Eye on the Amazon
  • Recollections of Home: Thoughts on the Flooding of Altamira and the Belo Monte Dam

    Recollections of Home: Thoughts on the Flooding of Altamira and the Belo Monte Dam

    September 10, 2015 – Antonia Melo is standing on her front porch. Behind her sits a room full of memories and photos. Her grandchildren wrap their arms around her legs. She speaks with strength, energy and indignation. At first, I couldn't really feel the sadness in her tone when I spoke with her, but now I can.

  • Canada Decision Is Message to Chevron: Stop Deaths in Ecuador Now!

    Canada Decision Is Message to Chevron: Stop Deaths in Ecuador Now!

    September 9, 2015 – In light of yet another of Chevron's courtroom setbacks in the Ecuador pollution case, company CEO John Watson and his management team again face a stark choice: admit defeat and prevent further death to rainforest villagers, or continue on their disastrous folly by denying the truth. How many more people will lose their lives if Chevron fights on?

  • Block 192: Government in Disarray; Indigenous Indignant

    Block 192: Government in Disarray; Indigenous Indignant

    September 7, 2015 – Peru's government and its Congress appear to be at loggerheads over control of Block 192, the country's main onshore source of crude. Indigenous peoples of the north-eastern jungle are indignant at the government turning its back on dialogue about the future of Block 192. The issue throws into question the government's whole approach to prior consultation.

  • Why We Do What We Do

    Why We Do What We Do

    This excellent short film about the Achuar of Peru makes it clear

    August 27, 2015 – Amazon Watch works hard to ensure that indigenous spokespeople are featured in media coverage related to their lands and rights, but rarely do we see a film 100% in their voice. That's why we're so eager for you to watch and share the film.

  • We Were Born of the Land Lent to Us by Our Future Generations

    We Were Born of the Land Lent to Us by Our Future Generations

    August 14, 2015 – This struggle is very clear as we feel the same deception and frustration of seeing the incompetence of our government to exercise its entrusted role. In other words, their responsibility to lead and serve the Ecuadorian people.

  • Indigenous March Descends on Quito, as National Strike Presses for Major Reforms

    Indigenous March Descends on Quito, as National Strike Presses for Major Reforms

    August 13, 2015 – Major roadways across Ecuador were closed yesterday as indigenous groups joined by labor, campesino, and civil society organizations began a national strike against proposed constitutional amendments that would curtail indigenous rights and allow President Rafael Correa to stay in power indefinitely.

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