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Will Brazil’s ‘Soybean Railroad’ divide the Amazon?

By Mark A. Bonta / November 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Will Brazil’s ‘Soybean Railroad’ divide the Amazon?

As bad as roads have been for the Brazilian Amazon, a new rail system serving the soy industry could make things far worse. The so-called Grainrail — the dream of giant transnational grain traders ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus, the Brazilian soy trader Amaggi, and their domestic government and business allies — is likely […]

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Indigenous anti-fracking protestors up the ante

By Mark A. Bonta / November 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Indigenous anti-fracking protestors up the ante

Indigenous groups in the storied Huasteca region of northeastern Mexico say they will do what it takes to prevent hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” from coming to their region. The Nahua and Teenek of San Luis Potosi state have unified against the threat posed by the deregulation of fracking in 2013. Hydraulic fracturing uses the high-pressure […]

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Mining opponents win dubious victory

By Mark A. Bonta / September 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Mining opponents win dubious victory

In 2017, when the house walls of residents in Xinca indigenous communities of southwestern Guatemala began to crack, they blamed the nearby San Rafael Mine, run since 2014 by the Canadian company Tahoe Resources. Mining operations were shut down following protests and a court case in which the Xinca charged that they had not been […]

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Industrial energy: The Zoque ain’t buyin’ it

By Mark A. Bonta / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Industrial energy: The Zoque ain’t buyin’ it

Get-rich-quick mining schemes can be tempting for local people, but the Zoque of northwestern Chiapas, Mexico, who have inhabited their lands for 2,500 years, aren’t buying it. Their communities have rejected all that Mexico’s national Energy Reform Project has slated for their territory: oil and natural gas wells, mines and hydroelectric projects. They are particularly […]

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