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Signs of hope for the Munduruku

Published on: Mon Apr 25, 2016
Author: Bruna Rocha*
Signs of hope for the Munduruku

  Santarém 25 April: The past few days have been surreal, with a flurry of indigenous and quilombola (maroon) land demarcations – more than have been recognised over the past six years, something that, of course, we all warmly welcome. Yet, at the same time, President Dilma Rousseff is close to being impeached by corrupt representatives of agribusiness, evangelical and gun lobbies. I never thought I would live to witness a parliamentary coup. Now, watching this gruesome spectacle unfold, I often…

Brazilian Amazon: Land colonization: 'grandes vs pequenos'

Published on: Tue Mar 15, 2016
Author: Catherine Morgans
Brazilian Amazon: Land colonization: 'grandes vs pequenos'

The Brazilian Amazon, or Amazonia Legal, is today home to 21 million people, many of who can be classified as colonists, or migrants to the region. In Conjuring Property, anthropologist Jeremy Campbell provides an insightful ethnographic study of the colonists in Castelo dos Sonhos, a village in western Pará. He focuses on the relationship between colonists and the land that they wish to legally acquire, subsequently exposing the tactics, risks, and consequences of claiming property in a seemingly…

Brazil's environment is under stress

Published on: Sun Dec 13, 2015
Author: Catherine Morgans*
Brazil's environment is under stress

With some of the largest forest fires in decades and a burst dam resulting in the country’s worst environmental disaster to date, it has rarely been as evident as in the last few months that Brazil’s environment is under stress. Often “natural” disasters have man-made causes at their roots, and economic activity has clearly been largely responsible for the recent calamities. Between September and November, a fire raged in the Araribóia indigenous reserve in Maranhão. By the time it was under control,…

Brazil -- rural conflict growing

Published on: Tue Jul 21, 2015
Author: Catherine Morgans*
Brazil -- rural conflict growing

In an urban-centric country, now fixated on corruption scandals, a faltering economy and threats of impeachment, the media are currently showing little interest in rural issues. However, last month news broke of yet another case of the violence in the interior of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS), serving as a stark reminder of the unsolved conflicts still plaguing the country’s hinterland. On 22 June the Guarani Indian community of Kurusu Mba in MS, which had waited for many years for the government…

Land in Brazil 5: re-thinking the city of São Paulo

Published on: Tue Jun 9, 2015
Author: Caroline Barrueco
Land in Brazil 5: re-thinking the city of São Paulo

Fighting speculation and gentrification, one building at a time Inside Brazil's Autonomous Housing Movement Squatters are currently occupying about 60 building in the centre of São Paulo, as low income people fight attempts to relocate them to the outskirts of the city. At the same time, cultural collectives are carrying out actions, such as spontaneous parties in public spaces, to try to regain “ownership” of the city.   The writer Caroline Barrueco, who defines herself as a “civil disobedience…

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