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Brazil Assaults Indigenous Rights, Environment, Social Movements

Featured image: A pair of macaws in flight. The Amazon basin is under extreme threat, as the Brazilian government passes measure after measure to gut environmental, indigenous and social movement protections. Photo by Rhett A. Butler      by Sue Branford and Maurício Torres / Mongabay “The first five months of 2017 have been the most violent … Continue reading Brazil Assaults Indigenous Rights, Environment, Social Movements

Indigenous Women of the Amazon and Allies March for Climate Justice, Indigenous Rights on International Women’s Day

By WECAN International SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 9, 2016 – In recognition of International Women’s Day, Indigenous Amazonian women leaders of seven nationalities including: Andoa, Achuar, Kichwa, Shuar, Shiwiar, Sapara and Waorani nationalities and their international allies took action in Puyo, Ecuador, in a forum and march in defense of the Amazon, Mother Earth and … Continue reading Indigenous Women of the Amazon and Allies March for Climate Justice, Indigenous Rights on International Women’s Day

Brazilian court suspends license for Belo Monte dam

By Glenn Scherer, Mongabay Featured image: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visits the construction site of the Belo Monte Dam, 2014. Photo by Ichiro Guerra/Sala de Imprensa licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license The gigantic Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, located on the Xingu River in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, stood just weeks away … Continue reading Brazilian court suspends license for Belo Monte dam

Brazil’s government charged with ethnocide over Belo Monte Dam

By Sue Branford / Mongabay Featured image courtesy of Wikipedia under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry (MPF) has found the Brazilian federal government and the Norte Energia company guilty of ethnocide for the social and cultural destruction wrought on seven indigenous groups during the Belo Monte dam’s construction. The … Continue reading Brazil’s government charged with ethnocide over Belo Monte Dam

New Hydroelectric Dams Endanger Amazonian River Dolphins

By Claire Salisbury / Mongabay Featured photo: The rare sight of an Amazon River Dolphin leaping out of the water. The dolphins are playful and curious, and threatened by hydroelectric dams. © kevinschafer.com A new study finds that as many as 26 dams could put the charismatic Amazon River Dolphin and the freshwater Tucuxi Dolphin at risk. The … Continue reading New Hydroelectric Dams Endanger Amazonian River Dolphins

Brazil authorizes operation of Belo Monte Dam

By Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense via Intercontinental Cry Image: Mural in São Paulo, Brazil (Photo: Monica Kaneko/flickr). Some Rights Reserved Altamira, Brazil. The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) on Tuesday authorized the Belo Monte Dam’s operating license, which allows the dam’s reservoirs to be filled. The authorization was granted despite clear noncompliance with … Continue reading Brazil authorizes operation of Belo Monte Dam

Indigenous Peoples of Yaigojé Apaporis Victorious as Court Ousts Canadian Mining Company

By Hannibal Rhoades / Intercontinental Cry After five years of legal contests and uncertainty, the Colombian Constitutional Court has confirmed that Yaigojé Apaporis, an indigenous resguardo (a legally recognized, collectively owned territory), also has legitimate status as a national park. The decision is cause for celebration for Indigenous Peoples who call the region home. But it … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples of Yaigojé Apaporis Victorious as Court Ousts Canadian Mining Company

Corporate Developers Seize Indigenous Lands in Brazil and Hire Hit Men to Murder Residents

By Renata Bessi and Santiago Navarro F., Translated by Miriam Taylor / Truthout In an effort to make way for new investment projects, the Brazilian government and transnational corporations have been taking over ancestral indigenous lands, triggering a rise in murders of indigenous people in Brazil. According to the report, “Violence Against Indigenous People in Brazil,” recently published … Continue reading Corporate Developers Seize Indigenous Lands in Brazil and Hire Hit Men to Murder Residents

Achuar seize 14 oil wells in Peru, demanding compensation for exploitation

By teleSUR Indigenous communities in Peru occupied 14 oil wells, paralyzing South American energy firm Pluspetrol’s production, in a protest to demand better compensation for the use of their land. Some 380 members of the Achuar community took control of the facilities in Peru’s northern Amazon region of Loreto Monday, halting the production of some 3,100 … Continue reading Achuar seize 14 oil wells in Peru, demanding compensation for exploitation

Waorani warriors attack, shut down oilfield in Ecuador

By Mongabay Indigenous leaders are calling for the release of six tribesmen implicated in a raid on an oilfield in Eastern Ecuador that left six soldiers injured, reports Andina and El Comercio. According to Ecuador’s defense ministry, on January 6th a group of Waorani (Huaorani) tribesmen armed with spears, bows and arrows, blowguns, and firearms … Continue reading Waorani warriors attack, shut down oilfield in Ecuador