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Brazil's remote Amazon heartlands are currently threatened by intensive industrial development plans that include the creation of massive hydroelectric dams, natural gas and petroleum extraction projects, and industrial waterways to transport natural resources. More

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Mounting Evidence of Corruption in the Brazilian Dam Industry

Mounting Evidence of Corruption in the Brazilian Dam Industry

March 19, 2015

Last Sunday millions of citizens in dozens of cities throughout Brazil took to the streets to protests rampant corruption, erroneous economic policies and rollbacks of social benefits. Protestors called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, claiming government mismanagement and a possible direct link between the president and an unprecedented corruption scandal centered around Petrobras.

Organizations Request That the IACHR Strengthen State Obligations to Supervise Corporate Activities That Violate Human Rights

In a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, they highlighted the opportunities that the Commission has to address the problem through the creation, implementation and strengthening of international standards on business and human rights.

March 17, 2015

Washington, DC – In a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, civil society organizations requested that the Commission provide renewed attention to the problem, increasingly experienced in the hemisphere, of human rights violations committed by corporations.

Occupy Amazonia? Indigenous Activists Are Taking Direct Action – and It's Working

Occupy Amazonia? Indigenous Activists Are Taking Direct Action – and It's Working

March 16, 2015The Conversation

The relative success of direct action in recent decades contrasts with the often bloody encounters that went before, from which poorly-armed Indians invariably emerged badly.

Decolonization and the Munduruku Protocol: It's Time to Listen

Decolonization and the Munduruku Protocol: It's Time to Listen

March 6, 2015

The Munduruku Protocol on consultation procedures, published couple of weeks ago and presented to the Brazilian government, is the first protocol of a consultation process proposed by an indigenous nation that I have ever seen. It is very well written, closely following international and national law.

Massive Corruption Scandal Implicates Brazil's Amazon Dam Builders

Testimony from jailed operators of Petrobras scandal point to similar corruption scheme involving politicians and major construction firms

March 5, 2015

Brasilia, Brazil – This week, imprisoned executives from one of Brazil's largest construction firms, who are implicated in an unprecedented corruption scandal involving the parastatal oil company Petrobras, promised to expose a parallel scheme of massive fraud surrounding hydroelectric dams in the Amazon.

Brazil's Arrested Forest Kingpin Isn't the Only Problem Facing the Amazon

Brazil's Arrested Forest Kingpin Isn't the Only Problem Facing the Amazon

February 27, 2015VICE News

"We're concerned that deforestation will continue unabated despite the fact that [Castanha]'s been arrested," Christian Poirier, said the Brazil-EU Advocacy Coordinator for the forest and indigenous rights protection group Amazon Watch. "There've been arrests made. There've been some serious attempts to break up these [deforestation] mafias. But I'm afraid that the structures that allow this to happen, which is to say the lack of governance and the signals that are coming from the central government in Brazil ... are all sending signals that [deforestation] is going to be tolerated."

Amazon Deforestation Soars After a Decade of Stability

February 27, 2015New Scientist

Deforestation in the Amazon has skyrocketed in the past half a year, according to analysis of satellite images issued by Brazil's non-profit research institute, IMAZON.

Investor's Eye on the Amazon - Winter 2015

Winter 2015

In our Winter 2015 issue, we bring you the latest updates and investor risks associated with companies operating or investing in the Amazon region.

Dams or Indigenous Land: The Battle over the Munduruku Frontier

Dams or Indigenous Land: The Battle over the Munduruku Frontier

February 20, 2015Mongabay.com

The Munduruku indigenous tribe have begun to mark out the limits of their land, in an action that could halt the giant São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam, the apple of the Brazilian government's eye.

Carnival for Some, Struggle for Others

Carnival for Some, Struggle for Others

February 18, 2015

It's carnival time in Brazil, but for people of the Xingu there is no time to celebrate. Three years after construction initiated on Belo Monte dam, the consortium used the distraction of carnival to request an Operating License.

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