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...
This article was re-published from Ricochet by UpsideDownWorld. You can see the original here. Header image:(L-R): Amalia Cac Tiul, Elena Choc Quib, Carmelina Caal Ical, and Angelica Choc outside TD Tower, Toronto, Nov. 8, 2017. Source: Heather Gies Elena Choc Quib, a unilingual Q’eqchi’ speaker from a remote village in rural Guatemala, never imagined travelling outside her country, let alone boarding...
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...
Argentina has filed indictments against Ricardo Villalba, former Director of the Argentinean Institute of Snow, Ice, and Environmental Research (IANIGLA), and three former Environment Secretaries (Omar Judis, Sergio Lorusso, and Juan José Mussi), for their roles in overseeing the National Glacier Inventory (NGI). Villalba, a renowned glacial researcher, is charged with negligence and failure to properly inventory the...
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...
23 September 2017 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, Apologies for the long hiatus since our last newsletter. We'll try to make them more regular in future. Brazil We’ve published a spate of articles on Brazil in recent months. In case you missed them, there were 15 articles in the extraordinary series by LAB Editor Sue Branford and Mauricio Torres, written for Mongabay and...
This is the final post in a series of four written for Christian Aid and LAB by distinguished journalists João Peres and Moriti Neto 4. Company policy: Divide and Rule MRN, or Mineração Rio do Norte, the bauxite mining company which dominates the extractive industry in Pará, improved the process of 'stakeholder mapping' in 2015, according to the company's financial report....
The Fórum Bem Viver (Good Life Forum) met earlier this month to bring together indigenous leaders, military police, a federal judge, television actors, musicians, journalists, scientists and activists from eight countries and 14 Brazilian states. The event, organized by the eco-cultural education nonprofit Rios de Encontro, utilized arts performances and workshops to seek common ground between participants regarding...

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