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These Activists are Risking Their Lives and Using High-Tech to Stop Illegal Logging in the Amazon

These Activists are Risking Their Lives and Using High-Tech to Stop Illegal Logging in the Amazon

Jeremy Hance – Activists are risking their lives and employing high technology to uncover illegal timber cutting operations in the Brazilian Amazon…

By October 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
It’s More Dangerous Than Ever to be an Environmentalist. Here’s Why.

It’s More Dangerous Than Ever to be an Environmentalist. Here’s Why.

Will Potter, GreenIsTheNewRed Waking Times In the days before he was gunned down in the doorway of his home in the Brazilian Amazon, environmental activist and union leader Chico Mendes knew he was a marked man. He had heard that a meeting of ranchers had been called to plan his death; he had seen, in […]

Brazil Confirms Amazon Deforestation Increase

Brazil Confirms Amazon Deforestation Increase

Mongabay Waking Times Data released by the Brazilian government Friday confirms an increase in Amazon forest loss. Brazil’s National Space Research Institute, INPE, updated data from its near-real-time deforestation tracking system, known as DETER. The system showed a near five-fold increase in forest loss during May 2013 relative to a year earlier, from 99 square […]

Injustice in the Amazon – Interview with Maini Militão of Xiingu & Belo Monte

Injustice in the Amazon – Interview with Maini Militão of Xiingu & Belo Monte

Amazon Watch Waking Times It was 7 a.m. when I started talking with Maini while she waited with me in line for four hours at the Altamira private hospital in the remote jungle boomtown deep in the Brazilian Amazon. Maini is the second oldest of Seu Sebastião’s four children. Ten years ago, her father Seu […]

By April 1, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Tribe Rejects $9million Payment From Electricity Company Behind Destructive Amazon Dam

Tribe Rejects $9million Payment From Electricity Company Behind Destructive Amazon Dam

Mongabay Waking Times Leaders of more than two dozen Kayapó indigenous communities have rejected a $9 million offer from Brazilian state energy company Eletrobras to fund development projects in their region due to the the firm’s involvement in the construction of the Belo Monte dam, reports Amazon Watch, an activist group fighting the hydroelectric project. […]

By March 16, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Empowering Local Farmers to End Hunger

Empowering Local Farmers to End Hunger

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times  Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet, is an avid believer that a democracy that can empower its citizens to become involved in providing the community’s life essentials may be just want society needs to address the urgent issue of hunger. In Brazil, Belo Horizonte, the fourth […]

By December 31, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
The Killing Fields: Growing Soy in South America

The Killing Fields: Growing Soy in South America

Waking Times What are the true costs of growing Soy in South America? In Paraguay over 2.6 million hectares are used for growing soy, which is primarily used as animal feed for factory farms in Europe.  While European farmers may delight in having access to cheap GMO food for their meat farms, this practice has […]

By August 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Brazilian Court Demands Nestle Label GMO Ingredients

Brazilian Court Demands Nestle Label GMO Ingredients

Anthony Gucciardi Waking Times It appears another victory has been declared in the battle against Monsanto and GMO ingredients. According to a major Brazilian business publication and GMWatch, a Brazilian court has demanded that multi-billion dollar food giant Nestle label all of their products as genetically modified that have over 1% GMO content. The ruling reportedly coincides with Brazilian law […]

By August 22, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Brazil Court Orders Halt to Work on the Belo Monte Dam

Brazil Court Orders Halt to Work on the Belo Monte Dam

Rodrigo Bravo, Staff Writer Waking Times The huge Belo Monte dam project along the Xingu River in Brazil’s Amazon has been fiercely resisted by indigenous populations and those who understand the significance of further industrializing the Amazon.  In the fight against this massive project (the dam would be the world’s 3rd larges), it has seemed […]

By August 17, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Brazil Introduces Legislation To Protect Public Health From Processed Foods

Brazil Introduces Legislation To Protect Public Health From Processed Foods

Prevent Disease The Brazilian government has introduced legislation to protect and improve its traditional food system, standing in contrast to the governments of many industrialized countries that have partly surrendered their prime duty to protect public health to transnational food companies, argue nutrition and public health experts writing in this week’s PLoS Medicine. Carlos Monteiro and […]

By July 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
‘John of God’ Cures Thousands in Brazil

‘John of God’ Cures Thousands in Brazil

Every week using mainly his hands but also armed with scissors, a knife and scalpel, Joao Teixeira de Faria, a self-styled Brazilian medium and “psychic surgeon,” treats thousands of sick people who claim to be cured. Among those who have sought the services of the healer known as “John of God” has been none other than Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the popular Brazilian ex-president, now said to be in remission from larynx cancer.

By April 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Fight for Amazonia: The Internet Indians (Video)

The Fight for Amazonia: The Internet Indians (Video)

“The internet is our weapon. We gave up fighting with bows and arrows a long time ago,” says Benki Piyako, the son of the chief of the Ashaninka in the Brazilian rainforest. “We all need to be interconnected if we want to live in safety on our territory.”

By March 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →