Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, 27 March 2019 Voices versus the new populism Alzira de Fátima Venâncio Barbosa, who lives by the Paraopebas River. Alzira’s income was dependent on the river, as she would fish and cook for fisherman. Photo: Rodrigo Zaim/Christian Aid Voices of Latin America:...
On 25 January 2019 a huge tailings dam at the Feijão iron ore mine, near Brumadinho, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, collapsed suddenly and catastrophically. The resulting wave of toxic sludge engulfed part of the mine workings, a packed workers' canteen, and rushed down into the Paraopeba river, washing away houses, cattle, mine personnel and people living close...
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The Belo Monte dam, now under construction in the Amazon, is heralded as an abundant power source for Brazil’s burgeoning economy. But critics contend the project’s benefits are outweighed by the environmental and social costs. In a Yale Environment 360 video report, Charles Lyons explores both sides of this controversial project. Full video...
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On 12 January 2014, TV Folha broadcast a special programme 'The Battle of Belo Monte' a live reporting of the largest and most controversial infrastructure project of the Lula and Dilma governments. This video is a compilation of the three sections of the programme: The Construction Site, Altamira and People Affected. In December, a 2013 a special...
19 December 2018. A major indigenous group in Argentina has filed a criminal complaint against BP subsidiary Pan American Energy for illegally dumping toxic fracking waste in the “sensitive Patagonian environment”. According to Greenpeace analysis, the “hazardous waste” contains high levels of hydrocarbons, heavy metals, and radioactive elements that pose reproduction and inhalation risks.
This review of an exhibition of photographs was translated for LAB by Chris Whitehouse. The original, in Portugues, can be read here. Photographer from Minas Gerais launches book with photos and stories of communities affected by hydroelectric dam Main image: 'Drowned Island', one of the photos from Dead Water
Even though Bolivia has had a progressive government for more than a decade (one of the last remaining in the region), indigenous rights are still under threat. Deforested clearing made by illegal settlers. Photo: Ricardo Gutierrez Illegal settlements, mining and timber companies are occupying indigenous territories causing tremendous environmental impact...
Elva Narcia is the founder of glifoscomunicaciones.org, one of LAB’s partners in Mexico. The article was translated from Spanish by Nick Caistor The Tren Maya is a top priority for Mexico’s new president Andres Manuel López Obrador. The 1500 kilometre line aims to link five states in the poor south-east to boost tourism and local industry, but has immediately become...
At least 65 people have been killed and 305 are missing after a tailings dam was breached at Córrego do Feijão, one of Vale’s iron ore mines in the southeast Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Friday 25 January. Many of the dead and missing are workers who were eating in a cafeteria at the site when the tidal wave...
Brazil’s 1988 constitution and other laws established the right of landless peasants to claim unused and underutilized lands. Thousands, with the support of the landless movement, occupied tracts. At times, they even succeeded in getting authorities to set up agrarian reform settlements. Big landowners always opposed giving large tracts of land to the landless but, until roads began...

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