Government-sponsored 'public consultation' on hydro-electric dam projects falls woefully short.

Rio Trombetas: The Last Quilombo

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Indigenous villagers protesting against hydro-electric projects face escalating intimidation.
Indigenous villagers protesting against hydro-electric projects face escalating intimidation.
The advent of a mining company spells conflict and potential environmental damaga
São José is a currutela, a village of gold-panners. Life is precarious but until recently there was some stability and community spirit.
The company in charge of environmental impact studies for hydro-electric plants on the Tapajos river does not like journalists.

Midia Ninja, alternative news

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Founded as part of the Fora do Eixo, to stage and film local festivals, this collective of young journalists is challenging the established might of TV Globo.

Rio, one year on

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Back in Brazil after a year's absence, Sue Branford feels the change -after decades of inertia brought about by the co-option of social movements by the PT, the country is coming alive again.

Part 6: Fordlândia

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In the sixth and final episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford takes time off to visit Fordlândia, Henry Ford's failed attempt to create rubber plantations in the Brazilian Amazon.
In the fifth episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford continues eastwards along the Transamazônica highway to the town of Altamira, which, due to the Belo Monte hydroelectric power station, is expanding at a momentous rate.

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