Saturday, May 26, 2018
On March 29th, 2017, the small country of El Salvador became the first nation in the world to exercise its sovereign right to say “no” to metallic mining after carefully analyzing the costs and benefits of this industry. This historic decision was the result of a persistent 12-year struggle (the length of the civil war in the 80s and...
Norsk Hydro’s Alunorte aluminum refining facility in Barcarena municipality, Pará state, has been accused by Brazilian authorities of contaminating the local waters of several communities with toxic waste that overflowed earlier this month from a holding basin. The firm denied the allegation, but has agreed to provide water to local residents, and is investigating. The government also accused...
Local leaders in Barcarena, Pará are in fear for their lives, following the murder on Monday 12 March of one of their leaders, 47 year-old Paulo Sérgio Almeida Nascimento. This was the second murder of a community leader in three months. Fernando Pereira was murdered on 22 December 2017. “It’s as though we are the prey and they are the...
Brazil’s government this week announced a major shift away from its policy of building mega-dams in the Brazilian Amazon – a strategy born during the country’s military dictatorship (1964-1985) and vigorously carried forward down to the present day. The Temer government claims the decision is a response to intense resistance from environmentalists and indigenous groups, but while that...
20 December 2017 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, The ghosts of elections past, present and future Across the world, polls this year have been confounded as elections yielded surprising results (not least, for those of us in the UK, in the 2016 referendum on EU membership and the general election in 2017). These results have led many analysts to identify strands...
Jan Rocha takes a break from her usual razor-sharp analyses of Brazil's political landscape. Yet, even in Santarém, Pará, where the Tapajos river joins the Amazon, she finds that all is change: rapid urbanisation, a massive grain terminal, clearance of forest for soya and the arrival of indigenous people from Venezuela. A full moon hangs in the sky over...
LAB's Tom Gatehouse talks to Rodrigo Péret from the Churches and Mining Network and Thiago Alves da Silva from the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) Main image: The historic Estrada Real (the Royal Road built by the Portuguese crown in the early 18th century) passes through Bento Rodrigues. One of the marks of the Estrada Real is surrounded by...
This article was first published on Mongabay on 17 October 2017. You can read the original here. The same article has been translated for LAB into Portuguese by Fernando Moreira. You can read the Portuguese version here. On 13 October, eighty Munduruku warriors and shamans tried to occupy the São Manoel dam on the Teles Pires River in one...
Em 13 de Outubro, 80 guerreiros, guerreiras e pajés Munduruku tentaram realizar rituais no canteiro de obras da hidrelétrica de São Manoel no rio Teles Pires, em uma das partes mais remotas da Amazônia. Mas dessa vez, Governo e empresas estavam preparados. Trinta policiais armados da Força Nacional de Segurança Pública foram deslocados para o local e...
This article by Tim Muth is reproduced from the excellent El Salvador Perspectives blog. You can read the original here. Tim can be contacted on Twitter (@TimMuth) Universal, affordable access to potable water does not exist in El Salvador, particularly in rural areas. One partial solution to the problem is rainwater harvesting --- when the rains fall abundantly on El...

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