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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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Unexamined Synergies: Dam Building and Mining Go Together in the Amazon

Unexamined Synergies: Dam Building and Mining Go Together in the Amazon

Forty major dams are planned for the Brazilian Amazon in the next twenty years. Driving the trend are the high-energy demands of a powerful mining industry and mineral export businesses.

June 22, 2017Mongabay

"The truth is that installing a hydropower dam provokes the installation of mining projects. This never, or extremely rarely, is integrated into the licensing process as a synergetic effect."

Brazil Suspends Belo Sun's Gold Mine Licence, Stock Collapses

Brazil Suspends Belo Sun's Gold Mine Licence, Stock Collapses

April 12, 2017Mining.com

In February, a group of locals who opposed the project asked Pará authorities to suspend the recently issued construction licence for Volta Grande. They oppose the company’s planned use of cyanide during extraction of the precious metal, arguing that waste will be deposited in a dam located just 1.5 km from the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon, which poses risks in case of a dam collapse as it happened in 2015, after the Samarco dam burst in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, which killed 19 people and polluted water streams.

Gold Mine Aggravates Tensions in Brazil's Amazon Region

Gold Mine Aggravates Tensions in Brazil's Amazon Region

April 7, 2017IPS

"Either Belo Sun throws us out of here or we throw them out."

Toxic Mega-Mine Looms Over Belo Monte's Affected Communities

Toxic Mega-Mine Looms Over Belo Monte's Affected Communities

April 4, 2017

On the banks of Brazil's lower Xingu River, a toxic controversy looms large, threatening to heap insult upon the grievous injuries of the nearby Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. Belo Sun would become Brazil's largest open-pit gold mine, straddling the territories of three indigenous peoples and other traditional communities that are already reeling from the many social and environmental impacts of Belo Monte.

An Amazon Community Braces for "Monster" Gold Mine

The Volta Grande project on the Xingu River is destined to be Brazil's largest open-pit gold mine. But activists fear the environmental impact on indigenous communities.

April 3, 2017Univisión

According to Christian Poirier of Amazon Watch, "there is no plan for the removal of the mine waste – it's a ticking time bomb."

"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!

Amazon Threatened by China-Ecuador Loans for Oil

Amazon Threatened by China-Ecuador Loans for Oil

Ecuador's incoming President must review the oil deals harming the country's economy and ecology

March 7, 2017China Dialogue

Meeting contractual loan payments with oil is a major driver behind Ecuador's effort to open up new, pristine Amazon indigenous rainforest territory to oil drilling. All this new drilling has led to massive impacts in the Amazon rainforest that have been dire both for its world-renowned biodiversity and its indigenous peoples.

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.

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