They owned an island , now they are urban poor: the tragedy of Altamira

Construction of the Belo Monte dam has cast men, women and children who lived rich lives along the Xingu River to the outskirts of Altamira, Brazils most violent city. Here, to the sound of gunfire, they must live behind barred windows, and buy food with money theyve never had or needed before They owned an […]

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Amazon at risk from Bolsonaro’s grim attack on the environment | Fabiano Maisonnave

Climate Home: Menace to the rainforest and its people and an end to the Paris agreement are among the promises of Brazils presidential hopeful No more Paris agreement. No more ministry of environment. A paved road cutting through the Amazon. Not only that. Indigenous provinces opened to mining. Relaxed environmental law enforcement and licensing. International […]

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Colombia and Brazil clamp down on borders as Venezuela crisis spurrings exodus

Venezuelas neighbors plan to dispatch more security personnel while Brazil prepares to relocate thousands of refugees to countrys interior Venezuela Colombia and Brazil clamp down on borders as Venezuela crisis spurs exodus Venezuela’s neighbours plan to dispatch more security personnel while Brazil prepares to relocate thousands of refugees to country’s interior John Otis in Cucuta […]

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Tribes in deep water: gold, guns and the Amazon’s last frontier | Dom Phillips and Gary Calton

Mining reserves and plentiful fish entail Brazils Javari Valley is increasingly at risk from armed poachers seeking to plunder its resources. So, too, are the tribes who call it home Francisco Lima sits in the wooden watchtower, flicking a searchlight on and off as he surveys the dark river for the commercial fishermen who pillage […]

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Antigua: sprawling ‘Chinese colony’ plan across marine reserve kindles opponent

Yida project includes a blueprint for a manufacturing hub, but foes advise construction is decimating coastal vegetation Plans to construct a sprawling” Chinese colony” complete with mills, homes and holiday resorts across a pristine marine reserve in Antigua have ignited a storm of controversy on the Caribbean island. Known locally as the Yida project after […]

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‘ Legal discrimination is alive and well ‘: Canada’s indigenous females fight for equality

Canada recently passed an amendment to end inequality, but a lack of timeline means a colonial-era act still holds back indigenous women As a child, Sharon McIvor spent her days wandering her grandmother’s First Nations community deep in British Columbia, learning to fish, harvest sap and pick berries, as the Nlaka’pamux Nation had done for […]

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Colombia: tens of thousands ordered to evacuate after deluges at dam

600 people already left homeless after heavy inundates at hydroelectric dam project, with another wave of flooding feared Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in western Colombia after heavy inundations at Colombia’s largest hydroelectric dam project, which had already displaced hundreds over the weekend. map The Hidroituango dam on […]

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Canada’s Greens eye victory on Prince Edward Island

Party sets sights on upsetting status quo on the front line of climate change Canadians on Prince Edward Island are preparing to vote on Tuesday in a regional election that could lead to a Green party forming a government for the first time in the country’s history. The party leader, Peter Bevan-Baker is a Scotland-born […]

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‘This is all stolen’: Canadian man offers to share his land with First Nations

Joel Holmberg was appalled by vitriol against indigenous people. So he invited them to live on his property, rent-free Joel Holmberg had been batting the idea around for years. But the final decision came last month, as he scrolled through the online vitriol that erupted after a white farmer was acquitted of killing a young […]

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Brazil: high-risk expedition to contact isolated tribe proclaimed success

Thirty-person expedition, including Funai officials and a doctor, contacted and vaccinated 34 people from the Korubo tribe Brazil’s biggest and most ambitious expedition in decades to contact a voluntarily isolated indigenous tribe has been proclaimed a success after venturing deep into remote and inaccessible Amazon jungle. The rare, high-risk expedition aimed to prevent potential conflict […]

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