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A United Cry Against Dams in the Amazon

May 3, 2013 | Maíra Irigaray

Notes from the Amazon Watch Brazil field team, currently in Altamira.
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Yesterday Brazil and the world witnessed a historic moment of unity and struggle for the Amazon and its people. Some 200 indigenous peoples, riverine communities and fishermen joined at the Pimental construction site of the Belo Monte dam where they continue to occupy the area. They did not come to hold discussions with the construction consortium; they want their agenda to be heard by the Brazilian Federal Government.

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Brazilians Denounce Dirty Belo Monte-Euro Connections

May 1, 2013 | Christian Poirier

Protestors denounce Belo Monte's German backers outside of the Munich Re shareholder meeting last week. Photo credit: Melanie Meyer

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The social and environmental disaster currently being triggered by Brazil's Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon has generated worldwide outrage, with its mounting polemic justifiably centered upon the mega-dam's Brazilian proponents, including the reckless government of President Dilma Rousseff. Yet little is known about the project's international benefactors, which are providing critical financial, logistical, and indeed political support to Belo Monte and Brazil's extensive dam-building agenda for the Amazon.

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Damocracy: The Movie

April 30, 2013

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Damocracy is a powerful new documentary that debunks the myth of large-scale dams as clean energy and a solution to climate change. It records the priceless cultural and natural heritage the world would lose in the Amazon and Mesopotamia if two planned large-scale dams are built – the Belo Monte dam in Brazil, and Ilisu dam in Turkey. Damocracy is a story of resistance by the thousands of people who will be displaced, and a call to the world to support their struggle.

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Visiting Yawepare and Clean Water for the Amazon

April 25, 2013 | Alex Goff

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It's a long trip from the Amazonian city of Coca to the Waorani community of Yawepare on the edge of Yasuní National Park in Ecuador, much longer than the actual distance would seem to indicate. After almost an hour at high speeds along a paved portion of the Via Auca, the first road in the region built by Texaco when the company initially began operating in the area, you turn off onto the Via Pindo. From there, it's another hour or more on a rocky, unpaved road that snakes through the jungle passing oil stations, platforms, gas flares, and mestizo, Kichwa, Shuar, and Waorani communities. Out here you're a long way from Coca. It was in this area, specifically in the mestizo community of Los Reyes, where, in 2009, a woman and her family were attacked and killed by the Tagaeri, one of the two Waorani subgroups living in voluntary isolation in the Ecuadorian Amazon. When you're out here it's almost unfathomable to look around and imagine these uncontacted indigenous groups, people of an ancient culture still living in the most traditional ways, in such close proximity to modernized communities and large-scale oil activity. That's the reality of uncontacted groups in Ecuador today. There is very little space left in the forest to roam, and every day it gets smaller.

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Ecuador Delays 11th Oil Round Deadline

April 22, 2013

Ecuador Delays 11th Oil Round Deadline

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In a bit of an Earth Day reprieve, Ecuador has extended the deadline for companies to offer bids for the 16 oil blocks up for sale in the country's southeastern Amazon rainforests. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the Ministry of Non Renewable Resources pushed the date for interested companies to submit bids from May 30 to July 16, stating that the extension would give companies more time to "review the geology of the oil blocks and to complete legal paperwork necessary."

Sounds to us like no one is interested in Ecuador's dirty oil!

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