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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Brazilian Indigenous Leader Slams Amazon Mega-Dams in Paris Protest

Brazilian Indigenous Leader Slams Amazon Mega-Dams in Paris Protest

March 14, 2014 | Survival International

Indian leader Megaron Kayapó said, "Which rivers will we have for fishing? The Xingu is our river, our supermarket… We live by hunting, fishing, and planting… We have always been against it (Belo Monte), and we will always be against it".More »

Megadams Are Dismal Investments

March 13, 2014 | Bloomberg

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has publicly defended Belo Monte against attacks from environmentalists and indigenous groups, calling it a "social investment" that will improve the lives of those in the Amazon. Yet a study published this month suggests that the government-run companies footing most of the bill for Belo Monte may never recoup their investment.More »

From Floods to Drought, Brazil's Energy Sector Faces a Catastrophic Year

From Floods to Drought, Brazil's Energy Sector Faces a Catastrophic Year

March 13, 2014 | Blog Post

Einstein once said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." It is evident that the Brazilian government dismisses such wisdom.More »

Indigenous Leader Condemns Brazil's Rights Abuses at United Nations

Speakers highlight violations stemming from Amazon dams at Human Rights Council

March 11, 2014 | Press Release

Geneva, Switzerland – In a groundbreaking event at the 25th United Nations Human Rights Council, the national coordinator of Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples Sônia Guajajara exposed an alarming disregard for indigenous peoples' rights by the Brazilian government as it rushes to promote an unprecedented wave of large dam construction across the Amazon basin with devastating impacts on their territories and livelihoods.More »

Profiles: Sônia Guajajara, A Powerful Voice for Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples

Profiles: Sônia Guajajara, A Powerful Voice for Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples

March 10, 2014 | Blog Post

Meet Sônia Bone Guajajara, the national coordinator of Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples and tireless spokeswoman for the country's indigenous movement. This week she brings this struggle to a growing European public.More »

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