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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Brazilian Indigenous Leader to Address UN Council in Effort to Stop Dam

Ademir Kaba Munduruku will argue Brazil is violating indigenous rights by failing to consult them about the hydroelectric project on the river Tapajós

June 24, 2015The Guardian

The Brazilian government has violated its own constitution and international law by developing hydroelectric power plants in the Amazon, according to an indigenous leader due to address the 29th United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday afternoon.

Brazil's Belo Monte Dam Puts Livelihood of 2,000 Families at Risk, Prosecutors Say

Federal prosecutors say Norte Energia, the consortium building the $11bn dam, has violated agreed-to items that are endangering locals’ means of survival

June 16, 2015Associated Press

Construction of a massive hydroelectric dam is endangering the livelihoods of at least 2,000 families in Brazil’s Amazon jungle state of Para, according to federal prosecutors who recommend that efforts to move the residents be suspended.

Working Together to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground!

Working Together to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground!

April 24, 2015

This week Amazon Watch was proud to host a pioneering Climate Equity Strategy Session in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Hillary Institute, where representatives from indigenous and frontline communities, international NGOs, and climate and energy experts discussed the challenges and opportunities of keeping fossil fuels in the ground in the Americas.

Private Sector Bows Out of Belo Monte as Vale Slashes Its Stake

Private Sector Bows Out of Belo Monte as Vale Slashes Its Stake

April 16, 2015

Vale clearly couldn't wait to offload its poor investment in a polemic project that's already run more than a year over schedule and $1 billion over budget.

Brazil: Mired in Scandal, Refusing to Progress

Brazil: Mired in Scandal, Refusing to Progress

March 31, 2015

With Belo Monte's criminal irregularities in the spotlight, one would think the Brazilian government would lay low – perhaps even learn from the current crisis! Unfortunately we I was seeing the opposite here on the jungle jet and throughout the nation.

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.

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.

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.

Reflections on the Xingu: A Campaigner's Return to the Amazon

Reflections on the Xingu: A Campaigner's Return to the Amazon

February 3, 2015

The battle against Belo Monte is far from over, as last week's protests illustrate. Many lessons have been learned, steeling resistance and resilience for the coming clash over the government's plans to wreck the spectacular Tapajós.

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