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IPS – Hydropower Dam to Flood Sacred Amazon Indigenous Site | Inter Press Service

IPS – Hydropower Dam to Flood Sacred Amazon Indigenous Site | Inter Press Service | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
Hydropower Dam to Flood Sacred Amazon Indigenous Site - The Sete Quedas or “seven waterfalls” on the Teles Pires River, which runs through the Amazon...
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Brazil: Top Indigenous official resigns amid Belo Monte dam protests

Brazil: Top Indigenous official resigns amid Belo Monte dam protests | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
June 11, 2013. Source: WW4 Report Security guards shot and seriously injured an indigenous Terena, Josiel Gabriel Alves, on June 4 when a group of about 60 protesters tried to occupy the São Sebast...
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Damocracy

Damocracy | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
Amazonia and Mesopotamia Alliance
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DAMOCRACY: A documentary that debunks the myth of large-scale dams as clean energy and a solution to climate change. It records the priceless cultural and natural heritage the world would lose in the Amazon and Mesopotamia if two planned large-scale dams are built, Belo Monte dam in Brazil, and Ilisu dam in Turkey. DAMOCRACY is a story of resistance by the thousands of people who will be displaced, and a call to world to support their struggle. More info at http://www.damocracy.org

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Amazon tribe threatens to declare war amid row over Brazilian dam project

Amazon tribe threatens to declare war amid row over Brazilian dam project | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
Munduruku leaders hit out at 'betrayal' after government pushes on with dam construction without community's consent
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El líder indígena Raoni, "contento" de abogar por la Amazonia en Francia

El líder indígena Raoni, "contento" de abogar por la Amazonia en Francia | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
El líder indígena brasileño Raoni Metuktire, luciendo un tocado de plumas amarillas y su célebre disco labial, abogó este jueves en favor de la causa de la Amazonia y de los pueblos autóctonos en el palacio presidencial del Elíseo, donde fue...
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Amazon Nun Killer Released in Brazil: Daily

Amazon Nun Killer Released in Brazil: Daily | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – The Supremo Tribunal Federal (Supreme Court, STF) released an Amazon rancher Regivaldo Galvão, sometimes known as “Taradao,” who was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to thirty years of prison in May 2010 for his involvement in the February 2005 death of Sister Dorothy Stang, a nun and rainforest activist in Anapu, Pará.

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Unconstitutional Dam Construction in Brazil’s Amazon | The Media Freedom Foundation

Unconstitutional Dam Construction in Brazil’s Amazon | The Media Freedom Foundation | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it

The ongoing construction of the Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River and the Madeira Dam on the Madeira River, and the proposed Sao Luis do Tapajos Dam on the Tapajos River, which has been granted a license, are part of a series of dams the government plans to build in the next twenty years, with the goal of creating a trans-Brazilian system of waterways to connect through Peru and Bolivia, to transport raw material exports to China, Japan and North America.

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Belo Monte Justice Now! Legal Campaign

Belo Monte Justice Now! Legal Campaign | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
The Brazilian Judiciary’s handling of serious irregularities in the licensing process for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the Amazon’s Xingu River has been roundly questioned by Brazilian and international civil society as well as by Brazil’s...
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New forest map shows 6% of Amazon deforested between 2000 and 2010

New forest map shows 6% of Amazon deforested between 2000 and 2010 | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
An update to one of the most comprehensive maps of the Amazon basin shows that forest cover across the world's largest rainforest declined by about six percent between 2000 and 2010.
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Amazonian natives put on war paint during their ongoing protest against the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam near Altamira

Amazonian natives put on war paint during their ongoing protest against the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam near Altamira | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it

Amazonian natives put on war paint during their ongoing protest against the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam along the Xingu River near Altamira in Para State October 10, 2012. Some 150 people opposed to the dam and its ecological impact and displacement of local villages paralyzed the construction for the third day, forcing workers to leave their posts, according to the leaders of the protest. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho

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Supreme Court Judge Overturns Suspension of Belo Monte Dam

Supreme Court Judge Overturns Suspension of Belo Monte Dam | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
Brasilia, Brazil: The Brazilian Supreme Court has overturned the suspension of the Belo Monte Dam, caving to pressure from President Dilma Rousseff’s administration without giving appropriate consideration to indigenous rights implications of the...
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Brazil's controversial Belo Monte back on track after court decision overruled

Brazil's controversial Belo Monte back on track after court decision overruled | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered work on the controversial Belo Monte dam in the Amazon to resume, overturning a lower court order that suspended the project less than two weeks ago.
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Cacique Raoni arrives to support the Munduruku Indians fight against the Belo Monte dam in Brasilia

Cacique Raoni arrives to support the Munduruku Indians fight against the Belo Monte dam in Brasilia | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
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Amazon Watch - Eye on Brasília: Indigenous Resistance to Dams Persists

Amazon Watch - Eye on Brasília: Indigenous Resistance to Dams Persists | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
Last week indigenous groups that occupied the Belo Monte dam site traveled to Brasilia to meet with the Brazilian government. So far the only response they have received says that indigenous peoples have no right to veto the government's plans.
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Brazil indigenous peoples clash with farmers and dams builders: demand respect for ancestral lands

Brazil indigenous peoples clash with farmers and dams builders: demand respect for ancestral lands | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
Lawmakers from the Brazilian farm state of Mato Grosso do Sul asked President Dilma Rousseff's government to send troops to end land invasions by Indigenous people claiming their ancestral territory.
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Deforestation takes flight again in the Amazon | Greenpeace UK

Deforestation takes flight again in the Amazon | Greenpeace UK | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
As some of us were heading off for the Easter holiday weekend, the Brazilian government was quietly releasing deforestation trends showing an increase in deforestation for the first time in five years.
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Grande Chefe Raoni ~retires

Grande Chefe Raoni ~retires | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
RAONI SAYS IN EUROPE BEING TIRED AND ANNOUNCES MEGARON AS SUCCESSOR By Teresa Amaral “This is my last visit to Europe. This is the last time that I speak with you. I’m tired now “...
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Amazon Watch - Belo Sun Mining Sets Sights on Golden Opportunity in the Xingu

Amazon Watch - Belo Sun Mining Sets Sights on Golden Opportunity in the Xingu | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it

A flock of vultures have landed on the banks of the mighty Xingu River, and they've come to stay. International mining executives anxiously await the river's death to begin extracting the rich seams of gold that line its banks. Such a golden opportunity did not come by chance: without the Belo Monte dam's calculated desiccation of the Xingu's legendary Big Bend, the Belo Sun Mining corporation would be denied access to this vast treasure.

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Belo Monte dam and food security | Third Degree Media

Belo Monte dam and food security | Third Degree Media | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it

We head to the Xingu River in the Amazon forest in Brazil. This is the scene of the construction of Norte Energia’s mega dam – the Belo Monte. It’s a massive project and the opposition from local groups and Indigenous communities are on a scale to match. There have been legal battles, and month long occupations from a number of different groups recently. The Amazon may seem like a long way away, but largescale projects built without adequate environmental impact assessments - and without consent from the indigenous communities affected - is something we know all too well in Australia. Third Degree speaks with Andrew Miller, Advocacy Coordinator for Amazon Watch.

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Obras em Belo Monte devem ser retomadas nos próximos dias

Obras em Belo Monte devem ser retomadas nos próximos dias | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
Segundo consórcio construtor, obras continuam a partir de sexta-feira, 16.
Cerca de 15 mil funcionários estão parados nos canteiros de Altamira, PA.
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World Bank safeguards under scrutiny (Bretton Woods Project)

World Bank safeguards under scrutiny (Bretton Woods Project) | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it

With the World Bank’s safeguards review due to be launched, indigenous groups and civil society organisations (CSOs) called for it to be rigorous and extensive. Meanwhile, the environmental and social track record of the Bank and its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has come under scrutiny in India, Ethiopia, Colombia and Brazil

 

The IFC has also been linked to the construction of the Teles Pires dam in the Brazilian Amazon, which indigenous peoples are fighting because the reservoir will flood an area deemed sacred. In 2011, the IFC approved a $50 million partial risk guarantee to “longstanding” client and construction company Construtora Norberto Odebrecht “to support the development of infrastructure in Brazil and other Latin American countries”, including the Teles Pires hydropower project. João Kayabi, chief of one of the affected villages, told press agency IPS News: “It’s a sacred area. … It will be left underwater, and will only be a memory. We are trying to keep that from happening.” Indigenous rights lawyer Juliana de Paula Batista added “The natural resources that are indispensable for indigenous people to sustain their lifestyle and culture are being plundered”.

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Indians end 9-day protest at work site of Brazil's huge Belo Monte hydroelectric dam

Indians end 9-day protest at work site of Brazil's  huge Belo Monte hydroelectric dam | ARAWA network news | Scoop.it
SAO PAULO - Indians protesting the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam on the Xingu river in the heart of Brazil's Amazon rainforest have ended their nine-day occupation of one of the project's construction sites.
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Environmental impact of hydropower developments in the Amazon - International Law Office

Legal advice given to Brazil on how to go ahead with hydroelectric dams within a legal framework? Not sure about the standpoint of the authors

 

Brazil has been facing criticism from international institutions and non-profit organisations regarding the environmental and social impacts of the implementation of hydropower projects in the Amazon. Concern mainly arises in relation to the country's supposed non-compliance with International Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, issued by the International Labour Organisation and ratified by over 20 countries. As a result, Brazil is at risk of jeopardising its long-term energy plan.

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Government creates a company to develop nuclear technology | Invest in Brazil

Amazônia Azul Tecnologias de Defesa' (AMAZUL) is the new public company created by President Dilma Rousseff through the sanctioning of Law No. 12,706. The company has a mandate to develop technologies for the Brazilian Nuclear Program and for the Navy’s nuclear area. It will also be responsible for developing projects and technologies for construction of Brazil's first nuclear-powered submarine.

AMAZUL will also be responsible for stimulating the deployment of new industries in the nuclear sector and providing them with technical assistance. The company is part of the Ministry of Defense, under Naval Command, and will be based in São Paulo.

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