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Confronted with the denial of science, racism and land-greed of the modern 'colonisers', indigenous communities decided to resist and are receiving international recognition for their work.
While the pandemic rages and Bolsonaro and his ministers ignore or belittle its effects, indigenous communities face renewed invasion by miners, loggers and land thieves who bring infection with them
Brazil’s indigenous peoples face the most serious threats since the military dictatorship: a government determined to eliminate their rights, abolish their culture and ‘integrate’ them into an ultra-neoliberal economy; and a pandemic to which they are particularly vulnerable and which threatens their very existence. This first of three articles examines the history of 'pandemonium'
Covid 19 will affect Brazil’s indigenous groups for many years, not only because of the number of lives it has taken but also because among those dead are many important indigenous leaders. LAB briefly profiles one important leader who recently succumbed to the disease.
The city of Manaus made world headlines last April when a first wave of the coronavirus swept through the city. Now that city, and the entire state of Amazonas, is being swept by a second wave of the pandemic, which is shaping up to be far worse than the first.
Residents of traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon municipality of Barcarena, near the mouth of the Amazon River, say that their subsistence and commercial livelihoods, and their health, have been destroyed by an invasion of mining companies which began in the mid-1980’s. This story is the fifth in a series.
Bolsonaro and his brand of extreme right wing politics have emerged as the big losers in Brazil’s recent local elections, but established left wing parties have not done so well either. Jan Rocha reports.

Brazil: the Yanomami abandoned

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A new report highlights the escalating existential crisis among the 30,000 Indigenous people living in the Yanomami Territory, covering 9,664,975 hectares (37,317 square miles) in northern Brazil. Data shows that the Yanomami reserve is in the top ten areas now most prone to illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.The report accuses Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazilian government of abandoning the Yanomami...
A year ago, Paulo Paulino, a Guajajara Indian, was murdered, with the assassination reverberating around the world. To mark the anniversary of his death, Fiona Watson, director of advocacy at Survival International and a member of LAB’s council, has written two articles. In the first, she interviewed Paulino’s cousin Tainaky, who witnessed his death. In this second article, she describes the...
A year ago, Paulo Paulino, a Guajajara Indian, was murdered, with the assassination reverberating around the world. To mark the anniversary of his death, Fiona Watson, director of advocacy at Survival International and a member of LAB’s council, has written two articles. In the first, she interviews Paulino’s cousin Tainaky, who witnessed his death. In the second, she describes the violence...

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