Missionaries and industry bring disease to Brazil’s indigenous communities

March 26, 2020

Centuries of epidemic disease, from smallpox and malaria to measles and influenza, have been imported into Brazil’s native communities by missionaries, colonists, and the mining, logging and ranching industries. Now, these same invasive forces appear ready to bring the coronavirus pandemic to the deep reaches of the Amazon. The missionaries are coming One religious organization, Ethnos360, […]

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Protestors in Brazil and Chile must work around the pandemic

March 20, 2020

In Latin America, the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are spurring activism, but also putting democracy on hold. Brazilian protestors mass — at their windows The Bolsonaro government in Brazil has been the subject of widespread protests this week over its handling of the crisis, widely perceived as inadequate.  As in many countries, the right […]

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Industrial soy plantations are devouring this endangered South American habitat

October 17, 2019

The Gran Chaco — a landscape of dry tropical forest and savanna grasslands that straddles Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina — doesn’t have the glamorous image of the neighboring Amazon rainforest to the north. Yet it is home to a wealth of biodiversity, including 3,400 plant species, 500 bird species, 150 mammals, 120 reptiles and […]

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The Amazon is still burning, and investors are cranking up the pressure on Brazil

October 11, 2019

Massive fires continue to burn in the Amazon rainforest, and the investors are getting restless. Now, a coalition of 230 investment funds managing more than US$16 trillion in assets worldwide is considering different ways to confront the crisis. The funds include such powerhouses as the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, China Asset Management and Mitsubishi […]

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Brazil’s anti-corruption ‘Car Wash’ crusaders are now mired in their own scandal

October 1, 2019

Research and writing by Mark Bonta and Josh Wilson It was supposed to be the mother of all corruption investigations. Now, the Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) crusade — which swept out of Brazil’s construction and petroleum industries to encompass more than a dozen countries, hundreds of politicians and billions of dollars — is itself bogged down in […]

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Hundreds of environmental activists have been murdered in Brazil, and almost no one is being prosecuted

September 24, 2019

Brazil is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be an environmental activist, and no one’s doing anything about it. Over the past decade 300 Brazilian environmental activists have been assassinated, but just five percent of those cases — 14 in total — have ended up in the courtroom. A report from […]

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