Sunday, June 26, 2022

Brazil

The Deaths of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira

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The brutal murders of journalist Dom Phillips and indigenist Bruno Pereira took place in a region, the Javari Valley, beset by a profitable vortex of clandestine economies, resource plunder and land grabbing which the present government does almost nothing to discourage or suppress.

Dom and Bruno – Bolsonaro’s victims

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Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira were murdered in a remote area of the Amazon – almost certainly by or on the orders of those who run the illegal trade in fish, timber, drugs and minerals. President Bolsonaro has fuelled lawlessness by his rhetoric.

Building self-sufficient communities in Rio’s favelas

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The favela community of Vale Encantado in Rio de Janeiro are using a biosystem for sewage treatment and solar panels to make their neighbourhood economically and environmentally self-sufficient, while facing down a long-term threat of eviction. 

Two men missing in The Amazon ‘wild-west’

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The Javari reserve in Amazonas, where Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira disappeared, is a wild-west border region with multiple problems of drug trafficking, smuggling and land grabbing.

Brazil: mine subsidence destroys Pinheiro

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In Brazil, an entire urban neighbourhood emptied out following catastrophic subsidence caused by salt mines. In Sonora, Mexico, ejido members pursue proper compensation and justice from Penmont Mining.

Power of collective responses to Covid in Rio

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Collective emergency responses to the pandemic from women in the Maré favelas of Rio further awakened other women survivors of gendered violence, research shows.

Rio: film festival highlights nuclear perils

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LAB's Karoline Pelikan interviews the organizers of the Rio International Uranium Film Festival which highlights the dangers of nuclear weapons, uranium mining and nuclear waste.

Brazil: the companies are ‘killing us bit by bit’

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The mine tailings dam disasters in 2015 and 2019 in Minas Gerais, Brazil, killed many and affected thousands more. Members of affected communities came to London in April 2022 to meet with London Mining Network and described how the mining companies are still evading responsibility and failing to pay meaningful compensation.

The Amazon: Learning for a different future

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A webinar about ways of teaching nad learning about the future of the Amazon, held in the Cabelo Seco community, Marabá, Pará, Brazil

Bolsonaro provokes constitutional crisis to cloak scandals

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Mired in scandal, Bolsonaro provokes a constitutional crisis to divert attention. But, as Lula's campaign gears up, the key question is what the military will do.

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