I spent the early summer in southern Louisiana, in a region I had never visited before. There was a sense that something terrible had been occurring there for many years, something that preceded the BP oil disaster, irreversible and wrong.
We were crowded around a table in a packed cafeteria, the roar of some 20,000 other COP 15 delegates making my translation job all the harder. I was sitting next to Marlon Santi, president of Ecuador’s powerful national indigenous organization CONAIE. On my left was Tito Puanchir, president of the country’s Amazonian indigenous confederation (CONFENAIE).
Today, Amazon Watch and International Rivers are releasing a new Google Earth tour and YouTube video called "Defending the Rivers of the Amazon," narrated by Sigourney Weaver, to draw attention to the impacts of the proposed Belo Monte Dam Complex on the people and ecology of the Xingu River. If built, Belo Monte would be the world's third-largest hydroelectric dam, and would divert the flow of the Xingu River, a mass [...]
Original Portuguese version below We, the indigenous peoples Juruna, Xipaya, Arara of Volta Grande, Kuruaia and Xicrin from the region of Altamira, the Guajajara, Gavião, Krikati, Awa Guajá, Kayapó of Mato Grosso and Pará, the Tembe, Aikeora, Suruí, Xavante, Karintiana, Puruborá, Kassupá, Wajãpi, Karaja, Apurinã, Makuxi, the Nawa of Acre, th [...]
Alberto Acosta Un día después de la conmemoración del segundo bicentenario del asesinato de los patriotas por parte de las tropas españolas en la ciudad de Quito, el día 2 de agosto del 2010, en el marco de la Iniciativa Yasuní-ITT, se firmó el largamente esperado fideicomiso entre el gobierno nacional y el Programa de Naciones [...]
La firma del fideicomiso es un paso importante pues sin él la iniciativa Yasuní no tendría posibilidades de continuar, es más podríamos decir que después de 3 años empieza a concretarse ahora. [...]
By Raúl Zibechi for The Center for International Policy's Americas Program "These people are gringos who are coming here with NGOs. Take it somewhere else. These people's stomachs are full enough", said the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, in reference to the protesters who belong to the National Confederation of the Indigenous in Ecuador (CONAIE) . [...]
MARCHA HISTÓRICA POR LA DEFENSA Y TERRITORIALIDAD DE LAS NACIONES Y PUEBLOS ORIGINARIOS DE ABYA YALAJune 11, 2010
Unión Base, Puyo, Ecuador Hermanos/asPRESIDENTES DE LAS NACIONALIDADESPresente.- De mi consideración: Germán Freire-NAE; Pedro Enqueri-NAWE; Alfredo Gualinga-NASHIE; Bartolo Ushigua-NASE; Juan Enomenga-ONWAN; Ángel Awak-FEPNASH.Z.CH.; Miguel Wisum-FEPCESH.S; Paco Chuji-FONAKISE; Miguel Ankuash-FECANSH.O; Blanca Grefa-FICCKAE; Justino Piaguaje-OISE; Luis Narváez-FEINCE; Alexandra Pro [...]
The Brazilian government's ruthless and politicized attacks on the Ministerio Publico Federal (MPF), in particular its targeting of the key Altamira-based Judge Antonio Carlos de Almeida Campelo, has seriously undermined the legal case against the controversial Belo Monte dam. [...]
Amazon Watch - Change to Win - Defenders of Wildlife - Environmental Investigation Agency Friends of the Earth - International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Oxfam America Public Citizen - Sierra Club - Washington Office on Latin America Friday, May 28, 2010 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: As a diverse [...]