues After Failed Talks with Dam-Building Consortium

June 29, 2012 | Atossa Soltani

Photo Credit: Rafael Salazar

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The indigenous occupation of the Belo Monte construction site entered its ninth day today. More indigenous people are reportedly joining the occupation each day, now reaching 300 indigenous people from 12 different villages along the Xingu. They are demanding that Norte Energia (the dam-building consortium) stop construction until it is able to adequately meet its legal obligations for mitigating the devastating impacts of the dam on the local population.

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Accompanying Sheyla Juruna at Rio+20

June 28, 2012 | Andrew Miller

Photo Credit: Mitch Anderson

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Imagine that your livelihood, your community, and your entire culture are facing imminent destruction. The world's largest dam currently under construction is in the process of decimating the magnificent river on which your people have depended from time immemorial. International bodies have repeatedly sounded the alarm about how your rights are at grave risk, yet the project advances with the force of a thousand bulldozers.

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Support Indigenous Occupation of the Belo Monte Dam Site Now Entering Day 7

June 27, 2012 | Atossa Soltani

Protesters occupying the Belo Monte Dam construction site

I wanted to share this urgent update about the escalating resistance to the destructive Belo Monte dam complex in the Brazilian Amazon. Please take a moment to read this update and support the indigenous and riverbank communities of the Xingu!

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Quechua Turn Pastaza Oil Protest into Watershed Deal with Government

June 23, 2012 | Darrin Mortenson

Photos by Debbie Rivett

After more than a week of peaceful protests, indigenous Quechua residents of the Pastaza River basin finally pushed the Peruvian government to launch a high-level investigation of foreign oil companies operating in Peru's northern Amazon region of Loreto.

Delicately trying to avoid more of the scrutiny and criticism earned by its violent handling of recent protests over mining projects elsewhere in Peru, President Ollanta Humala's Administration quickly dispatched top officials to the Pastaza, including the national minster for the environment, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, and other top staff.

The Pastaza standoff ended peacefully early this week with a written commitment by the government to immediately form a multi-sector commission to investigate oil contamination in Loreto and a promise to launch a comprehensive health program in the mostly indigenous communities of the Pastaza, Corrientes, Marañon and Tigre river basins within a month.

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Living Art Resistance at Rio+20

June 20, 2012 | Caroline Bennett


Images by Caroline Bennett

Nearly 1500 people used Rio's Flamengo Beach as a canvas on June 19th, 2012. Their bodies formed the lines of an enormous image promoting the importance of free-running rivers, truly clean energy sources like solar power and including indigenous knowledge as part of the solution to climate issues. The activity was led by Brazil's many indigenous peoples organized under the umbrella of the Articulation of Brazilian Indigenous Peoples.

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