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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 »

"Rivers Teach Us to Ignore Borders and Continue the Struggle"

"Rivers Teach Us to Ignore Borders and Continue the Struggle"

Declaration of the Xingu Alive Forever Movement

April 16, 2014 | Xingu Vivo | Blog Post

Belo Monte has not killed the resistance. Its cement has not blinded all people’s eyes, nor has its money bought all consciences. Its repression has not deadened courage or silenced mouths; its lies have not deafened all ears.More »

What Could David Beckham’s BBC Film Say About the Brazilian Amazon?

Documentary starring ex-footballer is an excellent opportunity to portray the reality of life in the rainforest

April 11, 2014 | The Guardian

Beckham's expedition was, or is, "top-secret." However, photos of him meeting a Yanomami leader, Davi Yanomami make it clear he paid a visit to their territory in northern Brazil and suggest some Yanomami will feature in the film.More »

Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests

Indigenous Leaders Targeted in Battle to Protect Forests

April 9, 2014 | IPS

Washington, DC – Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.More »

"There Are Many Chico Mendes Around the World"

"There Are Many Chico Mendes Around the World"

April 8, 2014 | Blog Post

Franco Viteri, indigenous leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon, remembers hearing about the death of Chico Mendes. The lasting impression of Chico's example inspired Franco to participate in the Chico Vive! conference.More »

They Razed Paradise and Put up a Soybean Lot

Brazil's agro powers are excited to be edging closer to soy giant the United States. But environmentalists say there's another reason to be very afraid for the rain forest.

April 7, 2014 | Global Post

"What causes deforestation? In Brazil, the major cause is still agribusiness," said Leila Salazar-Lopez, program director at Amazon Watch. "With the news of deforestation increasing in Brazil, with the Forest Code being revamped, with the 'ruralistas' and agribusiness really having control of Congress and creating an assault on the environment and indigenous rights," she said, "people should be very concerned."More »

River Activists Visit Amazon Villages

April 4, 2014 | Two Rivers Tribune

The Brazil trip was a political statement of unity that would link the South American villagers with there own efforts to remove four dams from the Klamath River.More »

Belo Monte Under Renewed Legal Attack

Belo Monte Under Renewed Legal Attack

Brazilian high court demands new environmental study, threatening to paralyze mega-dam

April 1, 2014 | Xingu Vivo | Blog Post

Judge José Batista heavily criticized Belo Monte, affirming, "The only concern [in this project] was economic, with a small amount of environmental [concern] and no social concern, especially in regards to indigenous peoples."More »

Brazilian Judicial Abuses Questioned on Anniversary of Military Coup

Human rights commission hears case questioning state use of dictatorship-era legal device

March 31, 2014 | Press Release

Washington, DC – Marking the 50th anniversary of Brazil's military coup, Brazilian community representatives and their legal advocates questioned President Dilma Rousseff's administration last week at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights over its flagrant use of a legal mechanism that dates to the country's dictatorship.More »

Are Brazil's Dams to Blame for Record Floods in Bolivia?

Are Brazil's Dams to Blame for Record Floods in Bolivia?

March 31, 2014 | NACLA

In recent months, Bolivia's Amazonian region has experienced the most disastrous flooding of the past 100 years. In the past weeks, attention has focused on the role played by two recently-inaugurated Brazilian mega-dams – the Jirau and the San Antonio – in Bolivia's floods.More »

Ending the Flood of Megadams

March 18, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

Actual construction costs of large dams are globally on average 96% higher than their budgets, and the magnitude of cost overruns hasn't declined. There is also the negative impact on human society and the environment such as flooding, as well as erosion, landslides and loss of fish populations. Then there are cost overruns and debt servicing.More »

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