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Social movements are protesting over plans to push ahead with hydroelectric dams along the Tapajós river. Bruna Rocha reports for LAB.
With the world facing prolonged financial turmoil and food shortages because of the deepening climate crisis, land has become a ‘commodity’. Investors are confident that it will increase in value and give them a good return on their capital.
President Dilma has until 25 May to decide whether or not to veto the landowners' version of the Forest Code. Meanwhile, pressure from the environmentalist lobby is gaining momentum.
COPINH, the indigenous organisation, issues statement protesting about police brutality (in Spanish).
Congressional manoeuvres to delay Constitutional amendment expose the extent of slave labour in ‘modern’ Brazil.
On 11 May 2012 US and Honduran soldiers shot a group of Miskito Indians from a helicopter, claiming they were involved in drug-trafficking. Berta Cáceres from COPINH says that the indigenous community is under seige.
Human rights body expresses outrage at killing of six civilians by US soldiers
U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff commander General Martin Dempsey visited Colombia on March 29 to announce that within weeks U.S. military personnel will operate from a military base there with the newly formed Vulcan Task Force.
The focus this week is on Latin America's land grab   23rd May 2012 Dear LAB supporter and friend, Latin America's land grab With the world facing prolonged financial turmoil and food shortages because of the deepening climate crisis, land has become a 'commodity'. Investors are confident that it will increase in value and give them a good return on their capital. Our partners all...

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The problem of the drugs trade has taken centre stage in Latin America.

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