The Xingu River and Its People

For hundreds of years, the Xingu River basin has been home to a cross-section of Brazilian life, made up of rural and urban communities. The region reveals a diverse conglomeration of people, with varying levels of multilingualism and acculturation to the Brazilian mainstream. More

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"It Opens the Floodgate"

"It Opens the Floodgate"

Brazil is handing over the Amazon rainforest to mining companies and big agriculture

March 21, 2017VICE News

"You cannot deny land to indigenous people that are ancestrally attached to it and expect them to continue to exist as a culture," said Christian Poirier, program director at Amazon Watch.

Is Chinese Development Finance Enabling Rainforest Destruction in Brazil?

Is Chinese Development Finance Enabling Rainforest Destruction in Brazil?

March 21, 2017China Dialogue

Brazil's current economic and political shifts and its effort to attract Chinese investment are part of a concerted effort by the Brazilian government to industrialize vast sections of the Amazon, with grave ramifications for the forests, rivers, and peoples who help sustain this irreplaceable biome for the benefit of humanity.

Watch Belo Monte Documentary Today!

Watch Belo Monte Documentary Today!

March 14, 2017

Today is International Day of Action for Rivers, and what better way to commemorate it than watching the award-winning documentary film, Belo Monte: After the Flood!

Samba Parade Spotlights Threats To Rivers, Forests and Indigenous Rights at Rio's Carnival

Samba Parade Spotlights Threats To Rivers, Forests and Indigenous Rights at Rio's Carnival

Parade's message angered agri-business lobby, but provided an important opportunity for participants to highlight the importance of indigenous rights and environmental protection

February 28, 2017

In a colorful and highly energized samba parade at Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Carnival on Monday morning, Imperatriz Leopoldinense, one of Brazil's most traditional and respected samba schools, paid a special tribute to indigenous peoples of the Amazon's Xingu River, highlighting threats to their territories, livelihoods and rights.

Brazil: Hate Speech Threatens the Xingu

Brazil: Hate Speech Threatens the Xingu

What's behind the Rural Coalition attack on the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school? Rio's Carnival has attracted the kind of hatred indigenous people have known for decades.

February 22, 2017Latin America Bureau

Imperatriz Leopoldinense probably had no idea where it would lead them when they chose to speak out about the Xingu, but they chose the right path. Because today, to defend the Brazilian Indian is to defend the future of our country.

Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

February 14, 2017

Make no mistake about it, indigenous rights and territories are under attack in Brazil. We recently reported on attempts by the administration of President Michel Temer to roll back indigenous rights and environmental protections, moves that fundamentally undermine land demarcation norms while portending dire consequences for the Amazon and its people.

Counterintuitive: Global Hydropower Boom Will Add To Climate Change

Counterintuitive: Global Hydropower Boom Will Add To Climate Change

Reservoirs emit significant greenhouse gases planet-wide, study finds; researchers urge that new hydropower projects not be christened with green energy label

February 14, 2017Mongabay

"The new study confirms that reservoirs are major emitters of methane, a particularly aggressive greenhouse gas," said Kate Horner, Executive Director of International Rivers, adding that hydropower dams "can no longer be considered a clean and green source of electricity."

Siemens, the Pope and the Law of the Jungle

Siemens, the Pope and the Law of the Jungle

February 13, 2017

At Belo Monte, the writing is on the wall because, all over the Amazon, new dams are planned or being built. A key role in the protection of the forests, rivers and animals will now be played by the indigenous person.

Brazil Alters Indigenous Land Demarcation Process, Sparking Conflict

Brazil Alters Indigenous Land Demarcation Process, Sparking Conflict

Brazil has shifted authority over demarcation of indigenous lands from Funai, its Indian agency, to the Justice Ministry, amid indigenous rights group protests

February 2, 2017Mongabay

With the issuance of a federal decree in mid-January, Brazil's government announced major changes to the procedure by which it formally demarcates indigenous lands – a move applauded by the ruralistas industrial agriculture lobby and large landowners, but greeted with alarm by indigenous land rights activists.

Battle for the Amazon: Tapajós Basin Threatened by Massive Development

Battle for the Amazon: Tapajós Basin Threatened by Massive Development

Brazil's soy farmers, international commodity traders, and Brasilia want to turn the Tapajós Basin into an industrialized commodities export corridor, building dozens of dams, roads and a railway

January 3, 2017Mongabay

Carlos Fávaro's dream of turning the Tapajós River into "Brazil's Mississippi" is now within the grasp of Brazil's agribusinessmen – with only indigenous people, traditional riverine communities, environmentalists and the ever-increasing concern of climate scientists about the damage that will be done to the forest, and thus indirectly to the global climate, standing in their way.

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