Eye on the Amazon
  • Tensions Rise on the Tapajos River

    Tensions Rise on the Tapajos River

    Peaceful Mundurukú gathering met with brutality

    May 19, 2014 – As the Brazilian government ramps up reckless plans to build another mega-dam complex – this time on the Amazon's Tapajos River – tensions reached a fever pitch last week with a hate-driven mob raining violence on a peaceful protest gathering of Mundurukú people.

  • Oil? Not in Our Dreams

    Oil? Not in Our Dreams

    Meet the Zápara

    May 15, 2014 – The Zápara were once one of the largest indigenous groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon. But by the 1980s anthropologists deemed them extinct, an entire culture erased in less than a century by disease, violence, persecution and assimilation.

  • ¡Update! The Sarayaku Situation

    ¡Update! The Sarayaku Situation

    May 14, 2014 – Sarayaku has reported a buildup of military forces and the existence of plans to invade the community. Ecuador's Ministry of Defense denies these claims. In a national TV address over the weekend, President Correa threatened to declare a state of emergency.

  • Chevron's Ecuador Plan B

    Chevron's Ecuador Plan B

    May 9, 2014 – Test results from the Ecuador trial support what the villagers have always alleged: Chevron contaminated their land, using substandard drilling practices to minimize costs and maximize profit. The real news is the cover-up of the mess they left behind.

  • Ecuadorian Government Seeks to Quash Legitimate Yasuní Referendum

    Ecuadorian Government Seeks to Quash Legitimate Yasuní Referendum

    The people have spoken The world is watching. Let them vote!

    May 5, 2014 – Now that the idea of the Yasuní-ITT initiative is back in the hands of civil society, it may fall victim to an egregious example of government overreach and voter suppression. That's bad for Ecuador and for the world.

  • "No Other Option to Avoid Our U’wa People Being Violently Evicted"

    "No Other Option to Avoid Our U’wa People Being Violently Evicted"

    May 2, 2014 – After a tense 40-day stand-off over a bombed and paralyzed oil pipeline, the U'wa indigenous people came to an agreement late yesterday with the Colombian government, avoiding the possibility of a forceful incursion into their territory.

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